Parent Update – January 19, 2016
OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION WELCOMES NEWEST MEMBER, ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 2016
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.
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.
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
Seniors 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.
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.
Kudos 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!
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.
ALL 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
The 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.
FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION MEETING SET FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH!
If 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
An 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
The 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
Students 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.
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.
HELPING HANDS BOWLING BENEFIT IS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY
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
The 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
Olmsted 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
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 FALLS FRIENDS OF LIBRARY INVITES ALL TO JOIN GROUP
Do 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Friends’ facebook by clicking HERE.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-234-9287 to buy tickets.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL HOLD OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION NIGHT
Olmsted 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
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”.