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OFCS Update – January 26, 2016

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ATTENTION:  FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFORMATION MEETING – THIS THURSDAY, JAN. 28TH @ 7 P.M. Parent Meeting Flyer for 1-28-16

Olmsted Falls School District will host an informational meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year interested in learning more about the District’s new Full-Day Kindergarten Program.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH

@ 7:00 P.M.

OLMSTED FALLS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Administrators, faculty and support staff will make a detailed presentation outlining the new full-day kindergarten option and will be available to answer any specific questions to assist families with information to make their decision regarding the best option for their incoming kindergarten student.

If you are the parent of a student starting kindergarten next year – or know a parent of an incoming kindergarten student – please make sure this meeting is on the radar to learn more about the new Full-Day Kindergarten Program.

To review additional details – including detailed information on enrollment procedures and deadlines, and full-day program tuition costs – please click HERE now.

SS_upper_leftOFIS STUDENTS TEACHERS SHOWCASES PROJECTS / PROGRAMS AT BOARD MEETING

DSC_9795Kudos to 5th Mr. Rick Vormelker and his team of 5th grade students who made a special presentation about their recent “Motion & Design” Unit at the January Board meeting.  The presentation included demonstrations of student-built vehicles and other project materials.  Students spent approximately 12 weeks on their projects, which focused on understanding the value of the Scientific Method and how scientists use it to solve problems and answer questions.  Students also got to incorporate their own creativity into their projects as they each were able to choose the type of vehicle they designed (i.e. pizza delivery truck) and give it a clever name.

Board members enjoyed seeing the hands-on demonstrations and learning the details of each project during the presentation.

Board of Education members also had an opportunity to learn more about the building’s moderate-intensive classroom from OFIS Intervention Specialist Mrs. Cindy Zahorchak.  Mrs. Zahorchak also provided the Board with information about the new Helping Hands program recently launched at OFIS this year!  The initial response has been overwhelming with more than 50 students participating!  To view a video about the new Helping Hands Program at OFIS, simply click the play button below:

 

Great job OFIS!  To view additional photos of OFIS presentations at the January Board of Education meeting, please click HERE.

BULLDOG STUDENTS EXCEL IN ELKS AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST

Berea elksThe Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, with more than 2,000 lodges, sponsors its annual Americanism SS_upper_leftEssay Contests for students in grades 5-8. Students from Olmsted Falls, Berea and Strongsville participated locally writing essays on “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country.” A committee of 12 Berea Elks had the difficult job of choosing the top three essays in each of two divisions. More than 400 essays were submitted. All six winners in this year’s contest are Olmsted Falls students! Here are the winners along with links to their award-winning essays:

Grade 5/6 division: Alexis L. McNamara , Jacqueline Huston , and Zowie Hoover .

Grade 7/8 division: Emily Sumerauer, Adam von Glahn , and Amber Blevins.

These local winners will now compete at the NE Ohio District. Those winners will move to state competition and finally, national competition. National winners will be announced at the National Elks Convention in Houston this July.

All local winners and their families and teachers will be recognized at the Berea Elks Lodge’s Annual Youth Appreciation Dinner May 3. Congratulations to these fine students. To read their essays, click on their names. The Board of Education will recognize these students at an upcoming monthly Board meeting.  Congratulations to these students and kudos to their teachers for involving them in this annual contest.

DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK CELEBRATED ACROSS THE DISTRICT; WHEELCHAIR CAVS SHOWCASE TALENT AT FALLS-LENOX ASSEMBLIES THANKS TO PTA

IMG_5822 CP_leftAll five OFCS school buildings participated in the annual Disability Awareness Week held January 11-15.  Accepting and celebrating differences was the theme throughout the district as each building hosted its own unique activities and events.  This was a week to focus on the students, who are so kind and accepting, and celebrate that even though we are all so different, we are also alike in many ways.

SS_upper_leftFalls-Lenox Primary School celebrated its ninth annual Celebrating Differences/Disability Awareness Week by hosting special guest readers in their classes, watching a video during library time, participating in a poster/essay contest and enjoying exciting Wheelchair Cavs assemblies!  A big thank you to PTA for sponsoring the assemblies and to Mrs. Scott, school psychologist, for organizing the week’s activities at Falls-Lenox.

Olmsted Falls Middle School had a day in which students wore specific colors identified for specific disabilities.  Students wore clothing, hats and bandanas of the color of the disability they wanted to support and raise awareness of.  Students wore stickers to let people know which disability they were supporting.

Students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School – with the assistance of Intervention Specialist Cindy Zahorchak – produced a video titled “Just Like You!”  To view the video, simply click the play button in the window below:

 

OFCS Custom OrderAbove is just a sampling of activities and events that took place across the District during this year’s Disability Awareness Week.

Kudos and thanks to all those involved in planning and organizing an amazing week!

OFHS STUDENTS PERFORM WELL IN ART/WRITING COMPETITION

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scholastic_awards_logo_rgb_DSCongratulations to three OFHS students who were recognized for their creativity in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.

Ava Ferguson and Desi Jasper received Silver Keys for their short stories. Chloe Zehe received an Honorable Mention for her flash fiction piece.

DECEMBER’S HEALTHY HERO HONOREES

F-L Healthy Hero Ciaran Hannon with Carol Meszaros.

ECC healthy heroEthan Prather of ECC and Ciaran Hannon of Falls-Lenox are the December Healthy Hero honorees. They both received a Healthy Hero certificate and a $5 gift card to an area store.

The Healthy Hero program teaches kids healthy habits, such as eating properly, power washing hands, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve. Pictured here with Ciaran Hannon, left, is Carol Meszaros, school nurse.  Pictured with Ethan Prather, right, are his Dad Michael, brother Andrew, Mom Beth, Mrs. Roberto and Carol Meszaros.

The Hero also earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home, too. 

SS_upper_leftOFHS STUDENTS TOUR MANUFACTURING COMPANY

Beckett 6Students from the Engineering Design and Development and Computer Integrated Manufacturing classes toured the Beckett Gas Company in North Ridgeville January 15th.  Beckett Gas is a leading manufacturer of gas burners used in water heaters, furnaces and dryers.

CP_leftA special thanks to Greg Blumfield and the engineering staff who took time to act as guides and giving our Beckett 8students an all access view of a manufacturing plant. Students also had a chance to ask questions of student interns from the University of Cincinnati and Cleveland State University about what projects they were working on at Beckett and why they chose their specific university.

To view a photo gallery of the tour, click HERE.

OFHS PTA 29TH ANNUAL TALENT SHOW SET FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH

TOFHS PTA talent show clip arthe annual OFHS PTA Talent Show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, January 30th in the OFHS auditorium. The show features 26 acts, ranging in age from kindergarten through grade 12, demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic, comedic and magical talents. Please come and support these amazing students. Bring your family and friends, too.

Admission is $5. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds benefit the OFHS scholarship fund for graduating seniors. We also have an amazing Judge’s Decision Time performance by some of our extremely talented Bulldog teaching staff. That is something you won’t want to miss!

TALENT SHOW REHEARSAL TONIGHT – TUESDAY,  JANUARY 26TH

Attention all Talent Show acts! Mandatory dress rehearsal is Tuesday, January 26th from 6-9 p.m. In the OFHS auditorium. Bring your labeled CD music, instruments, props and wear your costumes, if appropriate. Watch your email for further details.

For information, contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106 or Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894.

FALL-LENOX “BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS” T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE – ORDER BY TUESDAY, FEB. 2ND

F-L Dodgeball T-Shirt ImageIn anticipation of the upcoming “Battle of the Schools” Dodgeball event on February 11th, Falls-Lenox Primary School is offering students, staff and parents the opportunity to gear up with an official “Battle Like A Bulldog” T-Shirt.  The order deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 2nd.  You can download a flyer containing additional details and the order form HERE.

Battle Like A Bulldog!

WEAR PINK TO VARSITY BASKETBALL GAMES: HELP RAISE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

breast cancer pinkAttendees to two basketball games can help raise awareness by wearing pink to the contests.

Hoops for Hope is a two-night event. The first is January 30th when the girls basketball teams play Avon Lake. The freshman team plays at 2 p.m., J.V. At 3:30 and varsity, 5 p.m.

The boy games are February 9th with the freshman game at 4:30 p.m., J.V. At 6 and varsity, 7:30.  To view a flyer, click HERE.

GRADES 2-5: COME CHEER AT OFHS VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME FEB. 9TH

cheerleadingStudents in grades 2-5 are invited to a Mini Cheer Clinic and Cheer Night. The clinic is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 4. Then cheer during halftime at the Tuesday, February 9th home game that begins at 7:30 p.m. against Avon Lake High School in the OFHS gym. Participants must attend the clinic in order to cheer at the game. The OFHS cheerleaders are sponsoring the clinic.

The cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child in your immediate family. Each will receive a cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game, a photo with the Bulldog and a snack at the game. The registration form must be received at OFHS by January 26th.

To view more information and download a registration form, click HERE.

COMMUNITY FORUM FOCUSES ON THE RISE/DANGERS OF HEROIN – FEBRUARY 8th

FLYER heroin olmsted fallsCuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Astrab will sponsor a Community Forum Monday, February 8 about heroin, a drug that is taking the lives of our youth. It is at 7 p.m. at Falls-Lenox Primary School. The panel also includes Robert Brandt and Dr. Joan Papp. Brandt is the father of Robby, an Olmsted Falls High School grad who bravely fought to try to stay off heroin, but lost that battle. Hear the facts behind the growing heroin addiction among youth in this area and across the country.

To view the event’s flyer, click HERE.

TE_lowerRight-cropTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT SERIES HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED – NEXT TOPIC: INTERNET SAFETY & SOCIAL MEDIA – FEB. 16TH

Parent Night Banner-CWAs 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.

ANNUAL SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE ORDER DEADLINE JANUARY 28th

hoagieOlmsted Falls Music Association will sponsor its annual Super Bowl Hoagie Sale with pre sale order deadline January 28th. The subs will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 6, at Shaker’s MarketPlace on Bagley Road.

Each student has the opportunity to earn a minimum of $2.50 for each $5 hoagie they sell. Funds will be placed in the child’s own account for use for music travel in the high school. Choir students traveling to Nashville this year will receive spending cash per hoagie upon boarding their buses. Students must see their music teacher for an order envelope. Order and monies are due January 28th. No funds will be distributed to students who have not ordered by January 28th with the appropriate envelope.

Extra sandwiches will be available during the February 6th pick up time. Please help our student musicians share their talent and enjoy school travels.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY A DAY EARLY WITH POST PROM’S FUNDRAISER

be my valentineAttention SENIOR parents!  Post Prom’s largest event – Wing Night – is quickly approaching. We can ONLY provide Post Prom with the  help of parents in our community.  Wing Night is from 6-8:30 p.m. February 13th at Molly McGhee’s Sports Pub, 13169 Prospect Road, Strongsville.  The night includes wings, pizza, rigatoni, salad and refreshments of all types.  Raffle prizes include hotel stays, baskets galore and corn hole boards. You may reserve tables of six or more – the more the merrier!

Teachers, coaches, Olmsted community – come out and support the kids.

Call Lisa Ciechanoski, 440-781-2511, for tickets, which cost $25.   Don’t miss out on this fundraiser that supports the Class of 2016.

ROLL THE DICE FOR A GREAT TIME AT LAS VEGAS NIGHT – INCLUDING A CHANCE TO WIN CAVS FLOOR SEATS!

Vegas Nite 2015 photo wheelWant to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? Attend the February 20th Olmsted Falls Alumni Vegas Nite 2015 crowdAssociation’s Las Vegas Night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the West Side Irish-American Club on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township. The night includes a big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ’em and others as well as a 50/50 raffle, side boards and others. There is a cash bar and refreshments by Angelina’s Pizza.

PLUS, JUST CONFIRMED:  Get in the Action!!  Win CAVS FLOOR SEATS!! We will be raffling 2 sets of CAVS FLOOR SEATS!! Buy a playing card for $10. One in 52 chance of winning a pair of floor seats to 4/13 Cavs v Pistons game.

Las Vegas Night event tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call the Alumni Office, 440-427-6030 for tickets or more details. The event is for those age 21 and older. For more information, click HERE to see the event’s flyer.

HELPING HANDS BOWLING BENEFIT IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY

bowling pinsA February 27th bowling fundraiser will benefit the district’s Helping Hands and OFCS Special Olympics.  It is from 9:30 a.m. to noon February 27th at Fairview Lanes in Fairview Park.

The cost is $10 for bowlers, which includes two hours of bowling, shoes and ball rentals, pizza and drink. Non-bowlers’ cost is $5, which includes pizza and drink. There will be raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle and bake sale.

The event is open to all ages and ability levels, whether in the district or not. Lane bumpers and ball ramps are available upon request.

Complete the form by clicking HERE and return it, along with payment, to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday, February 19th. Only 20 lanes are available. Lanes will only be reserved once forms and payment are received.

Donations for the event will be accepted by clicking HERE.  It’s a great time of year to get out of the house and have some fun with friends and family.

BUY A HORSE, ATTEND MARCH 12TH NIGHT AT THE RACES

NightAtTheRacesNavyThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is set for March 12th at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River.

Tickets are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. It includes a buffet dinner and soft drinks/wash. Bring your own appetizers, goodies and refreshments to share. There will be door prizes, Chinese raffle and more. This fundraiser benefits students throughout the district.

Want to buy a horse? There are 90 of them. The cost is $30 a piece. Does your group want to buy all nine horses in a given race? Contact the group ASAP. Winning horse owners receive a race trophy and $50 in prize money. To buy a horse, contact Terry Atkins, Terenceatkins22@gmail.com. For tickets to the event, contact Brian Fritz, 216-337-4422 or b4421fritz@yahoo.com. Deadline to purchase a horse is February 26th.

To view an event flyer, click HERE. For a flyer detailing a horse purchase, click HERE.

 

COMMUNITY

olmsted community center buildingNEXT SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHT AT OCC IS JANUARY 30TH

Did you know that the Olmsted Community Center hosts Saturday Activity Nights for students in grades 2nd – 6th?  Don’t miss out on the fun!

Click HERE to download the registration form and check out this month’s schedule of events!

OLMSTED RECREATION SEEKS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMISSIONER

Olmsted Recreation LogoOlmsted Recreation has a seasonal part-time job opening of League Commissioner for its Youth Flag Football League. Application deadline is January 31st.

The individual should have experience in running recreational youth athletic leagues, setting up season schedules and supervising youth players and coaches in a game day setting. The candidate also must possess outstanding communication skills, organizational skills and be highly energetic and a positive role model for players and coaches. The post is under the direction of the Director of Olmsted Recreation and under contract during the flag football season. Compensation will be negotiated.

Those interested should submit a resume with contact information to Danny Colonna, Olmsted Recreation director.  It may be mailed to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or emailed to bpdem1@sbcglobal.net.

PACK THE Q FEBRUARY 10 FOR OLMSTED CERT

certlogo1See Kobe Bryant’s last game in Cleveland, attend a sold-out Cavalier’s game, view a Monsters hockey game AND support your Community Emergency Response Team with just one ticket! CERT is sponsoring all these for just $50. The cost includes a February 10th Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers game and a ticket to an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters hockey game.

Olmsted CERT will be the beneficiary of the 50-50 raffle at the game. Come and spend time with friends and cheer on the Cavs! Contact Donna Tindera at donna_tindera@hotmail.com or 440-234-9287 to buy tickets.

SIGN UPS FOR SUMMER BASEBALL/SOFTBALL BEGINS FEBRUARY 1ST

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The Olmsted Community Summer League will open its registration February 1st for boys and girls baseball/softball leagues for ages 4-18. There are several ways to register, including online through Olmsted Community Center at www.olmstedcc.com. You also may print the form from its website or that of OCSL – www.ocslinfo.org. And returning it, along with payment, to the Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls 44138. Those registering after March 31 will be charged a late fee. Games begin June 1.

The co-ed league returns this year. Register a team or individually by contacting Jim Masie, jimmasie@gmail.com or OCC, 440-427-1599.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL HOLD OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION NIGHT

Olmsted Community ChurchOlmsted Community Preschool will have its annual open house registration night for the 2016-17 school year Wednesday, February 10th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Offered classes are for 3 year olds, Pre-K (4 year olds) and extended Pre-K (5 year olds).  For more information, contact the officer at 440-235-3869.  Olmsted Community Preschool is in Olmsted Community Church, 7853 Main St., Olmsted Falls.

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION – SPRING SEASON REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

lacrosse picsRegistration is now open for the following programs:

1) Indoor Sessions.  Fridays from 8-9:30pm.  Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 4, 11.  This is a great opportunity to start working on stick skills, conditioning and getting ready for the season.  These sessions include training on cradling, passing, catching, shooting, defense, and goalie play.  Groups will be broken out by age and experience.  Gear required.

2) Spring Season.  This will start once weather and field conditions allow.  The practice and game schedules will be posted online soon.  Early Spring Season registration closes February 21.  Register now to ensure a spot!

Please visit the group’s website at olmstedfallslax.com to register for the “fastest game on two feet”.

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Parent Update – January 19, 2016

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OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION WELCOMES NEWEST MEMBER, ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 2016

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OFCS Treasurer Emily Dales officially swears in recently re-elected Board member Greg Surtman (left) and newly elected Board member Brian Weisbarth during annual Organizational Meeting held Jan. 14.

Newest Board of Education member Brian Weisbarth was joined by his wife, Gabrielle, and their two children for the swearing-in ceremony.

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education held its Annual Organizational Meeting on last Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m., prior to the start of its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m.

At the Organizational Meeting, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education welcomed new Board member Mr. Brian Weisbarth, who was elected in the November 2015 election.  

Mr. Weisbarth was officially sworn in by District Treasurer Mrs. Emily Dales, along with returning Board member Mr. Greg Surtman, re-elected in the November 2015 election to serve another term.

In addition, during the Annual Organizational Meeting, Mr. Joe Bertrand was elected to serve as Board President for the calendar year 2016. 

New Board of Education President Joe Bertrand was sworn in by Treasurer Emily Dales at Jan. 14 meeting.

 

Mr. Surtman was elected to serve as Board Vice President.

Board member Mrs. Linda Parkowski will serve as the Board’s legislative liaison for 2016.  

Returning Board member Mr. Greg Surtman was joined by his wife, Lori, and their two sons at the Jan. 14 meeting.

We extend both  congratulations and thanks to these individuals for taking on these additional responsibilities in the coming year.

To learn more about our newest Board member, Mr. Brian Weisbarth, as well as the other members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education, please click HERE, and then click on the names in the upper right corner under “Board Members.”

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Weisbarth to the Board, and in congratulating Mr. Surtman on his re-election.

LOCAL SENIORS ENJOY LUNCHEON @ OFMS TO START NEW YEAR

senior luncheon 19CP_leftSeniors from throughout the Olmsted community responded overwhelming to the OFCS Senior Citizen Luncheon Jan. 8 at the OFMS.   In fact, more tables were added to accommodate the more than 75 seniors who attended. The luncheon total rose to over 90 with board members, district administrators and senior programming representatives from the Olmsted Recreation partnership also gathering at the event.  About 50 of the seniors accepted the complimentary service that a school bus provided from Olmsted Community Center to the Middle School.

The lunch menu – prepared by the outstanding OFCS Food Services Department – included roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrot medley, a tossed salad and roll – with a fresh oatmeal raisin cookie to round out the meal.Senior luncheon 1

The District administrative team and board members provided table service – delivering food, beverages and desserts to the tables. Dr. Lloyd spoke about 20 minutes to the group, focusing on his background, family, upbringing and other details that the seniors seemed to enjoy hearing.  The OFMS Golden Harmonies closed the event, singing three songs. All guests received a senior red card, which admits them to athletic and other district events. With this success, other luncheons will be in the planning.

To view a photo gallery of the luncheon, click HERE.

SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH

January is School Board Recognition Month in Ohio.  Olmsted Falls School District took the opportunity to publicly thank our local Board of Education members during their regular monthly meeting held this past Thursday.  

As part of their special recognition, each Board of Education member received a collection of personal thank you notes written by students from Olmsted Falls Intermediate and Middle Schools.

If you see one of our dedicated school board members out in the community, please join us in thanking them for their countless hours of time and commitment to the Olmsted Falls School District community.

SS_upper_leftIN OUR NEXT POST: TEAM FROM OFIS SHOWCASES PROJECTS / PROGRAMS AT BOARD MEETING

DSC_9795Kudos to 5th Mr. Rick Vormelker and his team of 5th grade students who made a special presentation about their recent “Motion & Design” Unit at last week’s Board meeting.  The presentation included demonstrations of student-built vehicles and other project materials.

OFIS Intervention Specialist Mrs. Cindy Zahorchak also provided the Board with an outstanding presentation about her moderate-intensive classroom and the launch of the new Helping Hands program this year!

Check back next week for more details!

clappingFALLS-LENOX BLOOD DRIVE COULD IMPACT OVER 90 LIVES

A special thanks to the more than 33 people who donated at last week’s F-L School’s American Red Cross Blood Drive.  From those donors, 30 productive pints of blood were collected for area patients.  Since each pint of blood has the potential to help up to three patients, the drive could potentially impact more than 90 lives in our community.

A special thanks to the F-L PTA who helped volunteer and donated baked goods.

OFCS Custom OrderALL OF SCHOOLS JOIN IN DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK

All five OFCS school buildings participated in last week’s Accepting Differences /Disability Awareness Week.  Stay tuned to our next blog post for a recap and highlights from many of the activities and events that took place throughout the District!

All are invited to wear your 3elove gear again this week – TOMORROW – Wednesday, January 20th to support International Day of Acceptance!

OFHS PLAYER/PARENT SOCCER MEETING – TOMORROW – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21ST

soccer meetingThe OFHS Boys Soccer team’s 2016 player/parent meeting is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21st, in the OFHS media center. All player planning to try out and play soccer for OFHS in 2016 must attend with a parent. If, for some reason (club training, soccer game) you cannot attend, please have your parent there. Information about the summer and upcoming season will be discussed.

Email Coach Walchanowicz at ofhssoccer@sbcglobal.net with any questions. More details are on the team’s website, olmstedfallshsboyssoccer.teamsnap.com and ofhssoccer.wordpress.com.

FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION MEETING SET FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH!

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SS_upper_leftIf you are the parent of an incoming kindergarten student for the 2016-2017 school year, and you are interested in learning more about the new full-day kindergarten program being launched in Olmsted Falls School District next year, please plan to attend the Full-Day Kindergarten Information meeting which has been scheduled for NEXT THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH AT THE 7:00 P.M. AT THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER.

To review additional details – including detailed information on enrollment procedures and deadlines, and full-day program tuition costs, please click HERE now.

PRESENTATION REGARDING NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

New_Grad_ReqAn informational meeting was held for high school parents of current freshmen and sophomores regarding the new graduation requirements for the State of Ohio before the winter break.  The new requirements apply to all students in the Class of 2018 and beyond.  Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan made a presentation for parents in attendance in the OFHS Media Center.

That presentation has been converted into video format that can be viewed online by any parents of current freshmen and sophomores who were unable to attend.  The presentation runs approximately 30 minutes in length and can be viewed by clicking HERE now.

The presentation is also accessible at your convenience in the Links section (right-hand column, scroll down) of the “Counselors’ Corner” page on the OFHS website, or under the “Assessment tab” on Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan’s Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction website.

Parents with any questions regarding the new graduation requirements are encouraged to contact the OFHS Guidance Office at 427-6100, or the office of Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000.

OFHS PTA 29TH ANNUAL TALENT SHOW SET FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH

OFHS PTA talent show clip artThe annual OFHS PTA Talent Show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, January 30th in the OFHS auditorium. The show features 26 acts, ranging in age from kindergarten through grade 12, demonstrating their musical, vocal, dance, acrobatic, comedic and magical talents. Please come and support these amazing students. Bring your family and friends, too.

Admission is $5. Refreshments will be available. All proceeds benefit the OFHS scholarship fund for graduating seniors. We also have an amazing Judge’s Decision Time performance by some of our extremely talented Bulldog teaching staff. That is something you won’t want to miss!

TALENT SHOW REHEARSAL – TUESDAY, JANUARY 26TH

Attention all Talent Show acts! Mandatory dress rehearsal is Tuesday, January 26th from 6-9 pm. In the OFHS auditorium. Bring your labeled CD music, instruments, props and wear your costumes, if appropriate. Watch your email for further details.

For information, contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106 or Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894.

GRADES 2-5: COME CHEER AT OFHS VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME

cheerleadingStudents in grades 2-5 are invited to a Mini Cheer Clinic and Cheer Night. The clinic is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 4. Then cheer during halftime at the Tuesday, February 9th home game that begins at 7:30 p.m. against Avon Lake High School in the OFHS gym. Participants must attend the clinic in order to cheer at the game. The OFHS cheerleaders are sponsoring the clinic.

The cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child in your immediate family. Each will receive a cheer T-shirt, free admission to the game, a photo with the Bulldog and a snack at the game. The registration form must be received at OFHS by January 26th.

To view more information and download a registration form, click HERE.

TE_lowerRight-cropTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT SERIES HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED – NEXT TOPIC: INTERNET SAFETY & SOCIAL MEDIA – FEB. 16TH

Parent Night Banner-CWAs 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.

HELPING HANDS BOWLING BENEFIT IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY

bowling pinsA February 27th bowling fundraiser will benefit the district’s Helping Hands and OFCS Special Olympics.  It is from 9:30 a.m. to noon February 27th at Fairview Lanes in Fairview Park.

The cost is $10 for bowlers, which includes two hours of bowling, shoes and ball rentals, pizza and drink. Non-bowlers’ cost is $5, which includes pizza and drink. There will be raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle and bake sale.

The event is open to all ages and ability levels, whether in the district or not. Lane bumpers and ball ramps are available upon request.

Complete the form by clicking HERE and return it, along with payment, to Mariel Krakowiak at OFHS by Friday, February 19th. Only 20 lanes are available. Lanes will only be reserved once forms and payment are received.

Donations for the event will be accepted by clicking HERE.  It’s a great time of year to get out of the house and have some fun with friends and family.

OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION PIZZA SALE PRIZE WINNERS

pizzaThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Band and Choir students recently participated in a Pizza Sale promotion the Sysco Foods sponsored, which ended before winter break. Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding salesmanship!

First place winner: Tyler Woods (grade 6), $250 gift card to Kalahari Resort.

Second place winner: Audrey Illig (grade 6), four tickets to an Indians game.

First place winner: Maxine Baker (grade 6), $50 gift card

Second place winner: Brian Drobnak (grade 7), $50 gift card

Proceeds from the pizza sale benefit the OFMA, which supports all music programs at all grade levels in the District.

ANNUAL SUPER BOWL HOAGIE SALE ORDER DEADLINE JAN. 28th

OFHS Super Bowl hoagie saleOlmsted Falls Music Association will sponsor its annual Super Bowl Hoagie Sale with pre sale order deadline January 28th. The subs will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 6, at Shaker’s MarketPlace on Bagley Road.

Each student has the opportunity to earn a minimum of $2.50 for each $5 hoagie they sell. Funds will be placed in the child’s own account for use for music travel in the high school. Choir students traveling to Nashville this year will receive spending cash per hoagie upon boarding their buses. Students must see their music teacher for an order envelope. Order and monies are due January 28th. No funds will be distributed to students who have not ordered by January 28th with the appropriate envelope.

Extra sandwiches will be available during the February 6th pick up time. Please help our student musicians share their talent and enjoy school travels.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY EARLY AT POST PROM FUNDRAISER

post prom wing night ticketValentine’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.

 

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED FALLS FRIENDS OF LIBRARY INVITES ALL TO JOIN GROUP

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710Do you know people who love the library and might be interested in helping our local branch library with books sales, programming and community outreach efforts. You are invited to join the Olmsted Falls Friends of the Library. All the free programming for children, teens and adults offered by the group is largely funded through the Friends members, who raise money primarily through sales.

In fact, the next book sale is scheduled for January 22nd-24th. The group could use help during the drive and on Thursday, January 21st with set up. Anyone able and interested may contact Denise Busch, dbusch13@gmail.com or through the Friends’ facebook by clicking HERE.

SatActivityNightJan2016NEXT SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHT AT OCC IS JANUARY 23RD

Did you know that the Olmsted Community Center hosts Saturday Activity Nights for students in grades 2nd – 6th?  Don’t miss out on the fun!

Click HERE to download the registration form and check out this month’s schedule of events!

OLMSTED RECREATION SEEKS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMISSIONER

Olmsted Recreation LogoOlmsted Recreation has a seasonal part-time job opening of League Commissioner for its Youth Flag Football League. Application deadline is January 31st.

The individual should have experience in running recreational youth athletic leagues, setting up season schedules and supervising youth players and coaches in a game day setting. The candidate also must possess outstanding communication skills, organizational skills and be highly energetic and a positive role model for players and coaches. The post is under the direction of the Director of Olmsted Recreation and under contract during the flag football season. Compensation will be negotiated.

Those interested should submit a resume with contact information to Danny Colonna, Olmsted Recreation director.  It may be mailed to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or emailed to bpdem1@sbcglobal.net.

PACK THE Q FEBRUARY 10 FOR OLMSTED CERT

certlogo1See Kobe Bryant’s last game in Cleveland, attend a sold-out Cavalier’s game, view a Monsters hockey game AND support your Community Emergency Response Team with just one ticket! CERT is sponsoring all these for just $50. The cost includes a February 10th Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers game and a ticket to an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters hockey game.

Olmsted CERT will be the beneficiary of the 50-50 raffle at the game. Come and spend time with friends and cheer on the Cavs! Contact Donna Tindera at donna_tindera@hotmail.com or 440-234-9287 to buy tickets.

OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL HOLD OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION NIGHT

Olmsted Community ChurchOlmsted Community Preschool will have its annual open house registration night for the 2016-17 school year Wednesday, February 10th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Offered classes are for 3 year olds, Pre-K (4 year olds) and extended Pre-K (5 year olds).  For more information, contact the officer at 440-235-3869.  Olmsted Community Preschool is in Olmsted Community Church, 7853 Main St., Olmsted Falls.

OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE ASSOC. – SPRING SEASON REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

lacrosse picsRegistration is now open for the following programs:

1) Indoor Sessions.  Fridays from 8-9:30pm.  Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 4, 11.  This is a great opportunity to start working on stick skills, conditioning and getting ready for the season.  These sessions include training on cradling, passing, catching, shooting, defense, and goalie play.  Groups will be broken out by age and experience.  Gear required.

2) Spring Season.  This will start once weather and field conditions allow.  The practice and game schedules will be posted online soon.  Early Spring Season registration closes February 21.  Register now to ensure a spot!

Please visit the group’s website at olmstedfallslax.com to register for the “fastest game on two feet”.

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Parent Update – January 9, 2016

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DISTRICT HONORS RETIRING BOARD MEMBER JIM WEISBARTH FOR LONG-TIME SERVICE

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Retiring Board of Education member Jim Weisbarth honored for many years of service at his last official Board meeting on December 17th. Pictured here with OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth presided over his last official Olmsted Falls Board of Education meeting on December 17th, the Thursday before the winter break.  Mr. Weisbarth was recognized at the meeting by District administrators and fellow Board of Education members for his many years of public service on the Olmsted Falls Board of Education. Mr. Weisbarth is retiring from his duties following many years of dedicated service to the students, staff and residents of the Olmsted Falls School District.

Mr. Weisbarth has served as a Board member for the past 20 years, including service as Board of Education President from 2000-2003, 2007-2009 and 2012-2015, and as Board of Education Vice President from 2004 to 2006.  Additionally Mr. Weisbarth has also served as a valuable member of the Polaris Career Center Board as the representative from Olmsted Falls City Schools.

Mr. Weisbarth’s community service has been characterized by the highest level of ethics, integrity, and passion for public education. A parent of three Bulldog alumni, Mr. Weisbarth has been a dedicated public servant who has truly had a lasting and positive impact on the quality of educational opportunities and facilities in our schools and community.

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Long-time Board member Jim Weisbarth was joined by his family for his final Olmsted Falls Board of Education meeting.

A resolution of public thanks and recognition was presented to Mr. Weisbarth at the December 17th meeting to honor his many years of service.  Mr. Weisbarth’s final meeting was also attended by his family, as well as district administrators, faculty, staff, and former Board members – all on hand to personally recognize and thank Jim for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Olmsted Falls School District.

On behalf of the Board, administration, staff and students of Olmsted Falls Schools, we would like to again extend our sincere appreciation to Mr. Weisbarth for his service and dedication to our District! If you see him around town in the future, please join us in extending thanks! Mr. Weisbarth will continue to volunteer his time running the game clock for boys and girls basketball, as well as the scoreboard for volleyball.

SS_upper_leftFULL DAY KINDERGARTEN – REGISTRATION / COST INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE

OFCS Triple A LogoIn addition to its existing half-day kindergarten classes, Olmsted Falls City School District is pleased to be launching a full-day kindergarten program for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Students in the full-day program will be taught the Olmsted Falls City Schools kindergarten curriculum.  The extended instruction time allows for the integration of a variety of activities.  The full-day kindergarten program will be a tuition based program open to all students eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school year.  Olmsted Falls City School District will also continue to offer its half-day program at no cost to parents.

Detailed information on tuition cost and the registration process is now available for families of incoming kindergarten students for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year interested in considering the new full-day option.  Following are a few important highlights:

  • Full-Day Kindergarten Program Information Meeting for Parents on Thursday, January 28th @ 7:00 p.m. at Early Childhood Center
  • Online Registration Portal opens Tuesday, February 16th at 12:00 p.m. (Online registration is the first step in the kindergarten enrollment process – for both full and half-day programs.)
  • Annual tuition cost for the full-day program is $2,400. Discounted rates have been established for families qualifying for the Federal Free/Reduced Meal Program as follows:  $1,800 per student qualified for reduced meals; and $1,200 per student qualified for free meals.
  • Tuition payments will be made using a 12 month payment plan, with required monthly automatic withdrawal from parent/guardian bank account.  A 10% discount will be offered to families who wish to make upfront payment in full of annual tuition at time of initial online registration.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $200 (one full month tuition) is required to secure a child’s spot in the full-day program.

Families interested in enrolling their incoming kindergarten students in the new full-day kindergarten classes MUST COMPLETE THEIR REGISTRATION ONLINE – INCLUDING DEPOSIT PAYMENT – BY FRIDAY, MARCH 4th.

To download the complete Full-Day Kindergarten Program Information sheet, including all of the above information and more, please click HERE – or visit the Olmsted Falls School District website at www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

We look forward to welcoming our newest Bulldogs to the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year!

SS_upper_leftRECORD BREAKING BULLDOG BOWLER

Bowling ImageCongratulations to OFHS Varsity Bowling Team athlete Colin Kuchenmeister for a record-breaking performance during competition against Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School last Saturday, January 2nd.

Colin bowled a perfect 300, along with a 275 and 223, for a total series score of 798 to help lead the Bulldogs past the Bees 3023-2871.

Colin’s 300 is only the fourth perfect game in OFHS competition history; and his 798 series score is the new school record!

Outstanding job Colin!  Go Bowl-dogs!

FALLS-LENOX RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE IS THIS MONDAY, JAN. 11th

blood driveTo celebrate January as National Blood Drive month, Falls-Lenox School will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 3-7 p.m. this Monday, January 11th in the school’s Falls gym.  Students who have a parent, guardian or friend sign up to donate blood will receive a small prize.

Blood donors of all types, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative, are needed to ensure blood is available whenever and wherever needed.  Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. There is a constant, often critical, need for Type AB plasma. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to RH-positive or negative patients. Eligible donors with Types O, B negative or A negative blood are encouraged to give double red cells.

Schedule an appointment by going to redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: Falls-Lenox, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767.)

To view a flyer of the event click HERE and to see the top 10 reasons to donate blood, click HERE.

THIS TUESDAY, JANUARY 12TH – FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

financial aid clilp artAttention, junior and senior parents. The OFHS guidance department will host a Financial Aid Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 12th in the auditorium.

Learn about how to access financial aid and scholarships for colleges and technical schools. The local scholarship application will also be available at this meeting. Please plan to attend.

one book 6SS_upper_leftOFIS FIFTH GRADERS READ A BOOK IN A DAY!

The entire 5th grade read “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson – IN ONE DAY!

Chapters were read by teachers, in small groups and mystery readers.  Mixed in with the reading, students completed activities related to the story. After completing the book, students enjoyed watching the movie. Each student received the book as a gift.  It was a great reading experience day. To view a photo gallery of the activities that day, click HERE.

CSU INSTANT DECISION DAY SAVES STUDENTS $30 ON APPLICATION FEE

Cleveland State University logoCleveland State University Instant Decision Day is from 10:10 a.m. to 12:36 p.m. January 15th during lunch/study hall periods in the OFHS guidance office.

Students will meet with a CSU admissions representative and receive an instant conditional college acceptance decision. CSU will waive the $30 application fee for any student who participates in the on-site admission visit.  Students may sign up for their appointment in the guidance office. They may complete paper applications to be submitted during the visit or apply online with the intention of submitting the rest of their application materials (transcript/test scores) to the admissions representative in person.

Please note CSU’s minimum admission requirements include a 2.3 GPA and a 16 composite ACT or 770 SAT score, with combined critical reading and math.

SS_upper_leftBOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS FALL SWC ALL CONFERENCE ATHLETES, SCHOLAR ATHLETES

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education recognized 19 OFHS student athletes at the December 17th Board of Education meeting.  Fall 2015 All Conference Student–Athletes and Scholar Athletes for each sport were honored and presented with special certificates of recognition from the Board of Education.
All student–athletes who participated in fall athletic seasons were recognized at
Fall Awards Night events held in November.

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Board of Education President Jim Weisbarth with honored student-athletes Katie Edgington, Julia Burnell, Caleb Budic, Christina Pedicini, Jacob Yeager, and Nathan Goldman, and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

1st Team All Southwestern Conference Student – Athletes (as voted on by the Southwestern Conference Head Coaches)

Brittany Chapman (Girls Soccer)

Chase Fernkorn (Boys Soccer)

Kevin Lemin (Boys Soccer)

Patrick Simon (Football)

Noel Caraballo (Football)

Daiton Davis (Football)

Spencer Linville (Football)

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OFHS Principal with honored student-athletes Christina Pedicini, Caleb Budic, Daiton Davis, Maggie Bildstein, Julia Burnell, and Jacob Yeager, and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

Kevin Meehan (Football)

Lexi Lombardo* (Volleyball)

Katie Edgington (Volleyball)                          

*Congratulations also to Varsity Volleyball player Lexi Lombardo who was selected at SWC Conference MVP as well.

OFHS Scholar Athletes (highest GPA on the on the varsity team)

Trainer: Rachel Walsh

Cheerleading: Kara Marshall

Girls Cross Country: Julia Burnell

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Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd with honored student-athletes Christina Pedicini, Chase Fernkorn , Maggie Bildstein, Daiton Davis, Caleb Budic, Julia Burnell and Jacob Yeager, and OFHS Principal Holly Schafer.

Boys Cross Country: Caleb Budic

Football: Kevin Meehan

Girls Tennis: Christina Pedicini

Girls Soccer: Maggie Bildstein

Boys Soccer: Jacob Yeager

Girls Golf: Abbey Boenig Dombek

Boys Golf: Nathan Goldman

Volleyball: Katie Edgington

Those student-athletes recognized who were able to attend the Board meeting to accept honors in person are featured in the various group photos (above) taken during the cake and punch reception hosted by the Board in the athletes’ honor. Other guests included family members of the student-athletes as well as OFHS Principal Mrs. Holly Schafer.  Congratulations again to these outstanding OFHS student-athletes!

PRESENTATION REGARDING NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

New_Grad_ReqPrior to the holidays, an informational meeting was held for high school parents of current freshmen and sophomores regarding the new graduation requirements for the State of Ohio.  The new requirements apply to all students in the Class of 2018 and beyond.  Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan made a presentation for parents in attendance in the OFHS Media Center.

That presentation has been converted into video format that can be viewed online by any parents of current freshmen and sophomores who were unable to attend.  The presentation runs approximately 30 minutes in length and can be viewed by clicking HERE now.

The presentation is also accessible at your convenience in the Links section (right-hand column, scroll down) of the “Counselors’ Corner” page on the OFHS website, or under the “Assessment tab” on Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan’s Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction website.

Parents with any questions regarding the new graduation requirements are encouraged to contact the OFHS Guidance Office at 427-6100, or the office of Assistant Superintendent Kelli Cogan at 427-6000.

SS_upper_leftGUEST READER VISITS ECC CLASSROOM

guest speakerMrs. Heinrich’s class welcomed a special guest reader during the student’s library time the last day before winter break.

Emma, big sister to ECC student Luke, read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” to the class. Although Itty Bitty Bulldogs are very familiar with the Grinch movies, very few of them have had the story read to them. It is always great to see our older Bulldog brothers and sisters helping out the younger Bulldogs.

ALL OF SCHOOLS TO JOIN IN DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK

This year every Olmsted Falls school will participate in next week’s annual “Accepting Differences/Disability Awareness Week”  – January 11th through the 15th.  Each building will participate in various ways, including a poster/essay contest, guest readers, a Wheelchair CAVS performance, classroom and video presentations and wearing colors that show support for different disabilities.

OFCS Custom OrderWe invite all to wear your 3elove gear Friday, January 15th to support the week. Wear your shirt again on Wednesday, January 20th to support International Day of Acceptance!

Helping Hands will host a social prior to the Friday, January 15th varsity basketball game in the OFHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Pizza, popcorn and a drink will be provided. Helping Hands, OF Athletic Boosters and OF boys basketball program are sponsoring this social. RSVP is required to provide sufficient food. Email Mariel Krakowiak – mkrakowiak@ofcs.net – by Wednesday, January 13th at 3 p.m. with the number of adults and children attending. You will need to buy your own tickets to the game. They will be available at the door. Students and seniors cost $4; adults, $6.


HELPING HANDS JANUARY 13TH MEETING CANCELED

HH logoThe Helping Hands parent meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th has been canceled.

The group will have educational tables set up, however, at its annual fundraiser in February.

Save February 27th for this event – details to follow soon!

SS_upper_leftKIDS, AUDIENCE ENJOY SANTA HOEDOWN

The OFIS fifth graders presented its holiday concert, Santa Hoedown, on December 15th.

Under the direction of music teahcer Kelly McClellan, the students dazzled the packed house!

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

LATEST ISSUE OF OFMA MUSICAL NOTES

music1Don’t miss the latest issue of the Musical Notes!  It features a great recap of the many wonderful holiday music performances and other special events, as well as information on upcoming events and fundraisers for 2016.

To download the January 2016 issue of Musical Notes PDF file, please click HERE.

SS_upper_leftABOUT 2,500 BULLDOGS STUDENTS JOINED OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD FOR “HOUR OF CODE”

day of code 3All students in grades K-8 participated in an Hour of Code on Thursday, December 10th.  The Hour of Code is a global movement to encourage  students to learn more about Computer Science and delve into the world of computer programming. Some of the activities included Tynker, building their own game; Star Wars; Minecraft; Lightbot and Coding with Scratch.
A special thanks to the 30 Olmsted Falls High School Computer Science students from
day of codeMr. Van Arnhem’s class, who helped facilitate Hour of Code activities at the ECC, Falls-Lenox and the Middle School. OFIS students had the opportunity to learn coding during their weekly technology class with Mrs. Krock. We hope that this opportunity will inspire students to continue to learn more about coding and computer science.

For more information and additional tutorials visit www.code.org.   Note:  The code.org website has several resources for students and parents, including links to local camps that teach computer coding.

To view a photo gallery showing many students participating, click HERE.

LOCAL FAMILIES HELPED THROUGH LAST MONTH’S STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE

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The December 12th Stuff the Bus food drive school bus not only was festive on the outside, but its interior boasted of decorations in the form of non-perishable items. The Olmsted Falls school district’s transportation department collected 1,088 items that were donated to the local food pantry

A special Thank You to all who donated items and made this food drive successful. Kudos to our transportation department for coordinating this wonderful community outreach event!

CP_leftPTA COUNCIL HOSTS PARENT PROGRAM SHOWING WARNING SIGNS FOUND IN TEENS’ BEDROOMS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 19TH AT OFMS

hidden in plain sight posterThe Olmsted Falls PTA Council will host the Hidden in Plain Sight program on Tuesday, January 19th. It is open to all adults in the district.

Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind the Hidden in Plain Sight program that the Bath and Copley Township police departments created. The program shows what appears to be – at first glance – the bedroom of the average teenager. However, among the clutter of clothing, school supplies and personal care products, are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity. Audience members are encouraged to explore the display that may be indicative of a teenager who is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorder, sexual activity and more.

The program will open at 6 p.m. for browsing followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. It is open to all residents and non-residents of the district. Due to the subject matter, however, this will be an adults-only program. If you cannot arrive at the designated start time, please join us when you can.

To download a copy of the event flyer, please click HERE.

SS_upper_leftOFHS EXCELS IN ‘TRASH’ TOURNAMENT

Trash tournament 1Our Academic Team held a TRASH Tournament at OFMS Saturday. Attending were 39 high school teams and one middle school team – Olmsted Falls Middle School. They represented 26 school districts competing against each other.

This tournament was more of a fun one than the usual contests. It was about pop culture and current event, in which sports knowledge was a helpful aid. Those many hours of watching too much TV really pays off and video games are like six degrees of Kevin Bacon. They are all relevant and useful – if you can spit the answer out fast enough.trash tournament 7

OFMS, competing against all high schools, was never shut out and held its own in every round. It was a great start at its first competition.  OFHS had three teams that competed well.

Ultimately, the OFHS A team grabbed victory over the North Olmsted A team. Congrats to all who participated in this fun event. To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE

In other OFMS Academic Team news, Mrs. Susan McDowell is new Middle School Academic Team coach.  The team meets Friday mornings from 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. in room 115.

CP_leftTHIRD GRADERS RECEIVE DICTIONARIES FROM BEREA ROTARY CLUB

Dictionary (24)A special thank you to the Berea Rotary Club for visiting all third grade classrooms at Falls-Lenox School prior to the holiday break. The club provided each third-grade student and teacher with a Webster’s Dictionary during the visit. The students get to keep their dictionaries to use this year and throughout their education. The students and teachers are very appreciative of this generous donation.

OFIS STUDENTS ENJOY HOLIDAY CRAFT AND ACTIVITY DAY

ofis craft day 13Fourth graders at OFIS had fun at a holiday craft and activity event day prior to winter break. The cafeteria was set up with multiple stations at which kids could make all sorts of crafts and holiday items. PTA members volunteered to help and manage each station.

It was a great success and a lot of fun for the students. To view a photo gallery of the fun, click HERE.

JANUARY 18th CAMP TEACHES OVERALL FAST PITCH SKILLS

crossed bats softballA 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.

TE_lowerRight-cropTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION NIGHT SERIES HELPS PARENTS STAY INFORMED – NEXT TOPIC: INTERNET SAFETY & SOCIAL MEDIA – FEB. 16TH

Parent Night Banner-CWAs 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.

ENJOY AN APPLEBEE’S MEAL AND HELP OFHS SENIOR CLASS – THIS TUES., JAN. 12TH

Dining to Donate Flyer Templatesupporter_applebeeslogoJoin in Applebee’s Dining to Donate fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 12th. The North Olmsted eatery will donate 15% of your check to the OFHS class officers.

Present this flyer by clicking HERE and give to your dine-in server or carside-to-go specialist to obtain this special officer.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY EARLY AT POST PROM FUNDRAISER

post prom wing night ticketValentine’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.

 

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED RECREATION SEEKS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMISSIONER

Olmsted Recreation LogoOlmsted Recreation has a seasonal part-time job opening of League Commissioner for its Youth Flag Football League. Application deadline is January 31st.

The individual should have experience in running recreational youth athletic leagues, setting up season schedules and supervising youth players and coaches in a game day setting. The candidate also must possess outstanding communication skills, organizational skills and be highly energetic and a positive role model for players and coaches. The post is under the direction of the Director of Olmsted Recreation and under contract during the flag football season. Compensation will be negotiated.

Those interested should submit a resume with contact information to Danny Colonna, Olmsted Recreation director.  It may be mailed to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or emailed to bpdem1@sbcglobal.net.

PACK THE Q FEBRUARY 10 FOR OLMSTED CERT

certlogo1See Kobe Bryant’s last game in Cleveland, attend a sold-out Cavalier’s game, view a Monsters hockey game AND support your Community Emergency Response Team with just one ticket! CERT is sponsoring all these for just $50. The cost includes a February 10th Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers game and a ticket to an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters hockey game.

Olmsted CERT will be the beneficiary of the 50-50 raffle at the game. Come and spend time with friends and cheer on the Cavs! Contact Donna Tindera at donna_tindera@hotmail.com or 440-234-9287 to buy tickets.

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