Parent Update – November 20, 2015
School will resume Monday, Nov. 30th.
Enjoy your turkey day. Happy Thanksgiving!
OFHS 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.
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.
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 TONIGHT, November 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
The 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, Maddy 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
Bulldog 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!
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:
2ND GRADE CLASS PARTICIPATES IN CURIOUS CLASSROOM CONTEST – PLEASE CONTINUE TO VOTE DAILY NOW THRU NOV. 30!
Mrs. 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.
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!
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 email@example.com, with questions.
4TH-5TH GRADE SCIENCE MATERIALS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
The 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.
BULLDOG HOCKEY HITS THE ICE SOON
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.
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.
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 TUESDAY
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
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 ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB’S CLASS HOODIE SALE
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
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.
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
Who 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
SHOW 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
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.
SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 28TH; ENTER CHAMBER SELFIE CONTEST TO WIN $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE
Small 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 .
4th 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.
BOY 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SIGN 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
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.
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
The 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.