OFCS Update – May 28, 2016
Best wishes to all of our Bulldog students and families for a safe and relaxing summer break! Yesterday – May 27th – marked the last official day of school for students across the District.
Congratulations also to the 295 members of the Class of 2016! Please watch for a recap of Thursday night’s Commencement Ceremony in next week’s blog post.
Please join Olmsted Falls City School District in pausing to remember and pay tribute to those who have given their lives defending our country’s freedom.
Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!
AP History students had the opportunity again this year to travel to Washington, D.C. Mr. Mercer has led the trip for more than 20 years. He said everyone had a great time. They visited several sites, including the White House, the Capitol, the Smithsonian, National Cathedral, the National Zoo, various monuments, Harper’s Ferry, Mount Vernon, Shanksville, PA and others.
Chaperones were impressed with the students’ excellent behavior and the education they received on this four-day trip.
To view a photo gallery, click HERE.
MECHANICAL ENGINEER HELPS OFMS STUDENTS WITH SUSTAINABILITY LESSONS
Luisa is a mechanical engineer with ALCOA who makes aluminum wheels. The Ohio Northern and Baldwin Wallace universities grad discussed her background, education and her position in the science field. She also showed photos of the Cleveland ALCOA plant as well as examples of the wheels she makes, which the children were able to touch. She also talked about how companies value sustainability and her trip to Australia to study the regrowth of the rain forest and its impact on the environment as well as how climate change is impacting that island.
The students researched and created a poster showing four states, including Ohio, and how they create and use their energies – fossil fuel, nuclear, hydroelectric and biomass. They completed an ecological footprint activity where they reflected how they personally impact the environment. Luisa led a discussion on how students can assist in the Earth’s sustainability. Students also completed a leaf on the “Pledge Tree” of an action they can take to help make the Earth more sustainable.
ANNUAL OFMA PICNIC IS THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST
The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual picnic begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1st at East River Park.
OFMA will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.
Election of officers for the 2016-17 school year will occur at that time.
PTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
PTA volunteers and staff gathered at OFIS for the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner on May 19th. Congratulations to Claudia Ferrini, who was selected as this year’s PTA Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to Dawn Pettry for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Erika Singleton for Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Patty Voisinet for OFIS PTA; Kerrie Kruichuk for OFMS PTA; and Claudia Ferrini for OFHS PTA.
This year’s Helping Hands Award winner went to OFIS secretary Laura Mileti. Other Helping Hands nominees recognized included Michael Allen from Falls-Lenox, and Tammy Schroth, who was nominated by both OFMS and OFHS.
Falls-Lenox teacher Karen Megery was also honored as the District Educator of the Year at the event. Building Educator of the Year honorees were also recognized including: Suzanne Kramer at ECC; Laura Connelly at OFIS; Eric Bartowski at OFMS; and Julie Budd at OFHS.
Claire Oliver and Riley Zahorchak were honored as the PTA Reflections program state winners in their respective categories.
Congratulations to all those recognized!
And many thanks to PTA for their ongoing support of the students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools!
REMINDER: GRADUATION CEREMONY PHOTO INFORMATION
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.
Area senior citizens were invited to a Spring Arts Celebration Breakfast at Olmsted Falls High School held May 13th. This was the second special event for local seniors hosted by Olmsted Falls School District. Guests enjoyed a continental breakfast of pastries, yogurt, juice and coffee in the library media center before being escorted to the gym for a tour of the annual May Show.
Following time at the art show, the group was then welcomed into the auditorium to enjoy a special combined band/choir Spring Pops assembly. Guests were also joined by OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education including Joe Bertrand, Holly Neumann and Cynthia Tomasch.
To view additional photos from this event, please click HERE.
ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS/PARENTS: YOU CAN NOW VIEW NEXT YEAR’S SELECTED COURSES ONLINE – CHANGE DEADLINE JUNE 7TH
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.
Dr. Sedlacek of The Eye Center in downtown Olmsted Falls visited the classes of the Pilko/Stanczak/Judson teaching team.
Dr. Sedlacek is one of a number of eye doctors who facilitate a program for elementary-aged children called “Realeyes.” He taught the three classes about eye health and optical illusions using a learning activity called The Case of Vinny Vision.
We appreciate the partnership he and The Eye Center have with our schools.
2016 BULLDOG SUMMER SPORTS CAMP INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE ON BULLDOG ATHLETICS WEBSITE
There are a variety of Bulldog Summer Sports Camps available, beginning in June, to keep students active over the break.
Please click on any of the camps below, or visit the Olmsted Falls Athletics website and then click the “Camps” link for a pull-down menu of additional information on each of the following sports camps:
Bulldogs Tennis Camp (May 31, June 2-3)
Bulldog Baseball Camp (June 6-10)
Olmsted Falls Lacrosee Summer Camp (July 18-20)
10th Annual Olmsted Falls Bulldog Soccer Skills Camp (July 26-28)
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.
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
On May 18th, Bulldog Buddies celebrated their last visit together for the current school year with Falls-Lenox students. Bulldog Buddies include residents from the Renaissance Retirement Community and the Olmsted Falls and Berea communities who meet weekly with selected students. Through their weekly visits, the Bulldog Buddies have established a strong bond. The benefits of their bond with our students include better attendance, increased motivation and improved resilience. Falls-Lenox greatly appreciates all of the time the Bulldog Buddies have spent with our students and the efforts they have made to make each child feel special.
To view a photo gallery from this event, please click HERE.
More than 20 community volunteers came together to share information about their job with OFIS students. Stations were set up throughout the cafeteria.
This hands-on, interactive event is a great way for students to learn about potential career paths they’d like to explore. A big Bulldog thank you to all who volunteered their time to participate!
To view additional photos from this event, please click HERE.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE SPANISH SPIRIT WEEK!
During the week of May 2nd, teachers and students of Spanish celebrated the 4th Annual Spanish Spirit Week at Olmsted Falls High School. Each day, the Spanish students participated in an activity to celebrate the vibrant Spanish language and culture. On Monday, the school was filled with red and gold clothing to represent the colors Olmsted Falls’ Juan Rulfo Chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society. On Tuesday, students gathered in Mrs. Soto-Kacik’s room to watch the film, “McFarland”.
On Wednesday, students and staff gathered in the gymnasium after school to learn Latin dance moves taught by a talented instructor from a local Dance Studio. Everyone enjoyed learning to dance the salsa! To view footage and photos from the Latin Dance session, please click HERE.
The most popular activity took place after school on Thursday afternoon. Students played an intense game of soccer. Several classmates and faculty members came to watch and to cheer their classmates on to a big Spanish fútbol victory! The week wrapped up with authentic cuisine in Spanish classes and at local Mexican restaurants. The activities and celebrations were a success and a good time was had by all!
BOYS LACROSSE WRAPPED UP REGULAR SEASON WITH 12-5 RECORD AND SEVERAL POST-SEASON HONORS
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team on a successful 2016 regular season. The Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team finished the 2016 regular season with a 12-5 record and set single season records with 12 wins, 164 goals, and 97 assists.
Division 2 Northwest Region All-Conference Awards went to the following players: Daniel Candow, Jack Fontana, Jake Yeager, Angelo Hanson and Sam Lofton. Coach Kevin McKeigue was also recognized.
Please click HERE to read more.
Jack was joined by his parents, teammates and coaches as he signed his formal letter of intent on May 24th.
Best of Luck Jack! Congratulations!
MORE MAY EVENTS – IN NEXT WEEK’S FINAL POST!
The final weeks of the school year are packed full of exciting events and activities!
Please watch for coverage of the following events, and more, in next week’s final post of the year:
- Class of 2016 Commencement
- Senior Honors Day & Local Scholarship Winners
- Polaris Senior Awards
- OFHS Teacher of the Year
- Regional Recognitions for OFCS Teachers Christine O’Brien, Karen Megery
- Bulldogs @ 2016 Special Olympics
- New Traditions: Class of 2016 Visits to ECC & Falls-Lenox
- Operation Yard Sign
- Multi-Sport Athletes
- OFIS “Book Buffet”
- “Matilda” Star’s Visit to OFIS
- And More!
ATTN PARENTS: CARDIAC SCREENING AVAILABLE @ OFHS JULY 28TH
The district is partnering with mCORE – Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation – to screen OF athletes for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities that may put them at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest or SCA. It is the #1 killer of student athletes each year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this. Space is limited at the 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28th screening. The screening takes about 10-12 minutes and includes an EKG and Echo screening. These tests usually cost about $2,000, but this July 28th screening charge is $75. To view a detailed flyer, click HERE. To sign up for the screening, go to mcoreathletes.com.
PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2017
Dear 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 a.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
POST PROM HOSTS TWO FUNDRAISERS THIS SUMMER – CHIPOTLE AND LAZER CAR WASH
Eat at Chipotle during the June 28th Dine to Donate fundraiser that runs from 4-8 p.m. that day at its 26420 Great Northern Shopping Center. Bring in the flyer found HERE, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause to ensure 50 percent of the proceeds go to Olmsted Falls Post Prom 2017.
The second fundraiser runs from July 1 to Aug. 31 at the Berea Laserwash, 1425 W. Bagley Road. Enter the code 2170 and $2 will be donated to the group. Click HERE to see the flyer. Keep it in your car.
Thanks for participating in these events.
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.
SUMMER BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS LOCATIONS
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.
FORE! – GET READY 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.
REGISTER FOR FallsSTRONG SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
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.
The Olmsted Falls Branch Library kicks off its Summer Reading program with a few rounds of mini golf right in its building. Stop by the branch Sunday, June 5, all day long and find obstacles and challenges to get you into the mood for summer reading. The library also has many events throughout the summer that are free. To view a flyer of all the library’s summer programs, click HERE.
LAKE ERIE CAPTAINS JUNE 23-26TH WEEKEND OFFERS PEANUT-FREE BALLPARK
In 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.
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.
LIBRARY HOSTING SUMMER BOOK BUDDIES PROGRAM: BIG BUDDIES / LITTLE 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
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:
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
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.
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.