Parent Update – October 22, 2015
The 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.
Falls-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 activity 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
Olmsted Falls Board of Education member Joe Bertrand was recognized by the Ohio School Board 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.
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.
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 email@example.com to discuss.
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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
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
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.
TOUR THE 78TH STREET STUDIOS IN CLE WITH MIAMI U’S PRESIDENT – DEADLINE IS THURSDAY – OCTOBER 22ND
During 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP SURVEY – DEADLINE IS TOMORROW FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23RD
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. 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!
CLEAN YOUR BASEMENTS/CLOSETS WHILE GIVING BACK TO OTHERS THIS WEEKEND – SATURDAY/SUNDAY
This 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, curtains, 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
We 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
If 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.email@example.com.
OFIS PTA INVITES FATHERS, GRANDPAS TO DONUTS WITH DADS
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.
WINTER BASKETBALL PROGRAM FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN GRADES 1-3
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
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)
~ 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
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.
TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – SATURDAY, NOV. 14TH
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!
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.
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 NOV. 14TH NIGHT SELLING TICKETS @ THIS FRIDAY’S GAME
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, 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.
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
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
Get 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
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
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.
BULLDOGS: DONATE YOUR GENTLY-USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Do 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.