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Parent Update – October 30, 2015

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voteIMPORTANT REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

This Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day.  There will be NO SCHOOL for students on Tuesday, November 3rd. Olmsted Falls School District staff members will participate in a scheduled professional development day.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE! 

BE SAFE & HAVE FUN BULLDOGS!  COMMUNITY TRICK-OR-TREAT THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31ST

Bulldog PumpkinCommunity Trick-or-Treating is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Halloween night – TOMORROW, October 31st!

Also: Families are invited to fuel up with firefighters before trick-or-treating this Saturday, October 31st.  Stop by the fire station at Cook & Fitch from 4-6 p.m. The first 300 youngsters will receive glow sticks. Firefighters also will provide safety tips, food and refreshments.

Be sure to drive safely this Saturday evening as there will be many young Bulldogs out and about in the neighborhoods!

SUPERINTENDENT RESPONDS TO FALSE CLAIMS PUT FORTH IN RACE FOR SCHOOL BOARD

OFCS Triple A LogoOlmsted Falls City School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd responded directly to false claims, put forth by School Board candidate Mr. Ed Dean, by submitting a formal Letter to the Editor in response to several statements made by Mr. Dean during an on-camera interview for Cleveland.com’s online election guide.  Dr. Lloyd’s letter was published online at Cleveland.com last Friday, October 23rd; the letter also appeared in this week’s print edition of the local Sun Post Herald.  To view Dr. Lloyd’s Letter to the Editor, please click HERE.

“As Superintendent, I felt a responsibility to our students, our families, our staff and our long-standing reputation for excellence to put the correct information out there.”said Dr. Lloyd.  “We simply hope that people will take the steps necessary to ensure that they are informed with the real facts about our excellent school district.”

“I want to again reiterate that my door is ALWAYS open for parents and any concerned citizens who have questions, concerns or a desire to understand the real facts about any aspect of district operations,” added Dr. Lloyd.  Dr. Lloyd can be contacted via email at jlloyd@ofcs.net or phone at 440-427-6000.

To view the District’s running archive of Myth Busters, please click HERE.

SCHOOL BOARD SALUTES NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

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AR_upperRightOlmsted Falls schools and others across the U.S. celebrated National School Bus Safety Week last week. There are about 17,000 school buses in Ohio transporting nearly 1 million children, across 1 million miles, each day.

School bus drivers transport children through various neighbors and in all types of weather with a single goal: safety.

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education passed a resolution in support of National School Bus Safety Week during its regular monthly meeting held October 15th.  Our local police departments also emphasized their presence during pick up and drop off times throughout the district to help raise awareness and remind drivers to obey all traffic laws surrounding school buses.

A big thank you to our transportation department for keeping all our students safe while going to and from school each day!

PLAYERS, COACHES AND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM INDUCTED INTO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

hall of fame 8A crowd of 220 people attended the 2015 Olmsted Falls High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony October 22nd at the German Club to honor three outstanding athletes, three stellar coaches and one State Championship Team. Those honored were: James Laut ’61, Gary Slusar ’92, Rush Williams ’03, Coach Pat Donahue, Coach Jim Ryan, Coach Bill McGrain and the 1980 Girls Cross Country Team: Mary Bartok ’81, Debbie Lloyd Henton ’83, Lisa Moore Pochatek ’84, Lisa DeWillie Smith ’82, Laura Bonnell ’84.

The Inductees also were recognized at Friday night’s Bulldog football game. Thank you to all who attended and showed their support.  Congratulations to all of this year’s inductees!!

If you would like to nominate a candidate for the Athletic Hall of Fame or Distinguished Hall of Fame, please contact the alumni office at 440.427.6030. Click HERE to see a photo gallery of the induction ceremony.

OFHS STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

NHS2015Congratulations to the newest members of the National Honor Society, inducted this past Tuesday, October 27th at the annual Induction Ceremony held in the OFHS auditorium.  NHS advisors Mr. Brian Insley and Mrs. Virginia Wendling were joined by language arts teacher John Gaba, who served as this year’s featured faculty speaker for the special ceremony.

SS_upper_leftA total of 16 seniors and 46 juniors were inducted as new NHS members in front of an audience of family and friends.  These 62 new inductees join 20 current NHS members from OFHS, bring the total NHS membership at OFHS to 82. Congratulations to all of our this year’s NHS members!  

To view this year’s  NHS Induction Ceremony program featuring listing of all member names, please click HERE.

OFCS WORKS WITH ODE ON K-3 LITERACY SCORE DATA

Olmsted Falls City School District has been working through a situation regarding data connected to our District’s K-3 Literacy Score on the 2013-2014 report card.  This new K-3 Literacy Score is designed to use test scores to measure whether students are on-track in reading skills for their grade level each year.  While we believe reading progress is more than a test score, the K-3 Literacy Score was a new component added to the 2013-2014 Local Report Card issued to all Ohio school districts by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) last April 2015. This measurement compares student reading scores from one school year to the next to ensure students are progressing on-track in reading. The data featured in the first reporting of the K-3 Literacy Score last spring compared student reading data from the 2013-2014 school year to student reading data from the previous 2012-2013 school year.

We were very surprised to see that Olmsted Falls City Schools had received a “D” grade for our initial K-3 Literacy Score when report cards were released and immediately began work to identify why. We determined that the source of the problem was related to erroneous student data uploaded to ODE’s website. Instead of uploading data from 2013-2014 (to be compared to 2012-2013), the wrong data file was saved by mistake resulting in data from the previous 2012-2013 school year being submitted in error.

The District contacted ODE with concerns about the accuracy of the data that had previously been submitted, but were told the reporting period had closed and could not be corrected.  While ODE cannot physically change the grade for our District’s 2013-2014 K-3 Literacy Grade, ODE has promised to take steps to ensure that this data inaccuracy is noted online so that public users of the Ohio School Report Card database will be aware that the data used to arrive at the currently posted grade is inaccurate – and, therefore, the grade itself is inaccurate. ODE has advised us that making such a notation to a specific report card indicator page is a process that takes some time.  We anticipate the note being added within the next few weeks.

Olmsted Falls City Schools has submitted a Corrective Action Plan along with the correct 2013-2014 data for students in grades 1-3.  This corrected, resubmitted data will be used for all future K-3 Literacy Score analysis moving forward. (Please note: reading data for kindergarten students was correct in the original submission.)  We anticipate the release of the next Ohio Report Card sometime this January, and expect to see an accurate and improved grade on our K-3 Literacy Score – when the new report card for 2014-2015 is released.

To view a copy of the official letter from ODE providing confirmation of this situation, please click HERE.

Parents of students in grades 1 through 5 received a personal email update from Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd regarding the District’s  K-3 Literacy Score on the 2013-2014 report card.  In the closing of the email, which contained all of the above information, Dr. Lloyd stated: “I want to personally assure you that procedures have been put into place to make sure this kind of submission error will not happen again in the future.  Our K-3 literacy program has been and continues to be a strength for our district.  I encourage you to contact me personally with any questions and/or concerns.”

As always, all parents and community residents, are encouraged to contact Dr. Lloyd for additional information on any matter.  Dr. Lloyd can be reached via email at jlloyd@ofcs.net or by phone at 440-427-6000.

OFHS FALL CHORAL CONCERT SHOWCASES PERFORMERS, NEW CHOIR TEACHER

SS_upper_leftThe OFHS Fall Choral Concert was performed October 21st under the direction of Mrs. Joy Kiedrowski, the school’s choir teacher. The audience enjoyed the performance, which was well attended.

Special congratulations to Mrs. Kiedrowski as this was her first official choral concert as the new choir teacher at OFHS.

musicBelow are four concert videos posted by Olmsted Falls Music Association:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=849891708442165

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=850252808406055

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=850258585072144

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=849965468434789

OFHS FIRST-EVER ALL JAZZ BAND CONCERT 

SS_upper_leftThose seeking musical entertainment this month had no shortage of opportunities to enjoy our amazing Bulldog musicians. Guests packed the OFHS auditorium on Wednesday, October 28th for the first-ever all jazz concert in Olmsted Falls.  The performance featured many different genres of music played by some of the most talented young musicians in our school district from OFHS Jazz 1 & 2 and OFMS Jazz Band.

To view videos from Wednesday’s jazz concert, please click on the links below provided by Olmsted Falls Music Association:

music-symbolshttps://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=852356781528991 (OFMS Jazz Band)

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=852344668196869  (OFHS Jazz Band II)

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=852539131510756 (OFHS Jazz Band I – Pt. 1)

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=852544878176848 (OFHS Jazz Band I – Finale)

ENJOY!

OFMS SINGERS HARMONIZE AT LAKE ERIE MONSTERS GAME

golden harmonies 3golden harmonies 1The OFMS Golden Harmonies sang at the October 17th Lake Erie Monsters game.

The students performed The Star Spangled Banner before the crowd who attended the professional ice hockey game at The Q in downtown Cleveland.

SS_upper_leftOFMS SIXTH GRADERS ENJOY VISIT FROM AUTHOR

OFMS author visit 3Author J. Scott Savage talked with OFMS sixth graders Oct. 22nd during a special assembly. Mr. Savage is the author of 16 novels, including the Farworld series from Shadow Mountain, the Case File 13 series from Harper Collins and the new Mysteries OFMS author visit 14of Cove series.

Mr. Savage also spoke with students individually prior to the assembly as he autographed his newest book, Fires of Invention in the OFMS Media Center.

To view a photo gallery of his visit, click HERE.

OFMS TO HOST SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR STARTING NEXT WEEK

book _fairThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair starting Monday, Nov. 2nd and run thru Wed. Nov. 11th.   The fair will be open both conference evenings, Monday, Nov. 2nd and Thursday, Nov. 5th.    In addition to the book fair,  the Media Center will be joining with Builder’s Club, Student Council and Helping Hands to raise money for local animal shelters by having a fundraiser with raffles, guessing games and prizes.  This awesome event will take place in the Middle School Media Center and all students are encouraged to stop in and enter their in a drawing to win a $10.00 shopping pass for the book fair.   All proceeds from the raffle will go to the animal shelters.

Hope to see everyone there!

builders club pumpkin 2BUILDERS CLUB SENDS DECORATED PUMPKINS TO LOCAL SENIORS

builders club pumpkin 1The OFMS Builders Club had a pumpkin decorating event last week. The decorated pumpkins then were delivered – with an awesome poster – to bring cheer to the residents at the Villages of the Falls.

If you are interested in getting involved in the community and are in middle school, attend the next Builders Club meeting at 7:45 a.m. November 10th in the OFMS Media Center.

OFMS’ LITTLE MERMAID JR. PLAYS TO PACKED HOUSES

little mermaid 8Audiences journeyed ‘under the sea’ to watch The Bulldog Theatre Company performlittle mermaid 4 three shows of The Little Mermaid Jr. The performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday had rave reviews. Eric Bartkowski, director and Kelly Riley, choir teacher/musical director, did an amazing job of preparing the students for the production.

There were 55 students involved in the production, which included the stage crew and actors. Parent volunteer Karen Cirino provided the inspiring costumes.  Thank you to all involved for three fun-filled performances!

Click HERE to view a photo gallery of the play.

ONE MORE COLLEGE AND COFFEE SCHEDULED; COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH CONTINUES

College and Coffee_Fall 2014SS_upper_leftParents are invited to College and Coffee, an informal information sessions about the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid in the OFHS Media Center.  There is one remaining session scheduled for 7-8 p.m. next Thursday November 5th. A detailed flyer is available HERE.

The OFHS again will offer its student College Lunch Bunch for those having questions about choosing a college and completing applications. They are on selected Tuesdays during lunch and study halls through November 24th in the Guidance Office. A flyer with a list of dates is available by clicking HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS SEEKING SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS – OPEN INTERVIEW DAY THIS TUESDAY, NOV. 3RD

OFCS Triple A LogoIf you are an adaptable, passionate individual who is committed to student learning and to positively impacting the future of our youth, then a substitute teacher position may be the perfect fit for you!  Substitute teachers are responsible for creating and maintaining a classroom environment that is effective, safe, and conductive to learning. They also have the unique opportunity of teaching with a rapidly changing classroom population of various skills and progress levels.

All that is needed is a Bachelor’s Degree and a passion for working with area youth!  Interested individuals are invited and encouraged to come to our open interview day scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Olmsted Falls High School to learn more and be considered for a position.

Questions? Please contact Shirley Eaddy at Renhill Group via phone (216) 986-2745 or email, Shirley.eaddy@renhill.com.

OFIS PTA INVITES FATHERS, GRANDPAS TO DONUTS WITH DADS

OFMS Donuts with Dads 12 10 11 14Dad, grandpa or another important guy in your child’s life may attend the November 6th Donuts with Dad from 7-8 a.m. at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School and spend some quality time with your child. This is a PTA “members only” event and a benefit of joining PTA. It’s not too late to join – sign up now to save time at the door. This is a free event that is included in your PTA dues. You must register by October 28th. To do so, click HERE for the registration sheet AND to join PTA if you have not done so yet. Be sure to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities.

SEE CURRENT, FORMER BULLDOG CAGERS COMPETE AT SCRIMMAGE/ALUMNI GAMEbasketball4

The annual OF Basketball Blue & Gold Scrimmage/Alumni game is set for November 7th at the OFHS gym.The 2015-16 varsity Bulldogs will play in the Blue & Gold Scrimmage from 3-4 p.m. while the Alumni game is set for 4-6 p.m.

Fans are asked to donate a canned good or two for a local food bank as admission.

SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ TO ALL INVOLVED IN FILL THE TRUCK CLOTHING DRIVE

The Olmsted Falls Music Association needed two trucks to collect the huge donation of recycled goods during the weekend’s Fill the Truck clothing drive. Easter Seals Northern Ohio partnered in this benefit. The group completely filled a 26-foot truck and filled a 16-foot truck halfway.

The community donated 14,646 lbs. of clothing, which resulted in OFMA receiving a $3,000 check! Several students and parents volunteered throughout the weekend.

The November issue of OFMA’s Musical Notes will have more details about the drive. To see a photo gallery of the event, click HERE. To view a Sun Post-Herald article about the community-participated drive, click HERE.

WINTER BASKETBALL PROGRAM FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN GRADES 1-3

basketball4The Athletic Department of Olmsted Falls Schools is offering an opportunity for primary school students to play basketball this winter.  First grade students will participate in the league once a week for approximately 8-10 weeks; second and third grade students will participate in the league twice a week (one practice and one game) for approximately 8-10 weeks. The cost of the program is $25.00 per student.  Please download the appropriate information letter/form for your child below.  Should you have any questions about the program after reviewing the information contained in the letter(s), please e-mail Mr. Mental directly at mic1616@aol.com. Forms were sent home with all Falls-Lenox students and may also be downloaded below.  Forms must be returned to Falls-Lenox office no later than Thursday, November 12, 2015.

1st Grade Boys & Girls

2nd Grade Boys

3rd Grade Boys

2nd & 3rd Grade Girls

POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TAKES THE FIELD WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

powder puff football pinkOFHS senior girls are ready to ‘tackle’ their junior opponents in the annual Power Puff football game Wednesday, November 11th at the school’s Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium. The gates open at 7:00 p.m. with the game starting at 7:30. Tickets are $5.

Half-time activities include a field goal kicking contest, quarterback challenge and 50/50 raffle.

OLMSTED FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL 2015 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE

basketballAttention all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys, registration for the 2015 Boys Developmental Basketball League has begun.  Players will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays (one Wednesday) during the months of November and December. The league will be taught by the Olmsted Falls Varsity Basketball coaches and players. The league emphasizes basic skills, game rules, and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and enjoyable. Each session is a combination of skill work and play. They will be held at OFHS. All participants will also be invited to play at halftime of a Varsity Boys Basketball game. Many great Bulldog basketball players have developed their talents in this same league on Saturday mornings.  To download flyer and registration form, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION (OFVA) TRYOUT – THIS SATURDAY – OCTOBER 31ST

VolleyBall-plainWhen:  Saturday, October 31st @ OFMS gym

Time:

10’s (born on or after September 1, 2005 OR in 4th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

11’s: (born on or after September 1, 2004 OR in 5th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

12’s:  (born on or after September 1, 2003 OR in 6th grade) 10:30-12:00 pm

Please be there 15 minutes before your scheduled tryout time to register!

Bring:

~ $5.00 tryout fee (cash or check made out to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters)

~ Kneepads and Parent/Guardian will need to fill out information sheet

For additional information, please click HERE to download information flyer.

HELPING HANDS 1ST PARENT NETWORK MEETING NOVEMBER 12TH – PLEASE RSVP ONLINE

specialed_helping-hands-1SS_upper_leftThe first Helping Hands Parent Network Meeting is Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the OFIS Media Center. RSVP for this meeting is required.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP and help plan the topics to be discussed at the meeting. Bring a friend and enter to win a gift card. We will have a rep from CCBDD in attendance to discuss services provided by the county.

The OFSD is fortunate to have had two groups dedicated to supporting students with special needs and their families. They have been working together to bring more support and information to parents and support students with special needs within the district. The groups are merging and will be called the Helping Hands Parent Leadership Council.
Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through events and celebrations. The “Helping Hands” are typical and highly functioning OFCS special needs students in grades 6-12. They organize events every other month in which special needs students in any grade at OFCS are invited to participate.

CP_leftOlmsted Falls Parent Leadership Council was formed to support the unique learning needs of children within the district. Comprised of representatives of district administration and parents of children with special needs, the group strives to create a forum for families to share and request information to support their children’s education planning, including preparing for IEP meetings, transition planning, social development and behavior support. Two parent representatives attend monthly meetings at the State Support Team Region 3 of Cuyahoga County. The representatives collaborate with district administration regarding relative special education topics and disseminate information of interest to families of children with disabilities and serve as a resource to families in the district.

TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – SATURDAY, NOV. 14TH

talent-showAttention ALL Olmsted Falls Dancers, Singers, Comedians, Musicians, Jugglers, Bands and Magicians Kindergarten through 12th Grade!!! Is there another talent you have??  We ask you to bring it!!!

The 29th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015  from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium.  Our Bulldogs are awesome performers, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

Please watch this weekly blog and look for posted flyers in your school for more details.  The High School PTA Talent Show will be Saturday, January 30, 2016 – Mark your calendars!

For information please contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini at 440-427-0894 or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net. with questions.

OFHS MASQUERS/FORENSICS OFFERS DISCOUNT TICKETS TO SKY ZONEsky zone

Masquers forensicsThe musical Music Man is coming to town.

Olmsted Falls Masquers and Forensics, together with Sky Zone, are raising money for this spring musical – Music Man. Discounted tickets are available to Sky Zone, the Westlake indoor trampoline park, which may be used anytime during the year. This is a great stocking stuffer that may be used on those cold days. Contact Jamie Wood for tickets at 216-406-2145 or jamiewood68@yahoo.com. Click HERE for an event flyer that also has an order form attached.

OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER DRAWING NEAR AN END

mason jar candleFrom now until November 9th, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances. They make great GIFTS for any occasion.

Again this year is a 4-pack Mini-Masons and Candle Gift Box. It includes one Mason jar and two mini-mason jars. Both are available in delicious Fall and Winter assortments.

To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, please click HERE.

SHOP FOR HELPING HANDS T-SHIRTS, HOODIES IN ALL SIZES

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Helping Hands is running its annual fundraiser with 3elove.com! When you use our code to buy custom OFCS merchandise OR ANY other 3elove products, a portion of the sales will benefit Helping Hands. Visit this website www.3elove.com/ofcs to place your order.

All orders must be placed online by November 15. To view the fundraiser’s flyer, click HERE.

OFMA’S WING/PIZZA NOV. 14TH NIGHT SELLING TICKETS @ THIS FRIDAY’S GAME AND OTHER VENUES

quiz nightOlmsted_Falls_MusicTickets will be available at this Friday night football game – October 30th – at the donut stand – for the OFMA’s Wing/Pizza night set for Nov. 14th. Tickets also will be available at the OFMA’s meeting, November 4th, in the OFHS choir room. Keep your eyes open at various school’s events for ticket sales as well.

A trivia contest highlights the event from 6-10 p.m. November 14th at St. Clarence Church’s main hall, 30106 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

The cost is $20, which covers all-you-can-eat wings/pizza/salad buffet, refreshments and a chance to win a valuable door prize. Those buying six tickets (fill a table) at the game will receive an entry for a special door prize. There also will be side boards and gift basket raffles. The trivia contest team tables of six cost $15 a person. The theme is “Music Through the Decades.” To view an event flyer, click HERE.

The group also needs volunteers and donations for this event. If you can help, contact Janet Kollar, janetrk@sbcglobal.net.

frostyFREE WENDY’S JR. FROSTY THROUGH OFMS PTA’S FUNDRAISER

The OFMS PTA again is participating in the Free Wendy’s Jr. Frosty card fundraiser. For $1, you receive a card for unlimited free Jr. Frosty’s from Wendy’s with any purchase. The cards are good for one year of unlimited use. They also are great gifts for grandparents, co-workers and siblings.  To view a purchase form, click HERE, and return it to school.

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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers

COMMUNITY

STOP BY OT FIRE STATION FOR TREATS FROM 4-6 P.M. ON HALLOWEEN – THIS SATURDAY

OT halloween fire logoFuel up with firefighters before trick-or-treating this Saturday, October 31st. Stop by the fire station at Cook and Fitch roads from 4-6 p.m. Halloween.  The first 300 youngsters will receive glow sticks. Firefighters also will provide safety tips, food and refreshments.

Be sure to drive safety this Saturday as Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township youngsters will be visiting homes from 6-8 p.m. for Halloween’s trick or treat.

ROBOTIX BLOX: MOCKINGBOT DAY CHALLENGE SET FOR THIS SATURDAY OCT. 31st

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Date: 10/31/2015
Time: 2 – 4 PM  @ Olmsted Falls Library

The final Hunger Games movie will be released soon! What better way to prepare than to come to the library for the MockingBOT Challenge. Program a robot to survive the clock arena from Catching Fire. Help it fight off crazy monkeys, dodge the lighting, and conquer other challenges Katniss and Peeta encounter in the action packed Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Space is limited. Registration is required for the event, which is for grades 5 and up activity by clicking HERE.

OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (OTBA) ACCEPTING HOT STOVE SIGN UPS 

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUOTBA is accepting registrations for players who wish to participate in the Lorain County Hot Stove league. The deadline for registrations is 1/2/2016.  Additional information on the LCHS league and the open registration can be found at the links below.

http://www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=525421&mid=548375&newskeyid=HN1&newsid=80326&ctl=newsdetail

http://www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=770776

BULLDOGS:  DONATE YOUR GENTLY-USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT FOR A GOOD CAUSE – ENDS THIS SATURDAY

sports equipmentDo you have gently used sports equipment collecting dust in your garage? Let us help you de-clutter! We want your rackets, bats, sticks, mitts and athletic balls (no shoes please). The OF Lacrosse team is hosting a used sports equipment drive! All items collected during this drive will be donated to under-served youth in the Greater Cleveland area.

Often the cost of equipment and fees can prevent struggling youth from being able to participate in sports. Research suggests that in addition to improved physical health, participation in sports can lead to an improvement in academic achievement, increased self-esteem and reduced behavioral problems. Help us make a difference in another child’s life and give them the opportunity to participate in the sports that we love so much!

Donations can be made until noon Saturday, October 31st, at Falls PC Clinic, 25564 Bagley Road, the Olmsted Community Center or arrangements for pickups may be made by emailing joannademarco@yahoo.com.

OHIO FLAGS OF HONOR FUNDRAISER NEEDS WORKERS, PARTICIPANTS

Ohio Flags of honor all American flagsAn event to help raise money toward the Ohio Flags of Honor is set for 6-9 p.m. November 7th at Tony K’s Bar & Grille, 841 W. Bagley Road in Berea. Tickets are $20. The Ohio Flags of Honor display honors men and women from our state who paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. The display has appeared in our community.

About 50 tickets remain for this event. If you can help in any way, whether selling tickets or donating a gift basket or door prize, contact Danny Colonna, 440-427-9952.

To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

craft-fair6th ANNUAL OLMSTED HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

The Olmsted Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe is accepting vendors for its November 14th show that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All vendors/crafters are welcome.  An application is at olmstedcc.com. There will be only one representative per business accepted, so apply early. Last year more than 770 buyers were in attendance. If you have questions, contact the center, 440-427-1599.

 

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Parent Update – October 22, 2015

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SS_upper_leftBOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS FIVE OFHS COMMENDED SCHOLARS

2015 National Merit ScholarsThe OF Board of Education recognized the five Bulldog students who were named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The students are pictured here during the meeting. They are, from left, Julie Burnell, Amelia Le, Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, Jacob Conder, Claire Barratt, Emily Olszewski and OFHS Assistant Principal Sean Baker.

The students were recognized for their exceptional academic promise. While they will not continue in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Awards competition, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million who entered the competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

SS_upper_leftF-L NEW MENTORING PROGRAM BRINGS LOCAL SENIORS/STUDENTS TOGETHER

DSCN1385Falls-Lenox students, the Renaissance Retirement Community and other local senior citizens, have combined forces as Bulldog Buddies.  The program began on October 7th. These outstanding volunteers from our local community will continue to visit Falls-Lenox each Wednesday afternoon through May. During each visit, selected
students work with their buddy on an CP_leftactivity the classroom teacher provides, such as reading, math flash cards, academic games, homework, etc.

Bulldog Buddies and the students work to form a strong relationship and positive rapport. The school really appreciates the support and caring the buddies offer to students.

This program is organized by Falls-Lenox counselor, Mrs. Angie Butto.  We are really grateful for her efforts!  To view additional photos from the most recent Bulldog Buddies visit, please click HERE.

OHIO SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES O.F. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER JOE BERTRAND

JoeBertrand-OSBA10YrServiceAwardOlmsted Falls Board of Education member Joe Bertrand was recognized by the Ohio School CP_leftBoard Association (OSBA) at last Thursday’s monthly meeting. OSBA Northeast Region Executive Committee member Mr. Terry Groden recognized Mr. Bertrand for his 10 years of service to the Olmsted Falls Board of Education and personally presented him with special certificate on behalf of OSBA.

Congratulations to Mr. Bertrand and many thanks for his ongoing dedication and commitment to the students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools. Thank you also to Mr. Groden for taking the time to attend the local O.F. Board of Education meeting to personally present this recognition.

AR_upperRightBOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES LATEST 5-YEAR FORECAST

Parents and community residents are invited to view a copy of the District’s latest 5-Year Financial Forecast, approved by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at the last regular monthly meeting held Thursday, October 15th.  All school districts in the state of Ohio are required by law to review and approve a 5-year financial forecast twice annually.  The Olmsted Falls Board of Education reviews and approves a 5-Year Financial Forecast for Olmsted Falls City Schools, which is submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, each year in May and October.

To view the current 5-Year Financial Forecast for Olmsted Falls City Schools, please click HERE.  Any parents or residents with questions about the District’s 5-Year Forecast are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 427-6000.

Fact Check

LATEST MYTH BUSTER: KNOW THE REAL FACTS!

MYTH:  The Olmsted Falls City School District is not using resources efficiently, is wasting money and needs to be accountable for spending.

FACTS:  The Olmsted Falls City School District is required by law to be annually audited and consistently receives exemplary audit reports – most recently earning the Ohio Auditor of State Award for exemplary financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for its most recent audit of Fiscal Year 2014. Olmsted Falls School District maintains one of the lowest cost-per-pupil expenditure costs in Cuyahoga County.

The District has more than 40 individuals in our organization trained in Lean Six Sigma – an approach that forces us to continually seek ways to operate leaner and more efficiently.  OFCSD  is also an active partner in the Ohio Schools Council consortium for the purchasing of items ranging from cleaning supplies to school buses – resulting in significant cost savings to the District.  In addition, OFCSD actively works to secure external funding sources available to the District in the form of grants, rebates and reimbursements – leaving no stone unturned to increase funds generated outside of local tax levies.

Olmsted Falls City School District has not needed to go back to voters for additional resources for nearly six years now.  Strategic planning, prudent spending, and an ongoing focus on maximizing efficiencies across the District have resulted in the ability to stretch operating funds approved by voters in February 2010 well beyond the initial three-year pledge.

The Olmsted Falls City School District and Board of Education accounts for every penny of tax payer dollars that is spent and approves an updated 5-Year Forecast report twice annually, in May and October.  The latest 5-Year Forecast, approved by the Board of Education at their most recent monthly meeting on October 15, 2015, shows the District carrying a positive ending cash balance in all five years of the forecast – further demonstrating the great care taken by District administrators and Board of Education members to stretch dollars as far as possible.  This solid financial forecast is certainly not indicative of a school district that is “wasting money.”  The most current 5-Year Forecast file is always available for public review on the District’s website, and residents with questions are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  A number of unsupported and deceptive statements regarding OFCSD finances are currently circulating in conjunction with the upcoming School Board election on November 3rd.  OFCSD encourages parents and all voters to be sure they are accurately informed.  Any parent, staff member or community resident with questions or concerns about OFCSD resources, finances and/or accountability is encouraged to contact Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd directly at 427-6000 or jlloyd@ofcs.net to discuss.

If you are interested in viewing an archive of recent Myth Busters, please click HERE.

BULLDOG THEATER COMPANY’S PRESENTATION OF Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. OPENS TONIGHT & RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY – 7:00 PM NIGHTLY IN THE OFMS CAFETERIA

Litlle Mermaid JrThe 55 6th-8th graders who make up our cast and crew have been hard at work, and hope that you join us “Under the Sea” for our production of this classic tale at 7 p.m. October 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

Filled with timeless melodies, colorful characters, and beautiful effects, this production is sure to make a splash!

Tickets are $5 for Adults and $3 for students (grade 4 and up).  Senior citizens and students in grade 3 and below are free.

Tickets may be purchased the night of the show at our Box Office.

SECOND OF THIRD COLLEGE AND COFFEE IS TONIGHT – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND

College and Coffee_Fall 2014SS_upper_leftParents are invited to College and Coffee, an informal information sessions about the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid in the OFHS Media Center.  The two remaining sessions are 8-9 a.m. October 22nd and 7-8 p.m. November 5th. A detailed flyer is available HERE.

The OFHS again will offer its student College Lunch Bunch for those having questions about choosing a college and completing applications. They are on selected Tuesdays during lunch and study halls through November 24th in the Guidance Office. A flyer with a list of dates is available by clicking HERE.

TOUR THE 78TH STREET STUDIOS IN CLE WITH MIAMI U’S PRESIDENT – DEADLINE IS THURSDAY – OCTOBER 22ND

Miami U insigniaDuring Miami University’s Year of Innovation and Creativity, get a behind the scenes interactive tour of Cleveland’s Gordon Square’s 78th Street Studio. The event is from 6-8:30 p.m. October 27th featuring the 170,000 square feet of art galleries and performance spaces, hors d’oeuvres and time with retiring Miami U’s President David Hodge and university staff. The cost is $20. The studio is at 1300 W. 78th Street, Cleveland. Registration deadline is Thursday, October 22nd and available by clicking HERE.

After registering, contact Nick Tsirlis, VP of Programming, Miami University Cleveland Alumni Chapter about your attending. He may be reached at nikot112@gmail.com.

5 BULLDOG GRADS/STUDENTS CELEBRATE EAGLE COURT OF HONORZach Shells

Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 will recognize five OFHS grads/students who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Their Court of Honor is at 2 p.m. this Sunday, October 25th at the OFMS cafetorium. The five scouts are Austin Stamper, Casey Komar, Eli Tomasch, Marcus Green and Zach Shells.

The troop, which the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club chartered, has produced 148 Eagle Scouts and has been an actively registered troop since 1926.  Congratulations to these five local bulldogs for their ongoing commitment and community service!Eli Tomasch

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PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP SURVEY – DEADLINE IS TOMORROW FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

PTAAs part of its ongoing commitment to strong partnerships among families, schools and the community at large, PTA is conducting a local family-school partnership survey. The results of this survey will be used to assist our local Olmsted Falls PTA units in continuing efforts to grow and sustain a strong family-school partnership.  All Bulldog parents are invited and encouraged to participate in this online survey. All PTA survey links will remain open through Friday, October 23rd Each survey should take less than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. To complete one or more surveys now, simply click on the appropriate link(s) below:

FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Links to these surveys can also be found in the News section of the District website at www.ofcs.net. 

Thank you for helping PTA!

CLEAN YOUR BASEMENTS/CLOSETS WHILE GIVING BACK TO OTHERS THIS WEEKEND – SATURDAY/SUNDAY

bulldog over musical noteThis weekend brings “Fill the Truck” program that Olmsted Falls Music Association is sponsoring and partnering with Easter Seals Northern Ohio. Items such as clothing, shoes, purses, scarves, gloves, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes, linens, fill the truckcurtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabrics are acceptable items to drop off at the truck that will be parked at the Board of Education office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 24th and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, October 25. Even stained or torn items may be recycled into something else, so bring them, too. All donors will received a tax-deductible receipt.

The clothing will help children and adults with disabilities. Easter Seals will compensate OFMA based on the number of bags/pounds of items collected. To view a copy of a flyer with details, click HERE.

ALL INVITED TO FIRST EVER ALL JAZZ CONCERT AT OFHS – THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH

musicWe have a fantastic jazz program here in Olmsted Falls and this new concert format will feature our top jazz musicians!  We will play many different genres of music including big band, swing, rock, blues, improvisation, and even Sesame Street!!

Come enjoy an evening of jazz while you cheer on some of the most talented young musicians in our school district.

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 28th  7:30 p.m.

WHERE:  OFHS Auditorium

WHO:  Jazz 1, Jazz 2, Middle School Jazz Band

COST:  $5 at the door

We hope to see you there!

OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS SEEKING SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS – OPEN INTERVIEW DAY NOV. 3RD

OFCS Triple A LogoIf you are an adaptable, passionate individual who is committed to student learning and to positively impacting the future of our youth, then a substitute teacher position may be the perfect fit for you!  Substitute teachers are responsible for creating and maintaining a classroom environment that is effective, safe, and conductive to learning. They also have the unique opportunity of teaching with a rapidly changing classroom population of various skills and progress levels.

All that is needed is a Bachelor’s Degree and a passion for working with area youth!  Interested individuals are invited and encouraged to come to our open interview day scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Olmsted Falls High School to learn more and be considered for a position.

Questions? Please contact Shirley Eaddy at Renhill Group via phone (216) 986-2745 or email, Shirley.eaddy@renhill.com.

OFIS PTA INVITES FATHERS, GRANDPAS TO DONUTS WITH DADS

OFMS Donuts with Dads 12 10 11 14Dad, grandpa or another important guy in your child’s life may attend the November 6th Donuts with Dad from 7-8 a.m. at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School and spend some quality time with your child. This is a PTA “members only” event and a benefit of joining PTA. It’s not too late to join – sign up now to save time at the door. This is a free event that is included in your PTA dues. You must register by October 28th. To do so, click HERE for the registration sheet AND to join PTA if you have not done so yet. Be sure to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities.

WINTER BASKETBALL PROGRAM FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN GRADES 1-3

basketball4The Athletic Department of Olmsted Falls Schools is offering an opportunity for primary school students to play basketball this winter.  First grade students will participate in the league once a week for approximately 8-10 weeks; second and third grade students will participate in the league twice a week (one practice and one game) for approximately 8-10 weeks. The cost of the program is $25.00 per student.  Please download the appropriate information letter/form for your child below.  Should you have any questions about the program after reviewing the information contained in the letter(s), please e-mail Mr. Mental directly at mic1616@aol.com. Forms were sent home with all Falls-Lenox students this week, and can also be downloaded below.  Forms must be returned to Falls-Lenox office no later than Thursday, November 12, 2015.

1st Grade Boys & Girls

2nd Grade Boys

3rd Grade Boys

2nd & 3rd Grade Girls

OLMSTED FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL 2015 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE

basketballAttention all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys, registration for the 2015 Boys Developmental Basketball League has begun.  Players will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays (one Wednesday) during the months of November and December. The league will be taught by the Olmsted Falls Varsity Basketball coaches and players. The league emphasizes basic skills, game rules, and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and enjoyable. Each session is a combination of skill work and play. They will be held at OFHS. All participants will also be invited to play at halftime of a Varsity Boys Basketball game. Many great Bulldog basketball players have developed their talents in this same league on Saturday mornings.  To download flyer and registration form, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION (OFVA) TRYOUT – OCTOBER 31ST

VolleyBall-plainWhen:  Saturday, October 31st @ OFMS gym

Time:

10’s (born on or after September 1, 2005 OR in 4th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

11’s: (born on or after September 1, 2004 OR in 5th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

12’s:  (born on or after September 1, 2003 OR in 6th grade) 10:30-12:00 pm

Please be there 15 minutes before your scheduled tryout time to register!

Bring:

~ $5.00 tryout fee (cash or check made out to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters)

~ Kneepads and Parent/Guardian will need to fill out information sheet

For additional information, please click HERE to download information flyer.

HELPING HANDS 1ST PARENT NETWORK MEETING NOVEMBER 12TH

specialed_helping-hands-1SS_upper_leftThe first Helping Hands Parent Network Meeting is Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the OFIS Media Center. RSVP for this meeting is required. Please click HERE to RSVP and help plan the topics to be discussed at the meeting. Bring a friend and enter to win a gift card. We will have a rep from CCBDD in attendance to discuss services provided by the county.

The OFSD is fortunate to have had two groups dedicated to supporting students with special needs and their families. They have been working together to bring more support and information to parents and support students with special needs within the district. The groups are merging and will be called the Helping Hands Parent Leadership Council.
Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through events and celebrations. The “Helping Hands” are typical and highly functioning OFCS special needs students in grades 6-12. They organize events every other month in which special needs students in any grade at OFCS are invited to participate.

CP_leftOlmsted Falls Parent Leadership Council was formed to support the unique learning needs of children within the district. Comprised of representatives of district administration and parents of children with special needs, the group strives to create a forum for families to share and request information to support their children’s education planning, including preparing for IEP meetings, transition planning, social development and behavior support. Two parent representatives attend monthly meetings at the State Support Team Region 3 of Cuyahoga County. The representatives collaborate with district administration regarding relative special education topics and disseminate information of interest to families of children with disabilities and serve as a resource to families in the district.

TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – SATURDAY, NOV. 14TH

talent-showAttention ALL Olmsted Falls Dancers, Singers, Comedians, Musicians, Jugglers, Bands and Magicians Kindergarten through 12th Grade!!! Is there another talent you have??  We ask you to bring it!!!

The 29th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015  from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium.  Our Bulldogs are awesome performers, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

Please watch this weekly blog and look for posted flyers in your school for more details.  The High School PTA Talent Show will be Saturday, January 30, 2016 – Mark your calendars!

For information please contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net or Mrs. Ferrini at 440-427-0894 or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net. with questions.

A HEALTH MESSAGE FROM THE DISTRICT NURSE: IMPORTANT TIPS TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF ILLNESSES!

health clinic clipartNow is the season for colds and flu.  Your School Health Care Team is aware that it is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illnesses while his/her resistance is lowered.

Please remember that if your child has any flu-like symptoms — such as a fever, chills, vomiting, general aches and pains — to keep her/him home from school.  If you are called to pick up your child because of illness, please try to pick up her/him as soon as possible.  Students must be kept home for 24 hours after any fever and any episode of vomiting or diarrhea without help of any medication.  Please keep in mind that following these policies, as well as practicing proper hand washing techniques, will significantly cut down on the spread of illness to others.

The school clinic has provided a one-sheet summary of guidelines to cover the more common childhood illnesses and the usual recommendations for keeping children home from school and daycare.  Please click here to download the guidelines.  Also, please click here for additional information on cold and flu season.

Just a reminder that the purpose of our school health clinics is to provide care for the health, wellness, illness and injuries of all students. The clinics provide first aid, assist with all emergencies, administer daily medications as needed, and follow health care plans for chronic conditions.  The clinic staff is responsible for school health records, immunizations, and vision/hearing screenings.  Each health clinic is staffed with a health aide or a medical assistant.  There is one RN for the District. The clinics are not set up to operate as doctors’ offices, so the staff is unable to check ears, diagnose illnesses or rashes, determine if an injury is a sprain or a break, or give medication (other than what is brought in by parent with proper paperwork).  Please remind students that the clinics are for emergencies or illnesses that occur during school hours only. Remember, if they are sick during the night, they will most likely be sick during the day and should be kept at home.

Thank you for your attention to these important health matters.

OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER IS HERE

mason jar candleFrom now until November 9th, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances. They make great GIFTS for any occasion.

Again this year is a 4-pack Mini-Masons and Candle Gift Box. It includes one Mason jar and two mini-mason jars. Both are available in delicious Fall and Winter assortments.

To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, please click HERE.

SHOP FOR HELPING HANDS T-SHIRTS, HOODIES IN ALL SIZES

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Helping Hands is running its annual fundraiser with 3elove.com! When you use our code to buy custom OFCS merchandise OR ANY other 3elove products, a portion of the sales will benefit Helping Hands. Visit this website www.3elove.com/ofcs to place your order.

All orders must be placed online by November 15. To view the fundraiser’s flyer, click HERE.

OFMA’S WING/PIZZA NOV. 14TH NIGHT SELLING TICKETS @ THIS FRIDAY’S GAME

quiz nightmusic-symbolsTickets will be available at this Friday night football game – October 23rd – for the OFMA’s Wing/Pizza night set for Nov. whatever. Tickets will be sold at the donut stand.

A trivia contest highlights the event from 6-10 p.m. November 14th at St. Clarence Church’s main hall, 30106 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

The cost is $20, which covers all-you-can-eat wings/pizza/salad buffet, refreshments and a chance to win a valuable door prize. Those buying six tickets (fill a table) at the game will receive an entry for a special door prize. There also will be side boards and gift basket raffles. The trivia contest team tables of six cost $15 a person. The theme is “Music Through the Decades.” To view an event flyer, click HERE.

The group also needs volunteers and donations for this event. If you can help, contact Janet Kollar, janetrk@sbcglobal.net.

frostyFREE WENDY’S JR. FROSTY THROUGH OFMS PTA’S FUNDRAISER

The OFMS PTA again is participating in the Free Wendy’s Jr. Frosty card fundraiser. For $1, you receive a card for unlimited free Jr. Frosty’s from Wendy’s with any purchase. The cards are good for one year of unlimited use. They also are great gifts for grandparents, co-workers and siblings.  To view a purchase form, click HERE, and return it to school.

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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers

COMMUNITY

 

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Fuel up with firefighters before trick-or-treating October 31st. Stop by the fire station at Bagley and Fitch roads from 4-6 p.m. Halloween – Oct. 31. The first 300 youngsters will receive glow sticks. Firefighters also will provide safety tips, food and refreshments.

 

 

COOL CHEMISTRY HANDS-ON FUN THIS SATURDAY

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Get your hands into some cool chemistry fun with experiments and stuff you’ll make and be able to take home at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 24th.
This activity is for grades 3 – 6  at Olmsted Falls Library.

 

ROBOTIX BLOX: MOCKINGBOT DAY CHALLENGE SET FOR SATURDAY OCT. 31st

Date: 10/31/2015
Time: 2 – 4 PM  @ Olmsted Falls Library

The final Hunger Games movie will be released soon! What better way to prepare than to come to the library for the MockingBOT Challenge. Program a robot to survive the clock arena from Catching Fire. Help it fight off crazy monkeys, dodge the lighting, and conquer other challenges Katniss and Peeta encounter in the action packed Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Space is limited. Registration is required for the event, which is for grades 5 and up activity by clicking HERE.

OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (OTBA) ACCEPTING HOT STOVE SIGN UPS 

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUOTBA is accepting registrations for players who wish to participate in the Lorain County Hot Stove league. The deadline for registrations is 1/2/2016.  Additional information on the LCHS league and the open registration can be found at the links below.

http://www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=525421&mid=548375&newskeyid=HN1&newsid=80326&ctl=newsdetail

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BULLDOGS:   DONATE YOUR GENTLY-USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT FOR A GOOD CAUSE

sports equipmentDo you have gently used sports equipment collecting dust in your garage? Let us help you de-clutter! We want your rackets, bats, sticks, mitts and athletic balls (no shoes please). The OF Lacrosse team is hosting a used sports equipment drive! All items collected during this drive will be donated to under-served youth in the Greater Cleveland area.

Often the cost of equipment and fees can prevent struggling youth from being able to participate in sports. Research suggests that in addition to improved physical health, participation in sports can lead to an improvement in academic achievement, increased self-esteem and reduced behavioral problems. Help us make a difference in another child’s life and give them the opportunity to participate in the sports that we love so much!

Donations can be made until noon Saturday, October 31st, at Falls PC Clinic, 25564 Bagley Road, the Olmsted Community Center or arrangements for pickups may be made by emailing joannademarco@yahoo.com.

OHIO FLAGS OF HONOR FUNDRAISER NEEDS WORKERS, PARTICIPANTS

Ohio Flags of honor all American flagsAn event to help raise money toward the Ohio Flags of Honor is set for 6-9 p.m. November 7th at Tony K’s Bar & Grille, 841 W. Bagley Road in Berea. Tickets are $20. The Ohio Flags of Honor display honors men and women from our state who paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. The display has appeared in our community.

To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

craft-fair6th ANNUAL OLMSTED HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

The Olmsted Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe is accepting vendors for its November 14th show that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All vendors/crafters are welcome.  An application is at olmstedcc.com. There will be only one representative per business accepted, so apply early. Last year more than 770 buyers were in attendance. If you have questions, contact the center, 440-427-1599.

 

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Parent Update – October 14, 2015

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TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH –  OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL TO CO-HOST CANDIDATE FORUM 

Candidates-forum-PTA Council will co-host a candidate forum TONIGHT from 7-9 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls Middle School. All residents of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township are invited to meet candidates running for the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, Olmsted Falls council and Olmsted Township trustee and fiscal officer. Other sponsors of the forum are OF Kiwanis, OF Education Association and Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH

CalendarGraphicPlease make sure your calendars are marked for these upcoming dates:

  • NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH – The Olmsted Falls School District, along with other districts throughout the State, will be closed on Friday, October 16th for the annual NEOEA Day.
  • There is also NO SCHOOL for students on Tuesday, November 3rd (Election Day) – OFCS staff members will be participating in a scheduled professional development day on this day.

To download a copy of the complete 2015-2016 school year calendar, please click HERE.

OFHS PRE-ENGINEERING STUDENTS VISIT MANUFACTURING PLANTSS_upper_left

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The Olmsted Falls Pre-Engineering students visited the RW Beckett Corporation in North Ridgeville Oct. 7th since October is Manufacturing Month. The special month recognition is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. National Beckett tour 4Manufacturing Month is supported by Ohio Dream It. Do it., which assists manufacturers throughout Ohio with community outreach and the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network. Around the country, dozens of companies and organizations will host events and open houses to showcase the bright future offered to young people who chose careers in advanced manufacturing.

Students visited Beckett’s engineering labs, manufacturing plant, offices and experienced oil and gas demonstrations. Thanks to the RW Beckett Corporation and its employees who gave their time to enrich our students’ lives. To view a photo gallery of the visit, click HERE.

CP_leftKINDERGARTNERS VISIT OLMSTED TOWNSHIP FIRE STATION

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ECC’s kindergarten classes took turns walking to the Olmsted Township Fire Station to celebrate Fire Prevention
Week.

Although the children were ECC 3interested in the fire trucks and firefighting equipment, many of them were fascinated with the firefighters’ living quarters, which is their home when at work.

We thank all of our local firefighters for helping keep us safe!

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STUDENTS GET CREATIVE IN NEW OFMS PHOTO CLUB

photo club 2The OFMS Photo Club is officially underway with more than 30 members meeting regularly to explore the world of photography and art.  The new Photo Club sessions will have different goals throughout the year, such as printmaking, photograph subject matter, drawing from photos, zentangling upon photos, etc.

Students got creative during the first photography-meets-art-class activity of the year involving hand-coloring photo club 3photos with markers and/or paints.  The end results are awesome and club members look forward to having their pieces displayed in the showcase soon!  To view a few of these projects, please click HERE.

The OFMS Photo Club meets about four times a month and provides an opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to learn more about photography, as well as how photography can be combined with other visual arts methods.  For more information about the OFMS Photo Club, please contact  Art Teacher Miss Ventimiglia at jventimiglia@ofcs.net or 427-6343.

CP_leftMORE THAN 150 OFHS GOLDEN GRADS ATTEND ANNUAL REUNION LUNCHEON

golden gradsThe 11th Annual Golden Grads Luncheon, which the Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association sponsors, was a great success. More than 150 Bulldog grads from the classes of 1938-1969 attended the popular event October 1st at the German Club.  Grads enjoyed lunch, friends and memories. Our Most Golden Grad was Jean Lewis Rindfleisch, pictured at left, who graduated in 1938!

If you are an OFHS graduate from the classes of 1938-1969 (or know a graduate from one of these classes), please plan to join us (or share the information) next year for this wonderful event.  To view a photo gallery of this year’s event, please click HERE.

OFHS MASQUERS, POST PROM PARENT GROUPS TO MEET NEXT WEEKLittle Bulldogs Volleyball Clinic

The Olmsted Falls Masquers & Forensics Patrons will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, October 19th in Room W3.

Post Prom Committee is for any parent of an OFHS senior. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 21st in the media center. Parents are invited to come with ideas and help decide on Post Prom’s theme this year.

BULLDOG THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS:  Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.   OCT. 22-24 @ 7:00 PM IN THE OFMS CAFETERIA

Litlle Mermaid JrThe 55 6th-8th graders who make up our cast and crew have been hard at work, and hope that you join us “Under the Sea” for our production of this classic tale.

Filled with timeless melodies, colorful characters, and beautiful effects, this production is sure to make a splash!

Tickets are $5 for Adults and $3 for students (grade 4 and up).  Senior citizens and students in grade 3 and below are free.

Tickets may be purchased the night of the show at our Box Office.

A HEALTH MESSAGE FROM THE DISTRICT NURSE: IMPORTANT TIPS TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF ILLNESSES!

health clinic clipartNow is the season for colds and flu.  Your School Health Care Team is aware that it is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illnesses while his/her resistance is lowered.

Please remember that if your child has any flu-like symptoms — such as a fever, chills, vomiting, general aches and pains — to keep her/him home from school.  If you are called to pick up your child because of illness, please try to pick up her/him as soon as possible.  Students must be kept home for 24 hours after any fever and any episode of vomiting or diarrhea without help of any medication.  Please keep in mind that following these policies, as well as practicing proper hand washing techniques, will significantly cut down on the spread of illness to others.

The school clinic has provided a one-sheet summary of guidelines to cover the more common childhood illnesses and the usual recommendations for keeping children home from school and daycare.  Please click here to download the guidelines.  Also, please click here for additional information on cold and flu season.

Just a reminder that the purpose of our school health clinics is to provide care for the health, wellness, illness and injuries of all students. The clinics provide first aid, assist with all emergencies, administer daily medications as needed, and follow health care plans for chronic conditions.  The clinic staff is responsible for school health records, immunizations, and vision/hearing screenings.  Each health clinic is staffed with a health aide or a medical assistant.  There is one RN for the District. The clinics are not set up to operate as doctors’ offices, so the staff is unable to check ears, diagnose illnesses or rashes, determine if an injury is a sprain or a break, or give medication (other than what is brought in by parent with proper paperwork).  Please remind students that the clinics are for emergencies or illnesses that occur during school hours only. Remember, if they are sick during the night, they will most likely be sick during the day and should be kept at home.

Thank you for your attention to these important health matters.

CP_leftOFIS PTA INVITES FATHERS, GRANDPAS TO DONUTS WITH DADS

OFMS Donuts with Dads 12 10 11 14Dad, grandpa or another important guy in your child’s life may attend the November 6th Donuts with Dad from 7-8 a.m. at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School and spend some quality time with your child. This is a PTA “members only” event and a benefit of joining PTA. It’s not too late to join – sign up now to save time at the door. This is a free event that is included in your PTA dues. You must register by October 28th. To do so, click HERE for the registration sheet AND to join PTA if you have not done so yet. Be sure to bring your camera for some great photo opportunities.

UPCOMING COLLEGE INFO/FAIR FOR PARENTS AND/OR STUDENTS

College and Coffee_Fall 2014SS_upper_leftParents are invited to College and Coffee, an informal information sessions about the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid in the OFHS Media Center.  The two remaining sessions are 8-9 a.m. October 22nd and 7-8 p.m. November 5th. A detailed flyer is available HERE.

The OFHS again will offer its student College Lunch Bunch for those having questions about choosing a college and completing applications. They are on selected Tuesdays during lunch and study halls through November 24th in the Guidance Office. A flyer with a list of dates is available by clicking HERE.

The final college fair – Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair – is TOMORROW,  Thursday, Oct. 15th from 6:30-8 p.m. at John Carroll University, University Heights.

CP_leftPTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP SURVEY – STILL TIME TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!

PTAAs part of its ongoing commitment to strong partnerships among families, schools and the community at large, PTA is conducting a local family-school partnership survey. The results of this survey will be used to assist our local Olmsted Falls PTA units in continuing efforts to grow and sustain a strong family-school partnership.  All Bulldog parents are invited and encouraged to participate in this online survey. All PTA survey links will remain open through Friday, October 23rd. 

Please Note:  Each PTA unit will be evaluated individually and you will find links to four separate surveys below.  For parents with students in multiple buildings, we ask that you complete a survey for the PTA unit associated with each building that you currently have a child attending. Each survey should take less than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. To
complete one or more surveys now, simply click on the appropriate link(s) below:


FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Links to these surveys can also be found in the News section of the District website at www.ofcs.net. 

Thank you for helping PTA!

INTRODUCTION TO NAVIANCE VIDEO AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

Future clip artCollege and Career Counselor Aimee Caldrone created an informational video for students in grades 6-12, and their parents, regarding the new Naviance system.  Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness system that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals and improve student outcomes.

All students in grades 6-12 in our district have been provided with a personal Naviance account for use in the classroom and for additional exploration on their own.

To view the new “Welcome to Naviance” video, please click HERE.

SS_upper_leftOFHS STUDENTS ATTEND BELIEVE IN OHIO FORUM

believe in ohio pix 3College and Career Counselor Mrs. Aimee Caldrone and 13 OFHS students attended the “Believe In Ohio” STEM Forum Saturday, October 10th at Hudson High School.  The forum introduces students to the world of STEM research and development and entrepreneurship in their region and inspires students to begin to think outside the box in terms of applying what they are learning to create the products, services and solutions of the future. For information on Believe In Ohio, click HERE.

Dr. Lynn E. Elfner, Academy CEO emeritus and co-director of Believe in Ohio, gave a perceptive explanation of the program. “Our ultimate vision is that a student will develop a competitive STEM Commercialization or STEM Business Plan, receive a scholarship to an Ohio college or university, graduate and pursue his or her future in Ohio: be employed, create jobs, and contribute to society.” The forum was very informational.

DEADLINE TO TRYOUT FOR OF TRAVEL BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL IS THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH

basketball4The Olmsted Falls Basketball Association will hold travel team tryouts THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th  at OFHS. The scheduled times and ages are 10 a.m. to noon, boys in grades 5-6; 12:15-1:45 p.m., girls in grades 4-6 and 2-3:30 p.m., boys, grades 3-4. There is a $5 tryout fee.

OFBA’s goal is to identify and further develop players in the OFSD’s grades 3-6 at a higher level of basketball that prepares them for the OFMS and OFHS basketball programs. To view a flyer, click HERE.

If you have questions, contact Jeff Lippus, 216-598-0103, jlippus@clarkrandp.com or Kim Urban, urbankt@sbcglobal.net.

CP_leftYOUR TEEN MAGAZINE HAS VIDEO LINKS FROM RECENT “NAVIGATING THE COLLEGE PROCESS” EVENT

college building clip artParents who attended last month’s “Navigating The College Process” event sponsored by Your Teen Magazine at Lake Ridge Academy gave rave reviews to the sessions and resources available at the expo.  As a school sponsor of this valuable event,
Olmsted Falls High School has been provided video links to the following sessions which took place at the event:

SS_upper_leftWhat to Think About When You’re Thinking About College

Behind the Scenes of College Admissions

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

All Bulldog parents are invited to click on any of the links above to view sessions of interest.  Thank you to Your Teen Magazine for including Olmsted Falls Schools in this event and for making these post-event resources available to our parents!

OLMSTED FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL 2015 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE

basketballAttention all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys, registration for the 2015 Boys Developmental Basketball League has begun.  Players will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays (one Wednesday) during the months of November and December. The league will be taught by the Olmsted Falls Varsity Basketball coaches and players. The league emphasizes basic skills, game rules, and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and enjoyable. Each session is a combination of skill work and play. They will be held at OFHS. All participants will also be invited to play at halftime of a Varsity Boys Basketball game. Many great Bulldog basketball players have developed their talents in this same league on Saturday mornings.  To download flyer and registration form, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION (OFVA) TRYOUT – OCTOBER 31ST

VolleyBall-plainWhen:  Saturday, October 31st

Where:  Olmsted Falls Middle School Gymnasium

Time:

10’s (born on or after September 1, 2005 OR in 4th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

11’s: (born on or after September 1, 2004 OR in 5th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

12’s:  (born on or after September 1, 2003 OR in 6th grade) 10:30-12:00 pm

Please be there 15 minutes before your scheduled tryout time to register!

Bring:

~ $5.00 tryout fee (cash or check made out to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters)

~ Kneepads

~ Parent/Guardian will need to fill out information sheet

For additional information, please click HERE to download information flyer.

HELPING HANDS 1ST PARENT NETWORK MEETING NOVEMBER 12TH

specialed_helping-hands-1SS_upper_leftThe first Helping Hands Parent Network Meeting is Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the OFIS Media Center. RSVP for this meeting is required. Please click HERE to RSVP and help plan the topics to be discussed at the meeting. Bring a friend and enter to win a gift card. We will have a rep from CCBDD in attendance to discuss services provided by the county.

About Helping Hands

The OFSD is fortunate to have had two groups dedicated to supporting students with special needs and their families. They have been working together to bring more support and information to parents and support students with special needs within the district. The groups are merging and will be called the Helping Hands Parent Leadership Council.
Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn
attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through events and celebrations. The “Helping Hands” are typical and highly functioning OFCS special needs students in grades 6-12. They organize events every other month in which special needs students in any grade at OFCS are invited to participate.

CP_leftOlmsted Falls Parent Leadership Council was formed to support the unique learning needs of children within the district. Comprised of representatives of district administration and parents of children with special needs, the group strives to create a forum for families to share and request information to support their children’s education planning, including preparing for IEP meetings, transition planning, social development and behavior support. Two parent representatives attend monthly meetings at the State Support Team Region 3 of Cuyahoga County. The representatives collaborate with district administration regarding relative special education topics and disseminate information of interest to families of children with disabilities and serve as a resource to families in the district.

OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER IS HERE

mason jar candleFrom now until November 9th, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances. They make great GIFTS for any occasion.

Again this year is a 4-pack Mini-Masons and Candle Gift Box. It includes one Mason jar and two mini-mason jars. Both are available in delicious Fall and Winter assortments.

To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, please click HERE.

SHOP FOR HELPING HANDS T-SHIRTS, HOODIES IN ALL SIZES

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Helping Hands is running its annual fundraiser with 3elove.com! When you use our code to buy custom OFCS merchandise OR ANY other 3elove products, a portion of the sales will benefit Helping Hands. Visit this website www.3elove.com/ofcs to place your order.

All orders must be placed online by November 15. To view the fundraiser’s flyer, click HERE.

OFMA’S WING/PIZZA NIGHT OFFERS FOOD, FUN & MUSIC TRIVIA – NOV. 14TH

quiz nightmusic-symbolsA trivia contest highlights the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Wing/Pizza Night from 6-10 p.m. November 14th at St. Clarence Church’s main hall, 30106 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

The cost is $20, which covers all-you-can-eat wings/pizza/salad buffet, refreshments and a chance to win a valuable door prize. There also will be side boards and gift basket raffles. The trivia contest team tables of six cost $15 a person. The theme is “Music Through the Decades.” To view an event flyer, click HERE.

The group also needs volunteers and donations for this event. If you can help, contact Janet Kollar, janetrk@sbcglobal.net.

frostyFREE WENDY’S JR. FROSTY THROUGH OFMS PTA’S FUNDRAISER

The OFMS PTA again is participating in the Free Wendy’s Jr. Frosty card fundraiser. For $1, you receive a card for unlimited free Jr. Frosty’s from Wendy’s with any purchase. The cards are good for one year of unlimited use. They also are great gifts for grandparents, co-workers and siblings.  To view a purchase form, click HERE, and return it to school.

OFMA TEAMS WITH EASTER SEALS TO ‘FILL THE TRUCK’ ARRIVING SOON – OCT. 24TH & 25TH

Olmsted_Falls_MusicEaster SealsThe Olmsted Falls Music Association will sponsor a “Fill the Truck” clothing donation drive in cooperation with the Easter Seals. The truck will be parked in the district’s board of education lot, 26937 Bagley Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 24th and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, October 25th. All donations, which include clothing, shoes, accessories and various linens-items, are tax-deductible. To view a more detailed flyer, click HERE.

If you have any questions contact Kathy Green at khg712@aol.com.

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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (OTBA) ACCEPTING HOT STOVE SIGN UPS 

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUOTBA is accepting registrations for players who wish to participate in the Lorain County Hot Stove league. The deadline for registrations is 1/2/2016.  Additional information on the LCHS league and the open registration can be found at the links below.

http://www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=525421&mid=548375&newskeyid=HN1&newsid=80326&ctl=newsdetail

http://www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=770776

October 2015 Senior Calendar

OLMSTED RECREATION SENIOR ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER

A listing of Olmsted Recreation Senior Activities for this month is on the Olmsted Recreation website by clicking HERE.

OLMSTED RECREATION OFFERS YOGA CLASS STARTING THIS MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH

Olmsted Recreation LogoYoga 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.

OHIO FLAGS OF HONOR FUNDRAISER NEEDS WORKERS, PARTICIPANTS

Ohio Flags of honor all American flagsAn event to help raise money toward the Ohio Flags of Honor is set for 6-9 p.m. November 7th at Tony K’s Bar & Grille, 841 W. Bagley Road in Berea. Tickets are $20. The Ohio Flags of Honor display honors men and women from our state who paid the ultimate price protecting our freedom in the service of our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. The display has appeared in our community.

To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.

craft-fair6th ANNUAL OLMSTED HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

The Olmsted Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe is accepting vendors for its November 14th show that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All vendors/crafters are welcome.  An application is at olmstedcc.com. There will be only one representative per business accepted, so apply early. Last year more than 770 buyers were in attendance. If you have questions, contact the center, 440-427-1599.

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Parent Update – October 8, 2015

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CP_leftKINDERGARTNERS ENJOY MUSIC ENRICHMENT LESSONS

IMG_0440ECC’s kindergartners participated in music enrichment lessons on Wednesday with Lizz Jacobus, a licensed music therapist with Music Therapy Enrichment Center in Westlake.
District parent Joe Little secured a Talty Grant
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The grant also paid for her to provide music
enrichment for this summer’s ESY classes and a professional development session with teachers before the first day of school.

Lizz also will provide school-wide assemblies over the next few months.

LATEST MYTH BUSTER: KNOW THE REAL FACTS!Fact Check

MYTH: Olmsted Falls School District no longer teaches the skill of cursive writing to its students.

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Falls-Lenox students receive instruction in cursive writing.

FACT: Olmsted Falls School District continues to teach students cursive writing.  Students are currently taught cursive writing during second grade. Prior to this year, cursive writing was taught in 3rd grade.

Beginning this year, cursive writing is being taught in 2nd grade. During this year’s transition, students in BOTH 2nd and 3rd grades are learning cursive writing to ensure that no class of students misses out on cursive writing instruction.

IMPORTANT NOTE: With two Board of Education seats up for election this November 4th, parents are urged to be especially cautious about fact checking the information presented to them by campaigns. Olmsted Falls School District is NOT permitted to endorse, nor does it ever endorse individual candidates. However, the District will provide accurate facts and information to address any false statement represented and communicated as fact by a campaign. The District’s established Myth Buster feature in the Weekly Blog Update will be utilized for this purpose as needed in the coming weeks. Additionally, as always, all parents and residents are invited and encouraged to contact Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd with any questions or concerns about Olmsted Falls School District at 427-6000 or jlloyd@ofcs.net.

UPCOMING COLLEGE INFO/FAIR FOR PARENTS AND/OR STUDENTS – 1ST COLLEGE & COFFEE TONIGHT

College and Coffee_Fall 2014SS_upper_leftParents are invited to College and Coffee, an informal information sessions about the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid in the OFHS Media Center.  Sessions are TONIGHT  from  7-8 p.m. October 8th; 8-9 a.m. October 22nd and 7-8 p.m. November 5th. A detailed flyer is available HERE.

The OFHS again will offer its student College Lunch Bunch for those having questions about choosing a college and completing applications. They are on selected Tuesdays during lunch and study halls through November 24th in the Guidance Office. A flyer with a list of dates is available by clicking HERE.

One more college fair is this month.  It is the Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair, Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m.  at John Carroll University, University Heights.

PTA COUNCIL TO CO-HOST CANDIDATE FORUM – NEXT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

Candidates-forum-PTA Council will co-host a candidate forum October 14th. All residents of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township are invited to the forum that runs from 7-9 p.m. At the Olmsted Falls Middle School. Meet candidates running for the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, Olmsted Falls council and Olmsted Township trustee and fiscal officer. Other sponsors of the forum are OF Kiwanis, OF Education Association and Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

REMINDERS:  NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 16TH & NOVEMBER 3RD

CalendarGraphicPlease make sure your calendars are marked for these upcoming dates:

  • No School on Friday, October 16th – The Olmsted Falls School District, along with other districts throughout the State, will be closed on Friday, October 16th for the annual NEOEA Day.
  • No School on Tuesday, November 3rd – There will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 3rd (Election Day)

To download a copy of the complete 2015-2016 school year calendar, please click HERE.

THE BULLDOG THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS:  Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.           OCTOBER 22ND, 23RD, & 24TH @ 7:00 PM IN THE OFMS CAFETERIA

Litlle Mermaid JrThe fifty-five 6th-8th graders who make up our cast and crew have been hard at work, and hope that you join us “Under the Sea” for our production of this classic tale.

Filled with timeless melodies, colorful characters, and beautiful effects, this production is sure to make a splash!

Tickets are $5 for Adults and $3 for students (grade 4 and up).  Senior citizens and students in grade 3 and below are free.

Tickets may be purchased the night of the show at our Box Office.  

TE_lowerRight-cropTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED

CQrBwU5VAAALpeGAs the integration of technology into education continues, Olmsted Falls School District invites parents to learn more about the various tools being used to enhance student learning and success in our classrooms.  This past Tuesday SS_upper_leftevening, approximately 60 parents attended the first in a series of four Technology Information Nights for Parents presented by OFCS Technology Integration Specialists Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem.
Topics covered included Google CQrBwU3UsAA8x49Apps for Education, Compass Learning, PowerSchool and choosing the best device for your student.  If you were note able to attend this first Technology Information Night and are interested in reviewing the information that was presented, please click HERE.

Also, mark your calendar for these future Technology Information Nights for Parents scheduled for:

Tuesday, December 1st – TOPIC: Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers

Tuesday, February 16th – TOPIC: Internet Safety & Social Media

Tuesday, March 1st – TOPIC: Overview of Online Testing 

All Technology Information Nights will be held in the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.   These sessions are open to all parents/guardians of all OFCS students regardless of grade level. Devices will be available for use, but parents are also encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device, if available.

To download official Technology Information Night flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.

PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP SURVEY – SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS TODAY!

PTAAs part of its ongoing commitment to strong partnerships among families, schools and the community at large, PTA is conducting a local family-school partnership survey. The results of this survey will be used to assist our local Olmsted Falls PTA units in continuing efforts to grow and sustain a strong family-school partnership.  All Bulldog parents are invited and encouraged to participate in this online survey.

Please Note:  Each PTA unit will be evaluated individually and you will find links to four separate surveys below.  For parents with students in multiple buildings, we ask that you complete a survey for the PTA unit associated with each building that you currently have a child attending. Each survey should take less than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. To
complete one or more surveys now, simply click on the appropriate link(s) below:

CP_leftFALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Links to these surveys can also be found in the News section of the District website at www.ofcs.net.  All PTA survey links will remain open through Friday, October 23rd

Thank you for helping PTA!

SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS MONTH IN THE MUSIC CIRCLE

musicThe OFMA’s monthly newsletter, Musical Notes, may be viewed by clicking HERE. Some of the highlights include a picture of this year’s Golden Harmonies, various fundraisers, volunteer opportunities and photos of performers in the upcoming OFMS Bulldog Theatre Company’s production of The Little Mermaid, Jr.

DEADLINE TOMORROW – FRIDAY, OCT. 9TH –  ENTER OSBA’S ‘STAND UP FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST

stand up for public schoolsThe Ohio School Board Association’s video contest’s entry deadline is TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH. The contest seeks high school students to show their ideas how public schools make a difference. This student video contest is open to high school students in OSBA-member districts. Schools are invited to submit a video, with a maximum length of 90 seconds, that conveys the contest’s theme – “Stand up for Ohio Public Schools.” Explain how Olmsted Falls City School District or the High School is standing up for public education while making a difference in your life or future success.  The top three videos will win prizes for their schools, will be posted on OSBA’s website and featured at its annual Capital Conference. For a flyer containing complete details, click HERE. To see contest entry materials, click HERE.

TRYOUTS FOR OF TRAVEL BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL SET FOR OCTOBER 17TH

basketball4The Olmsted Falls Basketball Association will hold travel team tryouts October 17th at OFHS. The scheduled times and ages are 10 a.m. to noon, boys in grades 5-6; 12:15-1:45 p.m., girls in grades 4-6 and 2-3:30 p.m., boys, grades 3-4. There is a $5 tryout fee.

OFBA’s goal is to identify and further develop players in the OFSD’s grades 3-6 at a higher level of basketball that prepares them for the OFMS and OFHS basketball programs. To view a flyer, click HERE.

If you have questions, contact Jeff Lippus, 216-598-0103, jlippus@clarkrandp.com or Kim Urban, urbankt@sbcglobal.net.

OLMSTED FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL 2015 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE

basketballAttention all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys, registration for the 2015 Boys Developmental Basketball League has begun.  Players will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays (one Wednesday) during the months of November and December. The league will be taught by the Olmsted Falls Varsity Basketball coaches and players. The league emphasizes basic skills, game rules, and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and enjoyable. Each session is a combination of skill work and play. They will be held at OFHS. All participants will also be invited to play at halftime of a Varsity Boys Basketball game. Many great Bulldog basketball players have developed their talents in this same league on Saturday mornings.  To download flyer and registration form, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION (OFVA) TRYOUT – OCTOBER 31ST

VolleyBall-plainWhen:  Saturday, October 31st

Where:  Olmsted Falls Middle School Gymnasium

Time:

10’s (born on or after September 1, 2005 OR in 4th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

11’s: (born on or after September 1, 2004 OR in 5th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

12’s:  (born on or after September 1, 2003 OR in 6th grade) 10:30-12:00 pm

Please be there 15 minutes before your scheduled tryout time to register!

Bring:

~ $5.00 tryout fee (cash or check made out to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters)

~ Kneepads

~ Parent/Guardian will need to fill out information sheet

For additional information, please click HERE to download information flyer.

HELPING HANDS 1ST PARENT NETWORK MEETING NOVEMBER 12TH

specialed_helping-hands-1The first Helping Hands Parent Network Meeting is Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the OFIS Media Center. RSVP for this meeting is required. Please click HERE to RSVP and help plan the topics to be discussed at the meeting. Bring a friend and enter to win a gift card. We will have a rep from CCBDD in attendance to discuss services provided by the county.

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The OFSD is fortunate to have had two groups dedicated to supporting students with special needs and their families. They have been working together to bring more support and information to parents and support students with special needs within the district. The groups are merging and will be called the Helping Hands Parent Leadership Council.
Helping Hands is a disability awareness program that helps people of all ages learn
attitudes of acceptance, dignity and respect toward all people, especially those with disabilities. The Helping Hands program will help you and your child discover new friends, develop new ideas and learn more about people with disabilities through events and celebrations. The “Helping Hands” are typical and highly functioning OFCS special needs students in grades 6-12. They organize events every other month in which special needs students in any grade at OFCS are invited to participate.

CP_leftOlmsted Falls Parent Leadership Council was formed to support the unique learning needs of children within the district. Comprised of representatives of district administration and parents of children with special needs, the group strives to create a forum for families to share and request information to support their children’s education planning, including preparing for IEP meetings, transition planning, social development and behavior support. Two parent representatives attend monthly meetings at the State Support Team Region 3 of Cuyahoga County. The representatives collaborate with district administration regarding relative special education topics and disseminate information of interest to families of children with disabilities and serve as a resource to families in the district.

OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER IS HERE

mason jar candleFrom now until November 9th, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances. They make great GIFTS for any occasion.

Again this year is a 4-pack Mini-Masons and Candle Gift Box. It includes one Mason jar and two mini-mason jars. Both are available in delicious Fall and Winter assortments.

To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, please click HERE.

SHOP FOR HELPING HANDS T-SHIRTS, HOODIES IN ALL SIZES

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Helping Hands is running its annual fundraiser with 3elove.com! When you use our code to buy custom OFCS merchandise OR ANY other 3elove products, a portion of the sales will benefit Helping Hands. Visit this website www.3elove.com/ofcs to place your order.

All orders must be placed online by November 15. To view the fundraiser’s flyer, click HERE.

OFMA’S WING/PIZZA NIGHT OFFERS FOOD, FUN & MUSIC TRIVIA – NOV. 14TH

quiz nightmusic-symbolsA trivia contest highlights the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Wing/Pizza Night from 6-10 p.m. November 14th at St. Clarence Church’s main hall, 30106 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

The cost is $20, which covers all-you-can-eat wings/pizza/salad buffet, refreshments and a chance to win a valuable door prize. There also will be side boards and gift basket raffles. The trivia contest team tables of six cost $15 a person. The theme is “Music Through the Decades.” To view an event flyer, click HERE.

The group also needs volunteers and donations for this event. If you can help, contact Janet Kollar, janetrk@sbcglobal.net.

frostyFREE WENDY’S JR. FROSTY THROUGH OFMS PTA’S FUNDRAISER

The OFMS PTA again is participating in the Free Wendy’s Jr. Frosty card fundraiser. For $1, you receive a card for unlimited free Jr. Frosty’s from Wendy’s with any purchase. The cards are good for one year of unlimited use. They also are great gifts for grandparents, co-workers and siblings.
To view a purchase form, click HERE, and return it to school.

OFMA TEAMS WITH EASTER SEALS TO ‘FILL THE TRUCK’ – OCT. 24TH & 25TH

Olmsted_Falls_MusicEaster SealsThe Olmsted Falls Music Association will sponsor a “Fill the Truck” clothing donation drive in cooperation with the Easter
Seals. The truck will be parked in the district’s board of education lot, 26937 Bagley Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 24th and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, October 25th. All donations, which include clothing, shoes, accessories and various linens-items, are tax-deductible. To view a more detailed flyer, click HERE.

If you have any questions contact Kathy Green at khg712@aol.com.

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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (OTBA) ANNUAL MEETING – THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 11TH

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUThe OTBA Annual Meeting is Sunday, October 11th at 7PM.  The location is Tony K’s in Berea.  Volunteers needed for open board positions.  Additional information can be found at the link below.

http://www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=525421&mid=548375&newskeyid=HN1&newsid=80324&ctl=newsdetail

OTBA is also accepting registrations for players who wish to participate in the Lorain County Hot Stove league. The deadline for registrations is 1/2/2016.  Additional information on the LCHS league and the open registration can be found at the links below.

http://www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=525421&mid=548375&newskeyid=HN1&newsid=80326&ctl=newsdetail

http://www.olmstedtravelbaseball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=770776

October 2015 Senior CalendarOLMSTED RECREATION SENIOR ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER

A listing of Olmsted Recreation Senior Activities for this month is on the Olmsted Recreation website by clicking HERE.

OLMSTED RECREATION OFFERS YOGA CLASS

Olmsted Recreation LogoYoga 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.

6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE

craft-fairThe 6th Annual Olmsted Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe is accepting vendors for its show on November 14th event that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All vendors/crafters are welcome. An application is at olmstedcc.com.  There will be only one representative per business accepted, so apply early. Last year, more than 770 buyers were in attendance.  If you have any questions, please contact the Community Center, 440-427-1599.

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Parent Update – October 1, 2015

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IT’S HOMECOMING WEEKEND IN BULLDOG COUNTRY!

color bulldog headHere is a list of events for this weekend’s Homecoming for students and the community:

Come cheer on your Bulldogs @ the varsity football game against Berea-Midpark High School this Friday, October 2nd at the stadium. Homecoming festivities – including the crowning of the Homecoming King & Queen – will take place prior to the game beginning at 6:30 p.m. The football game kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

**Pre-sale game tickets will be on sale at OFHS tomorrow in the Student Office from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Adult tickets are $6; student pre-sale tickets are $4.

The OFHS Homecoming Dance is from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd in the OFHS gymnasium. Tickets sold during all lunch periods this week at school. Reminder: Homecoming Dance Tickets must be bought by Friday.There will be NO dance tickets sold Saturday in the building, or at the door Saturday pancake breakfastnight. Parents: Please make sure your son/daughter is picked up at 10:30 p.m.

Also – All are invited to attend the FREE Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, October 4th at the OFHS cafeteria.

DISTRICT TO HOST SERIES OF TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHTS FOR PARENTS – FIRST SESSION THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6th

cyber computerTE_lowerRight-cropCalling all Bulldog parents!  Olmsted Falls School District will be hosting a 4-part series of Technology Information Nights for parents.  These sessions are open to all parents/guardians of all OFCS students regardless of grade level. Devices will be available for use, but parents are encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device if available.

Please mark your calendar for the following dates:

SS_upper_left10/6/15 **This Tuesday!**    TOPIC:  Choosing the best device for your child, Overview of Google Apps for Education & Overview of Power School & Compass Learning

12/1/15      TOPIC: Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers 

2/16/15      TOPIC: Internet Safety & Social Media 

3/1/16      TOPIC: Overview of Online Testing 

All sessions will be held at the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30-9pm.

To download official event flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.

LATEST MYTH BUSTER: KNOW THE REAL FACTS!

Fact CheckMYTH:  Olmsted Falls School District gets rid of items it no longer needs (i.e., desks, chairs, shelves, furniture, equipment, books, etc.) by throwing them in the trash.

FACT: Olmsted Falls School District has a policy and process regarding how items no longer in use can be disposed of.  Olmsted Falls School District, through its ongoing partnership with the Ohio School Council, utilizes an on-line auction service to post and sell items no longer being used in District buildings or on District grounds.  Over the past 3 years, auction of unneeded furniture, equipment, buses, books, etc. has generated more than $30,000 in sales!  Any items not sold during the initial auction cycle are posted again in the next available auction period.  Ultimately, items that are not sold through auction are either placed in the District’s metal scrap dumpster, or otherwise properly recycled or placed in the District’s Republic dumpsters for trash pick-up. Items not sold through auction and placed in the District’s metal scrap dumpster also ultimately generate money for the District.  Over the past 3 years, scrap metal sales have generated more than $3,200 for Olmsted Falls School District.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  With two Board of Education seats up for election this November 4th, parents are urged to be especially cautious about fact checking the information presented to them by campaigns.  Olmsted Falls School District is NOT permitted to endorse, nor does it ever endorse individual candidates.  However, the District will provide accurate facts and information to address any false statement represented and communicated as fact by a campaign.  The District’s established Myth Buster feature in the Weekly Blog Update will be utilized for this purpose as needed in the coming weeks.  Additionally, as always, all parents and residents are invited and encouraged to contact Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd with any questions or concerns about Olmsted Falls School District at 427-6000 or jlloyd@ofcs.net.

CP_leftPTA COUNCIL TO CO-HOST CANDIDATE FORUM – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

Candidates-forum-PTA Council will co-host a candidate forum October 14th. All residents of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township are invited to the forum that runs from 7-9 p.m. At the Olmsted Falls Middle School. Meet candidates running for the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, Olmsted Falls council and Olmsted Township trustee and fiscal officer. Other sponsors of the forum are OF Kiwanis, OF Education Association and Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

OFHS STUDENTS COMPETE AT NORTHEAST OHIO VEX ROBOTICS REGIONAL @ TRI-C

robotics 2On Saturday September 26, 2015, four teams from Olmsted Falls participated in the North East Ohio VEX Robotics Regional Competition at TriC Midtown.  Each Team competed in 4 qualifying rounds before being organized into 8 teams and battling into the finals. This years game is called “Nothing But Net” The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring your Balls and Bonus Balls in Low and High Goals. After the qualifying rounds we had one team that was in 5th place enter the final rounds. For the finals they selected another Olmsted Falls Team as an alliance and competed into the semi finals before loosing to the 1st place team. Member of these teams were robotics 5Stephanie Schroth, Joselyn Rabbitt, Logan Klink, Connor Hughes, Raymond Benisek and Thomas Legeza Narvaez.  To see additional photos from the competition, please click HERE.

Congratulations also to the team of Stephanie Schroth, Joselyn Rabbitt, Logan Klink, Connor Hughes and Richard Rivera (pictured at right), who won the Design Award for their Robot. The Design Award is given to the team that demonstrates a professional design approach in building their Robot, including Documentation, Teamwork, the use of a Design Process and Interview Skills.

FIVE STUDENTS GAIN HONORS IN 2016 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

NmscFive OFHS students were recognized as Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They are Claire Barratt, Julia Burnell, Jacob Conder, Amelia Le and Emily Olszewski.SS_upper_left

These five Bulldog students are about 34,000 students commended across the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Congratulations to these fine students, their parents, teachers and the Olmsted community!

ECC, FALLS-LENOX & OFIS MINI CHEER LEADERS SHOW THEIR BULLDOG SPIRIT!  

DSCN1267SS_upper_leftFriday, September 18, was Olmsted Falls Mini Cheer Night!  ECC and Falls-Lenox students cheered for the first half, and OFIS students cheered on the team during the second half.

Thanks to the high school cheerleaders who worked with students to prepare them for a great game and everyone did a terrific job!!

To view a photo gallery of images from this year’s Mini Cheer Night, please click HERE.

BULLDOG FANS DRESS IN CAMOUFLAGE @ FOOTBALL GAME

OF football camoflageMany students attending the varsity home football game against North Ridgeville filled the stands in camouflage gear.  Little Bulldog cheerleaders also joined the cheering squads at the game to support the team (see story above).

To see a photo gallery that appeared on cleveland.com/olmsted, click HERE.

VIEW OFMS COOL SCHOOL SHOWING ON FOX 8 SS_upper_leftFox8CoolSchool

Congratulations again to our OFMS for being  a recent Fox 8 Cool School! A TV crew visited the school and took video that was shown on three programs/newscasts. Two Bulldog students also participated in the station’s morning show’s Coffee Quiz. A special thanks to all who did an incredible job. To view a taping of the presentation, click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS STUDENT JULIE LAVELLE AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS GIRL SCOUT NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

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Pictured from L to R:  Olmsted Falls Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth, National Girl Scout Medal of Honor recipient Julie Lavelle, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio CEO Jane Christyson, and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

At the September meeting, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized and helped honor Olmsted Falls 6th grader Julie Lavelle.  Julie received the National Girl Scout Medal of Honor for saving the life of a friend and fellow student who was choking during lunch last year.  When Julie saw her friend choking, she acted quickly and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver.

The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is a rare medal awarded relatively infrequently.  In fact, GSNEO CEO Jane

Christyson stated during her remarks that this was the first time ever that the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) has had a recipient of this award.  GSNEO CEO Jane Christyson presented Julie with the medal during a special presentation.  OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and the Olmsted Falls Board of Education also recognized Julie with a special certificate for receiving this great honor.

Many of Julie’s family members and friends – including fellow Girl Scout troop members – were on hand to congratulate Julie on her award.

CONGRATULATIONS JULIE!

PARTICIPANTS COMPETE IN GOLF AND HOCKEY AT GOLF OUTING

IMG_2067CP_leftThe Olmsted Falls High School Hockey team hosted its annual golf outing September 19th at Emerald Woods. Golfers enjoyed breakfast, lunch at the turn and a steak dinner with homemade sides as well as a wide variety of desserts.   Hockey was even
incorporated into the game of golf – golfers tried to hit a ball into a hockey net. They were given a chance to stand on a slideboard while hitting a golf ball with a hockey stick.  Many prizes and silent auction items were IMG_2070raffled off, including a signed Joe Haden football and donations from the Columbus Blue Jackets as well as many other items that local businesses donated.

Thank you to our sponsors and golfers for your support.  Substantial funds were raised to defray the large cost of ice time and other expenditures for the upcoming high school hockey season.

SIGN-UP INFORMATION FOR UPCOMING PSAT

PSATSS_upper_leftAttention college-bound sophomores and juniors!  Sign up for the Wednesday Oct. 14th PSAT Test in the guidance office with Mrs. Laut.  It is recommended that all college bound 10th & 11th graders take this test.

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Oct. 7th.  The cost is $15, cash or check payable to OFHS.  Any questions?  Please see Mrs. Laut or your school counselor.

SS_upper_leftBELIEVE IN OHIO STUDENT STEM FORUM – OCTOBER 10TH

OFHS College and Career Counselor Aimee Caldrone is organizing a field trip for interested high school students to the Believe in Ohio Student Stem Forum on Saturday, October 10th.  This is a free one-day program in which students will interact with leaders in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Transportation and lunch will be provided.  Students interested in attending this forum must bring signed permission form back to the Guidance Office by Wednesday, October 7th. To download the invitation letter with form, please click HERE. 

UPCOMING COLLEGE INFO/FAIRS FOR PARENTS AND/OR STUDENTS

College and Coffee_Fall 2014SS_upper_leftThe OFHS again will offer its student College Lunch Bunch for those having questions about choosing a college and completing applications. They are on selected Tuesdays during lunch and study halls through November 24th in the Guidance Office. A flyer with a list of dates is available by clicking HERE.

Parents are invited to College and Coffee, an informal information sessions about the college application process, senior timeline and financial aid in the OFHS Media Center . Sessions are 7-8 p.m. October 8th; 8-9 a.m. October 22nd and 7-8 p.m. Novem
ber 5th. A detailed flyer is available HERE.

Three college fairs are in October.  The following is more detailed information.

  • Oct. 5, 6:30-8 p.m., Greater Cleveland West Suburban College Fair, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea.
  • Oct. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Cuyahoga College Night Consortium, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Brecksville.
  • Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m., Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair, John Carroll University, University Heights.

COLLEGE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SET FOR OCTOBER

college fairSS_upper_leftStudents with disabilities are invited to a College Fair at Gahanna Lincoln High School from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 7th. It includes schools from across Ohio and the nation.

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, solovep@gjps.org. or 614-478-5500, Ext. 126.

LATEST NEWS FROM OFMA

  • Olmsted_Falls_MusicOFMA’s October meeting will be Wednesday, October 7th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Choir room.
  • OFMA’s “Fill The Truck” clothing donation drive in cooperation with Easter Seals will be Saturday, Oct. 24th 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25th 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (please CP_leftinclude link to flyer on pdf).
  • Join OFMA on facebook,  Here’s the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/OFMA11/
  • Support OFMA thru membership donations.  Please click HERE for membership brochure.

CP_left2015-2016 PTA CALENDARS TO BE SENT HOME NEXT WEEK

CoverThe 2015-2016 PTA Activities Calendar will be sent home with the youngest student in each household early next week.  Many thanks to the PTA volunteers who will be gathering to label, sort and distribute this year’s calendar.

To view October 2015 events, please click HERE

REMINDERS:  NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 16TH & NOVEMBER 3RD

CalendarGraphicPlease make sure your calendars are marked for these upcoming dates:

  • No School on Friday, October 16th – The Olmsted Falls School District, along with other districts throughout the State, will be closed on Friday, October 16th for the annual NEOEA Day.
  • No School on Tuesday, November 3rd – There will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 3rd (Election Day)

To download a copy of the complete 2015-2016 school year calendar, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL 2015 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE

basketball4Attention all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys, registration for the 2015 Boys Developmental Basketball League has begun.  Players will participate in skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays (one Wednesday) during the months of November and December. The league will be taught by the Olmsted Falls Varsity Basketball coaches and players. The league emphasizes basic skills, game rules, and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and enjoyable. Each session is a combination of skill work and play. They will be held at OFHS. All participants will also be invited to play at halftime of a Varsity Boys Basketball game. Many great Bulldog basketball players have developed their talents in this same league on Saturday mornings.  To download flyer and registration form, please click HERE.

TRYOUTS FOR OF TRAVEL BOYS/GIRLS BASKETBALL SET FOR OCTOBER 17TH

OFBA 2015 TryoutsThe Olmsted Falls Basketball Association will hold travel team tryouts October 17th at OFHS. The scheduled times and ages are 10 a.m. to noon, boys in grades 5-6; 12:15-1:45 p.m., girls in grades 4-6 and 2-3:30 p.m., boys, grades 3-4. There is a $5 tryout fee.

OFBA’s goal is to identify and further develop players in the OFSD’s grades 3-6 at a higher level of basketball that prepares them for the OFMS and OFHS basketball programs. To view a flyer, click HERE.

If you have questions, contact Jeff Lippus, 216-598-0103, jlippus@clarkrandp.com or Kim Urban, urbankt@sbcglobal.net.

OLMSTED FALLS VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION (OFVA) TRYOUT – OCTOBER 31ST

VolleyBall-plainWhen:  Saturday, October 31st

Where:  Olmsted Falls Middle School Gymnasium

Time:

10’s (born on or after September 1, 2005 OR in 4th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

11’s: (born on or after September 1, 2004 OR in 5th grade) 9:00-10:30 am

12’s:  (born on or after September 1, 2003 OR in 6th grade) 10:30-12:00 pm

Please be there 15 minutes before your scheduled tryout time to register!

Bring:

~ $5.00 tryout fee (cash or check made out to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters)

~ Kneepads

~ Parent/Guardian will need to fill out information sheet

For additional information, please click HERE to download information flyer.

BUY A HOMECOMING FLOWER AND HELP OFHS POST PROM

0511-1001-1302-2933_Rose_with_a_Bow_clipart_imagePrecious Petals in Columbia Station will donate money to OFHS Post Prom for Bulldog Homecoming shoppers. For each corsage ordered, Post Prom will receive $5 back and for each boutonniere, $3. If you order both, the amount is $10. You must mention OF Post Prom when ordering. Payment must be made upon ordering. Precious Petals is located at 14161 West River Road.

OF Post Prom also is on social media. The facebook page is OFHS 2016 Post Prom and Twitter, OFHSPP2016.

OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER IS HERE

mason jar candleFrom now until November 9th, the OFHS Swim and Dive Team is selling Our Own Candle Company candles. The candles have wonderful, long-lasting fragrances. They make great GIFTS for any occasion.

Again this year is a 4-pack Mini-Masons and Candle Gift Box. It includes one Mason jar and two mini-mason jars. Both are available in delicious Fall and Winter assortments.

To view the order that lists available candle scents and prices, please click HERE.

ENTER OSBA’S ‘STAND UP FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST

stand up for public schoolsThe Ohio School Board Association again is asking high school students to show their ideas how public schools make a difference. It is sponsoring its fourth student video contest and open to high school students in OSBA-member districts. Schools are invited to submit a video, with a maximum length of 90 seconds, that conveys the contest’s theme – “Stand up for Ohio Public Schools.” Explain how Olmsted Falls City School District or the High School is standing up for public education while making a difference in your life or future success.  The top three videos will win prizes for their schools, will be posted on OSBA’s website and featured at its annual Capital Conference. The submission deadline is October 9th.

For a flyer containing complete details, click HERE. To see contest entry materials, click HERE.

OFMA TEAMS WITH EASTER SEALS TO ‘FILL THE TRUCK’

Olmsted_Falls_MusicThe Olmsted Falls Music Association will sponsor a “Fill the Truck” clothing donation drive in cooperation with the EasterEaster Seals Seals. The truck will be parked in the district’s board of education lot, 26937 Bagley Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 24th and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, October 25th. All donations, which include clothing, shoes, accessories and various linens-items, are tax-deductible. To view a more detailed flyer, click HERE.

If you have any questions contact Kathy Green at khg712@aol.com.

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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers

COMMUNITY

October 2015 Senior CalendarOLMSTED RECREATION SENIOR ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER

A listing of Olmsted Recreation Senior Activities for the month of October can be found on the Olmsted Recreation website by clicking HERE.

OLMSTED RECREATION OFFERS YOGA CLASS

Olmsted Recreation LogoYoga 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.

craft-fairThe 6th Annual Olmsted Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe is accepting vendors for its show on November 14th event that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All vendors/crafters are welcome. An application is at olmstedcc.com.  There will be only one representative per business accepted, so apply early. Last year, more than 770 buyers were in attendance.  If you have any questions, please contact the Community Center, 440-427-1599.

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