Parent Update – January 9, 2016
DISTRICT HONORS RETIRING BOARD MEMBER JIM WEISBARTH FOR LONG-TIME SERVICE
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.
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.
In 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!
Congratulations 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
To 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.)
THIS TUESDAY, JANUARY 12TH – FINANCIAL AID NIGHT
Attention, 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.
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
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.
BOARD 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.
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)
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
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
Prior 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.
Mrs. 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.
We 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 – email@example.com – 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
The 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!
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
Don’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.
All 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
Mr. 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.
To view a photo gallery showing many students participating, click HERE.
LOCAL FAMILIES HELPED THROUGH LAST MONTH’S STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE
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!
PTA COUNCIL HOSTS PARENT PROGRAM SHOWING WARNING SIGNS FOUND IN TEENS’ BEDROOMS – TUESDAY, JANUARY 19TH AT OFMS
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.
OFHS EXCELS IN ‘TRASH’ TOURNAMENT
Our 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.
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.
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
Fourth 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
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.
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.
ENJOY AN APPLEBEE’S MEAL AND HELP OFHS SENIOR CLASS – THIS TUES., JAN. 12TH
Join 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
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.
OLMSTED RECREATION SEEKS FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMISSIONER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PACK THE Q FEBRUARY 10 FOR OLMSTED CERT
See 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 email@example.com or 440-234-9287 to buy tickets.