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OFCS Update – April 22, 2016

DON’T MISS OFMS THEATRE COMPANY’S PRESENTATION OF THE HOBBIT – TONIGHT & TOMORROW 

SS_upper_leftAwesome sceneryThe Middle School will become Middle Earth as the Bulldog Theatre Company is proud to present its production of J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Hobbit!  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.Thursday evening’s opening performance took place in front of a packed house!  With a cast, crew, and orchestra of over 90 hardworking and dedicated students, this is an epic performance not to be missed!

Remaining performances are TONIGHTFriday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23 in the Middle School Cafeteria.  All performances start at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up), and Free for senior citizens and children 3rd grade and under.

OFHS BASEBALL @ PROGRESSIVE FIELD TONIGHT POSTPONED TO NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH!

Bulldog Baseball LogoPlease note that this year’s Hardball Classic scheduled for today at Progressive Field has been postponed to next Friday due to field conditions from this week’s rain. Olmsted Falls Bulldogs will take on St. Ed’s next Friday, April 29th at 8:00 p.m.

To visit the Cleveland Indians Charities’ Hardball Classic web page, please click HERE.  Let’s go Bulldogs!

RAVE REVIEWS FOR OFHS MASQUERS PRESENTATION OF THE MUSIC MANmusic man cast and crew

SS_upper_leftKudos to the cast and crew of OFHS Masquers for their spring musical production of The Music Man last weekend!  The show was a great success thanks to the talented cast, amazing crew and fantastic pit orchestra!  Audience attendance was high as family, friends, staff and community residents packed the auditorium for each performance!  A special thank to the Olmsted Falls Masquers & Forensics Patrons for their support of this year’s musical!

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F-L CLASS PUTS STUDY LESSON INTO REAL LIFE OPPORTUNITY

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Falls-Lenox Teacher Mrs. Kostraba and her class recently concluded their producers and consumers unit by selling and buying items in the ”Room 308 Mall.”  Students made bracelets, bookmarks and trail mix, as well as created props for a photo booth using items donated from classroom families. Students used money earned by making good behavior choices to book marker 4buy their fellow classmates’ creations on shopping day.

Miss Longville and Mrs. Carey even stopped by to make some purchases! The students worked very hard to open up their stores.  It was a great real world experience with economics and coin values.

To see a photo gallery of the “mall” in action, click HERE.

OFHS BANDS WELCOME MASSACHUSETTS BAND FOR COMBINED CONCERT NEXT THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH @ 7:00 P.M. – COMMUNITY WELCOME!

SS_upper_leftmusicOlmsted Falls High School Bands will welcome the students and director from Belchertown, MA for a special collaboration on Thursday, April 28th. Bulldog students will combine and collaborate with students from Massachusetts during the afternoon through a Master class with Dr. Messier.  They will then share dinner and mingle with their new friends ahead of a combined concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday night in the CP_leftOFHS auditorium.

This unique and special event is a FIRST for Olmsted Falls, and a great honor! The OFHS band program were sought out for this special performance partnership based on its reputation and the ability level of our fantastic musicians. The two schools have been collaborating musically across the country for the past few months! Three of the four bands will combine with their three bands from Belchertown for a total of 300 students involved in this event!! The Pride of Olmsted Falls look forward to this special collaboration, and hope to leave a lasting impression of excellence on behalf of OH schools with our new friends from MA.

The community is invited to attend this unique performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th.  Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door.  (Senior citizens and school age kids are free.)

SS_upper_leftOFHS STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONORS AT REGIONAL SKILLSUSA COMPETITIONS; ADVANCE TO STATE LEVEL COMPETITION NEXT WEEK

Forty-four students from Polaris Career Center – including eleven Olmsted Falls Bulldogs – recently competed in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition at several northeast Ohio locations.  Each year, this event gives local students the opportunity to display their skills in specific career-technical training areas.  This year, hundreds of students from schools around the region competed in over 30 different skill contests.  Students who finished in the top three in each event will represent Polaris and the North Central Region at the State SkillsUSA Competition in Columbus on April 26-27, 2016.

Congratulations to the following OFHS students who placed in the top three in their respective contests:

Ashley Robertson – a senior in Polaris Digital Art & Design program – placed 3rd in the Advertising Design contest.

Megan Sanok – a senior in Polaris Precision CNC Machining program – placed 2nd in the CNC Milling contest.

Christopher Kollm – a senior in Polaris Criminal Justice program – placed 2nd in the Crime Scene Investigation contest.

Donovan Condosta – a senior in Polaris Criminal Justice program – placed 3rd in the Criminal Justice contest.

Skye MacEwan – a senior in Polaris Medical Professions program – placed 2nd in the Health Knowledge Bowl 1 contest.

Emily Patterson – a senior in Polaris Medical Professions program – placed 2nd in the Health Knowledge Bowl 1 contest.

Ruchi Patel – a senior in Polaris Medical Professions program – placed 1st in the Health Knowledge Bowl 2 contest.

Morgan Jedrzejek – a junior in Polaris Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy program – placed 2nd in the Job Interview contest.

Madison Thompson – a junior in Polaris EMT/Fire Training program – placed 3rd in the Medical Math contest.

Hunter Fairchild – a senior in Polaris Construction Trades program – placed 2nd in the Team Works contest.

Cole Zehe – a freshmen in the Polaris Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering Satellite program – placed 2nd in the Technical Drafting contest.

CONGRATULATIONS again to all of these talented students and GOOD LUCK at the State SkillsUSA Competition in Columbus next week!

LET’S GO BULLDOGS! 

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ECC ENJOYS VISITORS DURING RIGHT TO READ WEEK

right to read 5ECC students began Right to Read Week April 4th with a special visit from Michelle Todd, the children’s librarian from the Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Library. On Tuesday, they were treated to a virtual visit from Steve Harpster, the children’s author and illustrator. His interactive broadcast came into classrooms in real-time via classroom Smart Boards.  Mystery Readers visited our littlest Bulldogs throughout the week to share stories with them in their classrooms. The week’s activities ended Friday, April 8th, with some special buggy hands-on math and science activity stations.

right to read 8right to read 2A special thanks to all our mystery readers and parent volunteers who helped decorate our building and get our children excited about reading. Extra special thanks to Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA and Right to Read Chairperson Rachel O’Malley. They were generous in providing each student with a new book each day last week to take home and keep. The children at the ECC are definitely “Buggy for Books.”

To view a photo gallery of the week, click HERE.

CP_leftA PIGGIE AND ELEPHANT PLAY ENTERTAINS ECC STUDENTS

Strawser am classstrawser pm class bThe AM and PM kindergarten students at the Early Childhood Center recently enjoyed a special assembly featuring a Piggie and Elephant play, based on the popular book by author Mo Willems.

A big THANK YOU to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA for sponsoring the program – the children LOVED it!

Photos shown here are of Mrs. Strawser’s AM and PM classes.

SS_upper_leftGETTING READY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPRING GAMES

Special olympicsOlmsted Falls schools have 46 student athletes who will participate in the May 13th Special Olympics Track and Field event at Ely Stadium in Elyria. The time is 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Mr. Dame recently spent his prep period working with ECC Kindergarten Special Olympians. The school is fielding a team of its own this year.

Each student will have a volunteer with them, which means there will be 46 volunteers as well. The rain out date is May 17th.

ECC AND FALLS-LENOX PRESENT THEIR HEALTHY HEROES

Falls Lenox healthy heroECC winner healthy heroAlden Phillips and Claudia Stanley, of ECC and Falls-Lenox, respectively, are March’s Healthy Hero winners.  There is only one more month for this recognition prior to summer break.

The Healthy Hero program teaches students healthy habits, such as power hand washing, eating properly, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing/sneezing in 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, Claudia and Alden.  Pictured with Claudia, right, is Carol Meszaros and pictured with Alden, left, are Mrs. DeMuth, Alden’s parents Julie and Pete and Mrs. Roberto.

TWO BULLDOG STUDENTS EARN RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT

Joe BertrandJosh LambertOlmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 will recognize two Bulldog students who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. They are Joseph Bertrand (pictured at left) and Joshua Lambert (pictured at right).

The Court of Honor will be held at 2 p.m., this Sunday, April 24th, at the Olmsted Falls Baptist Church.

The troop has welcomed 150 Eagle Scouts since its inception.  The troop is chartered by the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club and has been an actively registered Boy Scout Troop since 1926.

Congratulations, Joseph and Joshua!

9TH GRADE ADVANTAGE EVENT GIVES STUDENTS A SNEAK PEEK AT POLARIS – THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH

polaris 9th grade advantageFreshmen interested in attending Polaris as juniors are invited to the 9th Grade Advantage event along with their parents on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. During this interactive evening, students and parents are encouraged to explore our career-technical programs through hands-on demonstrations and tours, gain insight into their career interests and talents using 9th grade career interest surveys, get a FREE gift (just for attending!), take advantage of exciting door prizes and much more.

For up-to-date information, visit www.polaris.edu or contact the Enrollment Office at (440) 891-7732 or ccrisler@polaris.edu.

PTA FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP FOLLOW-UP SURVEY CONTINUES ONLINE

Ohio PTA LogoAs 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:

CP_leftFALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA Survey

OFIS PTA Survey

OFMS PTA Survey

OFHS PTA Survey

Thank you for helping PTA!

GRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT

Post_Prom_Generic_BannerThis year’s Grand March is at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21st – Prom night. Come strut your stuff at the Grand March and be seen by family and friends in dress up attire! Be sure to bring smart phones or cameras to catch the special moments on stage!

Please be at the high school by 3:30 since the Grand March will begin promptly at 4. Buses will leave for the Prom at 5:30 p.m.

OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE IS HERE – WHY NOT TAKE A CHANCE

New May PTA calendarThe 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!

OFHS MAY SHOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES – DEADLINE MAY 6TH

clipart artDon’t be shy.  If art is your talent – let others view it.  The OFHS May Show is seeking artwork entries from such groups as faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  The show is Friday, May 13th.CP_left

If you would like to enter artwork, 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, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

Students enjoy seeing the work of their teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodial staff, alumni and community members.  Please consider entering your work.

CAMP INVENTION OFFERS SUMMER FUN FROM JUNE 6-10

camp interventionSince 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, mlagruth@ofcs.net.

LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS  HOST LAST 2 MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY EVENTS  IN NEXT FEW DAYS: 4/23, 4/26.

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.

US_military_flag_and_eagleUNITED 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.

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

carnival-clip-artALL 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.

DIVE INTO DINING @ NORTH OLMSTED’S CHIPOTLE – SAVE THE DATE – THIS MONDAY –  APRIL 25TH!

chipotle sandwichShow your team spirit by joining the OFHS Swim and Dive Team at its Monday, April 25th fundraiser.

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.

GET INTO THE SWING FOR THE JULY 23TH ALUMNI GOLF OUTING

golfdogJuly 23th is set for the 21st annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing that the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association sponsors.

It is open to all golfers and “want to be” golfers. The site is Creekwood Golf Course in Columbia Station.  Please join us for a fun day that includes 18 holes of golf (shotgun format), riding cart, lunch, BBQ ribs and chicken dinner, golf favors and a chance to win prizes – all for only $85.  Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m.

Don’t miss this great event and an opportunity to support the Alumni Association and its scholarship programs.  If you would like to receive a registration form or have questions, contact the Alumni Office via e-mail at ofhsalumni@yahoo.com or call us at 440-427-6030.  Please click HERE for the registration form.

PURCHASES @ LANDMARK LAWN AND GARDEN LOCATIONS RAISE FUNDS FOR OFAB

logoA fundraiser that will benefit Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters arrives just in time for Spring cleanup around the house and yard.

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!

COMMUNITY

OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE – May 1st – NOW TAKING REGISTRATION

Olmsted Spirit 5K logoThe 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 olmstedspirit@gmail.com for more details, if needed.

DON’T MISS OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB’S PERENNIAL PLANT SALE –  MAY 1ST

Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s Perennial Plant Sale is Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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

swim raceThe Longbrooke Swim Team will have its in person registration from 9-11 a.m. April 30th at the Longbrooke pool.

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, csmo33@aol.com or 440-826-9828.

If you have questions or need further registration information, please contact Stacy Mowery, Membership Director, at csmo33@aol.com or 440-826-9828 or myself.

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY TO HOST MAY COOKIE BATTLE MAY 4TH – BRING YOUR CREATIVITY AND YOUR SWEET TOOTH!

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710May Cookie Battle

Date: 05/04/2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required and release form to work with food must be filled out by parent/legal guardian.

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=83973

OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 READY TO BLOOM ITS ANNUAL FLOWER SALE

boyscoutsIt’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.

BIKE SAFETY WEEK WHEELING UP – BIKE RODEO IS MAY 14TH

Put a lid on it bike rodeoBike 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.

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST

dog bark for lifeThe Olmsted Falls Relay for Life will host a Bark for Life event Saturday, May 21st.  The 1-mile walk will be in front of the OFMS with registration from 10-10:30 a.m.  Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30, followed by the 1-mile walk.  Following the walk, there is a fashion show for our canine companions, games, activities, food, treats and fun! There is a $10 pre-registration fee per dog – $15 at the door – and $5 for a second canine.  Dogs will receive a Bark for Life bandana.

Contact Vicky Presnell, 216-392-6030 or vpresnell@sbcglobal.net for more details or to register.

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