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Parent Update – November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015 Comments off

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED NEXT WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FOR THANKSGIVING BREAKturkey gratitude 2

Thanksgiving ClipartThe OFCS district will not hold classes Wednesday, Nov. 25th through Friday, Nov. 27th to observe Thanksgiving break.

School will resume Monday, Nov. 30th.

Enjoy your turkey day.  Happy Thanksgiving!

SS_upper_leftOFHS MASQUERS’ HIGH IMPACT DRAMA TONIGHT AND SATURDAY

The OFHS Masquers will present a high impact drama this week for its  fall performance.  “Wit,” a story that deals frankly and openly about coping with cancer, has our high school thespians breaking new ground.

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OFHS junior Madison Zacardelli stars in the lead role of this weekend’s groundbreaking production of “Wit.”

In the past 30 years, this is only the third drama produced by OFHS Masquers and it is sure to impress audiences.  While the subject matter – dealing with issues of life and death – is NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN, older students, parents, family members, friends and community residents in attendance will be in for an impressive and emotional performance.

OFHS junior Madison Zacardelli stars in the lead role of this weekend’s groundbreaking production of “Wit.”  Madison has also starred in OFHS Masquers productions of “Sunshine Boys” and “Oklahoma!”

Unique to this year’s fall play will be the stage’s “black box” format which puts audience members right on the stage with the cast.  To accomplish this sophisticated set-up often found in professional theater productions, an addition has been built on to the front of the stage.  There will be only about 150 seats available each night.

Wit Poster Cover - FinalThe play itself is not long – only about 90 minutes total – so there will be no intermission.  The actors are performing some of the most challenging and powerful work ever staged at OFHS.  OFHS Masquers hopes you will plan to attend this very special performance scheduled for next weekend at 7:30pm in the high school auditorium.


OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT “WIT”

Masquers Fall Play

Wit

Performances are TONIGHTNovember 20th and Saturday, 21st at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens; $7 for adults.

Purchase tickets in advance by calling 440-427-6070

SS_upper_leftOFHS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM HAS SUCCESSFUL SEASON

varsity volleyball 1The Bulldog varsity volleyball team had its most successful season since 2008, winning the SWC with an 18-0 record and had an overall 22-2 record.   In the last week of the OHSVCA Coaches Poll, the Bulldogs were ranked eighth in the state.

Varsity team members include seniors Katie Edgington, Lexi Lombardo, Nikole Glatt, varsity volleyball 2Maddy Morin, Julia Korek and Paige Tymke; juniors Kacie Burton, Julia Jones and Taylor Letterle; sophomores Chase Filicko and Leah LaPinta and freshman, Jeanie Edgington.

Several received honors – All State: Second Team, Lexi Lombardo; Third Team, Katie Edgington and Honorable Mention, Kacie Burton. All District: First Team, Katie Edgington, Lexi Lombardo; Second Team, Kacie Burton; Honorable Mention, Nikole Glatt. All Conference: First Team, Katie Edgington, Lexi Lombardo (and MVP); Second Team, Kacie Burton, Nikole Glatt; Honorable Mention, Leah LaPinta, Maddy Morin. SWC Scholar Athlete Award: Katie Edgington (4.325 GPA)

Fun fact: 88% of the varsity volleyball team has a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Congratulations, team.

TWO BULLDOG VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS SIGN COLLEGE LETTER OF INTENT

Lexi Lombardo signingKatie Edgington signingBulldog seniors Lexi Lombardo (picture on left with her family) and Katie Edgington (pictured on right with her family) both signed full volleyball athletic scholarships at OFHS during a signing ceremony last Friday.

Lexi will play at Lake Erie College next year and Katie, LaSalle University.

Congratulations to these fine students and athletes!

AR_upperRightLATEST ONLINE SURPLUS AUCTION UNDERWAY
Olmsted Falls School District is participating in another an on-line auction to sell no longer needed equipment and supplies. Through its ongoing partnership with the Ohio School Council, Olmsted Falls School District 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.

To access the auction website, please follow the instructions below.

Bidding Closes:  Tuesday, December 2, 2015

The steps to view the online auction items are as follows:

Click HERE to access the inventory available through the latest online auction.
Olmsted Falls School District auction items begin with title descriptions that start with the letters “OF.”   These are the surplus auction items available from Olmsted Falls School District.

2ND GRADE CLASS PARTICIPATES IN CURIOUS CLASSROOM CONTEST – PLEASE CONTINUE TO VOTE DAILY NOW THRU NOV. 30!

2015-11-04 11_25_12-Houghton Mifflin HarcourtSS_upper_leftMrs. Karen Megery’s 2nd grade class at Falls-Lenox Primary School entered the HMH Curious Classroom Contest sponsored by publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.   HMH is challenging teachers to demonstrate how they inspire learning and foster curiosity in the classroom by submitting videos to the Curious Classroom Contest.

TE_lowerRight-cropThe video entry from Mrs. Megery’s class is visible at:  http://curiousclassroom.hmhco.com/votes/73.

Simply click the link to view their entry and then vote!  Everyone gets one vote per day, so visit often!  You can vote one a day, every day through November 30th!

Help Mrs. Megery’s class get the most votes!  Top videos with the most votes will advance to the final judging phase – so the more votes the better!  A new SMART Board, a classroom set of Chromebooks, and a collection of books for the school are among the top prizes!  PLEASE VOTE TODAY, AND TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY, AND THE DAY AFTER THAT, AND….YOU GET THE IDEA!

HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY IS DECEMBER 4TH; RESERVATION DEADLINE IS THIS TUESDAYsnowman in snow globe

Reserve your spot by Tuesday, November 24th for the Helping Hands Holiday Party December 4th. Enjoy dinner, dancing, crafts and game at the fun event that runs from 5:30-8 p.m. at OFIS cafeteria. Tony K’s will cater the event. Enjoy pizza, pasta, meatballs, bread, salad and refreshments. Tickets are $10 for those ages 10 through adults; $5, ages 4-11 and free for those 3 and under. Return the form, which is available by clicking HERE, by Tuesday. Contact Mariel Krakowiak, 440-427-6575 or mkrakowiak@ofcs.net, with questions.

4TH-5TH GRADE SCIENCE MATERIALS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW

FusionScienceCoverThe new science materials for GRADES 4-5 are now available at the Olmsted Falls Library from November 16th – 30th.  Feedback can be provided via the online Resource Review Survey (see additional information below).  An email notification was sent all parents about this opportunity. Community residents are invited and welcome to participate as well.

Science teachers in grades 4 and 5 have had an opportunity to preview a multitude of Science resources.   We had two vendors provide a face-to-face overview of their materials. Teachers spent an entire day previewing the materials and using a quality review rubric to determine the strongest resource. Our teachers have identified Fusion Science from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a very strong resource.

The Fusion Science textbook and supporting materials for each grade (4 & 5) will remain available for community review at the Olmsted Falls Public Library through noon this Monday, November 30th.  Additionally, parents can further explore Fusion Science electronic resources by visiting http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/science/elementary-science/sciencefusion, and registering for free Virtual Sampling.   (Click the orange “Sample Now” button to get started.)

Parents and community residents are invited to review the materials and submit feedback via an on-line Resource Review Survey.  A hard copy sample of the Resource Review Survey questions is provided with each set of materials for reference.  The online Resource Review Survey can be accessed by visiting the OFCS website at www.ofcs.net and clicking on the “Science Curriculum Review” Quick Link, located at the top, left side of the page.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.

onepg 2015-16.xlsBULLDOG HOCKEY HITS THE ICE SOON

hockey logoThe weather is turning a bit colder, but one team that represents OFHS suits up in gear fit for the ice. The school’s hockey team begins its regular season November 27th with a tournament.

The team’s home rink is in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center on Memphis Avenue in Brooklyn. View the teams 2015-16 schedule by clicking HERE. Its alumni game is December 20th.

US_military_flag_and_eagleMILITARY NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS CAREERS, ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS & MORE

Learn more about a military career, ROTC, college scholarships and academy appointments at the December 1st Military Night in the OFHS Media Center.

Representatives from the U.S. Armed Forces and U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s office will talk with you from 7-8:30 p.m. and explain what is available in the military after high school. Parents and students are invited to attend.

6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP – Registration now open 

Come join the Olmsted Falls Varsity Baseball program for a day of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. This one day skills camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base-running. Instructors will include the High School Coaching Staff, current players and former Bulldog players. If you have any questions, contact the Olmsted Community Center office at 440-427-1599 or email Office@olmstedcc.com.

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUDates:
1st – 3rd grades – Monday December 21st
4th – 8th grades – Tuesday December 22nd

Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Cost: $35.00 (includes Dri-Fit T-Shirt)
Register: Online at www.olmstedcc.com beginning November 15th
Mail / In person: Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Make checks payable to: Olmsted Community Center

Deadline: December 15th to guarantee t-shirt and size availability. Late registrants will be accepted but t-shirt & size not guaranteed.

FINAL COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH IS THIS TUESDAYSS_upper_left

OFHS will have its last student College Lunch Bunch for those having questions about choosing a college and completing applications. It is Tuesday, November 24th during lunch and study halls  in the Guidance Office.

Don’t miss your last chance next week.

OFMS PTA FUNDRAISER OFFERS ONLINE FOOD ORDERING

schwan's photoThe OFMS PTA has a Schwan’s fundraising campaign that offers a special incentive if ordering by Nov. 27th.  All funds raised in this online food ordering and home delivery campaign go toward such programs as Rachel’s Challenge, field trips, assemblies, scholarship and others.  Ordering is quick and easy.  Go to Schwans-Cares.com and enter our campaign ID code – 23818 – or “Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA when placing an order. You also may call 1-855-870-7208 and give the rep that same ID code.  Through November 27th, 20% of sales and 40% of gift card purchases will go to the PTA.  It will still receive 5% of sales after that date.  Anyone may order using the ID code, so contact friends and neighbors.  Thank you for supporting OFMS PTA.

OFHS ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB’S CLASS HOODIE SALE

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As a fundraiser, the OFHS Ultimate Frisbee Club is selling class hoodies.  They are $20 each and can be ordered for the Class of ’16, ’17, ’18, or ’19.  The hoodies are blue with gold graphics.  Deadline for orders is Thursday, December 4th.  Pick-Up in The Pit Dec. 16-18.  Order yours today!  Download order form by clicking HERE.

OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SELLING HONEYBAKED HAMS

HoneyBakedFrom now until December 17th, the OFHS Bulldogs Swim and Dive Team offers you the chance again to order delicious HoneyBaked Ham or glazed roasted and smoked turkey breasts and gift certificates for your holiday entertaining.  Certificates may be used as gifts or use them yourself throughout the year at the store.

Use the online option by clicking HERE.    Deadline to order is December 17th.

OFHS BASEBALL HATS ON SALE EXTENDED THROUGH THIS MONDAY 

Due to requests, the Baseball Hat Online Sale will continue until midnight, Monday, November 23th.  The new Nike design for 2015-2016 – flex fit – 3 sizes to choose from. Will be in before the Holidays. This will be the only time of year they will be available to purchase online and perhaps at all, the rest of the year.

Go to www.bsnsports.com/mts and enter code: bulldo9W6.

POINSETTIAS CREATE A HOLIDAY SPIRIT

poinsettias_3461cWho doesn’t like poinsettias at Christmas time. The OFHS National Honor Society again has its Poinsettia Sale now through  December 16th.  Sizes and prices are $5 for 4-inch plant; $7 for 6-inch;  $11 for an 8-inch florist pot and $15 for a 10-inch plant. Color selections are red, pink and white.

Place your order using the order form that is viewed by clicking HERE.

NEWS FROM THE POST PROM FOOD COMMITTEE

The planning has begun for the Class of 2016 Post Prom.  The committee has set up a convenient way to donate perishable/non-perishable food items as well as  to sign-up for  volunteering opportunities.

Please visit www.perfectpotluck.com to donate.

Meal plan name is:  FANARA.  Password is: 2016

If you have any questions or would like to join our committee please email Angela Fanara at amarysiak@hotmail.com.

 dimes for diabetes pixHELP FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RAISE FUNDS DURING NOVEMBER – DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Please help Falls-Lenox students raise money to fight this devastating disease. Our Dimes for Diabetes campaign will raise funds to contribute to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Money may be sent in with F-L students this week and the week of November 23rd. You also may donate online using by clicking HERE.  Thank you for help us fight Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes.

3eloveFeb2015HELPING HANDS 3E LOVE MERCHANDISE FUNDRAISER EXTENDED

By popular demand, the Helping Hands 3E Love fundraiser is extended. Its second closing date is December 20th.

Order any 3E Love merchandise online by December 20th and receive your items by January 6th – in time for OFCS Disability Awareness Week, which is in that month.

Click HERE to see the flyer for order details or go to 3elove.com/ofcs.

OFHS MASQUERS/FORENSICS OFFERS DISCOUNT TICKETS TO SKY ZONE

Masquers forensicssky zoneThe 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.

COMMUNITY

No one fights alone tshirtSHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR LOCAL STUDENT BATTLING CANCER

Tom Pettry is an OFHS ninth grader who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer last month. Purchase No One Fights Alone shirts to raise money for his family. They may be purchased for $15.

Please send all orders to 9775 Tuttle Road, Olmsted Township.

OLMSTED TRAVEL RECREATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SIGN UPS

basketball4Boys in grades 7-9 are invited to join the Olmsted Community Center’s Travel Recreational Basketball League, which has teams from Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Westlake, Rocky River and Columbia Station.   Games will be played in these various communities. All boys who register will have equal playing time  – there are no cuts. The league provides a chance to enjoy the game of basketball, emphasizing team play, the spirit of sportsmanship and fun.  It runs from December through February 2016 with games on Saturdays. The one hour per week practices begin this month.

Register online at Olmsted.com or by clicking HERE.  To view the league’s flyer, click HERE.

SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – NOVEMBER  28TH; ENTER CHAMBER SELFIE CONTEST TO WIN $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE

shop smallSmall Business Saturday is Saturday November 28th and the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce is encouraging the community to shop our local small businesses this weekend.  Participate in the #shopsmall photo contest for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to any Olmsted Chamber of Commerce business.  On Saturday, November 28th, people are encouraged to take a selfie at any local business and post to the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OlmstedChamber) using the hashtag #shopsmall, or tweet it to us at @OlmstedChamber . The best photo will win a $50 gift certificate to any chamber business .

christmas-tree4th ANNUAL HOLIDAY SPIRIT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH @ 5 P.M.

The community is invited to attend the 4th Annual Holiday Spirit tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, November 29th at 5:00 p.m. at Olmsted Township Hall (26900 Cook Road).

Join us for a brief ceremony, entertainment and refreshments.

BTree SaleOY SCOUT TROOP 201 HOLDS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE

Boy Scout Troop 201 will hold its annual Christmas Tree Sale at Schuster’s Greenhouse, 9165 Columbia Road, on November 28-29 and December 5-6. Hours are Saturdays from 9 am-5 pm and Sundays from 11 am-5 pm. Please stop by, support Scouting, and pick up a reasonably priced Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine, or other tree. Helpful Boy Scouts will carry the tree to your car for you!  Questions? Call Mike Knaggs at 440-610-8465 or email msknaggs92@sbcglobal.net

ukuleleSIGN UP FOR LIBRARY’S HOLIDAY SONG FEST

Celebrate the season at the Olmsted Falls Branch Library’s Holiday Singalong with the Cleveland Fleaharmonics!

The songfest begins at 7 p.m. December 1st at the Library. Register by calling 440-235-1150 or go to cuyahogalibrary.org. The Cleveland Fleaharmonics is a ukulele ensemble.

KIDS SHOP FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS @ SANTA’S SECRET SHOP

Christmas wrapped presents From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 5th, Cub Scout Pack 102 will present Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School.  Kids may shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of elves.  Grownups may buy tickets for a holiday raffle of great items, including an Xbox One game system and Fitbit Flex activity tracker.  Admission is free.  All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102.

stuff the cruiserSTUFF THE CRUISER – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5TH

Olmsted Township & Olmsted Falls Police Department invite you to help them “Stuff the Cruiser” at a community food drive being held Saturday, December 5th in the Shaker IGA parking lot from 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To download the event flyer, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS UPCOMING STUDENT EVENT

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710The Nutcracker Ballet – At 2 p.m. Dec. 12th, enjoy segments of the Nutcracker Ballet that the Cassara Dance & Theater will perform, with Nutcracker stories in between dances. The dance troupe will also teach some basic ballet dance moves to attendees. We’ll also have a Nutcracker ornament craft to make and take home. The program is for ages 4-11.

 

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Parent Update – November 14, 2015

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SS_upper_leftOLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES LAUNCH OF ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN

OFCS Triple A LogoThe Olmsted Falls Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the launch of an all-day kindergarten program at their regular monthly meeting held on Thursday, November 12th.  The all-day kindergarten program will begin in the 2016-2017 school year.

All-day kindergarten will be a tuition-based program open to all interested families of incoming kindergarteners in the Olmsted Falls City School AR_upperRightDistrict.  OFCS will also continue to operate its current half-day kindergarten program for those families interested in remaining with a half-day program.

With the formal approval of the Board of Education, more detailed logistics and planning will be getting under way immediately.  Additional details will be forthcoming in January 2016 for all families with incoming kindergarteners.  Please watch the blog for updates on the new all-day kindergarten program from Olmsted Falls City School District.

SS_upper_leftBOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS LOCAL REFLECTIONS WINNERS FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENT AT NATIONAL LEVEL

DSC_9590The Olmsted Falls Board of Education honored two Bulldog students for their achievements in the 2014-2015 PTA Reflections Contest.  Both students’ contest submissions advanced from the local level to the state level – where each project took 1st place, earning them spots in the National PTA Reflections Contest.

CP_leftMichael DiFilippo’s entry entitled “Friendship” was an original music composition piece.   Max Limpert’s  entry was in the photography category and was entitled, “The World Would Be A Better Place If There Were Less Bullies.”

Both Michael and Max received Honorable Mentions for their respective entries in the National PTA Reflections Contest in the Intermediate Division.  Congratulations to these outstanding students on this impressive achievement!

Pictured above: 2014-2015 PTA Reflections Chair Patty Voisinet and Board of Education Member Linda Parkowski help recognize Michael DiFilippo and Max Limpert for their national award-winning Reflections entries. Mrs. Parkowski is currently chairing the 2015-2016 Reflections Committee for Olmsted Falls PTA.

2015-2016 PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST ENTRIES: DUE THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH

ReflectionsThe National PTA Reflections Program challenges students in grades pre-K through 12 to explore and be involved in the arts by creating an original arts entry relating to a specific theme in any of six categories. The categories are visual arts, photography, music composition, literature, film production and dance choreography.  The 2015-16 theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly!” Information was distributed at each school building and may be found at the Ohio PTA website under ‘Programs/Reflections.’

ENTRIES ARE DUE THIS MONDAY.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Reflections chair for each unit:

OECPTA:  Amy Lauderdale – amylaud@gmail.com.

Falls-Lenox/ECC:  Meg DiFilippo – megdifilippo@gmail.com

OFIS:  Linda Parkowski – JLparkowski@cox.net

OFMS:  Kristie Patton – kristiepatton@cox.net

OFHS:  Sandra Graham – slgwhit@cox.net

SS_upper_leftBOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS OFHS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM FOR IMPRESSIVE SEASON

DSC_9600The Olmsted Falls Board of Education welcomed the entire OFHS Varsity Volleyball team to its monthly board meeting to recognize the team for winning the SWC Championship.  Players, coaches and long-time voice of OFHS Volleyball team, Mr. Michael Moore, were on-hand to receive special recognition and personal congratulations from the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.

The energy was high as Mr. Moore’s signature voice introduced each player and coach individually to much applause from Board members, family, friends and visitors gathered for the special recognition.

Please watch for a detailed summary of this team’s amazing 2015 season in next week’s District blog post.

6TH-8TH GRADE SCIENCE MATERIALS REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT O.F. LIBRARY THROUGH THIS MONDAY; 4TH-5TH GRADE MATERIALS AVAILABLE STARTING THIS WEEK

FusionScienceCoverFor the past two weeks, beginning Monday, November 2nd, Olmsted Falls School District has made available for community review the new science materials for grades 6-8 by placing them on display in the Olmsted Falls Library.

Science teachers in grades 6 through 8 have had an opportunity to preview a multitude of Science resources.   We had two vendors provide a face-to-face overview of their materials. Teachers spent an entire day previewing the materials and using a quality review rubric to determine the strongest resource. Our teachers have identified Fusion Science from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a very strong resource.

The Fusion Science textbook and supporting materials for each grade (6, 7, & 8) will remain available for community review at the Olmsted Falls Public Library through noon this Monday, November 16th.  Additionally, parents can further explore Fusion Science electronic resources by visiting http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/science/elementary-science/sciencefusion, and registering for free Virtual Sampling.   (Click the orange “Sample Now” button to get started.)

Parents and community residents are invited to review the materials and submit feedback via an on-line Resource Review Survey.  A hard copy sample of the Resource Review Survey questions is provided with each set of materials for reference.  The online Resource Review Survey can be accessed by visiting the OFCS website at www.ofcs.net and clicking on the “Science Curriculum Review” Quick Link, located at the top, left side of the page.  

BEGINNING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, the new science materials for GRADES 4-5 will be available in the same location and with the same opportunity to provide feedback via the online Resource Review Survey.  An email notification will be sent to all parents about this opportunity. Community residents are invited and welcome to participate as well.

If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.

CP_leftVETERANS DAY RECOGNIZED ACROSS THE DISTRICT

The schools took time last Wednesday to acknowledge those who have served in the military.  Many had various activities, events and projects that highlighted Veterans Day.

FALLS-LENOX SALUTE VETERANS ON VETERANS DAY

_DSC0070Olmsted Falls Veterans Day breakfast photo Joanne Berger DuMoundWednesday at Falls-Lenox was a very special day.  Students and staff worked together to provide Breakfast for over 100 Veterans.  First graders decorated placemats and second graders served food.  Students donated almost $800 to go towards the breakfast, which meant well over half the cost paid for by the students!  The rest was covered by the school and PTA.  After the breakfast flagpole ceremonies were held to commemorate this important day.  In a real team effort, third grade speakers shared information about Veterans Day, second graders led our songs, and two high school students, Rachel Blair and Max Molkentin, played Taps on trumpet.  Special thanks to our Veterans Day Committee and PTA for planning and supporting our Veterans Day activities.  It’s wonderful to see how when everyone makes a small sacrifice a big event like this can happen.

To view a brief photo gallery of the event, click HERE.

OFIS STUDENTS’ PROJECTS TOUCH VETERANS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES

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IMG_0691IMG_0690IMG_0692Students in Mrs. Stanczak’s class at OFIS worked on various projects for Veterans Day.

Not only did the students create projects in the classroom to learn more about the day itself (see picture at left), but students also made special posters and wrote letters for a community Veterans dinner this weekend in the Cleveland area.  Each veteran attending the dinner will receive a brief personal letter from each one the students.

ECC STUDENTS PAY TRIBUTE TO VETERANS WITH SPECIAL PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ECC Veteran's DayMrs. Doyle’s AM & PM kindergarten classes were honored to say the daily Pledge of Allegiance with Mrs. McClelland in the front office on Veterans Day.  Mrs. McClelland is a military mom and wife.  She shared her photos and helped the students learn about Veterans.  They learned that her son is on leave and just got to meet his baby son for the first time!

One of the kindergarteners has been carrying our weekly magazine about Veterans in his pocket in the days leading up to Veterans Day.  He asked what he could do to help our military?  Give thanks to Veterans when you see them in uniform!

OFHS STUDENTS PAUSE FOR REFLECTION, REMEMBRANCE ON VETERAN’S DAY

Ohio Flags of honor all American flagsOFHS started their day on Veterans Day with a moment of reflection, remembrance and recognition as the following special announcement was read:

A plaque at the entrance of this building lists the names of 17 former students – students who walked these hallways just like you, who died in service to our country.  The quote on the plaque, from General George Patton, “Let us not mourn that such men died, but rejoice that such men lived” reminds us that Veterans Day is a time to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It is also a time to honor ALL who have served our country.  At this time, if you are a veteran or are newly enlisted, please stand so your classroom can acknowledge you.

The above activities are just a sampling of the many special activities and events that took place through the District in honor of Veterans Day 2015.

OFHS MASQUERS BREAK NEW GROUND WITH HIGH IMPACT DRAMA, INNOVATIVE STAGING

Wit Poster Cover - FinalSS_upper_leftThis coming week, the OFHS Masquers will present a high impact drama for their fall performance.  “Wit,” a story that deals frankly and openly about coping with cancer, has our high school thespians breaking new ground.

In the past 30 years, this is only the third drama produced by OFHS Masquers and it is sure to impress audiences.  While the subject matter – dealing with issues of life and death – is NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN, older students, parents, family members, friends and community residents in attendance will be in for an impressive and emotional performance.

Also unique to this year’s fall play will be the stage’s “black box” format which puts audience members right on the stage with the cast.  To accomplish this sophisticated set-up often found in professional theater productions, an addition has been built on to the front of the stage.  There will be only about 150 seats available each night.

The play itself is not long – only about 90 minutes total – so there will be no intermission.  The actors are performing some of the most challenging and powerful work ever staged at OFHS.  OFHS Masquers hopes you will plan to attend this very special performance scheduled for next weekend at 7:30pm in the high school auditorium.

OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT “WIT”

Masquers Fall Play

Wit

Performances are November 20th and 21st at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens; $7 for adults.

Purchase tickets in advance by calling 440-427-6070

CP_leftNEW SPORTS STORAGE FACILITY TAKING SHAPE, THANKS TO OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS!

20151108_173540-1The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters is at it again.  With continued support from the school, our parents and volunteers, we are now funding $20,000
for an athletic storage facility that will house equipment for both the girls and boys sports.  Countless hours of work already have been put into this project by many.  There still is a lot more to go and with everyone’s support, it will be completed soon.

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We wish we could say that it was completed “before the snow flies,” but many that were there a few Saturdays ago can attest that the snow was already flying!  If you want to find out how you, too, can help, send an email to Jim Polcar at president@ofathleticboosters.org.

OFIS GRADE 5 PARTICIPANTS TAKE TOP NASA HONORS

team pictureOn Saturday,  a group of OFIS fifth graders participated in NASA’s Young SS_upper_leftAstronaut Day. Only 15 schools were selected for this event.  Students had to complete engineering challenges, including designing an airplane wing with the most lift, designing a quiet plane engine, designing a safe landing and designing water rockets. The team of Logan Gomez, Ethan Nakoneczny, James Jones, Zach Begeman, David Vidovich, Ryan Wojtowicz and Katie Iannicca took first place overall.  A special thank you to Mrs. Begeman, Ms. Majeski, Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Iannicca for chaperoning

2ND GRADE CLASS PARTICIPATES IN CURIOUS CLASSROOM CONTEST – VOTE DAILY NOW THRU NOV. 30!

2015-11-04 11_25_12-Houghton Mifflin HarcourtSS_upper_leftMrs. Karen Megery’s 2nd grade class at Falls-Lenox Primary School has entered the HMH Curious Classroom Contest sponsored by publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.   HMH is challenging teachers to demonstrate how they inspire learning and foster curiosity in the classroom by submitting videos to the Curious Classroom Contest.

TE_lowerRight-cropThe video entry from Mrs. Megery’s class is visible at:  http://curiousclassroom.hmhco.com/votes/73.

Simply click the link to view their entry and then vote!  Everyone gets one vote per day, so visit often!  You can vote one a day, every day through November 30th!

Help Mrs. Megery’s class get the most votes!  Top videos with the most votes will advance to the final judging phase – so the more votes the better!  A new SMART Board, a classroom set of Chromebooks, and a collection of books for the school are among the top prizes!  PLEASE VOTE TODAY, AND TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY, AND THE DAY AFTER THAT, AND….YOU GET THE IDEA!

JOIN US!  NOVEMBER OFHS PARENT GROUP MEETINGS

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300Attention OFHS Parents!  A REMINDER to mark your calendar for the following parent meeting in November:

Masquers and Forensics Patron Meeting – Monday, November 16th, at 7PM in room W3 at the HS.

Post Prom Meeting – Wednesday, November 18th, at 7PM in the HS library.

We hope you can join us!

onepg 2015-16.xlsTHE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR THE BULLDOGS ON ICE

hockey logoThe weather is turning a bit colder, but one team that represents OFHS suits up in gear fit for the ice. The school’s hockey team begins scrimmages this week for its regular season that starts November 27th with a tournament.

The team’s home rink is in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center on Memphis Avenue in Brooklyn. View the teams 2015-16 schedule by clicking HERE. Its alumni game is December 20th.

US_military_flag_and_eagleMILITARY NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS CAREERS, ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS & MORE

Learn more about a military career, ROTC, college scholarships and academy appointments at the December 1st Military Night in the OFHS Media Center.

Representatives from the U.S. Armed Forces and U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s office will talk with you from 7-8:30 p.m. and explain what is available in the military after high school. Parents and students are invited to attend.

CP_leftOFMS MEDIA CENTER & LEAD GROUPS EXPRESS THANKS

IMG_2025The Middle School Media Center and the LEAD Organizations would like to thank everyone for supporting the recent Book Fair and the fundraiser/raffles during both conference nights.  They would also like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated items for the baskets, as well as gift certificates.
The fundraiser brought in more than $500 for the Berea Animal Shelter and
the Rescue Inn, and, to top off the night, a puppy was adopted by a wonderful
Bulldog family.

IMG_2024The book fair ended on Nov. 11th and was a huge success!  The Media Center will take profit in books which will allow us to purchase new and exciting titles of all genres for the Library/Media Center.

In addition, we would like to thank our amazing PTA volunteers for taking time out of their busy schedules to help with the book fair.  Special thanks to:  Tammy Walston, Heather Kilbane, Nicole Humphrey and Rinda Vas.

6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP – Registration Begins SUNDAY, Nov. 15th

Come join the Olmsted Falls Varsity Baseball program for a day of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. This one day skills camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base-running. Instructors will include the High School Coaching Staff, current players and former Bulldog players. If you have any questions, contact the Olmsted Community Center office at 440-427-1599 or email Office@olmstedcc.com.

baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUDates:
1st – 3rd grades – Monday December 21st
4th – 8th grades – Tuesday December 22nd

Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Cost: $35.00 (includes Dri-Fit T-Shirt)
Register: Online at www.olmstedcc.com beginning November 15th
Mail / In person: Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Make checks payable to: Olmsted Community Center

Deadline: December 15th to guarantee t-shirt and size availability. Late registrants will be accepted but t-shirt & size not guaranteed.

COLLEGE LUNCH BUNCH CONTINUES ON TWO MORE TUESDAYSSS_upper_left

OFHS continues to 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.

bulldog over musical noteCHECK OUT THIS MONTH’S MUSICAL NOTES NEWSLETTER

The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s next meeting is  7 p.m. December 3rd in the OFHS choir room.

The group enjoyed a successful Fill the Truck fundraiser – thanks to you. Click HERE to see the Musical Notes November issue, photos of that event and much more information occurring with the group.

OFMA’S WING/PIZZA IS TONIGHT, NOVEMBER 14TH!!

quiz nightOlmsted_Falls_MusicGetting ready for the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s All-you-can-eat wings/pizza/salad buffet, refreshments night Nov. 14th.  Tickets are $20 and you have a chance to win a valuable door prize.  There also will be side boards and gift basket raffles.

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 trivia contest team tables of six cost $15 a person. The theme is “Music Through the Decades.” To view an event flyer, click HERE.

HELPING HANDS T-SHIRTS, HOODIES SALE ENDS TOMORROW –  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH!

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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.

OFMS PTA FUNDRAISER OFFERS ONLINE FOOD ORDERING

schwan's photoThe OFMS PTA has a Schwan’s fundraising campaign that offers a special incentive if ordering by Nov. 27th.  All funds raised in this online food ordering and home delivery campaign go toward such programs as Rachel’s Challenge, field trips, assemblies, scholarship and others.  Ordering is quick and easy.  Go to Schwans-Cares.com and enter our campaign ID code – 23818 – or “Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA when placing an order. You also may call 1-855-870-7208 and give the rep that same ID code.  Through November 27th, 20% of sales and 40% of gift card purchases will go to the PTA.  It will still receive 5% of sales after that date.  Anyone may order using the ID code, so contact friends and neighbors.  Thank you for supporting OFMS PTA.

OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SELLING HONEYBAKED HAMS

HoneyBakedFrom now until December 17th, the OFHS Bulldogs Swim and Dive Team offers you the chance again to order delicious HoneyBaked Ham or glazed roasted and smoked turkey breasts and gift certificates for your holiday entertaining.  Certificates may be used as gifts or use them yourself throughout the year at the store.

Use the online option by clicking HERE.    Deadline to order is December 17th.

POINSETTIAS IN EACH ROOM IN THE HOUSE? WHY NOT?

poinsettias_3461cWho doesn’t like poinsettias at Christmas time. The OFHS National Honor Society again has its Poinsettia Sale from November 13th to December 16th.  Sizes and prices are $5 for 4-inch plant; $7 for 6-inch;  $11 for an 8-inch florist pot and $15 for a 10-inch plant.. Color selection are red, pink and white.

Place your order using the order form that is viewed by clicking HERE.

NEWS FROM THE POST PROM FOOD COMMITTEE

The planning has begun for the Class of 2016 Post Prom.  The committee has set up a convenient way to donate perishable/non-perishable food items as well as  to sign-up for  volunteering opportunities.

Please visit www.perfectpotluck.com to donate.

Meal plan name is:  FANARA

Password is: 2016

If you have any questions or would like to join our committee please email Angela Fanara at amarysiak@hotmail.com.

Hat Sale 2015OFHS BASEBALL HATS ON SALE NOW THROUGH TUESDAY, NOV. 17TH

Baseball Hat Online Sale now through 11/17. All new Nike design for 2015-2016 – flex fit – 3 sizes to choose from. Will be in before the Holidays. This will be the only time of year they will be available to purchase online, and perhaps at all, the rest of the year.

Go to www.bsnsports.com/mts and enter code: bulldo9W6.

dimes for diabetes pixHELP FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RAISE FUNDS DURING NOVEMBER – DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Please help Falls-Lenox students raise money to fight this devastating disease. Our Dimes for Diabetes campaign will raise funds to contribute to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Money may be sent in with F-L students during the weeks of November 16th and November 23rd. You also may donate online using by clicking HERE.  Thank you for help us fight Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes.

OFHS MASQUERS/FORENSICS OFFERS DISCOUNT TICKETS TO SKY ZONE

Masquers forensicssky zoneThe 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.

COMMUNITY

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710TEENS INVITED TO OFFER SUGGESTIONS @ THE OF LIBRARY’S TEEN VOICE

Teen Voice – Open to grades 6-12

Date: 11/19/2015 Time: 4:30 – 5:15 P.M

Description:  Join us on the third Thursday of the month to help plan programs, do activities, and more. Your input helps decide what we do! To sign up, click HERE.

OLMSTED TRAVEL RECREATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SIGN UPS

basketball4Boys in grades 7-9 are invited to join the Olmsted Community Center’s Travel Recreational Basketball League, which has teams from Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Westlake, Rocky River and Columbia Station.   Games will be played in these various communities. All boys who register will have equal playing time  – there are no cuts. The league provides a chance to enjoy the game of basketball, emphasizing team play, the spirit of sportsmanship and fun.  It runs from December through February 2016 with games on Saturdays. The one hour per week practices begin this month.

Register online at Olmsted.com or by clicking HERE.  To view the league’s flyer, click HERE.

FREE ADMISSION TO SATURDAY’S HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AT OCC

craft-fairYou’re invited to the annual Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, November 14th at Olmsted Community Center.  It’s a great way to get a head start on holiday shopping while supporting the center and local vendors.  Upscale gifts and homemade crafts are some of the featured vendors.  Bring your children to the kids workshop to make gifts for grandparents, siblings and teachers.  Concessions are available.

SANTA’S SECRET SHOP HELPS KIDS BUY GIFTS FOR OTHERS

The 23rd annual Santa’s Secret Shop, which Olmsted Falls Cub Scout Pack 102 sponsors, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 5th.  The shopping event is at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Kids may shop for  holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our elves. Grownups may buy tickets for a holiday raffle of great items, including a Xbox  One game system and Fitbit activity tracker. Admission is free.  All proceeds benefit local Cub Scout Pack 102.

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Parent Update – November 6, 2015

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GREG SURTMAN, BRIAN WEISBARTH ELECTED TO SERVE 4-YEAR TERMS ON OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION

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Mr. Greg Surtman

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Mr. Brian Weisbarth

Congratulations to incumbent Board of Education member Greg Surtman and newly elected Board of Education member Brian Weisbarth, who were elected to the two open seats on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.  This will be Mr. Surtman’s second term as a school board member, and Mr. Weisbarth’s first term.

Mr. Surtman has served on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education since January 2012.  Mr. Weisbarth will officially be sworn in and begin his term in January 2016.  Both elected Board members are active in the community and have students currently enrolled in the school system. Congratulations again to Mr. Surtman and Mr. Weisbarth!

OFHS BULLDOGS VS. MIDVIEW DIV.II, REG. 4 FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF GAME TONIGHT

Bulldog helmutfootball-clip-artCongratulations to our OFHS Varsity Football Team on a great regular season, and on advancing to the Division II, Region 4 First-Round Playoffs.  OFHS takes on Midview High School tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Midview High’s Adelsberg Stadium

LET‘s GO BULLDOGS!

FALLS-LENOX FAMILY MATH NIGHTS HELP PARENTS ENGAGE IN NEW PROGRAM

family math night 1SS_upper_leftFalls-Lenox School hosted three Family Math Nights to help parents learn more about the new Bridges math program. The parents were appreciative of all the different stations.

The feedback from those attending was very positive all three nights.

Teachers did terrific in planning and preparing for the
TE_lowerRight-cropevenings of fun math activities. Students enjoyed working on Chromebooks surfing math websites and resources, playing math games and learning about Number Corner with their parents. Thanks to all who attended.

To view a photo gallery of grade 1 math night, click HERE.

To view a photo gallery of grade 2 math night, click HERE.

To view a photo gallery of grade 3 math night, click HERE.


Olmsted Falls Magazine 2015-2016SS_upper_leftNEW OLMSTED FALLS MAGAZINE SPOTLIGHTS DISTRICT’S STRATEGIC PLAN

Olmsted Falls City School District’s Strategic Plan has been spotlighted in the recently published Olmsted Falls Magazine.

To read a copy of the article titled, “Raising the Bar:  Driving School, Student Success,” please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION TO CONDUCT COMPREHENSIVE BOARD POLICY REVIEW

OFCS Triple A LogoThere are approximately 450 policies that govern the Board of Education’s decision making at the Board of Education will be doing its due diligence by conducting a full review of them. The Olmsted Falls School District contracts with an organization called NEOLA. NEOLA works with many school districts across the United States and their primary job is to present those policies that are required by Federal and Ohio law and also to present the Board with optional discretionary policies. Essentially, NEOLA provides School Boards with suggested policy that is then discussed with the full Board in a public meeting. The Board is required by its own bylaws to place any policy up for review onto the agenda two times prior to approval.

While all Board Members are part of the review process, a subcommittee consisting of School Board Members Linda Parkowski and Holly Neumann will be working with the Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and Director of Pupil Services Mr. James Tatman to conduct the initial review. This group will be initially responsible for conducting the policy reviews in order to ensure all policies to ensure they are compliant and up-to-date. The policy review timeline is contained in the graphic below.

Board Policy Review Timeline

basketball4THIS SATURDAY – ALUMNI GAME ONLY – NO BLUE/GOLD SCRIMMAGE

Due to the Bulldog football make making the playoffs, there will be no Blue/Gold scrimmage this Saturday, November 7th.  The Alumni Game, however, is still scheduled and will be played from 4-6 p.m.

Come cheer on former Bulldogs on the court!

SS_upper_leftBOYS BULLDOG SOCCER TEAM HAS RECORD-SETTING SEASON

Boys soccer 1This 2015 OF boys varsity soccer program had a very successful year – on the Varsity and JV levels. The JV team finished the year with a 9-2-5 record. The varsity had a record-setting performance, posting a 15-2-2 record in route to a third place finish in the SWC, an OHSAA Sectional Championship and an appearance in the OHSAA District Final, where the team was awarded the District Runner-Up trophy. That game saw a heart-breaking double overtime, sudden death penalty kick loss to Strongsville.

soccer 2The team set new school records in wins – 15 – and shutouts – 11 – as well as being ranked in the top 10 in the District 1 Coaches poll. The final week had the Bulldogs ranked #3, something that has never been accomplished in the program’s history. In route to its best season on record, the Bulldogs defeated one of the top teams in Toledo as well as state-ranked Berea-Midpark. Academically, this group of Bulldogs was strong as well, earning the program’s 8th All-Ohio Team Academic Award and the program’s 5th National Soccer Coaches Association of America Award for Academic Excellence. Assistant Coach Mr. Joe Starek was also honored by being named the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year in Division 1.

During the past four years, the boys soccer team has compiled an impressive record of 41-19-7 against Division 1 and Division II opponents. Members of the varsity team are Austin Mitchell, Bobby Illig, Cameron Robinson, Rylan Wikle, Joseph Linder, Josh Aubel, Austin Lockhart, Ryan Koloick, Mickey Kasputis, Joe Bement, Kevin Lemin, Daniel Linder, Jake Yeager, Charlie Watters, Chase Fernkorn, Logan Klink and Jake Lindley.

Congratulations, team, on a great performance.

KINDERGARTENERS WELCOME PUMPKIN JACK

Pumkin Jack - Book CoverPumkin Jack ECCThis week, the kindergartners read a story during library time called Pumpkin Jack.  The book describes the life cycle of a pumpkin throughout the seasons.  It goes from jack o’lantern to seed to pumpkin and back to jack o’lantern again.  The Early Childhood Center now has its very own Pumpkin Jack in the planter at the entrance of the building (pictured at right).

We will be keeping an eye on him for the remainder of the year to see what changes occur.  The hope is that by next fall Pumpkin Jack will return for a new crop of kindergartners to enjoy!

RESOURCE REVIEW FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE SCIENCE MATERIALS

FusionScienceCoverIt is time for Olmsted Falls School District to update our Science materials for grades 6 through 8.  Science teachers in grades 6 through 8 have had an opportunity to preview a multitude of Science resources.   We had two vendors provide a face-to-face overview of their materials. Teachers spent an entire day previewing the materials and using a quality review rubric to determine the strongest resource.

Our teachers have identified Fusion Science from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a very strong resource.  The Fusion Science textbook and supporting materials for each grade (6, 7, & 8) are available for community review at the Olmsted Falls Public Library from Monday, November 2nd through Friday, November 13th.   Additionally, parents can further explore Fusion Science electronic resources by visiting http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/science/elementary-science/sciencefusion, and registering for free Virtual Sampling.   (Click the orange “Sample Now” button to get started.)

Parents and community residents are invited to review the materials and submit feedback via an on-line Resource Review Survey.  A hard copy sample of the Resource Review Survey questions is provided with each set of materials for reference.  The online Resource Review Survey can be accessed by visiting the OFCS website at www.ofcs.net and clicking on the “Science Curriculum Review” Quick Link, located at the top, left side of the page.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.

PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST – A CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 16TH

ReflectionsThe National PTA Reflections Program challenges students in grades pre-K through 12 to explore and be involved in the arts by creating an original arts entry relating to a specific theme in any of six categories. The categories are visual arts, photography, music composition, literature, film production and dance choreography.  The 2015-16 theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly!”

Information was distributed at each school building and may be found at the Ohio PTA website under ‘Programs/Reflections.’

ENTRIES ARE DUE NOVEMBER 16TH.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Reflections chair for each unit:

OECPTA:  Amy Lauderdale – amylaud@gmail.com.

Falls-Lenox/ECC:  Meg DiFilippo – megdifilippo@gmail.com

OFIS:  Linda Parkowski – JLparkowski@cox.net

OFMS:  Kristie Patton – kristiepatton@cox.net

OFHS:  Sandra Graham – slgwhit@cox.net

TE_lowerRight-crop2ND GRADE CLASS PARTICIPATES IN CURIOUS CLASSROOM CONTEST – VOTE DAILY NOV. 1-30!

2015-11-04 11_25_12-Houghton Mifflin HarcourtMrs. Karen Megery’s 2nd grade class at Falls-Lenox Primary School has entered the HMH Curious Classroom Contest sponsored by publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.   HMH is challenging teachers to demonstrate how they inspire learning and foster curiosity in the classroom by submitting videos to the Curious Classroom Contest.

SS_upper_leftThe video entry from Mrs. Megery’s class is visible at:  http://curiousclassroom.hmhco.com/votes/73.

Simply click the link to view their entry and then vote!  Everyone gets one vote per day, so visit often!  You can vote one a day, every day through November 30th!

Help Mrs. Megery’s class get the most votes!  Top videos with the most votes will advance to the final judging phase – so the more votes the better!  A new SMART Board, a classroom set of Chromebooks, and a collection of books for the school are among the top prizes!  PLEASE VOTE TODAY, AND TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY, AND THE DAY AFTER THAT, AND….YOU GET THE IDEA!

FROM PRINCESSES TO TURTLES, OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS DRESSED FOR HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES

FL Group PicFun and festive parades marched through and around some OF schools last week for the annual Halloween celebrations.  Many parents were on-hand to see the children enjoying the day dressed in their many colorful and creative costumes.

To view photo gallery from ECC, please click HERE.

To view photo gallery from Falls-Lenox, please click HERE.

To view photo gallery from OFIS, please click HERE.

OFIS STUDENT COUNCIL SPONSORS “HALLOWEEN HALLWAY CONTEST”

_full_4mrsjudsonThe OFIS Student Council sponsored a “No-Holds-Barred Halloween Hallway Contest” between the 4th and 5th grades during the week leading up to Halloween.  Thanks to the special judges who walked the hallways to determine this year’s winner.  It was a tough decision with so many awesome and creative door designs.

CONGRATULATIONS TO 4TH GRADE for being the winning hallway!

To view a photo gallery of ALL the amazing doors, please click HERE.

POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL TAKES THE FIELD – THIS 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.

HELPING HANDS 1ST PARENT NETWORK MEETING – THIS THURSDAY, 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 CP_leftin 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.

JOIN US!  NOVEMBER OFHS PARENT GROUP MEETINGS

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300Attention OFHS Parents!  A REMINDER to mark your calendar for the following parent meeting in November:

Masquers and Forensics Patron Meeting – Monday, November 16th, at 7PM in room W3 at the HS.

Post Prom Meeting – Wednesday, November 18th, at 7PM in the HS library.

We hope you can join us!

Wit Poster Cover - FinalSAVE THE DATE – OFHS MASQUERS PRESENT “WIT”

Masquers Fall Play

Wit

Performances are November 20th and 21st at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens; $7 for adults.

Purchase tickets in advance by calling 440-427-6070

*This show deals frankly and openly about coping with cancer and is not suitable for younger students.

OFCS WORKS WITH ODE ON K-3 LITERACY SCORE DATA

reportcard-300x300Olmsted 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.

Hat Sale 2015OFHS BASEBALL HATS ON SALE NOW THROUGH NOV. 17TH

Baseball Hat Online Sale now through 11/17. All new Nike design for 2015-2016 – flex fit – 3 sizes to choose from. Will be in before the Holidays. This will be the only time of year they will be available to purchase online, and perhaps at all, the rest of the year.

Go to www.bsnsports.com/mts and enter code: bulldo9W6.

6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP – Registration Begins Nov. 15th

Come join the Olmsted Falls Varsity Baseball program for a day of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. This one day skills camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base-running. Instructors will include the High School Coaching Staff, current players and former Bulldog players. If you have any questions, contact the Olmsted Community Center office at 440-427-1599 or email Office@olmstedcc.com.

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1st – 3rd grades – Monday December 21st
4th – 8th grades – Tuesday December 22nd

Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Cost: $35.00 (includes Dri-Fit T-Shirt)
Register: Online at www.olmstedcc.com beginning November 15th
Mail / In person: Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Make checks payable to: Olmsted Community Center

Deadline: December 15th to guarantee t-shirt and size availability. Late registrants will be accepted but t-shirt & size not guaranteed.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR RUNNING NOW AT OFMS

book _fairThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair now through Wednesday, November 11th.   The fair will be open during November 5th conference evening.    In addition to the book fair,  the Media Center is 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 event is in the Middle School Media Center. All students are encouraged to stop in and enter their name in a drawing to win a $10 shopping pass for the book fair.   All proceeds from the raffle will go to the animal shelters.

dimes for diabetes pixHELP FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RAISE FUNDS DURING NOVEMBER – DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Please help Falls-Lenox students raise money to fight this devastating disease. Our Dimes for Diabetes campaign will raise funds to contribute to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Money may be sent in with F-L students during the weeks of November 16th and November 23rd. You also may donate online using by clicking HERE.  Thank you for help us fight Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes.

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OFHS continues to 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.

SIGN UP DEADLINE NEARS FOR 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

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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 Act Information Sheet needed for Auditions can be found by clicking HERE for those interested in filling it out in advance.  Sheets will also be available at the sign-in table on the day of the auditions. 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 ENDS MONDAY 

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 IS NOVEMBER 14TH  

quiz nightOlmsted_Falls_MusicGetting ready for the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s All-you-can-eat wings/pizza/salad buffet, refreshments night Nov. 14th.  Tickets are $20 and you have a chance to win a valuable door prize.  There also will be side boards and gift basket raffles.

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 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

OHIO FLAGS OF HONOR FUNDRAISER NEEDS WORKERS, PARTICIPANTS – THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 7TH 

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.

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

 

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.

Ssantaave the Date for Santa’s Secret Shop!

Mark your calendars for this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop on Saturday, December 5th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. This event lets kids shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of our elves. Grownups can buy tickets for our holiday raffle of items including an Xbox One game system. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.

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