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OFCS Update – May 20, 2016

FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS RECEIVE DISTRICT AND STATE HONORS IN ANNUAL PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST

20160429_080809Falls-Lenox students earned district and state honors in this year’s PTA Reflections contest! The theme of this year’s contest was “Let Your Imagination Fly!” and that they did!  Seven students were featured on the Morning Show and Board member Linda Parkowski awarded students participation certificates and ribbons from the district and Ohio PTA. District winners: Visual Arts- 1st Place Kaitlyn Williams, 2nd Place Elizabeth Flanagan, 2nd Place Owen Von Glahn, 3rd Place Tessa Chapin, Honorable Mention Jesse Simon. 1st Place Musical Composition- Dominic DiFilippo 1st place in Literature- Jesse Simon, Dominic DiFilippo. Dance Choreography- 1st Place Riley Zahorchak

SS_upper_leftThe following Falls-Lenox students had entries that received district awards and were also chosen by the judges to advance and compete at the State level. Visual Arts- Kaitlyn Williams, Own Von Glahn, Musical Composition and Literature- Dominic DiFilippo

Falls-Lenox had one student place at the State Level. Congratulations to Riley Zahorchak who received the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Dance Choreography 2nd place! She was honored at the PTA Recognition Dinner on Thursday, May 19.

We’re very proud of our students achievements!

CP_leftRENAISSANCE RESIDENTS HELP ECC STUDENTS CELEBRATE READING IS FUN WEEK

Cheering Letters(1)OlinAbout 15 independent residents from The Renaissance Retirement Campus visited Stefanie Kley’s classroom, an ECC tutor, last week to celebrate Reading is Fun Week.

The students showed the Renaissance group many fun ways they learn and practiced their reading skills through songs, games, buddy reading, the Smartboard and telling jokes.   The residents had great stories to share, along with laughs and smiles.  The students and residents seemed to really enjoy the time together. The cookie snack that went along with “Who Stole the Cookie Jar” was a huge hit!

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

6TH–8TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES MATERIALS  REVIEW EXTENDED THROUGH THURSDAY, MAY 26TH

HMFSS_upper_leftThe new Social Studies materials for GRADES 6-8 have been available for parent and community review for the past two weeks at the Olmsted Falls Library.  To accommodate a request to have the materials available for an additional period of time, Olmsted Falls School District is extending the review period (original scheduled to conclude at noon, today, Friday, May 20th)The Social Studies materials review has been EXTENDED THROUGH THE END OF THE DAY ON THURSDAY, MAY 26TH.

Thank you to our local Olmsted Falls Library branch for serving as a review site for these materials for an additional week.

Any parents and community residents still interested in providing feedback are invited to do so using the online Resource Review Survey, which is accessible with any Gmail account. For additional information on the OFCS 6-8th Grade Social Studies Review and how to access the online Resource Review Survey, please click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Education office at (440) 427-6000.

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Falls-Lenox student athletes competing in last Friday’s Special Olympics event at ELY Stadium in Elyria. Watch for full coverage in one of the final blog posts!

MANY, MANY MAY EVENTS – DON’T MISS NEXT WEEK’S POST!

The final weeks of the school year are packed full of exciting events and activities!

Please watch for coverage of these awesome recent events, and more, in our final two posts of the year:

  • OFIS Hosts Annual Career Day
  • Bulldog Students Participate in 2016 Special Olympics
  • Local Senior Citizens Enjoy Concert, Art Show at OFHS Arts Celebration Breakfast
  • Falls-Lenox Bulldog Buddies Program Celebrates Great Year
  • PTA Volunteer & Installation Dinner and Reflections Contest Honors
  • And More!

GRAND MARCH SET BEFORE THIS SATURDAY’S PROM 

prom mightThis year’s Grand March is at 4 p.m. this 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.

ALL INVITED TO ATTEND MAY 25TH BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY

christian-preschool-graduation-clip-art-Baccalaureate_ServiceJoin in honoring the Senior Class of 2016 at the 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25th, Baccalaureate in the OFHS auditorium.  All are invited.  Seniors who live in the Olmsted community, but attend a school other than OFHS, are welcome to participate.

Seniors, please gather in the OFHS Cafeteria by 7:15 p.m. wearing your caps and gowns.

Any questions please contact Chris Rivera at redmrschris99@aol.com or 440-292-6357.

GRADUATION CEREMONY PHOTO INFORMATION

LifeTouch Grad Pics FlyerLifetouch will photograph all graduating Bulldog seniors at next Thursday’s Commencement Ceremony.

Photos will be available online at www.events.lifetouch.com ten days after the ceremony.

To sign up and receive notification when your proofs are available for review and ordering online, please visit www.events.lifetouch.com.

ATTN:  HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/PARENTS:  YOU CAN NOW VIEW NEXT YEAR’S SELECTED COURSES ONLINE – CHANGE DEADLINE JUNE 7TH

PowerSchool LogoA 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.

MEET APRIL’S HEALTHY HEROES

Landon Smith

Olivia

Congratulations to Olivia Lofton, a Falls-Lenox student; Landon Smith, ECC’s A.M. class student and Aiden Eck of ECC’s P.M. class, who are April’s Healthy Heroes.

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.

April ECC pm. class healthy heroEach student recognized receives 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.  These are the final Healthy Hero awards for this school year. The program will return in September.

Olivia is pictured (top left) with Margie Strekal, Falls-Lenox health aide.

Landon is pictured (bottom left) with his parents, sister Autumn and Mrs. Michaels.

Aiden (top right) is photographed with his mom Ashley, sister Kendall, grandmother Christine Gallagher and Mrs. McNeeley.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WEIGHT LIFTING PROGRAM @ MAY 25TH OPEN HOUSE

weight roomStudents in grades 8-11 and their parents are invited to learn more about our All Sports Weight Lifting Program by attending the 6-7 p.m. May 25th Open House in the OFHS weight room.

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!

tennis-racket-vector-clip-art_93901BULLDOG TENNIS CAMP FOR SUMMER

Anyone interested in Bulldog Tennis Camp, which will be held at the High School on May 31, June 2 and June 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM can pick up a form in the student office, or download to print by clicking HERE.

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL KICK-IT FOR CANCER DRIVE

ava kick it kick-ItOlmsted Falls Intermediate School is currently involved in their sixth annual Kick-It for Cancer drive. Fourth and fifth graders at OFIS, led by K-Kids, have been raising money since Tuesday, May 4th. Collections will end on Tuesday, My 24th. Kick-It, (www.kick-it.org) a program of Flashes of Hope, is a national volunteer driven effort focused solely on raising money for children’s cancer research. Kick-It was founded in Chagrin Falls, Ohio by 10-year old Quinn Clarke during his second battle with cancer. He asked his parents if he and his friend Ava Harb, could have a kickball game to raise money for research and was shocked when more than 500 people came to support them. That afternoon has inspired people from across the country and as far away as Hawaii and Australia to help save the lives of children with cancer. MILLIONS of dollars have been raised, and OFIS students should be proud of their part in that. The Olmsted Falls community has raised over $50,000 for Kick-It in the last five years. We are expecting that number to be about $65,000 after this year’s collections!!

Would you like to see where the money goes? A list of Research Studies that Kick-It has supported can be found here:

http://www.kick-it.org/why-kick-it/supported-studies

To support a FOURTH grade class in their collections, click here:

http://www.kick-it.org/games/2016/05/4th-grade-2016-ofis-field-day-kick-it

To support a FIFTH grade class in their collections, click here:

http://www.kick-it.org/games/2016/05/5th-grade-2016-fifth-grade-ofis-kick-it

During the OFIS Field Days, students will dedicate part of each day to celebrating the awareness and money raised, and PLAYING KICKBALL!”

JUNE 15TH IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

bus2AR_upperRightParents 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

PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2017

Class of 2017 logoDear Parents:  We invite you to be part of the 2017 Post Prom Committee!  2017 Post Prom will be held at the school from Midnight – 3 AM on Sunday May 21, 2017.  There are still several committee and volunteer opportunities available!  Please join us this summer at our regular monthly meetings:

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7PM in the Olmsted Falls Library, Meeting Room A
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7PM in the Olmsted Falls Library, Meeting Room A
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7PM in the Olmsted Falls High School Library

To keep up-to-date on important information:

  • Like our Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee
  • Follow our Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017

We can only have a successful event for our children with your participation.

Questions can be directly to bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com

SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC INFO FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

American Red Cross symbolHealth 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

College Now artCollege Now will be offering free college financial aid advising services over the summer for students who have not yet applied for financial aid for the fall semester.

Please contact Taryn Rechenbach to set up your appointment at 216.635.6115 or via email at  trechenbach@collegenowgc.org.

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

OFBA logoYounger Bulldogs will have the opportunity to play basketball this summer in a fun setting. Sessions are from 3-4 p.m. on specific Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at the OFMS.

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.  

SIGN UP FOR ATHLETIC PHYSICALS  FOR GRADES 6-11 ON MAY 25TH

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

Class of 2017 logoParents 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

school lunch tray lunchesThe 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 artCollege 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

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.

FORE! – GET READY 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

BARK FOR LIFE EVENT SET FOR THIS SATURDAY – 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.

SIGN UP THIS SUNDAY TO BE A WESTVIEW SHARKS SWIM TEAM MEMBER

sharks_paintingJoin 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 westviewswimteam@yahoo.com for more information.

REGISTER FOR FallsSTRONG SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

FallsSTRONG sand volleyball tournament regThis year’s FAllsSTRONG Sand VB Tourney is Friday, June 3rd at Razzles in Olmsted Township.  All proceeds go to scholarships for the Class of 2017.

There is a minimum of six players per team in this double elimination tourney that starts at 10 a.m. Registration is from 9-9:30 a.m. The fee is $20/player, which includes pizza and pop.  To view the flyer and sign-up sheet, click HERE.

Questions?  Call Jen Kanaba, 440-821-5248.

LAKE ERIE CAPTAINS JUNE 23-26TH WEEKEND OFFERS PEANUT-FREE BALLPARK

Lake Erie captains logoIn observance of National Food Allergy Awareness Week, the Lake Erie Captains has 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.

Volleyball ClipartJOIN  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

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe 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.  

LIBRARY HOSTING SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM:  BIG BUDDIES / LITTLE BUDDIES 

Kindergarten visit OF library 1Book Buddies – Big Buddies

Date: Thursdays, 7/7/2016, 7/14/2016, 7/21/2016, 7/28/2016
Start Time: 3:30 PM
(3:00 PM on 7/7 for Big Buddy training session)
End Time: 4:30 PM

Description:

Share the joy of books with Little Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games. Please attend all 4 sessions. Big Buddies must attend the training session that will take place at 3:00 PM before the first Buddy session on July 7th.  Grades 6-12:

 http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=79954

  Book Buddies – Little Buddies

Date: Thursdays, 7/7/2016, 7/14/2016, 7/21/2016, 7/28/2016
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM

Description:

Share the joy of books with Big Buddies by reading aloud to each other and playing fun reading games! Children should have some reading ability. Please attend all 4 sessions. For children entering grades 1–3.

http://cuyahogalibrary.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=79947

 

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.

 

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