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OFCS Update – December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016 Comments off

winter_breakIT’S WINTER BREAK!

The Olmsted Falls City School District’s winter break officially began with the end of today’s classes.  Classes will resume Tuesday, January 3rd.

This is the final blog for the 2016 calendar year.  Look for the next one appearing during the first week of school in January 2017.

Happy Holidays and best wishes in the New Year to our students, staff, administration and community.  Enjoy the break!


CONGRATS! FALLS-LENOX IS FOX 8’S COOL SCHOOL

cool-schoolsFalls-Lenox Primary School was the winner in last week’s Fox 8 Cool School voting. Thanks to all of those who personally voted and helped spread the word to others!

The Falls-Lenox Cool School story will be the first Cool School featured in the new year. It is scheduled to air Thursday, January 5th, between 6:30-6:50 a.m It will run again that Thursday afternoon during the Fox 8 4 p.m. newscast. It also will be posted on the Fox 8 website. Be sure to mark your 2017 calendars to tune in!


POLARIS WILL HAVE CLASSES TOMORROW – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21ST

school busStudents attending Polaris Career Center will have classes Wednesday, December 21st although OFHS will be closed that day to begin winter break.

Only transfer buses will run to and from Polaris that day. Polaris students will receive a handout with the schedule.  The transfer bus schedule is as follows:

A.M. – Transfer #89 departs from OFHS at 7:05 a.m.  Bus #85 will return them to OFHS at 11:10 a.m.

P.M. – Transfer #88 departs from OFHS at 10:50 a.m. Bus #89 will return them to OFHS at 2:40 p.m.


2 OFHS STUDENTS HIGHLIGHTED IN LOCAL NEWSPAPER

2016-12-20-15_01_38-t3-performance-performers-of-the-week-for-dec-16OFHS students Sarah Balfour and Eric Hanna were recently featured in the Morning Journal’s T3 Performance Performers of the Week.

Sarah, a junior, scored 14 points against Avon and had two assists and four rebounds.  She also scored 27 points in the victory over Westlake, including the guard’s game-tying and winning free throws.

Eric, a sophomore and also a guard, scored 32 points, including six 3-pointers, four assists, three rebounds and four steals against conference rivals Westlake and Lakewood.

To view the newspaper article, click HERE.


MANY FAMILIES PARTICIPATED IN ECC’S LITERACY NIGHT

20161208_184500The Early Childhood Center sponsored a Literacy Night December 8th.  Those participating included 80 families, preschool and Kindergarten, who joined us for the following activities:

  • Supporting New Readers with Mrs. B
  • Tech Talk and Tips with Mrs. Carlin
  • Sue Grame’s resource table from the Olmsted Falls Public Library
  • Gingerbread Playdough
  • Shared reading of the Gingerbread Boy story followed by retelling bracelet
  • Gingerbread poems and songs eccimg_00371
  • Literacy Games to practice letters, sounds and sight words
  • Make-and-Take gingerbread book and games
  • Sensory Trail – Run! Run! As Fast as you Can!\
  • Gingerbread photo opportunity with gingerbread house and cut-outs for faces

Everyone enjoyed such an educational and fun evening!  To view more photos from the ECC Literacy Night, please click HERE.


OFCS TEACHER CHOSEN AS TEACHER OF THE WEEK

asher_brianCongratulations to OFHS Intervention Specialist Mr. Brian Asher!

Mr. Asher was nominated by a student and was chosen to be the featured WEWS Teacher of the Week.

The newscast will air his segment during the 5 p.m. show January 2nd.

Be sure to tune mark your calendars and tune in to channel 5!  Also, if you see Mr. Asher, be sure to congratulate him!


ofeadriveBULLDOG TEACHERS LEND SUPPORT TO LOCAL FOOD PANTRY

The Olmsted Falls Education Association (OFEA) recently organized a toiletry and paper products drive to benefit the food pantry in Olmsted Falls.

Teachers across the district participated and collected 350+ items.

These donations will last the pantry until early spring!


MEET THIS MONTH’S ECC HEALTHY HERO

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ECC student Lauren Kunkle is this month’s Healthy Hero.

The Healthy Hero program teaches students healthy habits, such as power hand washing, eating properly, daily exercise, sleeping well and coughing/sneezing in one’s sleeve.  Each student recognized receives a Healthy Hero certificate and a $5 gift card to an area store.  Congrats, Lauren.

Pictured here with Lauren are her parents, nurse Carol and Principal Melinda Brunner.


OFHS BUSINESS STUDENTS ENJOY SURPRISE PIZZA PARTY

pizzapicOFHS Teacher Dena Kotz’s Business Principles class received a surprise lunch Monday.

They recently participated in the Young Entrepreneur “Teen Pitch Tank contest.”  Its director contacted a local eatery and ordered pizza for the entire class during their final exams Monday!

Their teacher is proud they accomplished so much in a very short semester class.


TODAY – TUESDAY – IS LAST DAY TO ORDER YOUR HELPING HANDS 3ELOVE SHIRTS

elove-new-logoThe annual Helping Hands 3elove shirt fundraiser is open and accepting orders.  Choose items with the NEW DESIGN or choose ANYTHING from the website to contribute to the fundraiser.

Orders are being taken online only through TODAY, Tuesday, December 20th. Orders will be delivered in time for “Disability Awareness Week,” which is January 9, 2017. Go to www.3elove.com/ofcs to place your order.

Use the code OFCSFreeShip to ship your order free to Mariel Krakowiak.  Include your name and building on the “company” line when you place your order, i.e., Krakowiak-IS. Using the code OFCSDirect means you pay for shipping directly to your home.

NOTE: You will be asked to enter your own address during checkout, but the code you enter will let them know where to ship it!  Thank you.


THE ANNUAL OFHS BASEBALL WINTER SKILLS CAMP IS THIS THURSDAY

baseball2cjpg-9e254f0fa2cc45ad_largeCome join the Olmsted Falls Varsity Baseball program for a day of valuable baseball knowledge and fun. This ONE DAY skills camp will consist of fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, and base­ running. Campers should wear tennis shoes and bring their baseball gloves, bats, helmets, etc. (if they have them).

Instructors will include the High School Coaching Staff, current players and former Bulldog players. If you have any questions, contact the Olmsted Community Center office at 440­427­1599 or email Office@olmstedcc.com.

Date: THURSDAY December 22nd (GRADES 3-8)

Time: 12:00 ­ 3:30

Where: Olmsted Falls High School
Gymnasiums

Cost: $35.00 (includes Dri­Fit T­-Shirt)

To Register Online: at www.olmstedcc.com

To Register by Mail / In person: FILL OUT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE and return to Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Make checks payable to: Olmsted Community Center

NO Deadline: HOWEVER, register by December 12th to guarantee T­shirt and size availability. Late registrants will ALWAYS be accepted but T-shirt & size not guaranteed.

PLEASE CHECK TWITTER.COM/OFBASEBALL for updates!!!


WEAR SUPPORTING COLORS DURING ‘CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES WEEK’

difference-weekEach day of the district’s “Celebrating Difference Week,” which is set for January 9th through January 13th, will focus on various differences, which have a color theme. The week is also known as disAbility Awareness Week.  The kick-off event begins at the OFHS varsity boys basketball game January 6th.

The following are the days and their designated colors:

Monday – Purple to support Rett Syndrome, ADHD, & Anti-gay bullying.

Tuesday – Blue to support Downs Syndrome, Autism, & Anti-Bullying.

Wednesday – Red/Maroon to support Rare or Misdiagnosed Diseases. Thursday -Teal/Green to support Anxiety disorder & Mental Health disorders.

Friday- Bulldog wear/3elove wear to support all of our bulldogs with differences!

There also will be specific events/activities occurring in each building that week. Go the calendar found HERE to see each building’s plans.


OFCS INFORMATION RE: WEATHER-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURES / NOTIFICATIONS

upside down snowmanEach year, with the arrival of winter, we receive a number of questions regarding the cancellation of school due to inclement weather conditions (“snow days”).  To review an outline about some of the guidelines and procedures used by Olmsted Falls City School District when determining if schools should be closed due to inclement weather, please click HERE.

NOTIFICATIONS School closure information for OFCS will be communicated in this order:  1) via Twitter (follow @OFCSDistrict and @OFCSsuper), 2) via the OFCS voice/email/text alert system*, 3) via OFCS blog/Facebook/website, and 4) via local tv/radio news stations.

alertsolutions* REMINDER:  The OFCS alert system (powered by Alert Solutions and PowerSchool) will automatically call the home and cell phone numbers associated with each student, and automatically send emails as well.  Text messages are only sent to those who have opted-in to receive them.  OFCS Parents have the ability to set personal preferences as to how they would like to receive communications regarding school closures.

To review and, if needed, adjust your parent communication settings specifically for school closures, please follow these simple steps: 

  1. Login to your existing PowerSchool Parent Account.
  2. Click on the “Alert Solutions 2” link located in the lower left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on the “Contact Preference” tab, then scroll down to the “School Closure” section to adjust communication preferences accordingly. (To delete a contact:  Click on the “x” by any contact number or email to delete from “School Closure” category. To add a contact: Drag and drop from available Phone/Email/Sms(text) contact information at the top of the screen.)

Please Note:

  • In order to receive TEXT (SMS) messages from OFCS, parents must opt-in by first adding the phone number(s) for texting under the “Subscriber Information” tab. You can then return to the “Contact Preferences” tab to drag and drop the phone numbers for texting (SMS) down into the School Closure section.
  • Also, communication preference changes need to be made separately for each individual student linked under your PowerSchool parent account.  Once you have completed the preference updates for your first student, simply click on the name of your next student at the top of the screen and follow above outlined steps again for that student.

LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM:  

Post Prom 2017 graphicPlease participate in these awesome fundraisers if you can and share these opportunities with your family and friends:

t-shirt-quilt-raffleT-shirt Quilt Raffle

Take chances to win a quilt made from your child’s school/athletic/vacation T-shirts. It would make a great birthday or graduation gift. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The winner has a choice of a quilt chosen from various sizes that would include from nine to 12 shirts. To buy tickets, text Michelle Cutts, 216-956-7145. To see a flier, click HERE.

Pick 3 Raffle Drawing

  • daily-pick-3Ohio Pick 3:  Evening drawings, held Monday-Friday, will take place in January, February, and March 2017
  • Exact Pick 3 number will win you $50.00. To see a flyer, click HERE.
  • $10 per month/ticket -or- all three months for $25
  • For information contact Anita Greller at 216-894-0111

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: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



 FREE COMMUNITY SOFTBALL CLINIC FOR GIRLS AGES 5-12 – DECEMBER 28TH

softball girlOlmsted Falls High School and OGFPA will present a FREE softball clinic for current 5yr-12yr girls in the Olmsted Falls School District.  The clinic will take place Wednesday, Dec. 28th from 12-2 pm, with pizza served after.  The clinic will be held in the Olmsted Falls High School Gym.

Please sign up through Sign-up Genius at the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548aeac23a4f58-free
or type in search bar: http://bit.ly/2h7IIP7.

Come out and learn age appropriate fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding and teamwork, meet current program players and learn about upcoming opportunities. Bring a bat and glove if you have one –if you don’t, we do! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO ATTEND!  To download the official clinic flyer, please click HERE.


OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE INFO NIGHT IS JANUARY 5TH

Lacrosse Bulldog logoLearn more about the growing sport of lacrosse at the Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Information Night & Registration for Girls & Boys grades K-8. It is set for 6-7 p.m. January 5th in the OFMS cafetorium.

The meeting will cover the program’s mission and goals, practice and game schedules, registration fees and fundraiser. Indoor sessions begin in February and the outdoor Spring Season begins in mid March. To download the Information Night flier, click HERE.

You can also register by clicking HERE.  Send questions to olmstedfallslacrosse@yahoo.com or call 440-724-5727.

For details on the girls program, call Joe Wagner, 440-458-2991 for those in grades 4-6 and Mark Heinrich, 216-246-3809 for those in grades 7-8.


 OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH 2017 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

crossed bats softballRegistration for the upcoming softball season now is open through January 31st. You may register by clicking on the link below or visiting occ.recdesk.com.  You also may register in person by visiting the Olmsted Community Center during regular business hours.

Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch is open to all girls, ages 8-18, residing within the Olmsted Falls city school district.  Visit olmstedgirlsfastpitch.org for more information.


baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUSIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

The Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


SWINGS-N-THINGS HOSTS TEEN DANCE NIGHTS IN JANUARY

teen-nightSwings-N-Things will be hosting a Teen Dance Night every Friday night in January from 7 – 10:30 p.m. – including an area for chaperones featuring free wifi!

For additional information, click HERE for the event flyer or contact Swings-N-Things at 235-4420, ext. 125 for more details.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

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.

VALUES

  • 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
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OFCS Update – December 14, 2016

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HAVE YOU VOTED YET?  VOTING FOR FALLS-LENOX AS FOX 8 ‘COOL SCHOOL’ CLOSES TOMORROW AT 5:59 A.M.

cool-schoolsFalls-Lenox Primary School is one of three area schools competing for Fox 8 Cleveland AM Show’s “Cool School” of the week!

The contest ends at 5:59 a.m Thursday! That is TOMORROW A.M.!! 

Help Falls-Lenox hold on to its current first place spot by voting NOW – TONIGHT!!  

Click HERE to vote for Falls-Lenox as this week’s Cool School!


WINTER BREAK  BEGINS NEXT WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21ST

winter_break_headerWe will soon say “goodbye” to  2016 and “hello” to 2017.

Winter Break starts next Wednesday, December 21st and runs through Monday, January 2nd.

School resumes Tuesday, January 3rd.


POLARIS WILL HAVE CLASSES WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21ST

school busStudents attending Polaris Career Center will have classes Wednesday, December 21st although OFHS will be closed that day to begin winter break.

Only transfer buses will run to and from Polaris that day. Polaris students will receive a handout with the schedule.  The transfer bus schedule is as follows:

A.M. – Transfer #89 departs from OFHS at 7:05 a.m.  Bus #85 will return them to OFHS at 11:10 a.m.

P.M. – Transfer #88 departs from OFHS at 10:50 a.m. Bus #89 will return them to OFHS at 2:40 p.m.


MANY RETIREES ATTEND OFCS RETIRED STAFF HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

retired-staff-holiday-3retired-staff-holiday2The Olmsted Falls Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon was celebrated December 6th at OFIS. Many former staff members came out to enjoy a delicious meal that the OFCS Food Service staff prepared.

The fifth-grade choir performed some holiday favorites and the fourth- and fifth-grade Ambassadors acted as greeters and servers for the event.  OFHS students from Mr. Yurmanovich’s and Ms. Stanton’s classes also helped to serve lunch to our special guests. All of the student helpers did a great job!  Schuster’s Westview Gardens  provided the poinsettias for this annual holiday tradition.

Thanks to all who helped make it so special each year.  To view a photo gallery of the event, click HERE.


SPECIAL THANKS TO SUPPORTERS OF OFHS STUDENT COUNCIL FOOD DRIVE

ofhs-food-drive-home-roomThe annual OFHS Student Council Holiday Food Drive collected 4,957 items, raising the overall 11-year total to 27,110. The items were donated to the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food bank.

Congrats to the classes of Ed August, Katrina Muzingo and Matt Celaschi who won the Panera breakfast with the highest average-per student of 12.1 collected.  Sean Pellerite’s class was second, 1,640 items and a virtual tie for third – Justin Zrenner class, 888 and Jenell Hughes’, 868. They will all receive Dunkin Donuts next month.

A special thanks to Chris Kemock for allowing the storage of food in the Media Center and John Stover, who found tons of empty boxes and extra tables to hold the items.

Student Council members helped load and then unload the food at the Food Bank.


CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART GIVES KITS TO GRADE 3 STUDENTS

create-it-kitFalls-Lenox third graders received “Create It Kits” from the Cleveland Museum of Art as one of the final celebrations of the museum’s centennial.

The kits are in partnership with Cuyahoga County, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the city of Cleveland and United Way of Greater Cleveland and given to all county grade 3 students.

Research shows art can teach children problem solving, creative thinking and literacy skills.  Each kit, which is designed to inspire students to discover their ‘inner artist,’ includes:

  • A free children’s “Art Explorer” membership to the museum
  • Art supplies
  • Get Creative, a custom-made sketchbook with art-making prompts
  • Five Collection Cards designed to engage students with objects in the museum’s collection
  • DIY green glasses inspired by the museum’s beloved “Portrait of Nathaniel Olds” by Jeptha Homer Wade.

ACADEMIC TEAMS GATHER @ OFMS FOR ANNUAL TOURNAMENT

academic-team-1academic-team-2 This past weekend, the Academic Team hosted the annual T.R.A.S.H. (pop culture) tournament at the OFMS.

There were 36 schools that participated in the event, including OFMS and OFHS Academic Teams.  OFHS made it to the playoffs.  The winning team was Streetsboro High School.

A huge thank you to the Academic Boosters and parents for reading and running concessions.  Thank you to Mrs. Carlin, Mr. Vas, Mr. Gaba, Ms. Hawks, Ms. Byndas, Mrs. Benn, and Ms. Stanton for running a great tournament.


STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE RECEIVES MANY DONATIONS

stuff-bus-2stuff-bus-3The Transportation Department finished its annual “Stuff the Bus” event this past Saturday at Falls-Lenox.

More than 1,900 items in total were donated from our staff along with donations from local community members who graciously contributed to the drive. The cache was delivered to our local Christians in Action and will be made available to local families as needed throughout the year.

It was great to have a large number of the Transportation staff participate in this annual event offering donations, printing flyers, painting signs, organizing/collecting food, and making our final delivery.


OFCS INFORMATION RE: WEATHER-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURES / NOTIFICATIONS

upside down snowmanEach year, with the arrival of winter, we receive a number of questions regarding the cancellation of school due to inclement weather conditions (“snow days”).  To review an outline about some of the guidelines and procedures used by Olmsted Falls City School District when determining if schools should be closed due to inclement weather, please click HERE.

NOTIFICATIONS School closure information for OFCS will be communicated in this order:  1) via Twitter (follow @OFCSDistrict and @OFCSsuper), 2) via the OFCS voice/email/text alert system*, 3) via OFCS blog/Facebook/website, and 4) via local tv/radio news stations.

alertsolutions* REMINDER:  The OFCS alert system (powered by Alert Solutions and PowerSchool) will automatically call the home and cell phone numbers associated with each student, and automatically send emails as well.  Text messages are only sent to those who have opted-in to receive them.  OFCS Parents have the ability to set personal preferences as to how they would like to receive communications regarding school closures.

To review and, if needed, adjust your parent communication settings specifically for school closures, please follow these simple steps: 

  1. Login to your existing PowerSchool Parent Account.
  2. Click on the “Alert Solutions 2” link located in the lower left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on the “Contact Preference” tab, then scroll down to the “School Closure” section to adjust communication preferences accordingly. (To delete a contact:  Click on the “x” by any contact number or email to delete from “School Closure” category. To add a contact: Drag and drop from available Phone/Email/Sms(text) contact information at the top of the screen.)

Please Note:

  • In order to receive TEXT (SMS) messages from OFCS, parents must opt-in by first adding the phone number(s) for texting under the “Subscriber Information” tab. You can then return to the “Contact Preferences” tab to drag and drop the phone numbers for texting (SMS) down into the School Closure section.
  • Also, communication preference changes need to be made separately for each individual student linked under your PowerSchool parent account.  Once you have completed the preference updates for your first student, simply click on the name of your next student at the top of the screen and follow above outlined steps again for that student.

ORDER YOUR HELPING HANDS 3ELOVE SHIRTS NOW

elove-new-logoThe annual Helping Hands 3elove shirt fundraiser is open and accepting orders.  Choose items with the NEW DESIGN or choose ANYTHING from the website to contribute to the fundraiser.

Orders are being taken online only through Tuesday, December 20th. Orders will be delivered in time for “Disability Awareness Week,” which is January 9, 2017. Go to www.3elove.com/ofcs to place your order.

Use the code OFCSFreeShip to ship your order free to Mariel Krakowiak.  Include your name and building on the “company” line when you place your order, i.e., Krakowiak-IS. Using the code OFCSDirect means you pay for shipping directly to your home.

NOTE: You will be asked to enter your own address during checkout, but the code you enter will let them know where to ship it!  Thank you.


LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM:  

Post Prom 2017 graphicPlease participate in these awesome fundraisers if you can and share these opportunities with your family and friends:

t-shirt-quilt-raffleT-shirt Quilt Raffle

Take chances to win a quilt made from your child’s school/athletic/vacation T-shirts. It would make a great birthday or graduation gift. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The winner has a choice of a quilt chosen from various sizes that would include from nine to 12 shirts. To buy tickets, text Michelle Cutts, 216-956-7145. To see a flier, click HERE.

Pick 3 Raffle Drawing

  • daily-pick-3Ohio Pick 3:  Evening drawings, held Monday-Friday, will take place in January, February, and March 2017
  • Exact Pick 3 number will win you $50.00. To see a flyer, click HERE.
  • $10 per month/ticket -or- all three months for $25
  • For information contact Anita Greller at 216-894-0111

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: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com


poinsettiaPOINSETTIA SALE’S FINAL DELIVERY IS THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

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. The final delivery date is December 15th.

To download an order form, click HERE.  The sale ends December 15th.



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



FREE COMMUNITY SOFTBALL CLINIC FOR GIRLS AGES 5-12 – DECEMBER 28TH

softball girlOlmsted Falls High School and OGFPA will present a FREE softball clinic for current 5yr-12yr girls in the Olmsted Falls School District.  The clinic will take place Wednesday, Dec. 28th from 12-2 pm, with pizza served after.  The clinic will be held in the Olmsted Falls High School Gym.

Please sign up through Sign-up Genius at the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548aeac23a4f58-free
or type in search bar: http://bit.ly/2h7IIP7.

Come out and learn age appropriate fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding and teamwork, meet current program players and learn about upcoming opportunities. Bring a bat and glove if you have one –if you don’t, we do! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO ATTEND!  To download the official clinic flyer, please click HERE.


OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH 2017 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

crossed bats softballRegistration for the upcoming softball season now is open through January 31st. You may register by clicking on the link below or visiting occ.recdesk.com.  You also may register in person by visiting the Olmsted Community Center during regular business hours.

Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch is open to all girls, ages 8-18, residing within the Olmsted Falls city school district.  Visit olmstedgirlsfastpitch.org for more information.


OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE INFO NIGHT IS JANUARY 5TH

Lacrosse Bulldog logoLearn more about the growing sport of lacrosse at the Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Information Night & Registration for Girls & Boys grades K-8. It is set for 6-7 p.m. January 5th in the OFMS cafetorium.

The meeting will cover the program’s mission and goals, practice and game schedules, registration fees and fundraiser. Indoor sessions begin in February and the outdoor Spring Season begins in mid March. To download the Information Night flier, click HERE.

You can also register by clicking HERE.  Send questions to olmstedfallslacrosse@yahoo.com or call 440-724-5727.

For details on the girls program, call Joe Wagner, 440-458-2991 for those in grades 4-6 and Mark Heinrich, 216-246-3809 for those in grades 7-8.


baseball_glove_or_mitt_with_baseball_and_a_baseball_bat_0071-0901-2001-1623_SMUSIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

The Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


SWINGS-N-THINGS HOSTS TEEN DANCE NIGHTS IN JANUARY

teen-nightSwings-N-Things will be hosting a Teen Dance Night every Friday night in January from 7 – 10:30 p.m. – including an area for chaperones featuring free wifi!

For additional information, click HERE for the event flyer or contact Swings-N-Things at 235-4420, ext. 125 for more details.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

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.

VALUES

  • 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
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OFCS Update – December 9, 2016

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STUDENTS IN GRADE K-8 PARTICIPATE IN GLOBAL HOUR OF CODE EVENT 

ViviLnkThis week students in grades K-8 participated in an Hour of Code activity.  The Hour of Code is a global movement to encourage students to learn more about Computer Science and delve into the world of computer programming. Some of the activities included Run Marco; Star Wars; Minecraft; Lightbot and Coding with Scratch.

img_1742A special thanks to the 30 Olmsted Falls High School Computer Science students who helped facilitate coding activities at the Middle School and  to Mrs. Krock and the SWAT (Students Working to Advance Technology) team from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, who taught the Kindergarten students how to code using Run Marco. We hope that this opportunity will inspire students to continue to learn more about coding and computer science.

For more information and additional tutorials visit www.code.org.  The district technology website also has links to various coding activities that students used this week; visit bit.ly/OFCS_coding.

To view a photo gallery showing many students participating, please click HERE.


OFHS THANKS COMMUNITY DONORS AT ANNUAL LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP SPONSOR APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

Olmsted Falls High School held its annual Local Scholarship Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 2nd in the school’s Media Center. Highlights  included a buffet breakfast and special holiday performance by the school’s always impressive Golden Expressions singing group.

Guests also were treated to a series of video thank you messages from several Bulldog alumni who were recipients of generous scholarships last year including Jennifer Bertrand (currently attending The Ohio State University),  Zachary Buchta (currently attending Vanderbilt University), dsc_0634Leah Russo (currently attending The Ohio State University), and Mallory Taylor (currently attending Ohio Northern University).  Thank you to each of these Bulldog alums for adding this personal element to this year’s Appreciation Breakfast.  To view their video messages, please click HERE.

Many thanks to the generous support of the more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program during last school year, $113,205 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students in the Class of 2016. Eighty-two local sponsors awarded a total of 225 scholarships to graduating seniors this year.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor in the 2017 OFHS Local Scholarship Program, please contact Sandy Smith at 427-6116.

Thank you again to all of our 2016 local scholarship sponsors!  Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates your valuable contributions to our students’ futures!


SUPER ATTENDANCE AT FL/ECC PTA BREAKFAST BUDDIES

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dscn2650The Falls-Lenox and ECC PTA hosted their two-day Breakfast Buddies event during the last week in November.

It proved to be a success, having an incredible turnout with lots of fun, laughter and donuts.

A big Thank You to the PTA for hosting this event!


christmas_musicFINAL HOLIDAY SCHOOL PERFORMANCE IS THIS TUESDAY

The last holiday musical program in the OF school district is Tuesday, December 13th.  It includes the OFIS grade 5 beginning band and the OFMS grade 6 bands. Please join the district in celebrating this season and students musical talents.


OFIS CLASSROOM SCIENCE FAIR

img_7984img_7970Mrs. Zahorchak’s classroom was buzzing with energy and excitement during last month’s Monarch Room Science Fair.   The Science Fair was a fun way for students to apply what they have been learning and share it! Students picked a project, asked a question, collected data by running the experiment, and answered their question with the results of their data.  

A steady stream of visitors streamed through the Monarch Room throughout the day.  Students enjoyed sharing results with fellow students, family members, teachers and administrators!

To view additional photos from the Monarch Room Science Fair, please click HERE.


OFHS JUNIOR WINS WINTER CARD CONTEST

winning-winter-cardofhs-card-winnerCongratulations to OFHS junior Ashley Michney, local winner of the 2016 Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Winter Card contest.  Her artwork was chosen from more than 60 entries.

Ashley created her vibrant, light-hearted snowmen picture with markers and chalk pastels. She loves drawing and painting. Ashley is now learning to create art with her opposite hand, due to an injury.  Way to go, Ashley.


OFCS INFORMATION RE: WEATHER-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURES / NOTIFICATIONS

upside down snowmanEach year, with the arrival of winter, we receive a number of questions regarding the cancellation of school due to inclement weather conditions (“snow days”).  To review an outline about some of the guidelines and procedures used by Olmsted Falls City School District when determining if schools should be closed due to inclement weather, please click HERE.

NOTIFICATIONS School closure information for OFCS will be communicated in this order:  1) via Twitter (follow @OFCSDistrict and @OFCSsuper), 2) via the OFCS voice/email/text alert system*, 3) via OFCS blog/Facebook/website, and 4) via local tv/radio news stations.

alertsolutions* REMINDER:  The OFCS alert system (powered by Alert Solutions and PowerSchool) will automatically call the home and cell phone numbers associated with each student, and automatically send emails as well.  Text messages are only sent to those who have opted-in to receive them.  OFCS Parents have the ability to set personal preferences as to how they would like to receive communications regarding school closures.

To review and, if needed, adjust your parent communication settings specifically for school closures, please follow these simple steps: 

  1. Login to your existing PowerSchool Parent Account.
  2. Click on the “Alert Solutions 2” link located in the lower left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on the “Contact Preference” tab, then scroll down to the “School Closure” section to adjust communication preferences accordingly. (To delete a contact:  Click on the “x” by any contact number or email to delete from “School Closure” category. To add a contact: Drag and drop from available Phone/Email/Sms(text) contact information at the top of the screen.)

Please Note:

  • In order to receive TEXT (SMS) messages from OFCS, parents must opt-in by first adding the phone number(s) for texting under the “Subscriber Information” tab. You can then return to the “Contact Preferences” tab to drag and drop the phone numbers for texting (SMS) down into the School Closure section.
  • Also, communication preference changes need to be made separately for each individual student linked under your PowerSchool parent account.  Once you have completed the preference updates for your first student, simply click on the name of your next student at the top of the screen and follow above outlined steps again for that student.

POLARIS WILL HAVE CLASSES WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21ST

school busStudents attending Polaris Career Center will have classes Wednesday, December 21ST although OFHS will be closed that day to begin winter break.

Only transfer buses will run to and from Polaris that day. Students will receive handout schedule soon.  The schedule is:

A.M. – Transfer #89 departs from OFHS at 7:05 a.m.  Bus #85 will return them to OFHS at 11:10 a.m.

P.M. – Transfer #88 departs from OFHS at 10:50 a.m. Bus #89 will return them to OFHS at 2:40 p.m.


DEADLINE TO DIVE INTO THE OFHS HONEYBAKED HAM SALE IS TODAY- FRIDAY

holiday hamToday, Friday, is the final day to order hams, turkeys, gift cards and other items through the OFHS Bulldog Swim & Dive Team annual HoneyBaked Ham sale for the holidays.  Order various items through the team and it will receive 20 percent of sales to help pay for pool swim time.  No standing in long retail lines – just pick up your items from 5:30-7 p.m. December 16th at the high school.  For more information, call Anita Greller, 440-793-6405.

To download a flier, click HERE.


charleston-wrap-logo-pixTHIS AFTERNOON – FRIDAY, DEC. 9TH – IS FINAL PICKUP TIME FOR OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER

Orders are in the for Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA Charleston Wrap fundraiser.

The final pick up is from 3-5 p.m. TODAY, Friday, December 9th in the OFIS cafeteria.


BULLDOG SPORTSWEAR GEAR ON SALE THIS SATURDAY – DECEMBER 10TH

Bulldog shirt Olmsted Falls Athletic boostersLooking for some Bulldog hats, hoodies and other items to  give to your children – or yourself?  The Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters has its Sportswear Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday – tomorrow – at the high school.

There are lots of new items to purchase for your Christmas list.  Sizes ranges from infants through adults.  Our Bulldog cheerleaders will gladly wrap the items for free.


ATTN: OFHS STUDENTS – FINAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTING ENGINEERING IN COLLEGE THIS SATURDAY

engineer-4_fThe University of Akron offers students and their families an event this Saturday that features engineering as a college major.

On December 10th, it will feature Women in Engineering Visit Day.  Students will learn more about Akron’s engineering majors, co-op program, tour the College of Engineering with faculty and meet with current students. They also will have a chance to ask questions of advisors and learn more about the support services to help students succeed.

To view a flyer of the engineering visit day, click HERE.


OFCS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO HOLD ANNUAL STUFF THE BUS EVENT – THIS SATURDAY, DEC. 10TH

Come and help the Olmsted Falls Transportation Department fill a school bus with non-perishable food items for our local families.

stuffthebusSaturday, December 10, 2016
Falls/Lenox Elementary School
Front (loop) Drive
8 a.m – 1 p.m.

All donations/collections will be donated to a local Food Pantry that provides for all of our community families in need.

To download the official Stuff the Bus event flyer, please click HERE.


Masquers LogoMASQUERS/FORENSICS PATRON MEETING THIS MONDAY, DEC. 12TH

The next meeting of the Olmsted Falls Masquers & Forensics Patrons is this Monday, December 12th.

Please join the group at 6:30 p.m. in the high school room W3 – the  choir room.


READ LATEST OFMA NEWSLETTER HERE

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The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s December newsletter may be read by clicking HERE.  It is full of news, including a big thank you who made the previous Stuff the Bus a big success, recent performances of students of all ages and important dates.

The group’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 14th in the OFHS.

 


ORDER YOUR HELPING HANDS 3ELOVE SHIRTS NOW

elove-new-logoThe annual Helping Hands 3elove shirt fundraiser is open and accepting orders.  Choose items with the NEW DESIGN or choose ANYTHING from the website to contribute to the fundraiser.

Orders are being taken online only through Tuesday, December 20th. Orders will be delivered in time for “Disability Awareness Week,” which is January 9, 2017. Go to www.3elove.com/ofcs to place your order.

Use the code OFCSFreeShip to ship your order free to Mariel Krakowiak.  Include your name and building on the “company” line when you place your order, i.e., Krakowiak-IS. Using the code OFCSDirect means you pay for shipping directly to your home.

NOTE: You will be asked to enter your own address during checkout, but the code you enter will let them know where to ship it!  Thank you.


LATEST NEWS FROM POST PROM:  

Post Prom 2017 graphicOur next meeting is this Wednesday, December 14, at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center.  Please note this meeting date has been moved up one week due to holiday break.

Please attend these awesome fundraisers if you can and share these opportunities with your family and friends:

Pick 3 Raffle Drawing

  • daily-pick-3Ohio Pick 3:  Evening drawings, held Monday-Friday, will take place in January, February, and March 2017
  • Exact Pick 3 number will win you $50.00. To see a flyer, click HERE.
  • $10 per month/ticket -or- all three months for $25
  • For information contact Anita Greller at 216-894-0111

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: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com


poinsettiaPOINSETTIA SALE IN FULL BLOOM THROUGH DECEMBER 15 – NEXT THURSDAY

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. The final delivery date is December 15th.

To download an order form, click HERE.  The sale ends December 15th.



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS




BOY SCOUT TROOP 201 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE SALE – LAST DAY THIS SATURDAY
christmas-treeReasonable Prices – Scotch Pine, Fraser Fir, White Pine & more.
The final sale date is this Saturday, December 10th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  at Schuster’s Greenhouse 9165 Columbia Road, between Bagley and Sprague roads.

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO HOSTS “STORE WITH NOTHING TO SELL” FOR OLMSTED COMMUNITY  – THIS SATURDAY

Sometimes the best gifts aren’t things but thoughts. This Saturday, Dec. 10, community members can put thoughts to paper and then wrap them up to put under the Christmas tree.  The Store With Nothing To Sell concept was originally presented by Minute Maid (watch the video here: https://youtu.be/3fWyrIoxOjM).  Jen Kanaba, owner of Gengraphics Photography in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, wanted to offer the opportunity here locally.

The idea is for shoppers to write a letter to loved ones detailing all the thoughts they may have never verbalized but certainly feel in their hearts. Gengraphics will offer a few card choices to put pen to paper and will also provide the boxes and wrapping paper to make the gift complete – all free of charge.  If you’d like to create a gift that can’t be bought in a store that has nothing to sell, be sure to stop by Gengraphics Photography, located at 25576 Bagley Rd., this Saturday, Dec. 10 from noon to 4 p.m.


ATTN:  SENIOR CITIZENS!  GOT AN UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER? YOU MAY BE A WINNER @ JENKINS PLACE SENIOR CENTER CHRISTMAS PARTY ON DEC. 16
ugly-christmas-sweaterWin 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 jmcnea@olmstedfalls.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.

ENTER OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY’S HOLIDAY COOKIE WAR

gingerbread-cookieDate: 12/14/2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Description:

For glory and for fun, battle it out to see who can design the best cookies with frosting and toppings!

Release forms must be filled out by parent/legal guardian to work with food.

Open to grades 5 -12.  To sign up, click HERE


FREE COMMUNITY SOFTBALL CLINIC FOR GIRLS AGES 5-12 – DECEMBER 28TH

softball girlOlmsted Falls High School and OGFPA will present a FREE softball clinic for current 5yr-12yr girls in the Olmsted Falls School District.  The clinic will take place Wednesday, Dec. 28th from 12-2 pm, with pizza served after.  The clinic will be held in the Olmsted Falls High School Gym.

Please sign up through Sign-up Genius at the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548aeac23a4f58-free
or type in search bar: http://bit.ly/2h7IIP7.

Come out and learn age appropriate fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding and teamwork, meet current program players and learn about upcoming opportunities. Bring a bat and glove if you have one –if you don’t, we do! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO ATTEND!  To download the official clinic flyer, please click HERE.


OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH 2017 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

crossed bats softballRegistration for the upcoming softball season now is open through January 31st. You may register by clicking on the link below or visiting occ.recdesk.com.  You also may register in person by visiting the Olmsted Community Center during regular business hours.

Olmsted Girls Fast Pitch is open to all girls, ages 8-18, residing within the Olmsted Falls city school district.  Visit olmstedgirlsfastpitch.org for more information.


OLMSTED FALLS LACROSSE INFO NIGHT SET FOR NEXT MONTH

Lacrosse Bulldog logoLearn more about the growing sport of lacrosse at the Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Information Night & Registration for Girls & Boys grades K-8. It is set for 6-7 p.m.,  January 5th in the OFMS cafetorium.

The meeting will cover the program’s mission and goals, practice and game schedules, registration fees and fundraiser.  Indoor sessions begins in February and outdoor, mid March.  To download the Information Night flyer, please click HERE.

Send questions to olmstedfallslacrosse@yahoo.com or call 440-724-5727.


girls-lacrosseSIGN UP NOW FOR 2017 GIRLS LACROSSE SEASON

Winter practice starts February 3rd and runs to June 16th. The cost is $60. The season starts March 3rd, with 10 scheduled games, the last being March 15th.  There are also two tournaments in May. Practices and most games are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Click HERE to download the information flyer.  Register now by clicking HERE.

For more details, call Joe Wagner, 440-458-2991 for those in grades 4-6 and Mark Heinrich, 216-246-3809 for those in grades 7-8.


SWINGS-N-THINGS HOSTS TEEN DANCE NIGHTS IN JANUARY

teen-nightSwings-N-Things will be hosting a Teen Dance Night every Friday night in January from 7 – 10:30 p.m. – including an area for chaperones featuring free wifi!

For additional information, click HERE for the event flyer or contact Swings-N-Things at 235-4420, ext. 125 for more details.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

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.

VALUES

  • 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
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