OFCS Update – October 31, 2016
OFCS RELEASES LATEST TWO VIDEOS IN SERIES PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT ISSUE #117
Two more videos in the ongoing series about the Zero Additional Taxes Bond Issue on the November 8th ballot have been released.
Be sure to watch retired community member and Bulldog Grandpa Dave Humpal share his thoughts about why keeping our schools strong is important.
This series of videos have been put together to share information about the upcoming Bond Issue with the community.
To view these latest two videos, as well as previous videos in the series, please click HERE.
OFCS STATE OF THE SCHOOLS PRESENTATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE
Thank you to all the parents and community residents who attended last week’s State of Schools event held Oct. 26 in the OFHS Auditorium. OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, Treasurer Emily Dales and OFHS teachers Liz Cleary and Dena Kotz were featured speakers for the evening. Members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education were also in attendance.
A wonderful representation of students performing and visual arts was also a featured component of the evening. OFCS would like to thank Ryan Patterson and the OFMS Golden Harmonies, and Julie Budd and members of the OFHS band for their outstanding musical performances.
We’d also like to extend thanks to our art teachers and student artists from across the district for putting together the amazing collection of artwork which was on display outside of the auditorium for guests to enjoy.
For those interested who were unable to attend, video footage of the State of the Schools presentation will soon be posted to the District website. Please watch the blog for notification once the files have been uploaded and are available to view.
FIVE YEAR FORECAST SHOWS IMPACT OF ISSUE 117
By Treasurer Emily Dales
Earlier this month the Board of Education approved the district’s latest Five-Year Forecast. This is a financial planning tool that is required by the State of Ohio and shows three years of actual financial data, (Fiscal Years 2014-2016) current projections and what the district thinks will happen from a financial perspective in the future (Fiscal Years 2017-2021). It is an excellent tool that shows the district’s effective and efficient daily operations and how we continue to be good stewards of the taxpayer dollar.
This particular forecast also demonstrates the impact that Issue 117 can have on the district’s bottom line. The November 8 ballot issue is a combined bond and permanent improvement levy that will pay for upgrades to mechanical systems and school renovations, and by law none of the money can be spent on school salaries or administration. It will not increase taxes to residents because existing bond and permanent improvement issues are being paid in full or expiring in both December 2016 and December 2017. So this truly is a zero additional taxes issue. Yet what we see in the Five-Year Forecast is what happens if voters do not approve Issue 117.
Without dedicated funds to help repair things that break or ongoing maintenance in our schools, the district is forced to pay for these necessary repairs out of the general fund. These dollars pay for the district’s day-to-day operating funds for things such as teachers, textbooks and utility costs. This means that if a roof needs to be repaired or a heating system goes out that the district is forced to reduce the teaching and learning budget to pay for these vital repairs. This forecast shows that as a reality.
Issue 117 allows the district to ensure a suitable environment for learning while avoiding cutting teachers or programs to pay for needed repairs and construction. This zero additional taxes bond issue will bring Olmsted Falls Schools’ technology and classrooms into the 21st century and help to maintain the current excellent quality of education that exists today. If you have any questions about Issue 117 or the district’s Five-Year Forecast please contact the district. We are happy to help and eager to make sure our residents have a complete understanding of the financial picture of our schools.
To view the complete Five-Year Forecast, approved by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at its regular October meeting, please click HERE.
HAVE QUESTIONS? GET ANSWERS @ TWO MORE COFFEE CHATS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK
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:
• This Wednesday, November 2 from 8-9 a.m. – CANCELLED*
(*UPDATE: The Nov. 2nd Community Coffee Chat has been cancelled. Any resident who has questions, or who is interested in meeting with Dr. Lloyd at an alternate time, is encouraged to call 427-6000.)
The next Community Coffee Chat is scheduled for:
• THIS THURSDAY, November 3 from noon to 1 p.m.
**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.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS
Congratulations to the newest members of the National Honor Society, inducted this past Wednesday, October 26th at the annual Induction Ceremony held in the OFHS auditorium. NHS advisors Mr. Brian Insley and Mrs. Virginia Wendling were joined by OFHS social studies teacher Tom Gibeaut, who served as this year’s featured faculty speaker for the special ceremony.
A total of 9 seniors and 50 juniors were inducted as new NHS members in front of an audience of family and friends. Congratulations to all of our this year’s NHS members!
To view this year’s NHS Induction Ceremony program featuring listing of all member names, please click HERE.
DON’T MISS THE ANNUAL POWDER PUFF ACTION – TOMORROW NIGHT – NOV. 1ST @ 7:45 P.M.
All are invited to join the next monthly OFMA meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Choir Room.
Hope to see you there!
FLECCPTA YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER WAS HUGE SUCCESS
A big thank you to all who helped in the Yankee Candle drive. We sold $40,500 worth of Yankee products, which will net 40 percent for the PTA. Yankee Candle boxes have arrived at Falls-Lenox and ECC. Look for emails or backpack slips for pick-up dates and times.
You may still place Yankee Candle orders online through the end of the year. The items are shipped directly to your home. You can use our group number and we will receive the profits from the sale. Group #990050451
Here is a list of this year’s winners:
1st Place – Jade Ziegelhofer, grade 2, two Cedar Point season passes
2nd Place – Sullivan Smith, kindergarten, 1 night stay at Kalahari
3rd Place – Tyler Bell, grade 1, $50 Toys R Us gift card
4th/5th Place – Taelyn Nieves, grade 1 and Lukas Smith, grade 2, Swings N Things season passes
Top Selling Class, F/L, Mrs. Vasco’s Grade 1, Skyzone jump passes for each child.
Top Selling Class, ECC, Mrs. McNeeley’s Kindergarten, Skyzone jump passes.
Top Participating Class, ECC, Mrs. McNeeley, 74-percent class participation, class party.
LAST COLLEGE & COFFEE, NOVEMBER 7; CHANGE IN TIME FOR BW COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY
The final session is from 8-9 a.m. Monday, November 7th in the OFHS Media Center. To see an informational flyer, click HERE.
Due to a time conflict, Baldwin Wallace University had to change the time for this Saturday’s – October 29th – second part of its College Essay Writing Workshop. It is now from noon to 2 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center.
Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information by clicking HERE.
BULLDOG CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS SHOW STRONG PERFORMANCES
Congratulations to the OFHS cross country teams that traveled to the Strongsville Invitational and ran quite well with some of the toughest competition in the state. Scoring and leading the girls were Sarah Makari, Madi Sobieski, Kaylee Gomez, Sidney VanScoy, Abbey Clark and Maggie Backus.
The boys traveled to the Valley Forge Invitational at Tri-C and took third overall. Leading the boys were Griffin Purdy, Collin Cook, Joe Backus, Andrew Gluvna, Ryan Kolesar and Caleb Prante.
The team was in action again over the weekend competing in this past Saturday’s Gilmour and Western Reserve Invitationals.
Great job, Bulldogs.
FINAL DAYS TO REGISTER FOR BOYS DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL
Boys in grades 4, 5 and 6 may register for this year’s Boys Developmental Basketball League. The last registration day is October 29th. 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.
The cost is $60. For more details and a registration form, click HERE.
The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will sponsor the Fall Scholastic Book Fair from Friday, November 4th through Monday, November 14th.
The fair will be open both conference nights, which are Monday, November 7th and Thursday, November 10th, from 4-7:30 p.m. Stop by and check out some great material.
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!
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
- Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
- Time: 6:30am – 10:00pm
- Location: 4779 Great Northern Blvd North Olmsted; (440) 716-0030
Mention organization when placing order & earn up to 25% of sales for Olmsted Falls Post Prom! (percentage earned based on total sales) Dine-in, Carry-out, Drive Thru or Cater! Soliciting for the Spirit Day on Chick-fil-A North Olmsted property is strictly prohibited and will result in any monies raised being forfeited. To download a copy of the flier, click HERE.
Vendor Night (Holiday Shopping)
- Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
- Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
- Location: Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria – 26939 Bagley Road, Olmsted FallsJoin us for some holiday shopping with awesome vendors, such as Yankee Candle, 31 Bags, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, The Swa-Berry Patch; Pastry Chef, Premier Jewelry and many more.Questions or want to be a vendor at our event? Email: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.
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: email@example.com
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
Children are invited to stop by the Olmsted Township fire department from 4-5:30 p.m. on Halloween, this Monday, October 31st and enjoy some free fun. Bring the family for glow sticks, face painting, candy, hot chocolate, donuts and apple cider. The station is at Cook and Fitch roads.
COMMUNITY TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS ARE TONIGHT, OCTOBER 31ST FROM 6-8 P.M.
Bulldogs, be safe and have fun!!
GRADE 6 GIRL SCOUTS FOOD DRIVE DATES
The Olmsted Falls Sixth-Grade Girl Scouts are having a food drive to support the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry. Please drop off non-perishable food items Sunday, November 6th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the North Olmsted Rec Center Ice Rink and Saturday, November 19th from 6:30-7:30 or 9:30-10:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Community Center (before or after Saturday Night Activity Night).
All donations will be taken to the Olmsted Falls Food Pantry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Olmsted Performing Arts invites the community to a free seminar by Peter Sklar at 2 p.m. November 12th.
Sklar is considered America’s leading expert on young talent. He will reveal the universals of interviewing for college, business or any job based on his contributions on Broadway, dance, music, film and other experiences. Admission is free. RSVP by calling 440-973-4363.
OPA is at 611 W. Bagley Road, Berea.
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.
We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.
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