Parent Update – October 30, 2015
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
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
Olmsted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Olmsted 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
A 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
Congratulations 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.
A 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 email@example.com or by phone at 440-427-6000.
OFHS FALL CHORAL CONCERT SHOWCASES PERFORMERS, NEW CHOIR TEACHER
Special congratulations to Mrs. Kiedrowski as this was her first official choral concert as the new choir teacher at OFHS.
OFHS FIRST-EVER ALL JAZZ BAND CONCERT
Those 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:
https://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)
OFMS SINGERS HARMONIZE AT LAKE ERIE MONSTERS GAME
The 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.
OFMS SIXTH GRADERS ENJOY VISIT FROM AUTHOR
Author 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 of 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
The 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!
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
Audiences journeyed ‘under the sea’ to watch The Bulldog Theatre Company perform 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
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. 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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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 email@example.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.
POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TAKES THE FIELD WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
OFHS 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
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 – THIS SATURDAY – 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 – PLEASE RSVP ONLINE
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE for an event flyer that also has an order form attached.
OFHS SWIM AND DIVE TEAM CANDLE FUNDRAISER DRAWING NEAR AN END
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 AND OTHER VENUES
Tickets 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, 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
STOP BY OT FIRE STATION FOR TREATS FROM 4-6 P.M. ON HALLOWEEN – THIS SATURDAY
Fuel 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
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 – ENDS THIS SATURDAY
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.
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.
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.