Parent Update – November 14, 2015
OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES LAUNCH OF ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN
The 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 District. 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.
The 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.
Michael 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
The 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 – email@example.com.
Falls-Lenox/ECC: Meg DiFilippo – firstname.lastname@example.org
OFIS: Linda Parkowski – JLparkowski@cox.net
OFMS: Kristie Patton – email@example.com
OFHS: Sandra Graham – firstname.lastname@example.org
The 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
For 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.
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
Wednesday 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
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
Mrs. 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
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
This 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
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
NEW SPORTS STORAGE FACILITY TAKING SHAPE, THANKS TO OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS!
The 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.
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 email@example.com.
OFIS GRADE 5 PARTICIPANTS TAKE TOP NASA HONORS
On Saturday, a group of OFIS fifth graders participated in NASA’s Young Astronaut 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!
Mrs. 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.
The 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
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!
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR THE BULLDOGS ON ICE
The 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.
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.
The 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
The 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.
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 TUESDAYS
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.
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!!
Getting 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!
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
The 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
From 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?
Who 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFHS 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.
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
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 email@example.com. Click HERE for an event flyer that also has an order form attached.
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
Boys 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.
FREE ADMISSION TO SATURDAY’S HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AT OCC
You’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.