Parent Update – October 14, 2015
TONIGHT – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH – OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL TO CO-HOST CANDIDATE 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
- 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.
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 Manufacturing 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.
ECC’s kindergarten classes took turns walking to the Olmsted Township Fire Station to celebrate Fire Prevention
Although the children were interested 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!
STUDENTS GET CREATIVE IN NEW OFMS PHOTO CLUB
The 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 photos 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 email@example.com or 427-6343.
The 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.
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
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!
Now 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.
Dad, 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
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. 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.
PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP SURVEY – STILL TIME TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!
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. 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:
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
College 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.
College 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
The 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.
Parents 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:
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
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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) ACCEPTING HOT STOVE SIGN UPS
OTBA 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.
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
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.
OHIO FLAGS OF HONOR FUNDRAISER NEEDS WORKERS, PARTICIPANTS
An 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.
6th 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.