OFCS Update – November 18, 2016
Olmsted Falls schools will not have classes Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume Monday, November 28th.
Enjoy your turkey and time with family! Have a safe holiday.
TONIGHT: LET’S GO DOGS!!! BULLDOGS PLAY IN OHSAA REGIONAL FINALS GAME
For additional information on tonight’s regional finals match-up, please visit www.olmstedfallsathletics.net.
GO BULLDOGS!! GO BULLDOGS!! GO BULLDOGS!! GO BULLDOGS!!
COME TO THE OFHS MASQUERS FALL PLAY TONIGHT & SATURDAY!
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.
BOARD THANKS COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORT OF ISSUE 117
Olmsted Falls School District continues to express appreciation to the community for the recent passage of issue 117, the district’s combined permanent improvement and bond issue. During their regular monthly meeting held November 17, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education extended thanks to voters for their support of issue 117. The board also reiterated that the issue results in zero additional taxes to residents and that none of the money from the issue will be used on school salaries or administration. Instead, the issue will pay for upgrades to mechanical systems and school renovations so that money did not have to be diverted from the classroom teaching and instruction budget to make vital repairs.
Passage of the ballot issue allows the district to bring technology and classrooms into the 21st century and maintain the current excellent quality of education. Specifically, this issue allows the district to:
- Upgrade to mechanical systems;
- Ensure a suitable environment for learning;
- Provide infrastructure and computer systems in order to offer classes in the science, technology, engineering and math program, which are vital to helping students get accepted to top colleges;
- Eliminates the need to hold classes in trailers any longer, since they require doors to remain unlocked so students can go back and forth to the main building, which makes both susceptible to unauthorized entry and security problems;
- Have advanced science and technology labs, like the ones used by most of the other top-rated nearby school districts; and,
- Upgrade to electrical systems and wiring to better support classroom learning systems and technology that is essential to a modern education.
Olmsted Falls City Schools and the Olmsted Falls Board of Education look forward to sharing frequent updates with the community as the planning and logistics stage for the school improvements made possible by the passage of issue 117 gets underway.
As always, any parent or resident with questions is encouraged to contact the Board of Education Office at 440-427-6000.
FALLS-LENOX INVITES VETERANS TO SPECIAL VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES
Friday at Falls-Lenox Primary School was a very special day for our veterans. Students and staff worked together to provide breakfast for more than 120 veterans, along with their Falls-Lenox acquaintances.
First graders decorated placemats and second graders helped serve food and clean up. Students donated almost $600 to go toward the breakfast, which meant almost half the cost was paid for by the students! The school and PTA covered the rest. After breakfast, flagpole ceremonies commemorated this special day.
In a real team effort, third-grade speakers shared information about Veterans Day, second graders led songs and three high school students – Joseph Bertrand, Colleen Gareau and Daylon Amposta – played Taps on their trumpets. One of the participating veteran’s family members emailed a teacher afterward and said, “Thank you for showing this generation how important it is to acknowledge the sacrifices veterans have made to provide the freedoms we have today.” A very special thanks to our Veterans Day Committee and PTA for planning and supporting our Veterans Day activities. It’s wonderful to see that when everyone makes a small sacrifice, a big event like this can happen.
Falls-Lenox is currently working on getting the many photos taken at this year’s event posted to a photo gallery on its website. Please check the website soon, or watch next blog for link! Thanks again to all who made this such a special day!
COMMUNITY GREETS 2017 DISTINGUISHED HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
More than 100 friends, family and colleagues attended the October 27th Alumni Association’s OFHS Distinguished Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner. The inductees included five Bulldog grads and one music educator. The honorees were Carl Gerbasi, ’62; Nan A. Baker, ’73; Ron Smith, ’74; Greg Butcher, ’76; Pam Ehresman Pennock, ’90 and Kevan Stuber, music educator. They join 59 other notable people who have been inducted since the Hall’s inception in 1996.
If you would like to nominate someone for the Athletic Hall of Fame or Distinguished Hall of Fame, contact the alumni office at 440-427-6030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFMS GRADE 8 RAISE AWARENESS, FUNDS TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER
Hardworking and dutiful students went to almost every class at the beginning of the school day for four days to collect donations of $1 or more from teachers and students. From this combined effort, the eighth graders collected $653 in only one week.
Thank you to OFMS students and teachers for their generosity. The project not only raised awareness for breast cancer, but also made a donation of $653 to the upcoming 2017 Olmsted Falls Relay for Life.
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DISTRICT RECEIVES SPEECH LANGUAGE MATERIAL FROM BW UNIVERSITY
The Olmsted Falls Speech Therapy department received more than 30 new therapy materials from Baldwin Wallace University’s Speech Therapy Clinic. Materials were provided to the district on a permanent loan from the University. These materials have been distributed to therapists throughout the school district and will benefit students who receive speech-language therapy within the school setting.
The department received several assessments and a variety of other material. Evaluations received were chosen to better assess specific speech and language difficulties often observed within the classroom setting. Other material specifically designed for speech-language therapists include therapy games, stimuli and interactive software to promote generalization of skills in a natural and engaging manner. The entire department is beyond grateful for this exciting opportunity and is looking forward to continuing the relationship between the University and the Olmsted Falls City School District.
DR. LLOYD LEADS STATE EDUCATORS DURING RALLY FOR EDUCATIONAL CHANGE
Earlier this week, hundreds of school district leaders and educators held a rally on the steps of the state house in Columbus. The rally was designed to not only request changes to new state requirements for graduation and assessments, but to communicate a desire for school leaders to be included in the conversations of how to maintain high standards for public education yet also make reasonable changes for improvements. Olmsted Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd was a leader and speaker at the rally.
“This wasn’t about a bunch of educators whining,” noted Dr. Lloyd. “As the leader of a great school district, I get to see the wonderful things teachers and principals do with students everyday. We want to continue to have high standards for students so that they are truly ready for college or the workforce after graduation. Yet some of the recent changes have gone too far. We need to take a step back and work together with our state legislators to find reasonable solutions that aren’t harmful to students.”
Most notably the group of educators is concerned with new graduation requirements that take effect for the class of 2018, the amount of state testing that is currently required and the lack of consistency within the Ohio Report Card system. In addition to organizing the Rally for Educational Change, Dr. Lloyd testified before the Ohio State Board of Education regarding changes he feels should be made to the state’s educational system and the willingness of school superintendents to work collaboratively to solve the current education challenges.
FALLS-LENOX HOSTS FINAL DAY OF 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.
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
ANNUAL HELPING HANDS HOLIDAY PARTY IS DEC. 2ND – RSVP WITH FORM/PAYMENT BY THIS TUESDAY – 11/22
Dinner will be catered by Tony K’s including pizza, pasta, meatballs, bread and salad. Cookie decorating is dessert!
The PTA invites Falls-Lenox students and their dad, grandpa, uncle or other special man in their lives to bond over breakfast. The event is from 7-8 a.m. November 29th for those whose last names are from A-L or November 30th, last names between M-Z, for donuts and beverages. The RSVP deadline is November 22nd, so hurry. Blue forms were sent home this week. They also may be downloaded by clicking HERE.
This is a PTA event. If the special guest is not currently a member, you may still enroll on the Breakfast Buddies form along with attaching a $7 check made out to FLECC PTA. Questions may be directed to Katie Pasiak at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing and meeting you there.
On December 2nd, it will host a College of Engineering Visit Day and Dec. 10, Women in Engineering Visit Day. At both events, students will learn more about Akron’s engineering majors, co-op program, tour the College of Engineering with faculty and meet with current students. You also will have a chance to ask questions of advisors and learn more about the support services to help students succeed.
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY TO HOST “INSTANT DECISION” DAY @ OFHS
The OFHS National Honor Society is now taking orders for its Poinsettia Sale. Plant sizes range from 4- to 10-inches and prices, $5 to $15. Colors are red, white or pink, depending upon the desired size. Delivery dates are Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8 or Dec. 15.
To download an order form, click HERE. The sale ends December 15th.
LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM
Yankee Candle Fundraising – OLMSTED FALLS POST PROM 2017
Direct to Home Selling Program – Online Web Sales – *Fundraiser runs now through November 22!
- We are very excited to partner with Yankee Candle Fundraising this fall. You can shop online from the comfort of your home by simply going online to: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and place an order using our group number listed above.
- Please share this with your friends and family to help our organization reach its goals. Olmsted Falls Post Prom will receive 40% profit on all items purchased. All online orders are processed as they are received and normally ship in 2-3 days. Orders will ship directly to your home.
- Please support Olmsted Falls Post Prom 2017 by shopping the wide range of quality candles, fragrances and décor items.
- Visit: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter our Group #990107623
One Stop Holiday Shopping at Vendors Night – Hosted by the 2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.To view a flier, click HERE.
To keep up-to-date on important information:
Like our Facebook page: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee
Follow our Twitter page: @OFpostprom2017
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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
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.
Help the Olmsted community provide for the local food pantry this Thanksgiving. Teams of youth and drivers will go door- to-door in the community and collect food donations from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday, November 20th. The collected food will be distributed to families in need. You may help by creating teams or having donations of non-perishable goods ready when they arrive at your door. Donations also may be dropped off at Olmsted Community Church. For more details, call 235-3326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please meet at the church at 1 p.m. to gather your team and obtain a map of your designated area to canvass.
Sound Board Art
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description: Ages 11-14: In this workshop led by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, participants will explore the intersection of art and technology. Teens will create interactive two-dimensional art using found objects and paint. Sound will be added to the visual imagery created through the use of Bare Conductive technology. Teens will utilize a water-based electric paint that, with the touch of a finger, will transmit pre-recorded sounds using Arduino-like Touch Boards. Teens will bring their art to life electronically by choosing different sounds to play through the circuit/sensor board. Registration required.
On Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 presents Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School.Kids can shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of friendly “elves.” Most items are under $10. A holiday raffle of terrific items including Xbox One gaming system and Vitamix blender, plus crafts, photo booth, and food are available as well.Admission is free; all proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.
Reasonable Prices – Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine & more.
Win a prize for having the ugliest Christmas sweater at the Jenkins Place Senior Center Christmas Party from noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16. The party includes food, refreshments and fun. Bring a $10 gift and have fun exchanging. Be sure to RSVP by Dec. 12 by emailing email@example.com or calling 44-427-2519. The Jenkins Place is in the Olmsted Falls City Hall, 26100 Bagley Road. To download the official event flyer, please click HERE.
SWINGS-N-THINGS HOSTS TEEN DANCE NIGHTS IN JANUARY
For additional information, click HERE for the event flyer or contact Swings-N-Things at 235-4420, ext. 125 for more details.
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