OFCS Update – April 29, 2016
Bulldog athletes, coaches, family and friends attended the April 21st regular meeting of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education to celebrate the accomplishments of an outstanding group of winter athletes. Fourteen student athletes were honored for being named 1st Team All SWC Conference Student Athletes and 10 student athletes were honored as Scholar Athletes for earning the highest Grade Point Average on their respective varsity teams. The Board of Education also recognized the SWC Championship-Winning Bulldog Wrestling Team and its coaches for earning the top spot in this year’s conference. All students honored received certificates of recognition, and all in attendance celebrated with a cake and punch reception that followed.
Congratulations To All:
1st Team All Southwestern Conference Athletes for Winter 2015-2016:
Kevin Meehan – Boys Basketball
Sarah Balfour – Girls Basketball
Erika Ratcliff – Girls Bowling
William Moyse – Hockey
Eric Andrews – Boys Swimming
Noel Caraballo – Wrestling
Anthony Caraffi – Wrestling
Michael Iler – Wrestling
Joshua Jaeckin – Wrestling
Brendan Jones – Wrestling
Brice Locklear – Wrestling
Jihad Salti – Wrestling
Michael Shaw – Wrestling
Patrick Simon – Wrestling
Scholar Athletes (with highest Grade Point Average on their varsity team) for Winter 2015-2016:
Kevin Meehan – Boys Basketball
Emily Gerycz – Girls Basketball
Anthony Caraffi – Wrestling
Jamie Dregalla – Girls Swimming
Matthew Metzger – Boys Swimming
Zachery Sadowski – Hockey
Nicole Giangrasso – Cheerleading
Hannah Witteman – Gymnastics
Colin Kuchenmeister – Boys Bowling
Audrey Looby – Girls Bowling
2015-2016 SWC Championship Wrestling Team:
Michael Shaw, Jihad Salti, Brendan Jones, Joshua Jaeckin, Brice Locklear, Anthony Caraffi, Michael Iler, Noel Caraballo, Patrick Simon, Alec Kirby, Noah Broski, Nicolas Kuntz, Jaden Mendeluk, Nicholas Dailey, Alexander Kho, and coaches Chris Odon, Chris Connelly, Bryce Burkhard and Ross Whitson.
OFHS BASEBALL @ PROGRESSIVE FIELD TONIGHT – FRIDAY – APRIL 29TH – VS. ST. ED’S
The Hardball Classic that was rescheduled from last week will be played at Progressive Field is set for 8 p.m. TONIGHT, Friday, April 29th. The Bulldogs will face St. Edward High School on the Cleveland Indians’ baseball field.
To visit the Cleveland Indians Charities’ Hardball Classic web page, please click HERE.
Let’s go Bulldogs!
Congratulations to Donovan Condosta, senior; Ruchi Patel, senior; Alex Pritt, junior and Gabrielle Zemaitis, junior on their being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. These Bulldogs were among a record 53 students inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) during its March 31st ceremony at Polaris Career Center.
NTHS’s mission is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career opportunities for the organization’s members. Fewer than two percent of America’s secondary students are nominated for membership in this prestigious organization. Nominees are evaluated based on scholarship, service, leadership and character. To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:
- Earn all A’s in his/her Polaris program
- Maintain a 95 percent or higher attendance rate
- Maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average
Congratulations again to Donovan, Ruchi, Alex and Gabrielle on this outstanding achievement! Congratulations also to all of the inductees from the other Polaris member schools – Berea-Midpark, Brooklyn, Fairview Park, North Olmsted & Strongsville.
Each year, the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County’s Excellence In Education Awards recognize students, peers and educators in the area of special education. Honorees are recognized in the following areas: Outstanding Student Achievement Award; Outstanding Peer Achievement Award; and Outstanding Educator Award. Olmsted Falls City School District is fortunate to receive several nominations for these awards from staff, parents and community members each year. While the ESC can only recognize one individual for each award category per school district, Olmsted Falls Schools is proud to recognize all of its outstanding local nominees. This year, Helping Hands recognized all of our local nominees at the recent Movie & Games Night held at Olmsted Fall High School.
Congratulations to all of the nominees from Olmsted Falls School District:
Outstanding Peer Student Achievement Awards
Outstanding Educator Award
Congratulations again to all of these outstanding nominees!
The local nominees who will be recipients of the Excellence in Education Awards presented at the Annual Excellence in Education Awards Breakfast sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center on May 13th are as follows: Russell Brown, Leah Russo and Karen Megery. Each has been invited to attend along with a guest(s). Congratulations again and enjoy this well-deserved recognition!
ALL INVITED TO FALLS-LENOX CARNIVAL FOR A CURE – TONIGHT, FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH
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. Friday, 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.
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 TODAY, 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!
F-L BOOK FAIR HUGE SUCCESS – THANK YOU!
This year’s Falls-Lenox Primary School Book Fair was a HUGE success again! Students enjoyed shopping for books during their library time as well as taking part in Family Night and the PTA sponsored ice cream social. Total sales and donations collected topped $13,000, making this our most successful book fair to date!
Thank you to all of the staff and students who supported our book fair and an extra-special thank you to the following volunteers who took the time out of their busy schedules to help make it a success: Jen Prugar, Erika Singleton, Jennifer Vinci, Sarah Fishbach-Cangemi, Michelle Smith, Lindsay Raich, Reghan Laki, Becky Atkins, Kim Sperling, Cathy Hess, Chris Hughes and Amy Staley.
Mrs. Doyle’s AM and PM Kindergarten classes visited the Olmsted Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library last Friday. This is an annual event with the children riding the bus to the library. The children had fun and the teachers said it was a great experience for them.
We thank the OF Library for hosting the students. Everyone looks forward to the OF Library visiting ECC soon! ECC also looks forward to your greeting next year’s kindergartners, too.
OFMA MAY NEWSLETTER ONLINE; UPCOMING MEETING
The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes is loaded with photos of the successful Fill the Truck campaign, Music Man play and concerts as well as results of contests, dates of future ones and various links. To view the newsletter, click HERE.
The OFMA May meeting is at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday, May 4th, in OFHS Room W1. The group will elect officers for the 2016-17 school year.
All student athletes in grades 6-11 require an OHSAA Physical Evaluation for the 2016-17 school year. The district has scheduled one from 4-7 p.m. May 25th in the OFHS main gym locker room area. The cost is $20. You may select a time slot on an online sign up service.
To view a flyer with all the necessary information, including sign up times, click HERE.
GRAND MARCH CONTINUES AS PART OF PROM NIGHT
This 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.
DINE TO DONATE AT SUDS TO BENEFIT OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM ON MAY 10TH
Tuesday May 10, from 5:30-7:30
1270 W. Bagley Rd. Berea, OH 44017
Just tell the server you’re there to support the Olmsted Falls Post Prom and 20% of your bill (minus alcohol) will be donated back.
Please help spread the word to friends and family, thank you for your support!
Post Prom is a safe and fun place for our children to go after Prom is over.
HURRY – OFMS PTA MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE DEADLINE IS THIS SATURDAY
The OFMS May Calendar fundraiser sign up is quickly coming to its April 30th deadline! Anyone – parents, grandparents, neighbors and co-workers – may join in the fun where a different winner is pulled every day. A list of winners will be posted on the blog.
Entry forms and cash or a check (written to MS PTA) may be dropped off at any of the schools’ main offices THIS WEEK. 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 this Saturday, 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
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, 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.
REGISTER FOR FREE ACT/SAT SUMMER COLLEGE BOOK CAMPS
College Now’s mission is to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services. It is offering summer boot camps to prepare for the tests. Each boot camp is a 16-hour course where students will learn about and practice for each section of these high-stakes college admissions tests. Every student will receive a real ACT prep book at the conclusion of the boot camp. Snacks will be served. The various camps start June 6th and continue through Aug. 22nd.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET INTO THE SWING FOR THE JULY 23TH ALUMNI GOLF OUTING
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 email@example.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
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!
LONGBROOKE SWIM TEAM HAS IN PERSON REGISTRATION THIS SATURDAY
The Longbrooke Swim Team will have its in-person registration from 9-11 a.m. THIS Saturday 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-826-9828.
OLMSTED SPIRIT RACE THIS SUNDAY – May 1st – REGISTER IN PERSON AT THE EVENT
All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors. You may contact email@example.com for more details, if needed.
OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB’S PERENNIAL PLANT SALE THIS SUNDAY – MAY 1ST
Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s Perennial Plant Sale is this 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.
OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY TO HOST MAY COOKIE BATTLE MAY 4TH – BRING YOUR CREATIVITY AND YOUR SWEET TOOTH!
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
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.
The Olmsted seniors have many planned activities through Olmsted Recreation. Whether it’s crafts, dancing, exercising, Wii bowling or health screening, seniors are invited to attend the activity. To view a May calendar of events, click HERE.
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.
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.
BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR MAY 21ST
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to register.
SIGN UP TO BE A WESTVIEW SHARKS SWIM TEAM MEMBER
Join the fun being part of the Westview Sharks summer swim team for ages 4-18. Meet the coaches and in-person registration is on Sunday, May 22nd from 4-6 p.m. at Westview Pool, which is on Redwood Drive.
We will have a hot dog dinner and suits try-ons. Meet our new coach, Dan Lisy. Dan is a registered USA swimming coach who currently coaches for SwimStrong and is also a swim instructor for Fast Lane Swimming.
Contact email@example.com for more information.
KIDS AGES 9-14 BE PART OF A SUMMER BROADWAY CAMP
Enroll by this Saturday and save $50 on the upcoming 5-day Broadway Bound Camp from July 11-15 at Olmsted Community Center. Campers will work close closely with a Broadway actor and music director. For more information, click HERE.