Parent Update – December 11, 2015
REMINDER: NEXT WEEK IS THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL FOR THE 2015 CALENDAR YEAR
Before 2015 comes to an end, here is a reminder that the Olmsted Falls School District winter break is from Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1.
Next week is the last five days of school prior to winter break.
The Societe Honoraire de Francais installed 13 new honorees Dec. 3rd. They
are Julie Calaway, Abigail Clark, Emily Fidler, Miranda Gibel, Sarah Makari, Jeremy Monnolly, Julia Montgomery, Erika Ratcliff, Faith Topolski, Rachael Vance, Jonathan Wang, Collin Werner and Madison Zehe. They were honored for their commitment, effort and excellence in the study of French.
A 6th grade student, Evelyn Smits, was chosen as a Scholastic Kid Reporter for the 2015-2016 year. That means that Scholastic will give her a topic and she will write an article about it, in accord with their “News for Kids by Kids” program. The kid reporters will cover current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sports events from their hometowns and from around the world.
Evelyn was one of just twenty-seven kids ages ten to fourteen throughout the United States who were chosen. A special job for the reporter is to cover the upcoming presidential election. If you have any questions for Evelyn, she would be happy to answer them. If you see Evelyn, please congratulate her on this accomplishment.
To view her Scholastic Reporter Bio online, please click HERE.
The OFHS wrestlers kicked off their season on a victorious note. They won 16 Team Findlay Duals Tournament Championship. They defeated Findlay Gold, 80-0; Newark Catholic, 82-0; Fairview Park, 72-3; Findlay Blue, 61-9 and the championship match vs. Napolean, 55-12. This is the third consecutive year the OFHS wrestlers won this tournament.
The team will host the following events this season: Kiwanis Eric Emery JV Duals at 9 a.m. December 12th, Westlake Dual, 6 p.m. December 17th, Amherst/Berea Tri-meet, 6 p.m. January 28th and Padua/Perkins Tri-meet, 10 a.m. January 30th.
ATTENTION CCP STUDENTS TAKING COURSES AT A COLLEGE CAMPUS – RETURN BOOKS TO OFHS
If you are attending Tri-C or CSU, please turn in your textbooks to Mrs. Curran in the high school library at the end of the semester.
Do not turn in your books to the college bookstore.
CONGRATS TO DISTRICT BEHAVIOR CONSULTANT ALISON DOICK
Alison Doick, Olmsted Falls’ new behavior consultant was recognized by Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd for earning her ReThink Trainer certificate. With this added credential, Mrs. Doick is able to consult with teachers and school support staff regarding student behavior intervention and supports.
ReThink is a social-emotional development curriculum. It offers staff development modules, behavior assessments and intervention strategies for staff working with students developing their social-emotional capacity.
Alison Doick previously served in Olmsted Falls as an intervention specialist in the preschool moderate/intensive classroom and is a certified speech pathologist. With her extensive experiences in behavior intervention for students with disabilities, Mrs. Doick is able to carry over similar strategies for students not yet identified.
If parents are interested in learning more about her services, please contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.
OFCS SLPs PARTICIPATE IN REPLAY FOR KIDS 2015 ADAPTIVE TOY GIVEAWAY
Olmsted Falls speech-language pathologists, Lori Kallevig and Lauren Holecko, collected over 25 adaptive toys at the RePlay giveaway event. These toys will be used across the district with students with disabilities who have limited mobility or language skills development.
The toys are standard toys that have been modified to allow connection to
communication/switch devices commonly used by students in the classroom. These toys
support language development and positive peer interactions.
Olmsted Falls Middle school has partnered with RePlay to offer a workshop experience for 7th and 8th grade students in the new STEM program. In March the students will conduct a toy drive and then use collected toys to participate in a workshop to convert the standard toys into adaptive toys. This program aligns with the curriculum of this middle school course and supports RePlay with building their inventory for future give-away events.
For more information about RePlay for Kids please visit http://www.replayforkids.org/
Olmsted Falls School District is so fortunate to have many local veterans participate in activities and events throughout the district.
The Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center extends its sincere thanks to Army Sergeant First Class Ken Walden, who visited Mrs. Roberto’s classroom on Veterans’ Day.
VIEW THE DECEMBER MUSIC NEWSLETTER
Many musical events are planned in our schools this month. There also are several programs in January and the popular Super Bowl Hoagie Sale Feb. 6. Congratulations to our marching bands seniors and their parents who also are featured in the newsletter. To view the December issue of Musical Notes, click HERE.
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.
BULLDOG SOFTBALL HITTING CAMP SET FOR GRADES 3-6
Girls in grades 3-6 are invited to attend FREE the Softball Mini-Camp from 8:30-10 a.m. December 23rd in the OFHS auxiliary gym. This camp, which the Olmsted Falls coaching staff and varsity softball players are hosting, will cover fundamental instructional hitting techniques. It is a morning filled with softball knowledge and fun.
Deadline to register is December 17th. To see a more detailed flyer and sign up form, click HERE.
A January 18th fast pitch camp, which the Olmsted Falls coaching staff and varsity softball players will conduct, will prepare girls in grades 4-6 to hit the fields. It will cover the fundamental skills of proper base running, instructional hitting techniques, fielding, throwing, pitching and catching. It will run from 8-10:30 a.m. January 18th. The cost is $15. To sign up or learn more details, click HERE.
SAVE PLASTIC LIDS FOR OFIS PROJECT
OFIS students are working on a big project that needs clean plastic lids from now until January 8th.
The Green Team is accepting all colors and sizes of lids, which may be dropped off at the school or with a student you may know.
REMINDER: OFIS FUNDRAISER PICK-UP IS TODAY, DEC. 11TH FROM 3-7 PM!
The OFIS PTA Charleston Wrap fundraiser pick-up is scheduled for this Friday, December 11th, from 3pm-7pm in the OFIS cafeteria.
Please be sure to stop by to pick up your items! Thank you so much for your support!!
Any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barnes & Noble is hosting a Book Fair for Olmsted Falls schools this Friday, December 11th at its Crocker Park location. Story hour times are at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon. Enjoy art displays, evening performances by our schools choirs and bands and other amenities. To view a detailed flyer of the event and instructions in ordering books if unable to attend that day, click HERE.
OFHS Masquers and Speech & Debate Team invite all to dine at Max and Erma’s December 11th at its Westlake location. The group will receive funds from items purchased there throughout the day when presenting a flyer, which can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
Who doesn’t like Cheesecake Factory’s desserts? The OFHS Junior Class gives you the chance to take some home with its Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ fundraiser featuring cheese cakes and cupcakes from Cheesecake Factory. Order forms must be brought to the OFHS main office by December 11th! You decide when to pick them up at Crocker Park’s Barnes & Noble Booksellers location. To download an order form with complete instructions, click HERE.
Need some Bulldog apparel? The OF Athletic Boosters’ Christmas apparel sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 12th. Items range in sizes from newborn to 3XL. Special orders can accommodate any item or size that is not in stock. The sale includes special stocking stuffers, tervis tumblers, socks, hats (both ball caps and stocking caps), jewelry, hoodies, crews, long/short sleeve T-shirts, sweatpants, jackets, stadium chairs and lots of unique items. Cheerleaders, who will accept donations, will be available to wrap your items.
The OFSD Transportation Department has a “Stuff the Bus” food drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 12th in the Board of Education parking lot.
All donations/collections will be donated to the local Food Pantry for families in need.
OFHS ROBOTICS TEAM NOW SELLING ‘DOG’ TAGS
The Bulldog Robotics Club is selling Dog Tag/Key chains in the Team Shop at OFHS and in the Snack Bar during home games. The $5 price helps support the teams.
For more information, contact Mr. Haydn, email@example.com.
PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEONS AT ECC & FALLS-LENOX
As Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA begins preparing for our annual Holiday Staff Appreciation Luncheons at ECC and Falls-Lenox, they are reaching out to parents for donations to help make these events a success. F-L/ECC PTA will be collecting donations in the form of door prizes (gift cards $5-$20 or a small gift item) to be given to our hard-working teachers and staff, beverages (2L bottles of pop or cases of bottled water), and desserts. Flyers were sent home with students last week.
FL-ECC PTA asks that all door prize donations are dropped off at either ECC or Falls-Lenox by Monday, December 14. Beverage and/or dessert donations will need to be dropped off by 9:00am at your school on the day of the event (ECC 12/17; Falls-Lenox 12/18).
If you plan on donating a door prize, beverage or dessert, please email Chrissy Ferrone – ECC (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katie Pasiak – Falls-Lenox (email@example.com). Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
The OFHS Junior Class Officers are participating in a Spirit Day Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A in North Olmsted next Wednesday, December 16th.
Mention OFHS Junior Class Officers when placing order & earn up to 25% of sales for Olmsted Falls Junior Class Officers! To download the event flyer, please click HERE.
STILL TIME TO ORDER YOUR POINSETTIAS FROM NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – DEADLINE DEC. 16TH!
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.
OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM SELLING HONEYBAKED HAMS – SIGNUP BY DECEMBER 17TH
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.
POST-PROM PARTNERS WITH ANGELINA’S PIZZA FOR TAKE-N-BAKE SALE!
Olmsted Falls High School seniors will be celebrating the end of their four years of high school at their Post Prom on May 21, 2016. Please help us make this a lifelong memory as we ask for your support by simply ordering your family a pizza.
The Olmsted Falls High School Post Prom Committee, a group of dedicated parents, is working hard to ensure a safe and secure place for the after prom party. Games, entertainment and food will be provided in a safe and substance-free environment at the Olmsted Falls High School.
In order to make this night memorable, senior parents have numerous fundraisers. Here is your opportunity to help our class of 2016. Before you know it, you as a parent will be in our shoes with this wonderful fundraiser with our local Angelina’s Pizza.
Celebrate our Take-n-Bake Pizza Sale!! Order your medium pizza for either a weekend lunch/dinner or a gift certificate good through 12/31/16. For the discounted price of $8, choose either a medium cheese take-n-bake pizza or a gift certificate for one for later. Keep in mind, gift certificates are perfect for those unexpected kids sleepovers!
Please click HERE to download form to order your pizzas and return it in an envelope labeled, OFHS POST PROM to your child’s school. Each school will have extra order forms. Post Prom will be collecting orders from the office at each school. Orders must be returned to the school no later than Friday, January 8th to be eligible for this awesome deal!
OFHS POST PROM OFFERS EASY WAY TO DONATE FOOD
The planning has begun for the Class of 2016 Post Prom. The Food Committee set up a convenient way to donate perishable/non-perishable food items for the event as well as volunteering opportunities that will be assigned at a later date.
To donate, go to www.perfectpotluck.com. Use FANARA as the meal plan name and its password: 2016. If you have any questions or would like to join the Food Committee, email Angela Fanara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We cannot give our seniors an awesome Post Prom without your help.
HELPING HANDS 3E LOVE MERCHANDISE FUNDRAISER EXTENDED – DEC. 20th
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.
As an FYI – Stearns Road between Cook Road and Bagley Road will move to a southbound only traffic pattern beginning on Monday, December 14th. This will likely stay in effect until the Fall of 2016. The posted northbound alternative is Lewis Road.
Public Works is planning on having deputies from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office at both the intersections of Stearns/Bagley and Fitch/Bagley during the morning rush both next week (12/14 – 12/18) and during the first week back to school following the break (1/4 – 1/6ish) in order to maintain traffic and help patterns settle into place. They are very aware of the potential for congestion and will do their best to tweak things in order to keep traffic moving through Bagley, specifically in the mornings.
Monday morning (12/14) will be a “soft closure” and likely won’t take place until after the morning rush hour is complete.
Please click HERE for further details from the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works.
OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS UPCOMING STUDENT EVENTS
The Nutcracker Ballet – At 2 p.m. this Saturday, December 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.
Then, on Wednesday, December 16th, don’t miss the Holiday Cookie War event!
Holiday Cookie War
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description: For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings! Release forms must be filled out by parent/legal guardian to work with food. Open to grades 5 -12. http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=72881
OLMSTED RECREATION HAS MANY ACTIVITY FOR SENIORS THIS MONTH
Olmsted Recreation offers many activities at Olmsted Community Center for seniors. To view a December activity calendar, click HERE. It is sponsoring a Christmas Party December 18th with a December 15th deadline sign up. To view a flyer, click HERE.
OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SIGN UP IS OPEN
Registration for the upcoming 2016 Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch Softball Association is now open through December 24th. Girls living within the OF school district in grades 3-12 may participate. Teams play in U10, U12, U14 and U18 divisions.
You may register online by clicking HERE or signing up in person by visiting the Olmsted Community Center through December 24th during normal business hours. Click HERE to view the association’s website that has detailed registration and league information.
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.