OFCS Update – March 19, 2016
Ready or not, Spring Break is upon us. There will be no classes next week plus one day – from Monday, March 21st through Monday, March 28th. School resumes Tuesday, March 29th.
Enjoy the break and the weather.
LUCKY THE IRISH – AND THE ECC
Mr. Bill Kubat and Mrs. Anita Newmann shared a book with Karen Strawser’s A.M. class last week.
Yesterday, her class enjoyed a visit by two leprechauns – who look a little familiar to the school and its students.
Thank you to all of our caring adults – staff members and community volunteers – who make the ECC such a special place for students!
The OFCS Transportation Department did some creative thinking in devising a plan to replace two district-owned school buses approaching the end of their useful life cycle. They had a combination of 38 years and 301,672 miles!
The department searched for and found used school buses with proper maintenance history in southern states to secure corrosion-free vehicles. Making sure the buses had everything upgraded to meet Ohio School Bus Construction Standards, Tim Atkinson, director of business affairs, and Heath Krakowiak, transportation supervisor, found two quality vehicles in Collinsville, Oklahoma. The buses have freshly painted exteriors, refurbished interiors and undercoated chassis to protect them from the harsh weather of Northeast Ohio.
After arriving here, the district’s mechanic staff made the two “new to us” buses Bulldogs’ own with all appropriate markings, safety equipment and other upgrades. These two 2003 generation Blue Bird buses look brand new.
Kudos to our Transportation Department for going above and beyond to secure these outstanding buses for our District!
To view more photos of the buses, click HERE.
FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM: REGISTRATION TO CLOSE FOLLOWING SPRING BREAK
To ensure that all families interested in registering an incoming kindergarten student in the new full-day program for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year are able to do so, the full-day kindergarten registration option will remain available through the spring break. More than 100 students have been registered to date!
If you are interested in enrolling a student in the new full-day kindergarten program, please do so as soon as possible. Following the break, full-day kindergarten registration will be closed to allow adequate time for staffing and logistical planning. Registration for traditional half-day kindergarten will remain available after the break, however it is recommended that parents register ALL kindergarten students as soon as possible in order to be part of all parts of the registration, screening and placement process.
To register a kindergarten student for the 2016-2017 school year, visit http://www.ofcs.net and click on the “NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017)” located at the top of the QUICK LINKS on the left side of the page. To secure a spot in the new full-day program, a non-refundable deposit of $200 (one full month tuition) is required as part of the online registration process. Parents may also choose to pay annual tuition in full at the time of registration to receive a 10% discount (discounted full-day tuition rate = $2,160).
Please help us spread the word to any friends or relatives you may know in the District who will have an incoming kindergarten student next school year! For questions about the full-day kindergarten program, please contact Melinda Brunner at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center @ 427-6360, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFMS POWER OF THE PEN TEAMS HAVE BUSY & SUCCESSFUL SEASON
Grade 7 and 8 OFMS Power of the Pen teams traveled to Cuyahoga Heights Middle School last month for the first tournament of the year. The seventh-grade team came in second place and the eighth-grade took fourth out of 26 schools. All the writers accomplished great successes individually.
On Saturday, March 12th, writers who qualified for Regionals traveled to St. Joseph Academy for an even fiercer competition. The two teams combined and took fourth place out of 40 schools. Again, all writers performed admirably.
The seventh graders were Emma Barnard, a regional qualifier; Sophia Krumroy, who placed 18th at regionals, regional qualifier; Cassie Moilov, won Best of Round award at districts, regional qualifier; Keeley Patton, placed sixth at regionals and 11th at district, a regional qualifier; Daisy Watts, placed 12th at districts, a regional qualifier; Shreya Desai; Brianna Opheim; Emily Sumerauer and Sara Zawadzki.
The eighth graders were Megan Bobkovich, regional qualifier; Nicole Latona, who took a “superior” rank into the regional competition, regional qualifier; Kristen Miller, who won a Director’s Choice award at districts, regional qualifier; Ashley Rice, regional qualifier; Emily Kasl; Kayla Kippes; Rhiannon Lloyd; Summer Stevens and Elizabeth Traine.
Congratulations to all these talented young writers on their many accomplishments this year.
Pictured above are, back row: Coach Grinnell, Kayla Kippes, Nicole Latona, Ashley Rice, Megan Bobkovich, Coach MacAleese, Keeley Patton, Cassie Moilov, Daisy Watts and front row: Kristen Miller, Emily Kasl, Elizabeth Traine, Brianna Opheim, Emma Barnard and Sophia Krumroy.
The official Olmsted Falls School District website (www.ofcs.net) transitioned to a new platform earlier this week. Visitors to the website following its launch on Monday, March 14th likely noticed the more vivid images and more simplified, streamlined layout. Overall, the location of basic site navigation menus remains the same, so visitors should continue to find the information they are looking for in generally the same areas.
One significant enhancement with the new upgrade is the implementation of responsive design technology which makes sure the site looks great and maintains maximum functionality on any screen, including your mobile device. Accessing the website from your phone is now easier than ever – with no need for side-to-side scrolling or “pinching” the screen.
The District website continues to serve as an important information resource for students, staff and parents. We will continue to look for ways to further enhance the information that is available on the website. If you have any questions about the website’s new format, please email Kim Petrina at email@example.com.
The program teaches youngsters healthy habits, which include power hand washing, eating properly, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve. They receive a Healthy Hero certificate and a $5 gift card to an area store. The Hero also earns a prize for doing healthy tasks at home.
Congratulations, Elisabeth and Patrick. Pictured with Elizabeth is Maggie Bago, library assistant and with Patrick is his mother, Lisa Byrnes and Mrs. Roberto.
DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT NEEDS TEAMS, VOLUNTEERS
Are you ready for some fast, competitive dodgeball play? This year’s Dodgeball Tournament is at 7:15 p.m. April 21st in the OFHS main gym. All high school grade levels are encouraged to create teams of six to eight players, whether all boys, girls or co-ed. Sign up on March 30th in the Pit. All are invited to attend and cheer on the teams. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students/seniors.
There is also a need for volunteers and referees. Email Annette Glover, firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds go to OFHS Post Prom Committee, which provides a complimentary event after Prom on Saturday, May 21st, that provides a fun/safe environment for students. It runs from midnight until 4 a.m.
To view a tournament flyer, click HERE.
Falls-Lenox has been enjoying a wonderful program in our classrooms courtesy of our supportive PTA. Kids Love Musicals! encourages students to explore the parts of a musical and helps our children use its themes to find personal application in the performing arts.
Children engage with characters who express their emotions through self-expression. The students enjoy the opportunity to participate in the elements of song, dance, acting and singing. With props, the students are able to get up, act scenes out and explore their creativity in a unique way. It’s a world of imagination, feeling, thinking and fun!
A special thanks to the Kids Love Musicals! Staff, Heather Hamilton, Karen Cillo and our wonderful FL PTA for making this program a huge success for our students!
A big “Thank You” to all who attended the Early Childhood Center’s Book Fair. The event sold close to 883 books during this year’s fair. Many of our Itty Bitty Bulldogs attended the sale’s family night.
There was even a guest appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog and his friend, Emily Elizabeth.
What a great way for parents to encourage literacy and help their children become lifelong readers! A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for providing great volunteers who helped prepare for and work the Fair all week!
OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO MEETING AND TRYOUTS
An informational meeting for the upcoming OFHS Drill Team is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19th in Room W-3 at the high school.
Parents are welcome. The clinic runs from 6-8 p.m. April 25th-28th with tryouts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 29th.
To view a detailed flyer, click HERE.
LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HOST MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS – FIRST ONE IS THIS SATURDAY
Interested in learning more about the application process for the Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies? Join us at one of our informational sessions held across Ohio.
CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY DAY
Registration is preferred, but not required by emailing Congressman Renacci’s Academy Coordinator at email@example.com. For additional information call 330-334-0040
UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMY SEMINARS SPONSORED BY SENATOR SHERROD BROWN AND ROB PORTMAN
Please RSVP if you are planning to attend. Call the Academy Coordinators at 1-800-205-6446 or 1-888-896-8446 then press 1.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
North Central State College, Main Campus
Kee Hall, Rooms 128 A & 128 B
Mansfield, OH 44091
6 – 8 PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2015
Youngstown State University
Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
6 – 8 PM
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Horizon Science Academy
6000 South Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44103
10 a.m. to noon
NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO
Notre Dame College will have its 2016 Transition Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16th. It is for students who may need assistance beyond high school in terms of employment, residential, guardianship, financial planning and other areas. There will be break-out sessions as well as booths with information. There will be more than 80 exhibitors.
It is free and registration is preferred, but walk-ins also are welcome.
To view the flyer, click HERE.
REGISTER ONLINE NOW FOR THE NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
The National Association for College Admission Counseling College Fair is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at First Merit Convention Center of Cleveland, formerly the Cleveland Convention Center, in downtown Cleveland.
To register, go to www.gotomyncf.com. Complete the registration and print out the barcode identification. Bring the barcode identification to the fair. Colleges will scan the barcode to access information and allow more time for one-on-one conversation.
Stop by Landmark Lawn and Garden to buy what you need, mention OFAB at check out and the group automatically receives 6% of the purchase. This includes anything you buy to bulk purchases, which include thousands of items from which to choose.
The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake. For location information, please click HERE.
Thank you to Landmark for their support of OFAB this spring!
CLEAN YOUR CLOSETS, BASEMENT FOR THE ‘FILL THE TRUCK’ DRIVE
The second Fill the Truck Donation Drive comes to the OF Board of Education parking lot for two days next month – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2nd and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 3rd. The Olmsted Falls Music Association again is collaborating with Easter Seals to collect clothing and other items that will be recycled. Easter Seals’ Community Action Program supports services for children and adults with disabilities in Northern Ohio.
The list of acceptable donated items has expanded. Some of the items are clothing, shoes, linens, knickknacks, small children’s toys and others.
The proceeds from the bulk sale of the contributions support programs such as speech therapy, home care, medical equipment loans and summer camp opportunities.
All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Bring items in boxes or plastic bags. There will be bags at the truck if needed. For more details of the many acceptable items, click HERE. If you have questions, contact Kathy Green, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL INVITED TO THE APRIL 29TH CARNIVAL FOR A CURE
Bring the family to this year’s Falls-Lenox School’s Carnival for a Cure that is supporting Owen Timura, a student who is battling a rare form of cancer and the ACS Relay for Life. Have some fun, play games, walk for a cure and challenge the principal! The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m., includes a $5 dinner choice of hot dog or pizza, chips and a drink. Walk a mile or more and earn your lap beads. There is face painting and other fun.
Students must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for all this fun is $5 per student/adults: donation. To view more information about the carnival, including purchasing an Owen Strong T-shirt, click HERE.
JOIN THE PAINT PARTY AND SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE
Come out and support our 2016 Relay for Life and have some fun painting, too.
To view a flyer for more detailed information, click HERE.
EASTER BUNNY WILL APPEAR AT THIS SUNDAY’S KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The donation is $6 with kids 3 and under free. You have a chance to win Chinese raffle gifts and an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. Pictures are available with the Easter Bunny.
Tickets may be purchased at the door.
OLMSTED FALLS CITY HALL HAS OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY TO CELEBRATE BUILDING’S 100TH BIRTHDAY
The city of Olmsted Falls is celebrating its annual Open House and the building’s 100th birthday from 1-3 p.m. this Sunday, March 20th. Any Bulldog graduate from classes up to and including 1968 will be recognized at the event. There also will be food, music, kids activities and a speaker who will discuss the building’s history. It’s free and open to the public.
PROM FASHION SHOW, BACHELOR AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TWO BULLDOG STUDENTS
The Catwalk for a Cure on April 1 will benefit Bulldog students Tommy Pettry and Owen Timura who are battling rare forms of cancer. The event includes a prom fashion show at 7 p.m. followed by a bachelor auction, which includes students willing to step forward for this fun event.
Only 180 tickets are available, so it’s first come, first serve. Tickets are $10 each. VIP tickets are $20, which include front row seats and a reception prior to the doors opening at 6:15. Gengraphics Photography is presenting the event. Tickets are available through Gengraphics or the studio’s senior models. All proceeds benefit the students and their families. To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE CONTINUES SIGN-UP WITHOUT LATE FEE THROUGH THIS MONTH
Register for the upcoming Olmsted Community Summer League online through Olmsted Community Center. Registrations without a late fee will be accepted until March 31. Late registrations with a $20 late fee will be accepted until April 15. The 2016 registration form is available by clicking HERE.
To register, visit OCC’s website at www.olmstedcc.com. Also ‘like’ OCC on its Facebook page to see updated league news. If you are interested in playing in the Adult Coed Softball league, contact Jim Masie, email@example.com. The group also is looking for a Boys Intermediate league rep. If interested, contact Nicole Sherman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register soon for any of the leagues before sign ups close.
LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE PLAYERS NEEDED FOR ROSTERS!
We currently have a need for additional players to fill out rosters. 2-3 players are needed in the 7-8 year old group and 2-3 players are needed for the 11 year old age group. Late fees will be waived.
LCHS rosters are currently being assembled. Players will be notified by their coaches by the end of March.
HIP-HOP DANCE MAX @ OLMSTED COMMUNITY CENTER
Saturdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. (Ages 10-17)
This class will give you a work out with a high energy warm up that includes core and cardio strengthening followed by choreography to music. The possibilities are endless as Hip Hop uses the basics of all styles of dance and manipulates them to give an edge that is high energy and fun. Instructor: Amanda Trompak Location: The Olmsted Community Center, Upper Dance Studio, 8170 Mapleway Dr. Olmsted Falls
Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m. Ages: 10 -17 Class Maximum: 10 Students. Cost: $150 (6 weeks Starts Saturday, April 2nd – Saturday, May 7th 2016)
Register now and check out our Broadway Combo and Tap classes for spring semester. www.voice-variations.com
BOY SCOUTS FLIP FLAPJACKS FOR COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The troop will also have a raffle for an autographed Cleveland Brown’s OL and Pro Bowl player Joe Thomas, #73 jersey. Malley’s Chocolate also will have chocolate bars to purchase. Your donations for this event will help the scouts with gear, Court of Honor events, camp outs and activities. The troop appreciates your support.
OPA HAS SEVERAL SUMMER CAMPS, UPCOMING PLAYS
Art, gymnastics, theater, dance, even sampler camps are available to area youth, as young as age 3, this summer through Olmsted Performing Arts. Registration is now occurring at olmstedperformingarts.com and at its new location, 611 W. Bagley Road, Berea. To see a flyer, click HERE. OPA also has two upcoming performances – Beauty and the Beast Junior at Parma Snow Library Auditorium from March 18-20 and Rapunzel’s Coronation from April 22-24 at the same location.