Parent Update – December 18, 2015
IT’S WINTER BREAK!
The Olmsted Falls City School District’s winter break began with the end of today’s classes – Friday, December 18th. Classes will resume Monday, January 4th.
This is the final blog for the 2015 calendar year. Look for the next one appearing during the first week of school in January 2016.
Happy Holidays and a very prosperous New Year to our students, staff, administration and community. Enjoy the break – and the warm weather.
OFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SPONSORS ANNUAL APPRECIATION BREAKFAST
Olmsted Falls High School held its annual Local Scholarship Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast this month in the school’s Media Center. Highlights included a buffet breakfast and special holiday performance by the school’s Golden Expressions singing group.
Guests also were treated to a series of video thank you messages from several Bulldog alumni who were recipients of generous scholarships last year. Class of 2015 alumni who sent video messages included: Emma Whitney from Miami University, Emilio Irizarry from Ohio University, and Reilly Gomez from Cleveland State University. These special video thanks yous can be viewed below:
Last year, a total of 84 local sponsors provided nearly $119,655 through 228 scholarships for members of the Class of 2015. Our District extends its continued gratitude to all of these individuals, businesses and organizations for their generous support of our Bulldog graduates! The 2016 Local Scholarship Program is getting underway. For information on sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Mrs. Tommye Laut in the High School Counseling Office at 427-6116 before February 15, 2016.
To view a photo gallery from this event, please click HERE.
OFHS MARKETING STUDENTS ARE FINALISTS IN COMMERCIAL CONTEST
Four OFHS marketing students were selected as one of the top 10 teams for their innovative entry submitted for the Microsoft School Improvement App Challenge portion of the “World Series of Innovation” contest. The challenge was to design a fun and useful tablet or smart phone game or app for student use that is relevant to school or education.
The students who submitted their Pi Smash entry are Grace Kelly, James Patton, Brett Hutkay and Jillian Mueller. Their entry made the finals for its originality, creativity and thoroughness. There were a total of 246 submissions in the challenge.
This team of students will now create a short commercial video that promotes their innovation. The final three teams in each category will compete to win the People’s Choice award through online voting in late January and early February 2016. Watch for further details in upcoming blog posts.
Congratulations to these students and good luck in the finals!
OFHS AND ECC JOIN IN REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
The OFHS Parenting and Child Development class partnered with the ECC preschool classes as field experience work.
The high school students were to create a gross motor or fine motor activity for preschool children.
The children had the opportunity to create snow globes, string beads on wire to make candy canes, participate in a golfing game, and work on their hand-eye coordination by hitting balloons with paddles and other activities. All had a great time!
A big thank you to the ECC preschool staff for allowing these Bulldog students to have this interaction and gain valuable real world experience.
RETIRED STAFF GATHER FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
The Olmsted Falls Alumni Association hosted its annual holiday luncheon for retired bulldog staff members Tuesday at OFIS. Fifty-six retired Bulldogs attended this popular event, which the Olmsted Falls Board of Education sponsors to recognize the contributions and lasting impact of the District’s retirees.
Retired staff members enjoyed a stuffed chicken breast lunch that Mrs. Denise Tabar and the outstanding food services department at OFIS prepared. Lunch was served by OFIS Student Ambassadors. Guests were also treated to a selection of holiday songs by the Fifth Grade Chorus, directed by Mrs. Kelly McClellan. To commemorate the event, OFIS art teacher Mrs. Mariel Krakowiak’s students created beautiful Bulldog-themed tree ornaments for the guests to take home. Mr. Don Svec, Mr. Mark Tabar, OFIS student ambassadors and OFIS custodial staff created a hospitable environment for all the guests.
To view additional photos from the event, please click HERE.
VITAMIX DONATES BLENDERS; HELPS PROMOTE HEALTHY EATING
Mrs. Brigid Radigan wrote a letter to Vitamix last school year asking the local company to donate reconditioned Vitamix blenders for use in her Nutrition and Wellness, Parenting and Child Development and Family and Personal Development classes.
The company was very generous and donated six machines, which over the course of the year, will help teach 300 students and their families about the blenders, how easy they are to use and how they can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.
Photos shown here are students using the Vitamix blenders on their cooking lab days.
We appreciate this healthy partnership Vitamix has with the district! Thank you Viamix!
SILVER LININGS DAY CELEBRATES INTERGENERATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Children and their grandparents completed a writing activity and read a story together in the classroom.
The children then performed a small concert in which they sang several
It was a great morning on both days and we would like to thank all the grandparents who came out to visit their grandchild and support their education at Falls-Lenox!
Some Olmsted Falls High School vocal and band students took their talents outside their building to other schools in the district. They sang and played holiday music to our students in other schools. View photos of their performances at various schools by clicking HERE.
They also surprised holiday shoppers at Great Northern with a flash mob rendition of Carol of the Bells. To view a photo gallery of this event, click HERE.
Traveling to Crocker Park, music students also serenaded visitors at Barnes and Noble. To view photos of this performance, click HERE.
The OFMS Golden Harmonies also made the rounds throughout the community. Members serenaded those attending the Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township tree lighting ceremonies, the Grand Pacific Junction Christmas Open House and performed at SouthPark Mall. They also carolled at various local assisted living/retirement homes, including Kemper House, Village of the Falls, Renaissance, Emerald Village, Brookdale and the Orchards. To view their photo gallery, click HERE.
OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL FOOD DRIVE REACHES RECORD HIGH DONATIONS
A thank you to all who supported and promoted this year’s OFHS Student Council Food Drive! We wound up with 5,131 items–BREAKING THE SCHOOL RECORD of 5,010 items in 2011–all of which will help needy families in the Olmsted Falls/Township communities! We are now at a ten-year total of 22,153 food items.
A special thanks to Sean Pellerite, winning classes for the 5th time in 7 years; Justin Zrenner, runner-up classes; Jenelle Hughes, third place and the entire library, custodial and housekeeping staffs for helping us store this food for the last 11 days and providing boxes to move the items more easily.
Those in this photo moved all 5,000+ items from the Media Center to the Food Pantry at the former Olmsted Falls Library building on Main Street. They also composed the bulk of our organization spearheading this initiative, with the poor Linder boys who were charged with counting and moving all of Sean’s food. Just a tremendous effort from all. Thank you. Happy Holidays!
ECC had a wonderful turnout of those providing items to its hat, mitten, and sock tree.
The items will be donated to Applewood Center, a local nonprofit agency committed to improving the lives of children by providing high quality behavioral healthcare and out-of-home services.
More than 500 toys were collected through the OFIS Student Council this giving season.
Shown here are three council members and their moms who helped transport the donations to the Toys for Tots warehouse in Middleburg Heights.
They also helped Toys for Tots personnel sort the items that were locally donated.
POOR JACK PUMPKIN
The ECC kindergartners continue to view their version of Pumpkin Jack, which stands, well, leans, in an exterior planter outside the school. They are learning that their version truly follows the Pumpkin Jack book, which follows the life cycle of the large squash throughout the various seasons.
Wonder what will be left of him when they return from winter break?
TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHTS HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED
As the integration of technology into education continues, Olmsted Falls School District is providing a series of Technology Information invites for parents to learn more about the various tools being used to enhance student learning and success in our classrooms.
The second of four scheduled sessions was held earlier this month and covered the topic of Educational Websites for Students & Accessing Resources Provided by Teachers. To review the information presented during this latest session, please click HERE.
To download information presented during the first session, held in October, which covered Google Apps for Education, Compass Learning, PowerSchool and choosing the best device for your student, please click HERE.
Technology Information Nights for Parents are presented by OFCS Technology Integration Specialists Dawn Carlin and Jeff VanArnhem.
Please mark your calendar for the remaining two sessions currently scheduled for this school year:
Tuesday, February 16th – TOPIC: Internet Safety & Social Media
Tuesday, March 1st – TOPIC: Overview of Online Testing
All Technology Information Nights are held in the Middle School Cafetorium from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. These sessions are open to all parents/guardians of all OFCS students regardless of grade level. Devices will be available for use, but parents are also encouraged to bring their own laptop or mobile device, if available.
To download official Technology Information Night flyer with detailed topic information, please click HERE.
REMINDER FOR 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.
SAVE THIS DATE: JANUARY 11TH BLOOD DRIVE
Falls-Lenox School will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 3-7 p.m. January 11th in the Falls gym. January is National Blood Drive month, which is a perfect time to resolve to be a regular blood donor. Students who have a parent, guardian or friend sign up to donate blood will receive a small prize.
To schedule an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: FallsLenox, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767.)
Thank you to those who placed orders with the OFHS Swim and Dive Team’s HoneyBaked Ham fundraiser. Please remember to pick up your orders between 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 23rd. Please enter the side band entrance of the Olmsted Falls High School building. Happy holidays.
SAVE PLASTIC LIDS OVER WINTER BREAK FOR OFIS PROJECT
OFIS students are working on a big project that ne
eds 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.
6TH ANNUAL OLMSTED FALLS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP – Starts Dec. 21st – LATE SIGN UPS NOW
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.
Mail / In person: Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Make checks payable to: Olmsted Community Center
Deadline: December 15th guaranteed t-shirt and size availability. Late registrants will be accepted but t-shirt & size not guaranteed.
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.
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.
HELPING HANDS 3E LOVE MERCHANDISE FUNDRAISER EXTENDED – DEC. 21th
By popular demand, the Helping Hands 3E Love fundraiser is extended. Its second closing date is December 21th.
Order any 3E Love merchandise online by December 21th and receive your items during Disability Awareness Week – January 11th-15th.
Click HERE to see the flyer for order details or go to 3elove.com/ofcs.
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.
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.
CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY EARLY AT POST PROM FUNDRAISER
Valentine’s Day is February 14th, but celebrate it just a bit earlier at the Post Prom Fundraiser on February 13th. The 6-8:30 p.m. event at Molly McGhee’s Sports Pub includes pizza, wings, rigatoni, salad and all types of refreshments. It also offers a 50/50 raffle, barrel of cheer raffle, basket raffles and auction items. The cost is $25. Tickets are going fast so get yours today.
Contact Lisa Ciehanoski, 440-781-2511 or JLCIEHANOSKI@sbcglobal.net.
We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.
Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower our future graduates to become life-long learners who have explored career pathways of their interest so that they can succeed as a citizen in a global society.
- Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and staff
- Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
- Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
- Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
- Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
REGISTER NOW FOR OF BASEBALL LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE – DEADLINE JAN. 2ND
Players ages 6-14 may now register in Olmsted Travel Baseball Association’s (OTBA) Lorain County Hot Stove League. Sign up deadline is January 2nd. To read more information about the league and registration, click HERE.
This league is for players who typically have a higher degree of talent than players participating in a community recreational league. Although players do not have to try out for teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that in community recreational baseball. Teams will play games at fields up to 45 minutes away. Teams may also decide to participate in fundraising activities. The season begins around May 1 and ends about mid-July.
The Nutcracker, sponsored by OhioGuidestone, is a beautiful and wondrous tale for music, theater and dance fans of all ages. The holiday classic is brought to life with a cast of professional dancers, actors and students. Director and choreographer Janet Strukely-Dziak has made classical ballet family-friendly and accessible through her use of integrated live narration, thrilling theatrical elements, colorful larger-than-life sets and costumes. Tickets can be purchased at opatickets.com
One hour before The Nutcracker show times TOMORROW – SATURDAY – we invite you to join us for the Sugar Plum Fair. Vendors from all over Northeast Ohio will enchant you with sweets and gifts for the whole family. View the shops and take in the Christmastime ambiance before the ballet begins.
OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SIGN UP IS OPEN – DEADLINE DEC. 24TH
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.