OFCS Update – October 14, 2016
OFCS RELEASES NEXT VIDEO IN SERIES PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT ISSUE #117
Be sure to watch former Olmsted Falls Kiwanis President and Bulldog parent Tony Budak share how Issue 117 impacts our community in this latest video.
This series of videos have been put together to share information about the upcoming Bond Issue with the community. To view Mr. Budak’s video, as well as previous videos in the series, please click HERE.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Looking ahead, please also note there will be NO SCHOOL for students on Tuesday, November 8th – Election Day. OFCS staff members will participate in a scheduled professional development day on this date.
To download a copy of the complete 2016-2017 school year calendar, please click HERE.
Finally, the annual PTA Activities Calendar has been finalized and will be delivered next week. Please watch for calendars to be sent home (one per household) by the end of next week.
OFHS VARSITY BOYS SOCCER TEAM IS 2016 SWC CHAMPS!
Senior Mickey Kasputis scored two goals with Kevin Lemin, junior, scoring the third. Junior Ryan Kolonick earned an assist on a goal. Goalkeeper Austin Mitchell had five saves.
To read The Chronicle coverage of the game, click HERE.
The team ends its regular season against St. Ed’s at 7 p.m. this Saturday, October 15th. It is OF Senior Night. Congratulations, Bulldogs. Good luck in tournament play. Continue your winning streak!
RELIVE THIS YEAR’S HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES
Here are the OFHS Bulldog Marching Band performances from Friday night’s Homecoming game. The OFMS 8th grade band also performed in some of the action. Relive the festivities from the grandstands.
Click the highlighted words to view the videos.
- Band’s entrance into stadium
- Script ‘Falls’ & Homecoming Court
- The National Anthem
- Here are the Bulldogs players!
- The half-time performance
HAVE QUESTIONS? GET ANSWERS!
Olmsted Falls City Schools knows that residents often have questions about what’s happening in the school district, especially related to the zero additional taxes bond issue on the November 8th ballot. To help increase the dialogue about this and other important school issues there are now two new ways to get the answers you want to your questions.
Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd is hosting a series of Coffee Chats. This is a chance for residents to talk to Dr. Lloyd and ask meaningful questions about what’s happening in schools today. Here are the latest upcoming dates and times for community members to join Dr. Lloyd at The Village Bean (8143 Columbia Road in Olmsted Falls) for these great conversations:
• November 2 from 8-9 a.m.
• November 3 from noon to 1 p.m.
Bond Issue Informational Nights
Lots of residents want more specific information about issue 117 on November 8. To help address these questions, the district is hosting a series of informational nights. Facts will be presented and attendees will have the opportunity to have their questions addressed by school district leaders. Get the answers to your questions so you are able to cast your vote on November 8. Stop by one of the following Bond Issue Informational Nights:
• This Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Falls-Lenox School
• Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School
MANY ATTEND THIS WEEK’S OFCS SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCHEON
More than 65 senior citizens from throughout the Olmsted community attended Wednesday’s luncheon at Olmsted Falls High School. The menu, which the outstanding OFCS Food Services Department prepared, included lemon chicken, roasted
red potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, roll, pumpkin mousse and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Oh, don’t forget the hot and cold apple cider, too!
Also attending were board members and district administrators. OFHS Jazz Band and the Golden Expressions entertained the group. Dr. Jim Lloyd spoke to the gathering, bringing them up to date with district news. All seemed to enjoy the food, entertainment and camaraderie! To see a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.
The district plans to continue these senior luncheons each fall and spring.
CALLING ALL OFIS PTA DADS – IT’S ALL ABOUT DONUTS
This is only for PTA members – a benefit of joining this group. It’s not too late to join, though. All wishing to attend should fill out the RSVP form by clicking HERE, on which you may also join PTA. Questions? Contact Heather Miranda, firstname.lastname@example.org or Reghan Laki, email@example.com.
TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – SATURDAY, NOV. 12TH
The 30th Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9 am to Noon in the High School Auditorium. Our Bulldogs are awesome performers, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.
Please watch this weekly blog and look for posted flyers in your school for more details. The High School PTA Talent Show will be Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Mark your calendars!
OFHS JUNIOR EARNS EAGLE SCOUT HONOR
Josh is an OFHS junior and plays the tuba/Sousa in the band. He plans to major in engineering at either Miami University or The Ohio State University while enrolling in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps – ROTC.
His Eagle Scout Leadership Project was improving the outdoor worship space at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Westlake.
STILL TIME TO BUY TICKETS TO THE OFHS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI INDUCTION CEREMONY/DINNER
The inductees are Carl Gerbasi, class of 1962, education; Nan A. Baker, ’73, business/politics; Ron Smith, ’75, business/insurance; Greg Butcher, ’76, business/engineering; Pamela Ehresman Pennock, ’90, educator/write and and Kevan Stuber, music/educator. They join 59 notable individuals who are now in the Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony is Thursday, October 27th at the Donauschwaben’s German-American Cultural Center, 7370 Columbia Road. The community is invited to attend the ceremony and its dinner. Tickets are $35. Click HERE for a reservation form. Contact Cathy Hess, alumni director, 440-427-6030 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
PARENTS/STUDENTS: SEVERAL COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
The OFHS guidance counselors invite parents to this year’s Coffee & College informational sessions about the college application process. The final morning session is from 8-9 a.m. 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.
Parents 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.
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.
THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 15TH – ACT/SAT PRACTICE TEST PROGRAM @ OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY
Need to take the SAT or ACT? Take a free practice test first! Sylvan Learning Center will give you the opportunity to take either test during this workshop. Please bring a No. 2 pencil and graphing/scientific calculator to the exam.
ACT/SAT Practice Test
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 1:30 PM
OFCS LAUNCHES OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT!
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
OFVA (Olmsted Falls Volleyball Association) TRYOUT INFORMATION
Where: Olmsted Falls Middle School Gymnasium
Time: 10’s (born on or after September 1, 2006 OR in 4th grade) 9:00-10:30 am
11’s: (born on or after September 1, 2005 OR in 5th grade) 9:00-10:30 am
12’s: (born on or after September 1, 2004 OR in 6th grade) 10:30-12:00 pm
Please be there 15 minutes before your scheduled tryout time to register!
Bring: $5.00 tryout fee (cash or check made out to Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters); Kneepads; Parent/Guardian will need to fill out information sheet; parents will not be permitted in gym during tryouts.
If this is your first experience with club volleyball, please check out www.ovr.org for information about the overall structure of the club volleyball experience. The OFVA website is: http://bit.ly/OFallsVA.
The number of players on a team may vary. OFVA Bulldogs Volleyball Club attempts to limit the team size to 9-11 so that everyone gets maximum playing time. Playing time is not guaranteed. We select athletes based on the following criteria: Coachability, willingness to be a team player, athletic ability for volleyball, athletic potential, work ethic, drive, competitive attitude, and current skill ability and/ or experience.
If your daughter makes a team, the following will be the expected commitment:
Cost: Depending on the team made (10’s, 11’s, or 12’s), the cost will be between $300-375, plus a $65 OVR registration fee.
Practices: Teams will practice twice a week, TBA. We will be given gym time by the Olmsted Falls BOE at a later date. Practices will begin mid-December through mid- May. Practices may start as early as 4:00 or as late as 7:30 pm.
Tournaments: 10’s and 11’s teams will play in between 4-6 tournaments, including OVR championships in Columbus. 12’s team will play in between 6-8 tournaments, including OVR championships in Columbus. Most tournaments are played locally at Ohio Nets, Maverick, and Spirit Facilities. For the most part, tournaments will be within 45 minutes of Olmsted Falls. The exception is OVR Championships, played in Columbus. Tournaments are either Saturdays or Sundays and run from approximately 7 am- 7 pm, in some cases.
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Urban at email@example.com
REGISTER THIS MONTH FOR BOYS DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL
Boys in grades 4, 5 and 6 may register for this year’s Boys Developmental Basketball League. Players will have skill sessions and play team games on Saturdays at the OFHS gym during the months of November and December and one Wednesday game. OFHS basketball coaches and players will teach the skills, which emphasize basic skills, games rules and teamwork in an atmosphere designed to be educational and fun. All participants will be invited to play at halftime of a varsity boys basketball game.
Registration is open through October 29th. The cost is $60.
For more details and a registration form, click HERE.
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!
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
START GATHERING DONATIONS FOR FILL THE TRUCK CLOTHING DRIVE
The Olmsted Falls Music Association again is teaming with Easter Seals Northern Ohio in hosting a “Fill the Truck” clothing donation drive. It will be October 22nd and 23rd in the OF Board of Education parking lot. Easter Seals will compensate OFMA based on the number of pounds of cloth items collected.
Many items will be accepted, such as clothing, shoes, purse, scarves, gloves, hats, linens, towels – even stained items. The drive cannot accept household items, toys or any items not cloth. All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. The truck will be in the parking lot from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 October 22nd and 1-4 p.m. October 23rd.
A detailed list of acceptable items, and more information, is on the flier that may be viewed by clicking HERE.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
CALLING ALL GHOSTS AND GOBLINS FOR HALLOWEEN FUN THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH
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.
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.
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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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.
- 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