OFCS Update – October 20, 2016
Be sure to watch Bulldog parent Julianne Allen share why the zero additional taxes bond issue is important to parents.
This series of videos have been put together to share information about the upcoming Bond Issue with the community.
To view Mrs. Allen’s video, as well as previous videos in the series, please click HERE.
DON’T MISS OFMS BULLDOG THEATER COMPANY’S PERFORMANCES OF THE CLASSIC BROADWAY MUSICAL “ANYTHING GOES” – THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Olmsted Falls Middle School Bulldog Theater Company’s performance of the classic Broadway musical Anything Goes opened to rave reviews on Thursday night!
Don’t miss the chance to see this fantastic show! Two more performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. on the OFMS cafetorium stage.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students (4th grade and up), and free for senior citizens and students (3rd grade and below). This promises to be a fun event for the entire family!
Kudos to the talented students of BTC! Congrats on another great production!
FIVE STUDENTS HONORED FOR SCORES IN NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Olmsted Falls Board of Education at its monthly meeting honored five OFHS students who performed well in the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year.
The five seniors are Eli Tomasch, who is a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, and Mark Drobnak, Morgan Finau, Ouen Mali and Molly McCafferty, the latter four who earned Commended status.
More than 1.6 million students took the test and entered the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation identified the 50,000 highest scorers.
Then 16,000 of those high performers became Semifinalists, who have the chance to continue in the competition and advance to Finalist standing by meeting several additional requirements.
Good luck to Seth Tomasch as he advances to the next level of competition, and congratulations again to all of these fine students!
**IMPORTANT** ABOUT ISSUE 117: BALLOT LANGUAGE
Absentee voting is already underway. Whether you are voting by mail or at the polls on November 8, Olmsted Falls School District wants to ensure residents have all the information you need to cast an informed vote. The ballot language for Issue 117 features two components, that are combined into a single vote. These components are 2.2-mills of bond money and 1-mill of permanent improvement dollars for ongoing maintenance and improvements of school facilities.
Please note that while the ballot language for the 1-mill permanent improvement component of Issue 117 by law must read “additional property tax,” passage of Issue 117 does result in ZERO ADDITIONAL TAXES TO RESIDENTS.
This is because 5.5 mills of existing permanent improvement and bond millage are coming off the books by the end of 2017. In fact, five of these mills are actually paid in full in December 2016.
Any parents or district residents with questions are encouraged to contact the Board of Education office at 440-427-6000 before casting your vote. There is also another Bond Issue Informational Night scheduled for this evening, Thursday, October 20th @ 7:00 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School which all residents are invited to and encouraged to attend. (See below.)
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.
Bond Issue Informational Night TONIGHT! 7 P.M. @ OFHS Auditorium
Lots of residents want more specific information about issue 117 on November 8. To help address these questions, the district will hold it final informational night at 7 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School. 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.
Plus More Coffee Chats
Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd has also been 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.
If you missed last Friday’s spectacular Bulldog football game against Avon Lake, you have the opportunity to view the band performances and Senior Night announcements for fall sports right here.
Click the highlighted words to view the videos:
- Band’s pre-game performance
- Here are the Bulldogs!
- The half-time band performance
- Senior Night: cross-country, golf, tennis, cheerleaders, athletic trainer
- Senior Night: football team
SAVE THE DATE: COMMUNITY INVITED TO STATE OF THE SCHOOLS EVENT – NEXT WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26TH @ 6:30 P.M.
On October 26 Olmsted Falls City Schools residents will have the opportunity to hear about what’s going on in the district straight from top leadership. A State of the Schools community engagement opportunity will happen at Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The event will feature student performances as well as remarks from Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd regarding the status of the school district. Dr. Lloyd and other top leaders will share challenges and triumphs that are happening today as well as goals for the future of our schools. Please be sure to join community members from across the district for this unique opportunity.
HANDS ON SCIENCE! OFIS STUDENTS GET CLOSE TO NATURE
The field trip took them to the Center and to the shores of Lake Erie to test areas of the water.
To see a photo gallery of the trip, click HERE.
FALLS-LENOX/ECC PTA CHANGES START TIME OF OCT. 25TH MEETING TO 6:00 P.M.
OHIO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL VEHICLE INSPECTORS VISIT OFCS
An Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Vehicle Inspection team visited Olmsted Falls Schools Tuesday in support of National School Bus Safety Week.
The team visited all the buildings during morning and afternoon drop-off times.
The OFCS Transportation Department appreciates our partnership with the OSHP MVI team!
Thank you for helping us promote safety in Bulldog country!
PARENTS/STUDENTS: SEVERAL COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
The next evening session is from 6-7 p.m. on October 24th in OFHS Room W3. (Please note change in start time for this evening event). The final morning session is from 8-9 a.m. November 7th in the OFHS Media Center. All are on Mondays. To see an informational flyer, click HERE.
Baldwin Wallace University will have the second part of its College Essay Writing Workshop from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, October 29th, in the OFHS Media Center.
Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information by clicking HERE.
STILL TIME TO BUY TICKETS TO THE OFHS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI INDUCTION CEREMONY/DINNER – OCTOBER 27th
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 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.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY LIBRARY LAUNCHES HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
The HOMEWORK MENTOR program will be available at the Cuyahoga County Public Library OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., beginning Wednesday, October 19th to students in your school district. Students who participate in the program will receive homework assistance from trained staff in language arts, reading, math, science and social studies.
Cuyahoga County Public Library recognizes that homework is an important extension of the school day as it reinforces the lessons that take place in the classroom. We also recognize that students may struggle with their homework if they do not fully comprehend their lessons. To that end, our Homework Mentors will provide the guidance students may need to better comprehend their lessons and successfully complete their homework assignments.
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.
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.
OFIS PTA CHARLESTON WRAP FUNDRAISER UNDERWAY
MUSIC TRIVIA FUNDRAISER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Help – and enjoy – Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Wing Nite/Music Trivia fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. November 12th at St. Clarence Hall. Volunteers are needed as raffle sellers, side boards handlers, set-up, clean up and much more. All donations also will be appreciated. To sign up, click HERE for the SignUpGenius form.
The evening includes food, beverages, music trivia, karaoke, great company and many chances to win a prize. The event costs $20, which includes food and a chance at a door prize. Fill a table with a party of 6 to receive an additional door prize entry. Seating is limited, so hurry.
To view the event’s flier, click HERE.
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!
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
DONATE CLOTH GOODS TO THE TRUCK CLOTHING DRIVE – THIS WEEKEND
The Olmsted Falls Music Association again is teaming with Easter Seals Northern Ohio in hosting a “Fill the Truck” clothing donation drive. It is THIS WEEKEND – 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 SATURDAY AND 1-4 p.m. SUNDAY.
A detailed list of acceptable items, and more information, is on the flier that may be viewed by clicking HERE.
ALL INVITED TO TROOP 201 COURT OF HONOR AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – THIS SUNDAY
Five of the six scouts who will be honored at this Sunday’s Olmsted Falls Troop 201 Court of Honor are Bulldog students.The Court of Honor is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Olmsted Falls Middle School. Following the event, the troop will celebrate its 90th anniversary in the community.
Scouts receiving their Eagle Scout ranking, which only about 5 percent of Boy Scouts obtain, include Connor Hughes, Andrew Lane, Eric Sobera, Andrew Tomasch, Kevin Walsh and Ryan Walston. All are current OFHS students except for Connor, who is a 2016 grad and Andrew Lane, an Avon Lake High senior.
Here is a brief description of the scouts and their Eagle Scout leadership project.
- Connor, 18; installed rain garden and rain barrels behind the Troop’s storage building at Falls-Lenox school
- Eric, 16, sophomore; installed a funnel ball station and other playground equipment on Olmsted Community Church’s grounds
- Andrew Tomasch, 16, sophomore; installed a Veterans Memorial Garden at the Village of the Falls assisted living facility in Olmsted Falls
- Kevin, 15, sophomore; constructed picnic tables at the Olmsted Falls Middle School. The tables are in the courtyard for students and staff to enjoy
- Ryan, 15, a sophomore, installed a giant, life-size checkerboard for the Olmsted Community Preschool on the grounds of Olmsted Community Church.
- Andrew Lane, 18,Shoreman senior, built a 32-foot prayer labyrinth at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ.
The Troop was founded Oct. 29, 1926, but troop historians believe it was previously chartered as Troop 1, sponsored by the Olmsted Grange, but now by the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club. The troop has produced 150 Eagle Scouts since 1926.
All are invited to Sunday’s festivities where the new Eagle Scouts – and the Troop – will be honored.
LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM
- 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.
o Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – gates open at 7:00pm, game starts at 7:45pm
o Location: Charles A. Harding Memorial Stadium, Olmsted Falls High School – 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls
o Tickets: $5 at the door, $4 pre-sale during lunch in OFHS cafeteria
o Volunteers will be needed to sell tickets at the high school during lunches, volunteer the night of the game to sell/take tickets, work concessions, etc. Please click here to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054CADAE2BA02-2016
To keep up-to-date on important information:
Join our next meeting: Wednesday, November 16th @ 7:00 p.m.
Like our Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee
Follow our Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017
Questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MARK CALENDAR FOR OFHS SWIM/DIVE CHIPOTLE DINING
Click HERE to download a flyer to present with your order. Dine in or take your order home. If you forgot the flyer, be sure to tell the cashier at the checkout you are there for the fundraiser. Use of an existing gift card with your purchase is permitted. The restaurant is at 26420 Great Northern Shopping Center, North Olmsted. The flyer may be printed or on a cell phone.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
The Hope Community Church offers families a fun, free time at its Tricks & Treats Halloween Party from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 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.
NEW OLMSTED FALLS 4H CLUB OPEN HOUSE – SATURDAY, NOV. 5TH
Come learn about opportunities for 5-18 year olds to become involved in 4H. Members choose from a wide variety of projects from farming to physics to cooking and everything in between!
Participating in 4H helps encourage self-confidence, self-esteem, and leadership abilities. Learn about fundraising and working in the community while making new friends.
For more information contact Trish Lloyd at email@example.com.
VENDORS NEEDED FOR OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW
Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees. A space application form can be found at www.olmstedcc.com.
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