OFCS Update – May 11, 2016
6TH – 8TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES MATERIALS NOW AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
The new Social Studies materials for GRADES 6-8 are currently available for review at the Olmsted Falls Library through Friday, May 20th. Parents and community residents who wish to provide feedback are invited to do so using the online Resource Review Survey, which is accessible with any Gmail account. (Please see additional information below.) Hard copies of the survey are also available with the materials at the library. An email notification regarding this latest opportunity to review curriculum materials was also sent directly to all Bulldog parents this past Monday, May 9th.
OFCS Social Studies teachers in grades 6 through 8 previewed a multitude of Social Studies resources. Multiple vendors provided a face-to-face overview of their materials. Teachers spent multiple days previewing the materials and using a quality review rubric to determine the strongest resource. Our teachers have identified World Geography, World History and US History from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a very strong resource.
The social studies textbooks and supporting materials for each grade (6 through 8) will remain available for community review at the Olmsted Falls Public Library through noon on Friday, May 20th. Additionally, parents can further explore social studies electronic resources by visiting http://preview.hrw.com/sample/reg_sample.jsp and registering for free Virtual Sampling. (Enter the sample word: NASS12 and fill in the required information to be emailed a username and password to preview the materials.)
For parents and community members who have reviewed the new curriculum materials and would like to complete the online Resource Review Survey, the grade-level specific Resource Review Surveys can be accessed by visiting the OFCS website at www.ofcs.net and clicking on the “Social Studies Curriculum Review Survey” Quick Link, located at the top, left side of the page.
Please note that there is a separate Resource Review Survey for each grade level, and each survey can be accessed with any Gmail account to complete the form. If you do not already have an existing Gmail account login in, you can create a free account by clicking the blue “Create Account” link on the sign in page. Once you have signed in, you will then be directed to Resource Review Survey form for the grade level you have selected. All parents and residents are invited and welcome to review materials for each individual grade level (for grades 6 to 8). Again, links to each grade level survey are found on the “Social Studies Curriculum Review Survey” QuickLink on the District website.
If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.
Congratulations to the OFMS Fastpitch team – led by Coaches Amanda and Sara Banhidy – for finishing the season as SWC Champions with a record of 9-3! Even as the Lady Bulldogs battled a rainy spring, which prevented many outdoor practices, their dedication, determination and committment never wavered.
To read more about their winning season, please click HERE.
OFHS BULLDOG BASEBALL TEAM CELEBRATES SENIOR PLAYERS, FAMILIES
Mothers of senior players received roses as well.
Congratulations to all of the seniors and thanks to their families for all of their support of the baseball program at OFHS!
ALSO – CLEVELAND INDIANS’ HARD BALL CLASSIC UPDATE: More photos have just been added to the gallery from the OFHS Varsity Baseball Team’s recent game at Progressive Field. The Bulldogs defeated St. Ed’s by a final score of 2-0. To view more photos of our Bulldog team in action at the Cleveland Indians Charities’ Annual Hardball Classic held Friday, April 29th, please click HERE.
Students in the fall submitted an essay about “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country.” More than 400 essays were submitted to the Berea Elks from Olmsted Falls and Berea schools.
Olmsted Falls had six winners who were from our middle school. The winners were, from left in the photo, Adam Von Glahn, grade 8; Alexis McNamara, grade 6; Zowie Hoover, grade 6; Jacqueline Huston, grade 6; Amber Blevins, grade 8 and Emily Sumerauer, grade 7. Congratulations!
OFHS STUDENTS/PARENTS – VIEW SELECTED 2016-17 COURSES ONLINE
A list of courses each OFHS student has scheduled for the 2016/2017 school year may be viewed online in Power School. Click on the class registration link on the left of the screen when logged into the site. Be sure to contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions.
Counselors are available through June 7th to discuss your student’s course selections for the next school year. Evening appoints are available on June 6th and daytime appointments, June 7th. Call 440-427-6116 to schedule an appointment. The deadline to make any course adjustments/changes is June 7th.
The following videos are now available on Facebook at these links:
OFHS Wind Symphony & BHS Wind Ensemble “March of the Two Left Feet”: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=952510428180292
OFHS Wind Symphony & BHS Wind Ensemble “Wedding Dance”:
OFHS Wind Ensemble & BHS Symphonic Band “ Ticonderoga March”: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=952523521512316
OFHS Symphonic Winds & BHS Concert Band “Flourish for Wind Band”: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=952528028178532
OFHS AND OFMS CONCERT UPDATES FOR THIS THURSDAY, MAY 12TH
The OFHS Spring Pops Concert this Thursday, May 12th, will have split sessions in the OFHS auditorium. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 6:45 p.m. while the Symphonic Winds and Wind Symphony are at 8:15. The Jazz 1 will perform at both concerts.
The OFMS Band and Choir Spring Concerts will occur over the next few weeks. To view a flyer of their dates and times, click HERE.
SENIOR CITIZENS INVITED TO SPRING ARTS CELEBRATION – THIS FRIDAY, MAY 13TH
Enjoy the OFHS May Art Show and a complimentary Continental Breakfast Reception from 8-9 a.m. Be the district’s guests at a special 9:15-10:15 am. Spring Pops Concert. Parking is available on the west side of the building.
Please help spread the word about this latest special event for our community’s seniors citizens by sharing this information with any of your senior family, friends and neighbors residing in the Olmsted community. Seating is limited, but space is still available! Please call 440-427-6000 to reserve a spot today!
To view an event flyer, click HERE.
ANNUAL OFAB SPRING APPAREL SALE – THIS SATURDAY, MAY 14TH
The sale is THIS Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Stock up on your Bulldog gear for summer!
OFMS OFFERS BOGO BOOK SALE – NEXT WEEK
This is a great way to stock up on summer reading.
All free items must be of equal or lesser value than the ones you buy.
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WEIGHT LIFTING PROGRAM @ OPEN HOUSE
There will be demonstrations by our student athletes, information shared by our coaches and documents to review.
Make plans to visit with our knowledgeable staff!
JUNE 15TH IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
Parents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2016-17 year MUST submit an Alternative Transportation Form by June 15th. Each year new forms are required even if your requested site is the same.
Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2016-17 school year.
PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED
IT IS FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK
Olmsted Falls School District is helping the Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network by assisting with the annual Food Allergy Awareness Week aimed toward educating people about food allergies. Some people – children and adults – can get very sick when eating certain foods. That reaction is called a food allergy. Awareness and understanding is key. There are a number of ways to respect such allergies and help aide in preventing reactions including washing hands after eating.
To view a more detailed flyer about food allergies, please click HERE.
SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR
Health Care Action Plans: If your child has a medical condition, which may require treatment at school such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, or severe allergies, etc., you will receive a Health Care Action Plan form from your child’s clinic staff. These will be sent home before the end of the school year. These action plans, which are completed by both the parent and the physician, provide staff with detailed care information should your child become ill at school. These should be completed over the summer and returned to the clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. If your child will need to take a medication at school, a medication order form is available on the district’s website.
Medication Pick Up: If your child has medications at school, please arrange for an adult to pick them up prior to the end of this school year. You will receive a notice from your clinic as to days/times. Medications not picked up by June 8th will be disposed of properly. New 7th grade students: Ohio law requires a Dtap booster vaccine be given prior to entry into the 7th grade. Ohio Law also requires a Meningococcal vaccination for students entering the 12th grade. Please bring in your documentation that this is completed to your health clinic during the first week of school in August 2016. All forms listed above will now be available on the district website under School Health Clinic.
FREE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID ADVISING SERVICES
Please contact Taryn Rechenbach to set up your appointment at 216.635.6115 or via email at email@example.com. Appointments will be held at the College Now Resource Center downtown on the 3rd floor of Tower City. Weekday and Saturday appointments are available.
WANTED: BOYS IN GRADES 4-7 FOR SUMMER BASKETBALL OPEN GYM
The open gyms will be split with grades 4 and 5 playing against each other and grades 6-7 competing. OFBA coaches will supervise them.
For a flyer listing exact dates and other information, click HERE.
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.
JUNIOR CLASS PARENTS – JOIN POST PROM COMMITTEE
Parents of the Class of 2017 are invited to be part of the 2017 Post Prom Committee. The group meets on the third Wednesdays of each month from June 2016 to March 2017. Next April it meets the second and fourth Wednesdays while in May, it is every Wednesday to prepare for the Prom, which is Saturday, May 20. That means Post Prom will begin at midnight Sunday, May 21st, and end at 3 a.m.
Please like the OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee Facebook page to keep informed on important dates and news. The committee can only have a successful event for students with your participation.
SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS
The North Olmsted School District received a grant again to sponsor breakfast, lunch and snacks for children during the summer.
It is FREE to all children ages 1-18. The program runs from June 13 through Aug. 19.
All meals must be consumed on site.
To view a detailed flyer with specific locations of the program, click HERE.
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. To view a flyer with dates, click HERE: To register, click HERE. For various College Now programs and services, click HERE.
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
July 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 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
A 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!
OF BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 FLOWER SALE – FINAL DAY IS THIS SATURDAY
Saturday is the final day to buy flats of annuals and veggies, as well as hanging baskets at the OF Boy Scout Troop 201 Plant Sale. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday on the corner of the former Jenkins Center. 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 THIS SATURDAY – 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.
GREAT NORTHERN MALL HOSTS HEALTH FAIR- THIS SATURDAY
The fair will feature various health screenings, blood drive, child seat safety check, family friendly games and activities and a 1 p.m. appearance by the UH safety squad.
To see a detailed flyer of the event, click HERE.
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 suit 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.
LAKE ERIE CAPTAINS WEEKEND OFFER PEANUT-FREE BALLPARK
In observance of National Food Allergy Awareness Week, the Lake Erie Captains have announced a Peanut & Tree Nut Awareness Weekend during which the entire ballpark cleaned and no nuts/seeds will be served at concession stands. Both days include kids activities, parades and a baseball game against the Great Lakes Loons. Tickets should be bought at captainsbaseball.com/tickets. Be sure to enter the special code “NEOFAN” to enable the group to receive a small portion of each ticket sale. To see a flyer of the event, click HERE.
NEOFAN stands for Northeast Ohio Food Allergy Network.
This week a group of parents and NEOFAN supporters met with lawmakers about pending legislation – House Bill 200 – to stock undesignated epinephrine in public places, such as daycare centers, colleges, restaurants, camps and others.
JOIN YOUTH SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE FOR THOSE IN GRADES 5-12
Razzles invites youth in grades 5-12 to join its Sand Volleyball Camp/League this summer. The league involves seven weeks of camp, scrimmage play and an end of the session tournament. The camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 8th.
To download the registration and waiver forms and for more details, see the flyer by clicking HERE.
SAVE THE DATE – JUNE 4 & 5 – RELAY FOR LIFE 2016
The seventh annual Relay For Life will be June 4th and 5th at OFHS. It begins at 1 p.m. this year! Enjoy 18 hours of fun, games, live entertainment and fireworks. The entire day is filled with hundreds of fun activities and non-stop entertainment. This is a great FAMILY EVENT. You have to be there for the opening lap at 1 p.m. to celebrate the Survivors of cancer in our community. The Luminaria ceremony (candle remembrance) is inspiring. Don’t miss it at dusk. A fireworks display will then follow with more fun during the night.
The super Kiwanis breakfast again is set for the next morning. Come see how you can make a difference and help create a world with more birthdays! Go to relayforlife.org/olmstedfalls for more details.
KIDS AGES 9-14 BE PART OF A SUMMER BROADWAY CAMP
The 5-day Broadway Bound Camp is 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.