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OFCS Update – September 29, 2016

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OFCS RELEASES NEXT VIDEO IN SERIES PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT ISSUE #117

video1_openinggraphicMany people have questions about the Zero Additional Taxes Bond Issue on the November 8th ballot.  So Olmsted Falls City Schools has put together a series of short videos (about 60 seconds each) video2_stillimagerelated to this important issue.

Be sure to watch OFCS Treasurer Emily Dales in this latest video as she explains how the Zero Additional Taxes Bond Issue works.

To view the new video now, please click HERE.

 


 

MINI CHEERLEADERS HELP LEAD BULLDOGS TO VICTORY  

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“Everybody do the Bulldog rumble . . . “  Yes!

That was one of the many cheers our mini cheerleaders chanted to help lead our varsity football team to victory over Amherst last week.  A special thanks to the OFHS cheerleaders for working with ECC, F/L and OFIS students.

Everyone did a super job!

To view additional photos from the event, please click HERE.

 


 

 

OLMSTED FALLS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUTS

The Olmsted Falls Basketball Association (OFBA) will hold tryouts for its 2016-2017 Travel Teams beginning this Saturday, October 1st at Olmsted Falls High School.  Please see the tryout schedule below:

basketball4THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016
3:00 – 4:30 PM GIRLS TRYOUTS – GRADES 4-6

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2016
10:00 – 11:30 AM BOYS TRYOUTS – GRADES 3-4
10:00 – 11:30 AM MAKEUP TRYOUT FOR ALL GIRLS WHO COULD NOT ATTEND OCT. 1
11:30 – 1:00 PM BOYS TRYOUTS – GRADES 5 – 6

MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016
6:00-7:00 PM MAKEUP TRYOUT FOR ALL BOYS WHO COULD NOT ATTEND OCT. 8

*Third grade girls may try out for the 4th grade team and 2nd grade boys may try out for the 3rd grade team.
*Please report for registration 15 minutes before your scheduled tryout time.
*Parents will not be permitted in the gym during tryouts.
*Rosters will be posted on the OFBA website: bit.ly/OFallsBA

For additional information on OFBA Travel Tryouts and the OFBA Travel Basketball Program, please click HERE for the Olmsted Falls Athletics website, or click HERE to download the official flyer.

 


 

 

ofcs-10-12-16-senior-citizen-luncheon-flyer-finalSAVE THE DATE – OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOST FALL LUNCHEON FOR SENIOR CITIZEN RESIDENTS ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12TH

 

OFCS will host its next luncheon for senior citizen residents of the school district on Wednesday, October 12th.  The event will take place at Olmsted Falls High School and starts at 12:00 p.m.  Guests will enjoy lunch as well as entertainment provided by our talented music students.

Please share this event flyer with any senior citizen family members, neighbors and friends living in the OFCS district.  Please note that an advanced RSVP is required to attend.

To download a copy of the event flyer, please click HERE.

 


 

PARENTS/STUDENTS: SEVERAL COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

college-and-coffee_-flyer-fall-2016The OFHS guidance counselors invite parents to this year’s Coffee & College informational sessions about the college application process. The morning sessions are from 8-9 a.m. October 10th and November 7th in the OFHS Media Center. The next evening session is from 6-7 p.m.* on October 24th in OFHS Room W3. (*Please note change in start time for evening events.)  All are on Mondays. To see an informational flyer, click HERE.

bw-essay-workshop-2016-flyerParents and students: Learn the ins and outs of applying for financial aid at the October 17th Financial Aid Night that College Now of Greater Cleveland will present in the OFHS Auditorium.  Topics for the 7-8 p.m. meeting include helping file FAFSA  and other financial-related forms; personalized financial aid guidance, NEW deadlines and resources.  OF students also may apply for scholarships who meet eligibility requirements.  Contact the Guidance Department, 440-427-6116, to set up an appointment.  A flyer is available by clicking HERE.

The Greater Cleveland West Suburban College Fair will be from 6:30-8 p.m. October 3rd at Baldwin-Wallace University’s Lou Higgins Recreation Center. Representatives from 140 colleges and universities will be at this event.

Baldwin Wallace University will present a College Essay Writing Workshop from 9-11 a.m. on Saturdays, October 15th and 29th, in the OFHS Media Center.  This two-part workshop will help perfect your college entrance essay. BW personnel will present information and students are encouraged to bring their essays for critique from the admissions point of view.  Sign up for this event in Naviance.

The PSAT will be administered at OFHS on Wednesday, October 19th.  College-bound sophomores and juniors are encouraged to sign up.  The cost is $15.  Students should sign up in the guidance office. Seats are limited.

Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information by clicking HERE.

 


 

OFCS LAUNCHES OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT!

twitterOlmsted Falls City School District is now on Twitter!  Follow us @OFCSDistrict for the latest Bulldog news and information.

Did You Know?  All five Olmsted Falls school buildings are now on Twitter!

Follow any or all of our outstanding buildings on the following accounts:

Olmsted Falls High School  @ofhsbulldogs

Olmsted Falls Middle School  @ofmsbulldogs

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School  @ofisbulldogs

Falls-Lenox  Primary School  @FLbulldog

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center  @ECCBulldogs

 


 

FILL THE TRUCK CLOTHING DRIVE IS NEXT MONTH

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OFMA will also sponsor a Fill the Truck fundraiser as it partners with Easter Seals Northern Ohio again.

The clothing drive will be in the Board of Education’s parking lot on Oct. 22nd and 23rd.

For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

 


 

 

Post Prom 2017 graphicPOST PROM INVITES PARENTS TO UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS 

Senior Parents – Please join us at our regular monthly meetings which are held at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at Olmsted Falls High School on the third Wednesday of each month.  We look forward to seeing you on October 19, 2016!

tonyk-coupon-night-101216CURRENT FUNDRAISERS:

Dine-in or Carry Out at Tony K’s:

  • Wednesday, October 12, anytime from 11a – midnight
  • Present a hard copy of the coupon on the date listed above, and Tony K’s will donate 25% of your food & non-alcoholic beverage purchases to Olmsted Falls Post Prom 2017.  Click HERE to download a copy of the coupon.
  • Tony K’s 841 W. Bagley Road, OH 44017

bulldog-spirit-bracelets-flyer-nifty-dog-shop3Bulldog Spirit Bracelets:

  • Thank you to Nifty Dog Shop (25596 Mill St) in Grand Pacific Junction for having our bracelets for sale. Please stop by anytime, they will be available for the next several months.

To keep up-to-date on important information:

Like our Facebook page:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee

Follow our Twitter page:  @OFpostprom2017

Questions can be directed to: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com

 

 


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS


ALL INVITED TO FALLS DAY IN THE PARK – THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND

pumpkinThe Olmsted Falls Parks & Recreation Board will sponsor the annual Falls Day in the Park from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, October 2nd at East River Park.  Come and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun, including music, kid’s activities, jugglers, face painting, crafters and other vendors.  Food and refreshments will be available. The Olmsted Falls High School marching band also will perform.


SIGN UP FOR A NEW LIBRARY CARD – WIPE OUT ANY FINES – LAST FEW DAYS OF THE SEPTEMBER PROGRAM

Book mark

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Kids in grades Pre-k through 12 may redeem a special bookmark at any Cuyahoga County Public Library branch for a free gift (while supplies last), a new library card and fine forgiveness during this month.

All students in grades preschool to 5 will receive the bookmark at school.  Bookmarks also will be available in the main office for students at OFMS and OFHS.  They then may redeem it at Olmsted Falls branch library or any other in that system.


NEIL DIAMOND-THEMED LUNCH AND LEARN FOR OLMSTED SENIORS – OCT. 5TH @ JENKINS CENTER

neil-diamond-flyer-2-1The Jenkins PLace Senior Center will host a Lunch and Learn event for senior citizens on Wednesday, October 5th  at 11:30 a.m. featuring Dr/ Joel Keller’s Multimedia Talk on “The Life and Music of Neil Diamond.”

Lunch will be provided.  Sign-up in required.

To download the event flyer, please click HERE.


CALLING ALL GHOSTS AND GOBLINS

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Youngsters and families are invited to a night of safe Halloween fun October 18th at the Riverview Pointe Care Center, 9027 Columbia Road.

You can bob for apples or take a walk in the haunted hallways – if you dare.  There will be apples and cider as well as treats at this monster mash. Costumes are a MUST.  Help decide the winner of the haunted hallway decorating contest.

Trick and treat will be open from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the October 18th Halloween Bash.

 


hope-tricks-and-treats-2016-flyerHOPE COMMUNITY INVITES ALL TO FUN HALLOWEEN EVENT

The Hope Community Church offers families a fun, free time at its Tricks & Treats Halloween Party from 1-4 p.m. October 22nd. Inflatables, snow cones, popcorn, a cake walk, balloon artist, face painting and several booths to play games will be included with the fun.

The church is located at 6941 Columbia Road.


craft-fairVENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

The Olmsted Community Center is accepting applications for its Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe.  The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 12th at the Center.  The price for an 8-foot space is $35.

Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.  A space application form can be found at www.olmstedcc.com.

 


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016 Comments off

OFCS RELEASES FIRST IN SERIES OF VIDEOS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT ISSUE #117

video1_openinggraphicMany people have questions about the Zero Additional Taxes Bond Issue on the November 8th ballot.  So Olmsted Falls City Schools has put together a series of short videos (about 60 seconds each) related to this important issue.

Be sure to check out Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd in this week’s video as he explains what issue 117 is all about.  To view the new video now, please click HERE.

 


 

OFHS HAS ONE  NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALIST,  FOUR COMMENDED STUDENTS

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OFHS National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist Eli Tomasch

Congratulations to Eli Tomasch, who was recently named a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, and to four other seniors – Mark Drobnak, Morgan Finau, Ouen Mali and Molly McCafferty – who earned Commended status.

More than 1.6 million students took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October and entered the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation identified the 50,000

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OFHS National Merit Scholar Commended Students

highest scorers. 16,000 of those high performers are Semifinalists, who have an opportunity to continue in the competition and advance to Finalist standing by meeting several additional requirements.

The other 34,000 high performers were named Commended Students on the basis of a national Selection Index score.

Congratulations to these fine students receiving honors in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Best wishes to Eli as he continues his journey toward possibly being named a Finalist and scholarship recipient.

 


 

OFHS MARCHING BAND NEEDS YOUR VOTE NOW AS BEST BAND

bulldogbandThe Pride of Olmsted Falls, the Bulldog Marching Band is one of 32 finalists in the Cleveland.com “Best of” contest.  It is up to the public to determine those that will advance in the competition. Voting continues until 7 a.m. Sept. 28th – THAT IS THIS WEDNESDAY!

To vote for the Bulldogs Marching Band, click HERE and go to the end of the article to cast your ballot.  Vote as often as you wish.

The top eight bands will advance to the quarterfinals. Goooo Bulldogs! As of Sunday afternoon, Olmsted Falls was in 12th place. We need your votes!

 


 

F/L BULLDOG BUDDIES PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTED IN E-MAGAZINE

falls-lenox-bulldog-buddiesLeadingAge magazine’s September/October issue features Falls-Lenox’s Bulldog Buddies program with The Renaissance. The article discusses the importance of intergenerational partnerships that have far-reaching benefits for all ages involved.  Bulldog Buddies is highlighted with its intergenerational mentoring program. Thank you to Linda Hart with Eliza Jennings, for writing and submitting this special program to the magazine.

To see the article, click HERE.

 


OLMSTED FALLS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUTS

The Olmsted Falls Basketball Association (OFBA) will hold tryouts for its 2016-2017 Travel Teams beginning this Saturday, October 1st at Olmsted Falls High School.  Please see the tryout schedule below:

basketball4SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016
3:00 – 4:30 PM GIRLS TRYOUTS – GRADES 4-6

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2016
10:00 – 11:30 AM BOYS TRYOUTS – GRADES 3-4
10:00 – 11:30 AM MAKEUP TRYOUT FOR ALL GIRLS WHO COULD NOT ATTEND OCT. 1
11:30 – 1:00 PM BOYS TRYOUTS – GRADES 5 – 6

MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016
6:00-7:00 PM MAKEUP TRYOUT FOR ALL BOYS WHO COULD NOT ATTEND OCT. 8

*Third grade girls may try out for the 4th grade team and 2nd grade boys may try out for the 3rd grade team.
*Please report for registration 15 minutes before your scheduled tryout time.
*Parents will not be permitted in the gym during tryouts.
*Rosters will be posted on the OFBA website: bit.ly/OFallsBA

For additional information on OFBA Travel Tryouts and the OFBA Travel Basketball Program, please click HERE for the Olmsted Falls Athletics website, or click HERE to download the official flyer.

 


OFHS PTA RAFFLE WINNERS

bulldon-on-top-of-paw-printThe OFHS PTA wishes to thank all those who joined PTA on or before the high school open house. Congratulations to the following raffle winners:

Joanie Gedeon – winner of the basketball basket filled with snacks and candy

Donna Langenderfer – winner of the $25 Subway gift card

Katie Moore – winner of the $25 Disney gift card

Julie Sicking – winner of the $25 Disney gift card

Thank you to all members for your continued support of PTA!

 


 

OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND COLLEGE PREPARATIONS – TONIGHT @ LAKE RIDGE ACADEMY

LRA-2016SinglePageParents and students are invited to attend the Your Teen event, Navigating the College Process at 6:30 p.m. TONIGHT September 27th at Lake Ridge Academy.

The first 20 to register for this event will be eligible for the “Be A Model” raffle.  One winner will be chosen and one teenager in that winning family will be featured as a model within Your Teen Magazine.

This free event offers a valuable opportunity to gather more information about college:  the admissions process, paying for college, discovering a passion and more.  A parent expo begins at 6:30 followed by the program at 7 that includes speakers on paying for college, college admission process and others.  New this year – parents of grade 8 students for a special presentation on building a great high school experience.  To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.  Register by visiting yourteenmag.com/register-lra-2016.

 


 

 

PARENTS/STUDENTS: SEVERAL COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

college-and-coffee_-flyer-fall-2016The OFHS guidance counselors invite parents to this year’s Coffee & College informational sessions about the college application process. The morning sessions are from 8-9 a.m. October 10th and November 7th in the OFHS Media Center. The next evening session is from 6-7 p.m.* on October 24th in OFHS Room W3. (*Please note change in start time for evening events.)  All are on Mondays. To see an informational flyer, click HERE.

bw-essay-workshop-2016-flyerParents and students: Learn the ins and outs of applying for financial aid at the October 17th Financial Aid Night that College Now of Greater Cleveland will present in the OFHS Auditorium.  Topics for the 7-8 p.m. meeting include helping file FAFSA  and other financial-related forms; personalized financial aid guidance, NEW deadlines and resources.  OF students also may apply for scholarships who meet eligibility requirements.  Contact the Guidance Department, 440-427-6116, to set up an appointment.  A flyer is available by clicking HERE.

The Greater Cleveland West Suburban College Fair will be from 6:30-8 p.m. October 3rd at Baldwin-Wallace University’s Lou Higgins Recreation Center. Representatives from 140 colleges and universities will be at this event.

Baldwin Wallace University will present a College Essay Writing Workshop from 9-11 a.m. on Saturdays, October 15th and 29th, in the OFHS Media Center.  This two-part workshop will help perfect your college entrance essay. BW personnel will present information and students are encouraged to bring their essays for critique from the admissions point of view.  Sign up for this event in Naviance.

The PSAT will be administered at OFHS on Wednesday, October 19th.  College-bound sophomores and juniors are encouraged to sign up.  The cost is $15.  Students should sign up in the guidance office. Seats are limited.

Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information by clicking HERE.

 


 

OFCS LAUNCHES OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT!

twitterOlmsted Falls City School District is now on Twitter!  Follow us @OFCSDistrict for the latest Bulldog news and information.

Did You Know?  All five Olmsted Falls school buildings are now on Twitter!

Follow any or all of our outstanding buildings on the following accounts:

Olmsted Falls High School  @ofhsbulldogs

Olmsted Falls Middle School  @ofmsbulldogs

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School  @ofisbulldogs

Falls-Lenox  Primary School  @FLbulldog

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center  @ECCBulldogs


 

FILL THE TRUCK CLOTHING DRIVE IS NEXT MONTH

Olmsted_Falls_Music

OFMA will also sponsor a Fill the Truck fundraiser as it partners with Easter Seals Northern Ohio again.

The clothing drive will be in the Board of Education’s parking lot on Oct. 22nd and 23rd.

For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

 


 

Post Prom 2017 graphicPOST PROM INVITES PARENTS TO UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS 

 

Senior Parents – Please join us at our regular monthly meetings which are held at 7PM in the Media Center at Olmsted Falls High School on the third Wednesday of each month.  We look forward to seeing you on October 19, 2016!

tonyk-coupon-night-101216CURRENT FUNDRAISERS:

Dine-in or Carry Out at Tony K’s:

  • Wednesday, October 12, anytime from 11a – midnight
  • Present a hard copy of the coupon on the date listed above, and Tony K’s will donate 25% of your food & non-alcoholic beverage purchases to Olmsted Falls Post Prom 2017.  Click HERE to download a copy of the coupon.
  • Tony K’s 841 W. Bagley Road, OH 44017

bulldog-spirit-bracelets-flyer-nifty-dog-shop3Bulldog Spirit Bracelets:

  • Thank you to Nifty Dog Shop (25596 Mill St) in Grand Pacific Junction for having our bracelets for sale. Please stop by anytime, they will be available for the next several months.

To keep up-to-date on important information:

Like our Facebook page:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee

Follow our Twitter page:  @OFpostprom2017

Questions can be directed to: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com

 

 


 

 


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS


 

ALL INVITED TO FALLS DAY IN THE PARK – THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND

pumpkinThe Olmsted Falls Parks & Recreation Board will sponsor the annual Falls Day in the Park from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, October 2nd at East River Park.  Come and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun, including music, kid’s activities, jugglers, face painting, crafters and other vendors.  Food and refreshments will be available. The Olmsted Falls High School marching band also will perform.

 


 

SIGN UP FOR A NEW LIBRARY CARD – WIPE OUT ANY FINES

Book mark

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Kids in grades Pre-k through 12 may redeem a special bookmark at any Cuyahoga County Public Library branch for a free gift (while supplies last), a new library card and fine forgiveness during this month.

All students in grades preschool to 5 will receive the bookmark at school.  Bookmarks also will be available in the main office for students at OFMS and OFHS.  They then may redeem it at Olmsted Falls branch library or any other in that system.

 


 

VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

craft-fairThe Olmsted Community Center is accepting applications for its Holiday Home & Craft Shoppe.  The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 12th at the Center.  The price for an 8-foot space is $35.

Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees.  A space application form can be found at www.olmstedcc.com.

 


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – September 15, 2016

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A MESSAGE FROM OFCS SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD

ofcs-quality-profileToday the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released their annual Local Report Card (LRC). In Olmsted Falls, we’ve always welcomed high standards, and accountability. Our educational philosophy is to inspire and empower our students; not to score high on our state report card. At Olmsted Falls City Schools we feel that a single set of standardized tests that continue to change from year to year is not an accurate representation of our school or student success. I believe that it is professionally irresponsible to publicly report information that has been deemed “unreliable” by Ohio’s elected officials.

We are committed to sharing important information about the academic, financial and operational goals and challenges our schools are facing with our community. That is something no state report card had ever been able to share. As such, we are proud to share with residents the first Executive Summary Quality Profile. This is an easy to read report that shares key data in six critical areas of our district’s focus. Residents can see for themselves what our priorities are for using technology in our schools, how we are integrating a 21st century approach to learning, how do our finances compare to other area school districts, how do learning environments impact student success and much more. Each area includes our 2016-17 goals as well as data that is specific to that focus area.

This honest look provides a more complete view of the excellent value that Olmsted Falls City Schools offers and is being mailed to every resident. However you can view this report online now by clicking HERE.

I hope you will take some time to review this Quality Profile so you can see for yourself all the amazing ways that Olmsted Falls City Schools is continuing to inspire and empower all students.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jim Lloyd
Superintendent


 

NATIONAL PTA RECOGNIZES OLMSTED FALLS’ PTAS – LOCAL UNITS, SCHOOLS HONORED

schoolofexcellence_logoOlmsted Falls PTA Council is pleased to announce that Falls-Lenox/ECC, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, Olmsted Falls Middle School and Olmsted Falls High School have all been recognized as National PTA Schools of Excellence. The School of Excellence designation is the highest honor awarded by National PTA and recognizes schools for their strong and effective family school partnerships.

“This recognition is the direct result of the hard work and commitment to family-school engagement by the Olmsted Falls community and the school staff,” said Kelly Walker, president of the Olmsted Falls PTA Council.  “We consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of both the community and the school district.”

National PTA has recognized 173 schools nationwide and Olmsted Falls is honored to be included within this prestigious group.

“It is the vision of the Olmsted Falls City School District to inspire and empower all of its students.  While we have several entities that help make that vision a reality, perhaps our strongest and most enabling district partner is the Olmsted Falls City School District PTA,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City School District. “Our district is so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of parent volunteers who invest their hearts and souls into our schools to help keep them strong and vibrant, and we extend sincere congratulations to our local PTA units on this well-deserved recognition.”

For additional information about the National PTA School of Excellence Program, please click HERE, and/or contact Olmsted Falls PTA Council President Kelly Walker at klwalker826@earthlink.net.

 


 

OFHS RETAINS OLMSTED CUP IN CROSS COUNTRY

Congratulations to the Bulldog cross-country teams with their dominant performance in defending the Olmsted Cup Tuesday.   The boys and girls teams ran extremely well and crushed rival North Olmsted in a combined score of 76- 41, the biggest margin of victory in the three-year history of the race.

Both teams had the overall winner, with Sarah Makari victorious for the third time and Griffin Purdy winning for the boys. Also scoring and leading the girls to victory were Hannah McCullar, Madi Sobieski, Kaylee Gomez and Abbey Clark, while helping Griffin on the boys side were Andrew Gluvna, Daylon Amposta, Ryan Kolesar and Joe Backus.  The team will next be in action this Saturday at the Galion Invitational.  Great job, Bulldog, in keeping the cup at OFHS.

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OFCS LAUNCHES OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT!

twitterOlmsted Falls City School District is now on Twitter!  Follow us @OFCSDistrict for the latest Bulldog news and information.

Did You Know?  All five Olmsted Falls school buildings are now on Twitter!

Follow any or all of our outstanding buildings on the following accounts:

Olmsted Falls High School  @ofhsbulldogs

Olmsted Falls Middle School  @ofmsbulldogs

Olmsted Falls Intermediate School  @ofisbulldogs

Falls-Lenox  Primary School  @FLbulldog

Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center  @ECCBulldogs

 


 

COMMUNITY COFFEE CHATS WITH DR. LLOYD – NEXT WEEK

coffeecupJoin Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd for a cup of coffee and conversation regarding Olmsted Falls City Schools.  Dr. Lloyd will be available to answer questions and discuss hot topics in the district with residents – including the Zero Additional Taxes November Bond Issue.

Please join Dr. Lloyd at:

The Village Bean, 8143 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls

  • This Monday, September 19th from 12-1 pm
  • This Tuesday, September 20th from 8-9 am

 


 

 

READ ALL ABOUT IT – LATEST ‘MUSICAL NOTES’ AND LINKS TO HALFTIME PERFORMANCES

Olmsted_Falls_MusicThe September edition of the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Musical Notes is available by clicking HERE.  Anyone wishing to submit photos or information for the October newsletter should be sent to Kathy Harris Green, kgreen@chnnet.com, by Friday, September 23rd.

To view the OFHS band halftime performance against Westlake on September 2nd, click HERE.

The September 9th performance at Lakewood is HERE.

OFMA will also sponsor a Fill the Truck fundraiser as it partners with Easter Seals Northern Ohio again.  The clothing drive will be in the Board of Education’s parking lot on Oct. 22nd and 23rd. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

 


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OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND COLLEGE PREPARATIONS

Parents and students are invited to attend the Your Teen event, Navigating the College Process at 6:30 p.m. September 27th at Lake Ridge Academy.

The first 20 to register for this event will be eligible for the “Be A Model” raffle.  One winner will be chosen and one teenager in that winning family will be featured as a model within Your Teen Magazine.

This free event offers a valuable opportunity to gather more information about college:  the admissions process, paying for college, discovering a passion and more.  A parent expo begins at 6:30 followed by the program at 7 that includes speakers on paying for college, college admission process and others.  New this year – parents of grade 8 students for a special presentation on building a great high school experience.  To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.  Register by visting yourteenmag.com/register-lra-2016.


 

POST PROM INVITES PARENTS TO MEETINGS; HELP/ATTEND FUNDRAISERS

Class of 2017 logoSenior Parents – Please join us at our regular monthly meetings which are held at 7 p.m. in the OFHS  Media Center on the third Wednesday of each month.  We look forward to seeing you on September 21, 2016! bulldog-spirit-bracelets-flyer-092316

CURRENT FUNDRAISERS:

Bulldog Spirit Bracelets:

  • Thank you to Nifty Dog Shop (25596 Mill St) in Grand Pacific Junction for having our bracelets for sale. Please stop by anytime, they will be available for the next several months.
  • We will have a booth at the Olmsted Falls Varsity Football game on Friday, September 23. Please stop by to purchase a Bulldog Spirit bracelet!

Wing Night at Razzles:

  • Saturday, September 24, from 7:30 -9:30 p.m.wing night post prom sept 2016
  • $20 ticket includes wings, pizza, beer, and dessert
  • Chinese raffle, side boards, door prizes, music from a local DJ
  • Tickets sold at the door or in advance from Shari Zbin,sharizbin@sbcglobal.net
    • Please email Shari if you can help with the following:
      • Donate a raffle basket
      • Have items to contribute to a raffle basket
      • Purchase tickets in advance
      • Volunteer the night of the event

To keep up-to-date on important information:

Like our Facebook page:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee

Follow our Twitter page:  @OFpostprom2017

Questions can be directed to: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com


 

PARENTS/STUDENTS: SEVERAL COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

college-and-coffee_-flyer-fall-2016The OFHS guidance counselors invite parents to this year’s Coffee & College informational sessions about the college application process. The morning sessions are from 8-9 a.m. October 10th and November 7th in the OFHS Media Center. The evening sessions are from 6-7 p.m.* September 26th and October 24th in OFHS Room W3. (*Please note change in start time for evening events.)  All are on Mondays. To see an informational flyer, click HERE.

bw-essay-workshop-2016-flyerParents and students: Learn the ins and outs of applying for financial aid at the October 17th Financial Aid Night that College Now of Greater Cleveland will present in the OFHS Auditorium.  Topics for the 7-8 p.m. meeting include helping file FAFSA  and other financial-related forms; personalized financial aid guidance, NEW deadlines and resources.  OF students also may apply for scholarships who meet eligibility requirements.  Contact the Guidance Department, 440-427-6116, to set up an appointment.  A flyer is available by clicking HERE.

Baldwin Wallace University will present a College Essay Writing Workshop from 9-11 a.m. on Saturdays, October 15th and 29th, in the OFHS Media Center.  This two-part workshop will help perfect your college entrance essay. BW personnel will present information and students are encouraged to bring their essays for critique from the admissions point of view.  Sign up for this event in Naviance.

Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information by clicking HERE.

 


 

HELPING HANDS UPDATING INFORMATION – NEEDS EMAIL ADDRESSES

HH logoHelping Hands is currently recreating its parent email list. If you would like to receive emails from Helping Hands about upcoming events, please email Mariel Krakowiak at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

Please include your first and last name as well as the preferred email address to be used.

Thank you in advance for helping this group reach out to our community.

 


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS


 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY FOR POLARIS’ 9/23 CLAMBAKE

clam-bakeSpots are still available for the Polaris Career Center’s Clambake Fundraiser set for 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23rd in the Polaris Commons.  The cost is $40, which includes steamed clams and a buffet of roasted chicken, sausage, clam chowder, corn on the cob, red-skinned potatoes, cole slaw, fruit salad, mac and cheese, desserts and beverages. The award-winning culinary academy chefs and students will prepare the entire meal.

Register today by emailing friendsofpolaris@gmail.com or text 216-337-2329. Be sure to include names of those attending and if you have any special seating requests. Admission must be paid in advance. Cash and checks will be accepted.  Checks should be made payable to Citizens for Quality Career-Technical Education. Payments may be mailed or dropped off to the attention of Doug Miller at Polaris, 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights, OH  44130.


SIGN UP FOR A NEW LIBRARY CARD – WIPE OUT ANY FINES

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September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Kids in grades Pre-k through 12 may redeem a special bookmark at any Cuyahoga County Public Library branch for a free gift (while supplies last), a new library card and fine forgiveness during this month.

All students in grades preschool to 5 will receive the bookmark at school.  Bookmarks also will be available in the main office for students at OFMS and OFHS.  They then may redeem it at Olmsted Falls branch library or any other in that system.


PARENTS: LIVING WITH ALLERGIES TALK AT WESTLAKE LIBRARY

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families with concerns about their children.  It is sponsoring a 7 p.m. September 20th discussion about food allergies, safe ways to set up your home and tips for eating out.  Dr. Brian Schroer of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is the speaker. Free childcare is available, but all who wish to attend must register at connectingforkids.org/register, emailing info@connectingforkids.org or calling 440-250-5563.  To see an event flyer, click HERE.


NATIVE SONS AND DAUGHTERS GROUP INVITES PARENTS/KIDS TO RECRUITING RALLY

natives-sons-and-daughtersFind out everything you want to know about the Crooked River Local Longhouse at its Recruiting Rally & Cookout from 6-8 p.m. on either September 21st or 22nd.  The Native Sons and Daughters will provide hot dogs, drinks, dessert, music, activities, crafts and displays at the picnic that will be at the William J. Green Picnic Area, which is off of Valley Parkway near Baldwin Lake.  It is south of South Quarry Lane and north of Eastland Road in Berea.  You need only attend one of the two picnics to learn about the group and join. The program is geared toward children ages 5 and older.

To learn more about the Longhouse, view its flyer by clicking HERE. The flyer has a picture that youngsters may color and bring it to the recruiting rally to receive a prize.


pumpkinALL INVITED TO FALLS DAY IN THE PARK OCTOBER 2ND

The Olmsted Falls Parks & Recreation Board will sponsor the annual Falls Day in the Park from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, October 2nd at East River Park.  Come and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun, including music, kid’s activities, jugglers, face painting, crafters and other vendors.  Food and refreshments will be available. The Olmsted Falls High School marching band also will perform.

 


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers

 

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OFCS Update – September 1, 2016

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No-School1FOUR-DAY WEEKEND:  NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY AND MONDAY! stars-bars-labor-day

There will be no school THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND due to a district-wide staff development day. Also, there will be no school THIS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

Enjoy the long weekend. We’ll see students back in their classrooms on Tuesday, September 6th.


LATEST OFCS VIDEO SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON DISTRICT’S STRATEGIC PLAN 

Olmsted Falls City Schools is proud to share another new video with our Bulldog community.  This latest video focuses on the implementation of the District’s Strategic Plan. Simply click on the image below to view the new video on our District website.  We invite you to share the link with family, friends and neighbors.

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MUSIC ASSOCIATION HAS SEPT. 7 MEETING, FILL THE TRUCK FUNDRAISER IN OCTOBER

Olmsted_Falls_MusicThe next Olmsted Falls Music Association’s meeting is at 7 p.m., this Wednesday, September 7th in the OFHS choir room.

OFMA will also sponsor a Fill the Truck fundraiser as it partners with Easter Seals Northern Ohio again.  The clothing drive will be in the Board of Education’s parking lot on Oct. 22nd and 23rd. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.


OCO SUMMER CAMP KIDS RAISE FUNDS TO PURCHASE WAGON FOR THEIR FRIENDS AT THE ECC 

Wagon PhotoOFCS students and parents prove once again what a wonderful and caring community in which we live. Over the summer months, the children of Olmsted Community Outreach’s summer camp program raised money to purchase a specially designed wagon for the special needs children at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center.

Special thanks go out to Cheryl Fudale for spearheading this project, and to the OCO children and their families for participating. The summer campers had fun making crafts for the OCO craft show, selling lemonade, and playing balloon pop while learning a valuable lesson in community service.

Pictured (L-R): Valarie Guy, OCO Director, ECC Staff Franca DeMuth & Suzanne Kramer, and Cheryl Fudale, OCO & ECC staff.


LRA-2016SinglePageOPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND COLLEGE PREPARATIONS

Parents and students are invited to attend the Your Teen event, Navigating the College Process at 6:30 p.m. September 27th at Lake Ridge Academy.

This free event offers a valuable opportunity to gather more information about college:  the admissions process, paying for college, discovering a passion and more.  A parent expo begins at 6:30 followed by the program at 7 that includes speakers on paying for college, college admission process and others.  New this year – parents of grade 8 students for a special presentation on building a great high school experience.  To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.  Register by visting yourteenmag.com/register-lra-2016.


CalendarGraphicIMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES

OLMSTED FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL

September 6th – 8th Grade Parent Night (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

September 7th – 7th Grade Parent Night from (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)


POST PROM INVITES PARENTS TO MEETINGS; SPONSORS FUNDRAISERS

Post Prom 2017 graphicDear Senior Class Parents: We invite you to be part of the 2017 Post Prom Committee! 2017 Post Prom will be held at the school from Midnight – 3AM on Sunday May 21, 2017. There are still several committee and volunteer opportunities available! Please join us at our regular monthly meetings which are held at 7PM in the Media Center at Olmsted Falls High School on the third Wednesday of each month. We look forward to seeing you on September 21, 2016!

PostProm 2017 Blog updated June 5 jewelryPost Prom will have a booth at the Olmsted Falls varsity football game September 23.  Please stop by to purchase a Bulldog Spirit bracelet, of which varieties are also available at Nifty Dog Shop, 25596 Mill St., in the Grand Pacific Junction. The shop will have the bracelets for sale over the next several months.

Wing Night at Razzles:

  • wing night post prom sept 2016Saturday, September 24, from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • $20 ticket includes wings, pizza, beverage, and dessert
  • Chinese raffle, side boards, door prizes, music from a local DJ
  • Tickets sold at the door or in advance from Shari Zbin,sharizbin@sbcglobal.net
  • To view a flyer of the event, click HERE.
    • Please email Shari if you can help with the following:
      • Donate a raffle basket
      • Have items to contribute to a raffle basket
      • Purchase tickets in advance
      • Volunteer the night of the event

To keep up-to-date on important information, like the Post Prom Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee; follow the Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017 or send an email to bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com.


HELPING HANDS UPDATING INFORMATION – NEEDS EMAIL ADDRESSES

HH logoHelping Hands is currently recreating its parent email list. If you would like to receive emails from Helping Hands about upcoming events, please email Mariel Krakowiak at mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.

Please include your first and last name as well as the preferred email address to be used.

Thank you in advance for helping this group reach out to our community.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS


SIGN UP FOR A NEW LIBRARY CARD – WIPE OUT ANY FINES

Book mark

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. Kids in grades Pre-k through 12 may redeem a special bookmark at any Cuyahoga County Public Library branch for a free gift (while supplies last), a new library card and fine forgiveness during this month.

All students in grades preschool to 5 will receive the bookmark at school.  Bookmarks also will be available in the main office for students at OFMS and OFHS.  They then may redeem it at Olmsted Falls branch library or any other in that system.


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JOIN CUB SCOUTING IN OLMSTED FALLS – MEETING NEXT THURSDAY – SEPT. 8TH

Boys in grades 1 through 5 and their parents/guardians are invited to a Cub Scout Open House on Thursday, September 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Falls Gym at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Meet Cub Scout Packs 102 and 252, learn about what they do, and find out how your son can join the fun! For more information email OFallsPack102@gmail.com or cubscoutmaster252@gmail.com.


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OCC’S SATURDAY ACTIVITY NIGHTS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 10TH

Kids in grades 2-6 are invited to this year’s first Saturday Activity Night at Olmsted Community Center. The theme is Bulldog Pride Night. Be sure to wear your Olmsted Falls spirit gear. Enjoy crafts, games, food and a 3D laser lights. For more details, call 440-427-1599 or go to olmstedcc.com. Click HERE to view a flyer of September activities.


PARENTS: LIVING WITH ALLERGIES TALK AT WESTLAKE LIBRARY

Connecting for Kids (CFK) provides education and support to families with concerns about their children.  It is sponsoring a 7 p.m. September 20th discussion about food allergies, safe ways to set up your home and tips for eating out.  Dr. Brian Schroer of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is the speaker. Free childcare is available, but all who wish to attend must register at connectingforkids.org/register, emailing info@connectingforkids.org or calling 440-250-5563.  To see an event flyer, click HERE.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers

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