OFCS Update – April 15, 2016
OFHS Masquers will perform Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th.
More than 40 students are involved in the musical, with performances in the OFHS auditorium.
The cast, crew and faculty involved in the musical invite the community to attend the production.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7, students/seniors. For tickets call: (440) 427-6077.
Polaris Baking & Pastry Arts students – including OFHS junior Mikayla Schaffer – recently competed in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) regional culinary competition at several Northeast Ohio locations. This year, 15 schools and nearly 100 students took part in regional events. FCCLA sponsors competitions at the regional, state, and national levels for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences career-technical programs. The competitions give students the opportunity to showcase their career-technical talents and skills. Mikayla’s Polaris junior team – which included Abagael Alai from Brooklyn High School and Michael Peracchio from North Olmsted High School – won a regional gold medal and qualified to compete at the Columbus Culinary Institute in Columbus, Ohio, on April 27-28.
Her team took gold in the culinary team event and qualified for the state competition. In this challenge, the team prepared a three course meal featuring: a warm Brussels sprout salad with bacon and maple syrup dressing; chicken breast stuffed with Fontana cheese and spinach served with quinoa with cremini mushrooms and garden vegetable sauté; and olive oil chocolate cake with fresh strawberries and chocolate glaze.
Congratulations to Mikayla and her team! Good luck at the state competition!
Four teams from Olmsted Falls Competed in the National Robotics Challenge in Marion Ohio April 7, 8 & 9. Three teams competed in the Robo Hockey competition. Members of the teams are Joe Backus, Brian Grove, Josh Heney, Daniel Holmes, Evan Kerr, Max Kirth Gruszczynski, Michael Kirth Gruszczynski, Zach Longo, Ouen Mali, Joselyn Rabbitt, Charles Reitz and Stephanie Schroth.
Stephanie Schroth and Joselyn Rabbitt (pictured at left) competed in the pick and place competition and for the second year in a row finished 1st place! Joe Backus and Zach Longo (pictured at right) competed all the way to the quarter finals Saturday in Robo Hockey before being defeated.
To view more photos of our Bulldogs at the National Robotics Challenge, please click HERE.
To learn more about the National Robotics Challenge, please visit http://www.thenrc.org/.
Each student had a pen pal who wrote back and forth to each other. The students learned about each other’s favorite subject, what they were studying in math, their favorite recess activities and about field trips. It was a great experience.
The North Olmsted class visited Falls-Lenox last week and met their pen pals in person for the first time. They wrote messages on puzzles that OF students had to put together – with the help of their pen pals – to solve. They did a Pen Pal word search together, played a math game and had fun in the gym. It was a wonderful experience!
To see a photo gallery of the pen pal day, click HERE.
The Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center would like to thank ACE student Russell Bachman for hanging the fantastic display of butterflies made by the kindergarten students during Celebrating Differences Week.
The flying artwork was the perfect compliment to the ECC’s Right to Read Week theme: Buggy About Books!
Thanks again Russell! And kudos to all our young readers at the ECC!
OLMSTED FALLS PTAs RECEIVE HONORS AT OHIO PTA CONVENTION
Laura Mileti was recognized as the PTA District 12 Helping Hands award winner. Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA received the President’s Gold Award for Membership. The award is given to the PTA unit in Ohio with the largest increase in membership numbers from the previous year. Linda Parkowski was awarded the Gold Key – her second of three possible ones to earn – for her commitment to continuing education and development in PTA leadership. The Ohio PTA Advocacy award was presented to Sandra Graham, Amy Krogh and Kelly Walker.
The Family School Partnership Award was presented to 27 Olmsted Falls PTA members – far and away the most of any PTA. They are Joanna Barnard, Ellen Bertrand, Debra Bush, Judy Calloway, Julie Clum, Meg DiFilippo, Claudia Ferrini, Katie Fidler, Sandra Graham, Amy Krogh, Kerrie Kruichuk, Mark Kurz, Lori Long, Jill Madar, Denise Olszewski, Rachel O’Malley, Kristie Patton, Michelle Saluja, Phyllis Scalzo, Holly Schafer, Ann Simon, Laura Ulmenstine, Patty Voisinet, Kelly Walker, Kellie Williams, Joe Young and Leslie Ziegler.
Congratulations to these PTA members and unit – as well as all PTAs – for being so active and working for the children of our district.
PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FOLLOW-UP SURVEY NOW OPEN
As part of its ongoing commitment to strong partnerships among families, schools and the community at large, PTA is again conducting a local family-school partnership survey. The results of this follow-up survey will be used to assist our local Olmsted Falls PTA units in continuing efforts to grow and sustain a strong family-school partnership. All Bulldog parents are invited and encouraged to participate in this online survey.
All PTA survey links will remain open through Friday, April 29th. Each survey should take less than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. To complete one or more surveys now, simply click on the appropriate link(s) below:
Thank you for helping PTA!
ATTN: OFHS PARENTS – TESTING / LATE START REMINDER EMAILED HOME TODAY
Please note the following regarding bus schedules for Late Start Days:
- We will be running two routes for the next two weeks (M-TH).
- The first run will pick up at the regularly scheduled time in order to get students to school in time for testing.
- The second run will begin after 8:45 a.m. for any student who is NOT testing. Students riding this second run should be ready at their pick-up point at 8:45 a.m. and be looking for their PM bus number. (PM buses will be picking up students on the late run.)
OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO MEETING – NEXT TUESDAY – APRIL 19TH
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.
A tale of good vs. evil, friendship, forgiveness, and bravery, the BTC’s staging of this classic has everything you could possibly want from a night out: Dragons, sword fights, goblins, precious jewelry, and so much more.
With a cast, crew, and orchestra of over 90 hardworking and dedicated students, this is an epic performance not to be missed.
Performances are Thursday, April 21, Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23 in the Middle School Cafeteria. All performances start at 7:00pm.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up), and Free for senior citizens and children 3rd grade and under.
OFHS MAY SHOW NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE MAY 6TH
If you would like to enter artwork, please complete the entry form found by clicking HERE. All work must be registered by Friday, May 6, with forms completed and returned to Mariel Krakowiak. Dates for drop off and pick up are included in the entry form. Any questions should be directed to Mariel, email@example.com.
Students enjoy seeing the work of their teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodial staff, alumni and community members. Please consider entering your work.
DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT BOUNCES INTO THE GYM APRIL 21ST
Are you ready for some fast, competitive dodge ball play? This year’s Dodge Ball Tournament is at 7:15 p.m. April 21st in the OFHS main gym. Student, staff and the community 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.
OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE IS HERE – WHY NOT TAKE A CHANCE
The OFMS PTA is ready with its annual Calendar Raffle fundraiser. For $5, you enter into a chance to win 31 days of great prizes. A different winner is pulled every day. A list of winners will be posted on the blog. You may enter as many times as you like. Why not share the raffle with family, friends and co-workers.
Entry forms and cash or a check (written to MS PTA) may be dropped off at any of the schools’ main offices. Why not take a chance?! The contest includes many gift cards to local and area stores, tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie Crusher tickets, golf passes, Lolly the Trolley tours and more. View a copy of the calendar by clicking HERE.
Entry forms must be returned with money to your school office by April 30th in an envelope marked OFMS PTA to be eligible. Money raised will be used for assemblies, field trips and scholarships. Thank you – and good luck!
CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10
Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary. Olmsted Falls educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for those in grades 1-6. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.
Early registration discounts are available. REGISTER NOW WITH THE PROMO CODE “SPRING” AND RECEIVE $15 OFF! This year the camp is from June 6-10. Visit campinvention.org, call 800-968-4332 for more information or Michelle LaGruth, email@example.com.
NOTRE DAME OFFERS HELP @ ITS 2016 TRANSITION EXPO THIS SATURDAY
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 THIS SUNDAY
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.
LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS HOST MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS – NEXT ONE, SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD
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.
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.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Horizon Science Academy
6000 South Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44103
10 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, April 26, 2015
Youngstown State University
Kilcawley Center, President’s Suite
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
6 – 8 PM
DINE AT BOB EVANS AND HELP OFMA THIS MONDAY, APRIL 18TH
The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s fundraiser is from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, April 18th at Bob Evans in North Olmsted. Simply present the flyer found in this month’s Musical Notes, by clicking HERE and the group will earn 15 percent of the sales. Proceeds help the music programs in all the district schools.
DIVE INTO DINING @ NORTH OLMSTED’S CHIPOTLE – SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 25TH!
Dine at North Olmsted’s Chipotle from 5-9 p.m. Monday, April 25th. Bring in the flyer that is available by clicking HERE, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to ensure that 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the team.
Chipotle is located at 26420 Great Norther Shopping Center.
PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB
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.
To download a fundraiser flyer with additional information, please click HERE. The three Landmark locations in the fundraiser are Strongsville, Avon and Westlake. For location information, please click HERE.
Thank you to Landmark for its support of OFAB this spring!
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. April 29th, 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.
When: 7-8 p.m., Wednesdays: 4/20/2016, 5/18/2016
Description: Students in grade 5 and up are invited to join us for monthly free play and mini-challenges using Mindstorms robots! Registration is required by going to the library’s website by clicking HERE.
The Olmsted Community Summer League’s baseball/slow-pitch softball registration’s deadline is this Friday, April 15th. Register at olmstedcc.com. The league has a Facebook page. Anyone interested in playing Adult Coed softball, contact Jim Masie, firstname.lastname@example.org. The league also is looking for a Boys Intermediate League Rep. If interested, contact Nicole Sherman, email@example.com
BIKE SAFETY WEEK WHEELING UP – BIKE RODEO IS MAY 14TH
Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week is May 9-21. To highlight the celebration, the Olmsted Bike Safety Rodeo is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14th at the Olmsted Community Center. There are 90 free bike helmets for those who pre-register online at olmstedcc.com or in person at 8170 Mapleway Drive.
The rodeo includes a series of skill stations directly related to everyday bicycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection and avoid common road hazards. Grab your bikes, wear your helmets and join the local safety forces in this one-day FREE event to promote Bike Safety Week – and PUT A LID ON IT to protect yourself before you pedal. To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.
The Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club will provide hot dogs, chips and drinks.
SPRING SPEED & AGILITY CAMP @ OCC
Participate in the Spring Speed & Agility Camp that is open to boys and girls ages 10-13. It will provide a great opportunity for campers to improve speed, agility, strength, explosive power, balance and coordination, ability to accelerate, decelerate, change directions; and overall running form and mechanics.
Date: April 19th – May 26th, 2016
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-7 p.m.
Where: Olmsted Community Center and outside locations
Cost: $80 for all 12 sessions (six weeks)
For additional information and to register online, please click HERE.
Falls Pointe Swim Team will have its registration from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16th at the Falls Pointe clubhouse. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident between the ages of 4-18.
Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. Kids will have a blast this summer on the team, with such activities as Donut Fridays, a pancake breakfast, weekly contests with prizes, secret swimmer week and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all skill levels. The only requirement is you must be able to swim independently across the pool. For more information, go to www.fallspointeswimteam.com.
Olmsted recreation has a full schedule of activities for local senior citizens in the month of April.
Please click HERE to download the April 2016 Senior Activities Calendar.
OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE – May 1st – NOW TAKING REGISTRATION
The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for Sunday, May 1st at the OFHS stadium. The race starts at 9 a.m. , with in-person registration available immediately before the event.
Registration costs $20 for students/military and $25, adults, through April 27th. Registration is available at olmstedspirit.com.
All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors. You may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, if needed.
Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s Perennial Plant Sale is Sunday, May 1, 11 am to 2 pm at the former Jenkins Center, 7239 Main Street, near the covered bridge in the heart of Olmsted Falls. OFGC service projects include elementary school programs for both Bulldog students and St. Mary of the Falls. The sale includes a large variety of flowering bushes, plants for pollinators, wild flowers and many others.
LONGBROOKE SWIM TEAM PREPARES TO DIVE INTO SEASON
Come and meet other families and learn what summer swim is all about. You will have the chance to learn more about team activities, try on swim suits and sign up to help at events. Be sure to bring your calendar so you can sign up! Meets begin June 16 and finish July 16.
If you have questions or need more registration information, please call Stacy Mowery, membership director, email@example.com or 440-826-9828.
If you have questions or need further registration information, please contact Stacy Mowery, Membership Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-826-9828 or myself.
OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 READY TO BLOOM ITS ANNUAL FLOWER SALE
It’s that time of year again. OF Boy Scout Troop 201 will have its annual flower sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8th (Mother’s Day) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14th on the corner of the former Jenkins Center. The scouts will offer hanging baskets and flats of annual flowers and vegetables at good prices. Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts. Stop by, support scouting and shop locally. The sale will be at the corner of Main Street and Columbia Road, across from Olmsted Community Church.
The scouts also are collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry. Please consider dropping off a non-perishable food item at the sale.