OFCS Update – November 7, 2016
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW – TUESDAY, NOV. 8 — ELECTION DAY
School will resume Wednesday, November 9th. Remember to get out and vote in Tuesday’s election; and, for those voting by mail, remember that absentee ballots MUST BE POSTMARKED BY TODAY, MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016.
YOUR VOICE AND YOUR VOTE MATTER By Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent
Tomorrow November 8 is Election Day. This is the opportunity for residents to cast their vote and ensure their voice is heard regarding local, state and national issues and candidates. The opportunity to vote was created by the founders of our great country. Please take advantage of the opportunity.
For months now I have been meeting with members of our community and talking with them about Issue 117 – Olmsted Falls City Schools combined zero additional taxes permanent improvement and bond issue. I have answered questions, shared information and engaged in conversation with literally hundreds of residents. My goal was to ensure every community member had a clear understanding of what the district is asking for, why the board of education took action at this time and how this impacts our schools and our community. At its core, Issue #117 is a build it, fix it and maintain it issue that will not increase the amount of taxes voters are currently paying.
The focus now shifts to the voters. It is now your turn to make sure your voice is heard about Issue 117 and other important local issues. There has been a lot of talk about the rather negative national election, however we can’t let that situation impact our community. There are simply too many important local issues on the ballot to sit this one out.
So if you have already requested a vote by mail absentee ballot, please follow the instructions and return your ballot today. If you plan to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, know that voting locations are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. You can find your polling location and a sample ballot on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us.
The point is you have the power to directly impact our schools and our community. Please make sure you take advantage of this opportunity and vote!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
LOCAL MEDIA COVERAGE ABOUT ISSUE 117
In case you missed it, please click the following link to read recent local media coverage about Olmsted Falls City School District’s zero additional taxes school improvement levy on tomorrow’s election ballot:
ISSUE 117 INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS
Have you had a chance to checkout the informational video series about Issue 117? This series of videos was put together to share information with our community about the upcoming Zero Additional Taxes Bond Issue on this Tuesday’s election ballot.
Thank you again to all those who took time to share their thoughts about Issue 117 for this informative series. View the complete video series online at http://bit.ly/2cSZVJB.
Any community residents with questions about Issue 117 are encouraged to contact Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd or OFCS Treasurer Emily Dales at 427-6000, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
**IMPORTANT** ABOUT ISSUE 117: BALLOT LANGUAGE
Absentee voting is 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.
OFMS GRADE 8 PREPARES TO CELEBRATE VETERANS DAY
Veterans Day is Friday and the OFMS eighth graders are honoring those who served. They have honored our veterans on a Wall of Fame.
Blue team members also have written letters to veterans, which expressed their gratitude for their service to our country. Their letters also asked veterans questions of them and their experiences. The students have already received letters from these veterans who shared some remarkable stories.
Thank you to our Veterans for your service, and thank you to our students and staff at Olmsted Falls Middle School for honoring Veterans with this very personal project!
The Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present Enchanted April as its fall play this year. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. November 18th and 19th in the high school auditorium.
Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
The play is based on Elizabeth Von Arnim’s novel of the 1920s. It is considered a ‘gentle’ and romantic comedy of manners against the backdrop of England still reeling from World War I.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see our talented Masquers in this classic! Call (440) 427-6183 for more information.
CONGRATULATIONS OFHS BOYS SOCCER FOR A GREAT SEASON
A special CONGRATULATIONS to the Boys Bulldog soccer team. They had a great season, especially being the OHSAA Division 1 district champions.
We are very proud of your success this year! Thanks for a memorable season!
SMITH STEPS DOWN AS BULLDOG SOFTBALL COACH
Veteran Coach Passes Torch After 14 Years as Head Coach
Olmsted Falls High School Head Softball Coach Jim Smith has resigned from his head softball coaching position after fourteen years. Sighting personal reasons, Smith stated it is time for another person to begin a new era in Bulldog softball.
“Olmsted Falls is an excellent community to raise your children, where they receive a great education and have many opportunities through the Olmsted Falls City Schools,” said Coach Jim Smith. “This community has been very helpful and supportive during my coaching career, and I have nothing but praise for the district and its staff.”
“There are many former players from my softball program now coaching around Ohio and that makes me very proud to see,” said Coach Smith. “I have always stressed to my players that participating in activities during their high school career is only one step. The next step is to become a coach and help by giving back to the next generation of softball players.”
“On behalf of the Bulldog Athletics Department, I want to thank Coach Smith for his many years of service and dedication to our student athletes,” said Rob Coxon, Athletic Director for Olmsted Falls City Schools. “For the past 14 years, Jim has inspired and encouraged his players to be their best both on and off the field.”
To read the full press release, please click HERE.
The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center is sponsoring the Fall Scholastic Book Fair now 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.
FALLS-LENOX HOSTING BOOK FAIR IN CONJUNCTION WITH PARENT CONFERENCES
Parents are invited to stop by the Falls-Lenox Library before or after their scheduled parent/teacher conferences. Students should be bringing home flyers soon!
If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our new online book fair: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/fallslenoxprimaryschool1
TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – THIS 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!
SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC NEWS – SEASON FOR FLU, STREP THROAT IS HERE
- TEMPERATURE 100.0 DEGREES OR MORE: must be fever-free for a full 24 hours without any medication to return back to school
- PINK EYE AND STREP THROAT: must receive a full 24 hours of antibiotic therapy (and no discharge from eye for pink eye) to return back to school
- VOMITING/DIARRHEA: must be free from vomiting/diarrhea for a full 24 hours to return back to school
Please click here for more information on this and other ailments. If you have even further questions, please call your child’s building health aide or the district nurse at 440-427-6364.
MUSIC TRIVIA FUNDRAISER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS SATURDAY’S EVENT
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.
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.
- Date: This 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 Falls. Join 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: 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
Please stop by to support the Olmsted Falls 12U Boys Travel Baseball Team on Election Day, tomorrow. Tables will be set up at OFIS and OFMS from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with candy bars and baked goods. The team is raising funds for their trip to Myrtle Beach to play in The Cal Ripken Experience baseball tournament this June. Stop by to support the 12U baseball team.
GRADE 6 GIRL SCOUTS FINAL FOOD DRIVE DATE
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 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.
EXPERT TO GIVE ADVICE TO YOUNG TALENT
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.
OCC’S HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW – THIS SATURDAY
Last year the show saw more than 500 attendees. Be sure to come early to find those special gifts for family and friends.