OFCS Update – February 4, 2016
IMPORTANT: NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR 2016-2017 OPENS FEB. 16TH
ON-LINE REGISTRATION FOR NEW STUDENTS FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR – INCLUDING FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS – WILL OPEN ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH AT NOON.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a change from what is printed in the 2015-2016 Activities Calendar. Kindergarten Online Registration for the 2016-2017 school year was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, February 8th. This date has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 16th @ noon. Please do NOT attempt to register an incoming kindergarten student in the current 2015-2016 new student registration portal currently available on the website – this is for new students starting in the district in the current 2015-2016 school year ONLY. Thank you!
FULL HOUSE AT ECC FOR LAST WEEK’S FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFORMATION MEETING
Many thanks to the approximately 90 parents who attended last week’s special Parent Information Meeting about the District’s new Full-Day Kindergarten Program launching with the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
If you were unable to attend and are interested in learning more…
You can download a copy of the presentation slides by clicking HERE.
You can also watch the presentation, which was recorded live, by clicking HERE.
Additional information on the new Full-Day Kindergarten Program is also available on the District website by clicking HERE.
IMPORTANT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION DATES TO REMEMBER:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH @ NOON – New Student Online Registration Portal Opens
THURSDAY, MARCH 4TH – Deadline to register incoming kindergarten students for the Full-Day Kindergarten Program
IMPORTANT PARENT/STUDENT MEETINGS @ OFHS TONIGHT – THURSDAY, FEB. 4TH
The College Credit Plus Program is set for 6 p.m. It allows students in grades 7-12 to take college course work earning both college and high school credit. This presentation will outline program eligibility, admissions and scheduling. Representatives from OFHS, Lorain County Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University will speak about the programs and available to answer questions.
Junior College Parent Night Program follows at 7 p.m. for parents of juniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college. The College and Career Counselor will present details on selecting a college, the application process and financial aid. This is an IMPORTANT meeting in getting your student prepared to apply for colleges next falls. Students are welcome to attend.
If you are unable to attend either event, the presentations and handouts will be posted on the Counselor’s Corner website Friday.
COMMUNITY FORUM – THIS MONDAY, FEB. 8TH – FOCUSES ON THE RISE/DANGERS OF HEROIN
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Astrab is sponsoring a Community Forum this 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.
ALL BULLDOG PARENTS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AN EVENING WITH RICK WORMELLI – NEXT THURSDAY, FEB. 11TH – EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO CONFLICT
Thursday, February 11th
6:30 p.m. @ OFHS Auditorium
Please join us next Thursday evening, February 11th, at 6:30 PM in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium for a thoughtful look at standards-based grading from a national presenter who has worked in all fifty states as they move towards a more accurate reporting system.
The faculty of Olmsted Falls schools is in a multi-year process of moving towards standards-based grading, and parents and the local community have a big part to play in that successful transition. Standards-based grading provides more information for parents on how individual children are progressing in their learning than does a more traditional grading system, and it builds the maturation skills needed to navigate school and the years beyond school.
The special evening presentation will provide clarity on what standards-based grading is and what it is not. Hear what colleges are looking for in potential students, and what they are saying about high school grading and admissions. Don’t miss it!
ALSO: Please stay tuned for additional information on possible on-site babysitting services for during the event.
OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW HAD SONGS, DANCE, MUSIC, COMEDY & MAGIC
1st place: Lindsey Smits, vocal performance of “Disneyland.” She also was the Overall Winner of the show.
2nd place: Adam Dempsey, freestyle dance to “The Dangerous Immortal.”
3rd place: Gavin Moody, piano solo of “Fireflies.”
1st Place: Gregory Smith with assistant Elise Grant, magic act
2nd Place: Rachel Korba, contemporary dance to “Skyscraper.”
3rd Place: Ady Lakota, hula hoop and gymnastics to The Happy Hula Hooper.:
1st Place: Kayla Zapotosky, vocal performance of “When I Was Your Girl.” She also received the Dara Hosta Vocal Performance Award.
2nd Place (Tie): Camden Chernisky, piano performance of “Radioactive” and Elisabeth Helmick, vocal performance of “Flashlight.”
3rd Place: Amanda Holt, vocal/guitar performance of “Iris.”
OFHS junior Gabby Zemaitis was the program cover design winner. Congratulations to the winners and all performers, including Erin Hetchler who performed a flute solo of The National Anthem and OFHS senior Jake Conder, the event’s MC.
F-L SCHOOL’S DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK HAS SEVEN POSTER WINNERS
As part of Disability Awareness Week at Falls-Lenox School, students had a chance to participate in a poster/essay contest. Thank you to PTA for sponsoring the winner awards and to Mrs. Scott and Mrs. DiFilippo for organizing the contest. Everyone did a wonderful job.
First grade: Ashley Veverka & Tyler Berchin
Second grade: Mia Russel & Livia Golden
Third grade: Dominic DiFilippo, Andrew Kreitzer & Braylen Hurd
To see photos of all the winners and their posters, click HERE.
The OFHS Academic Team members are Alec Sims, Zach Buchta and Molly McCafferty. Alternates are Ben Meredyk, Isaac Rivera and Bennett Graham.
The students did a great job. We can’t wait for everyone to see the results! Here are a few pictures of that competition. To view a photo gallery, click HERE.
BULLDOG GRADS WERE PART OF HOLIDAY COLLEGE BOWL GAMES
Some OF grads traveled to college bowl games as members of marching bands or cheerleading teams. They were part of the support teams along the sidelines and end zones for their college football teams.
The University of Akron participated in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against the Utah State Aggies December 22nd. Bulldog grads who appeared in the Zips marching band (pictured at left) are Dan McFadden, Danny Becker, Colleen Prokop and Lucas Schilling.
Lori Bertrand, class of 2012, and Tony Kollar, class of 2014, (pictured at left) are members of the Ohio University Marching Band who went to the Camelia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama Dec. 19th to support the Bobcats football team. The team played Appalachian State.
Way to go Bulldog alumni!! To see more photos of the various festivities, click HERE.
GEOGRAPHY BEE TESTS STUDENTS
All OFMS students participated in the qualifying round of the National Geographic Bee in November, with 20 competing in the final competition January 27th at the school. The final competition consisted of questions that National Geographic provided and given orally to each contestants.
The top three contestants, pictured here, are from left, John Gaba, first place, grade 8; Sanat Subhash, second place, grade 7 and Noah Young, third, grade 6.
Grade 6 participants included Katie Voisinet, Jacob O’Connor, Noah Young and Joshua Kuperman. Grade 7 contestants were Morgan Demooy, Xavier Zurawski, Wisam Yaghmour, Noah Barrett, Hank Long and Sanat Subhash. Grade 8 students were Ethan Schlesinger, Joey Lippus, Lucas Lodato, Jaspar Markaran, Nick Gaba, Sam Hubbard, John Gaba, Summer Stevens, Aeden Dobos and Auggie Stallman.
The winning question for the middle school competition was: Gray wolves were once wiped out of Yellowstone National Park, but have made a comeback in recent years due to conservation efforts. Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, Montana and which other state? Answer: Idaho.
John Gaba, local winner of the OF 25th Geography Bee, will take a qualifying state exam. Results of that exam will determine qualification for state competition in April. The champion of the state contest will win an all-expense paid trip for four to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National level in May.
Congrats to all the participants and good luck in state competition.
OFHS has three Silver Key winners and eight Honorable Mentions in this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Award. They were honored from out of thousands of pieces of art work that were submitted this year for Cuyahoga County.
Receiving a Silver Key were Abby Harder, Erin Kohler and Marisa Nieves. Those awarded Honorable Mentions were Kenzie Ballard, Summer Ellis, Destyni Green, Stormie Kadar, Stephanie Koch, Meghan O’Brien, Emmy Olszewski and Diana Vargas.
All winning artwork were included in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition on display at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Gallery in January. To view a photo gallery of all the artwork, click HERE.
OFHS STUDENTS TAKE PART IN LOCAL PROGRAMMING CLUB
Three OFHS students were selected to attend and be part of the “Hy-Tech Club” – sponsored by Hyland, creator of OnBase. The students are Cole Zehe, Chloe Zehe and Mark Drobnak. They were selected from 132 applicants.
Congratulations to these students!
Stephanie Kley’s reading and enrichment students thank the members of the OF school board during School Board Appreciation Month and for their work all year with colorful posters, which the students helped design.
January was School Board Recognition Month in the state of Ohio.
GET READY . . . IT’S DODGEBALL TIME
Come out and support your school team at the game that starts at
7:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Feb. 11th in the OFHS gym. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN EVENT START TIME; BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS DODGEBALL NOW STARTS AT 7 P.M.
There is NO SCHOOL Friday, February 12th, so c’mon and support your teachers and building staff as they compete for the coveted BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS trophy and bragging rights for the next year!
Tickets are $4 for students, $6 for adults. They will be available at the door. Concessions and face painting, provided by the Junior Class, will be available. There will be free throw basketball shots during breaks and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds from this event will benefit the High School Scholarship Program for the Class of 2016. Cheer on your team and support an excellent cause.
For information, contact Mrs. Ferrini, 440-427-0894 or email@example.com.
28 STUDENT PTA REFLECTION ENTRIES HEAD TO STATE COMPETITION
The National PTA Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts. This year’s theme, “Let Your Imagination Fly,” had more than 80 local entries involving each of the OF PTA units.
These are the 28 district winners that will selected to go forward to the Ohio PTA state round for judging.
VISUAL ARTS –
Primary level: Kaitlyn Williams, first; Elisabeth Flanagan, second; Tessa Chapin, third; Jesse Simon, honorable mention.
Intermediate level: Hadley Allen, first; Owen Von Glahn, second; Carly Oliver, third; Maya Smith, honorable mention.
Middle level: Lindsey LaPinta, first; Antoinette Cirino, second; Katie Voisinet, third; Becca Abbot, honorable mention.
Special Needs Category: Bekka McElroy.
Primary level: Riley Zahorchak, first
Middle level: Claire Oliver, first.
Intermediate Level: Dominic DiFilippo, first
Middle level: Michael DiFilippo
Senior level: Isabel Struk
Primary level: Jesse Simon, first
Intermediate level: Dominic DiFilippo, first; Aidan Lyons, second; Katie Cleary, third; Alanna Tighe, honorable mention.
Middle level: Keeley Patton, first; Harrison Graham, second; Allison Milligan, third.
Middle level: Max Limpert, first.
Primary level: Josh Voisinet, first.
Intermediate level: Gregory Kuehn, first & second; Aaron Bobinski, third.
Middle level: Harrison Graham, first; Harrison Graham & Matthew Gluvna, tie for second.
Senior level: Andrew Barnard.
Congratulations to district winners and all who participated. State winners will be announced this spring. District winners will be recognized by their school’s Reflections chair this spring. Any state winners will be recognized by the district in May.
Looking ahead – next school year’s Reflection theme is “What is Your Story?” Contest details will be sent home this spring and again in the fall. It is not too early to start. The 2016 entries will be due in November.
The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s February Musical Notes includes past, present and future events. Photos of the 13th annual Band Invitational at Severance Hall, schedule for the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest February 6th in Parma, school band concerts, choral and treble choir students trip to Nashville and much more are included. To view the newsletter, click HERE.
POOR PUMPKIN JACK!
The ECC kindergartners continue to view their own version of Pumpkin Jack, which stands, well, leans, in an exterior planter outside the school. They are learning that their own Pumkin Jack truly follows the Pumpkin Jack book, which follows the life cycle of the large squash throughout the various seasons.
Will there be another picture of Pumpkin Jack in an upcoming blog? Stay tuned.
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 last 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.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FEB. 13TH POST PROM’S VALENTINE’S FUNDRAISER
Attention SENIOR parents! Post Prom’s largest event – Wing Night – is next week. 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.
HELP KICK OFF RELAY FOR LIFE AT THIS FRIDAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL GAMES
Be sure to wear purple – and your Bulldog gear – when attending this Friday’s Relay for Life Kick Off at the boy’s basketball games. Our OFHS grade 9 boys game begins at 4:30 p.m. with the JV playing at 6 and varsity at 7:15 in the high school gym.
There will be a 50/50 raffle along with the OF Athletic Boosters selling baked goods, luminaria for the event and detailed information about the Relay.
ROLL THE DICE FOR A GREAT TIME AT LAS VEGAS NIGHT – INCLUDING A CHANCE TO WIN CAVS FLOOR SEATS!
Want to test your luck while raising money for scholarships? Attend the February 20th Olmsted Falls Alumni Association’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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to purchase a horse is February 26th.
CONTINUE TO WEAR PINK TO OFHS BOYS BASKETBALL GAMES: HELP RAISE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Attendees to the boys basketball games can help raise awareness by wearing pink to the contests. Hoops for Hope continues 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.
The girls basketball Hoops for Hope night was January 30th.
ORDER YOUR EASTER HAM/TURKEY NOW VIA SWIM/DIVE TEAM
The OFHS Bulldogs Swim & Dive Team again is offering its popular HoneyBaked Ham fundraiser. From now through March 11th, you may order HoneyBaked ham or glazed turkey breasts and gift certificates. Pick up is at OFHS March 24th.
To view the flyer with an order form and more details about placing your HoneyBaked order, click HERE. For more details or late orders, call Anita Greller, 440-793-6405.
OF PTA COUNCIL SELLING SPORTS/TOUGH STAIN DETERGENT PRODUCTS
Sweat X Sport Detergent is an industry leading active wear laundry detergent that removes the toughest stains and odors. It is great for sports and band uniforms and the odor spray is perfect for shoes, equipment, bags and more.
The OF PTA Council is selling these detergent products. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to program activities and scholarships for graduating seniors. The sale begins this Monday, February 8th and ends February 24th with all order forms and money due that day. Product pick up is from 5-7 p.m. March 16th at the F-L cafeteria. For an order form, click HERE.
The 2016 Olmsted Recreation Senior Activities Calendar include two new programs. Senior Craft Day is at 10:30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month at Olmsted Community Center while Mall Walking is at 8 a.m. the last Wednesday of every month by meeting at 8 a.m. at the Great Northern Mall Food Court. Both are listed on the calendar that may be seen by clicking HERE. A Meditation for Healthy Aging session is set for 11:30 a.m. February 9th. To see a flyer of this event, click HERE and to see all activities at the Olmsted Falls branch library, click HERE.
PACK THE Q WEDNESDAY 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.
SIGN UPS FOR SUMMER BASEBALL/SOFTBALL
The Olmsted Community Summer League is now accepting 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or OCC, 440-427-1599.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION NIGHT THIS WEDNESDAY – 2/10
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 ASSOCIATION – 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”.