Parent Update – October 8, 2015
ECC’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
that paid for her services.
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.
MYTH: Olmsted Falls School District no longer teaches the skill of cursive writing to its students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING COLLEGE INFO/FAIR FOR PARENTS AND/OR STUDENTS – 1ST COLLEGE & COFFEE TONIGHT
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 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
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
- 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
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.
TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED
As 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 evening, 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 Apps 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!
As 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:
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
The 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
The 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
The 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.
OLMSTED FALLS BOYS BASKETBALL 2015 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE
Attention 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
Where: Olmsted Falls Middle School Gymnasium
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!
~ $5.00 tryout fee (cash or check made out to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters)
~ 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
The 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.
Olmsted 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
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
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
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, email@example.com.
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
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.
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.
- 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
OLMSTED TRAVEL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION (OTBA) ANNUAL MEETING – THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 11TH
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.
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
Yoga classes by Serenity Yoga will begin October 19th at Olmsted Falls City Hall. The classes, which are from 4:45-5:45 p.m., cost $10 per class or six classes for $49. Register at Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, call 440-427-1599 or the day of the class. To view a class flyer, click HERE.
6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED HOLIDAY HOME & CRAFT SHOPPE
The 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.