OFCS Update – January 23, 2017
OLMSTED FALLS OFFERS KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM THAT ENHANCES LEARNING
District to transition to full day kindergarten program beginning with upcoming 2017-2018 school year
Olmsted Falls City Schools is excited to announce that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the 2017-18 school year.
“We entered into an all day kindergarten experience with caution and have now been able to take a step back and evaluate the students’ experiences,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd. “The positive benefits of the full day kindergarten option have already been readily evident. Our teachers are seeing incredible growth in our students that includes their creativity, social interactions and academic development. We look forward to being able to offer this valuable full day kindergarten experience to all of our kindergarten students without having to charge tuition,” added Dr. Lloyd.
The district piloted an all-day kindergarten program for 125 students this school year. These students paid a tuition fee for the program to cover the additional costs. However, if the district moves to a full-day kindergarten program, the state funding levels change, making it cost-effective for the district to operate the program without parent tuition.
“This option provides so many benefits for our youngest students,” said Dr. Lloyd. “We are striving to provide an exceptional well-rounded experience for all while also being fiscally responsible with taxpayer resources. The fact that we can now offer this tuition free and not break our budget makes this decision fiscally responsible and child centered. This move creates a tremendous value with educational benefits at no extra costs to parents.”
The district will host the annual Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center (7105 Fitch Road). Parents of students who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2017 and will be entering kindergarten this fall are encouraged to attend this important meeting to learn more about Olmsted Falls School District’s full day kindergarten program. Parents with children who miss the age cut-off of August 1 are also welcome to attend as the consideration process for early entrance will be reviewed.
Kindergarten registration will officially begin on Wednesday, February 1. The first step to registering a new kindergarten student for the 2017-18 school year is to complete the online registration process accessible from the district’s website, www.ofcs.net.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do NOT register your incoming kindergarten student prior to February 1, 2017. The online portal for the 2017-18 school year will not be available until then.
To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.
For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.
The Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers returned for the third year to Falls Lenox Primary School as part of Celebrating Differences week. The staff and students enjoyed their positive messages! Thank you to PTA for partially funding this and for Mrs. Scott, school psychologist, for organizing their visit.
The group partners with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Clinic and Invacare Top End to compete on a national level as part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Its mission is to make a difference in the community by helping educate and provide opportunities to children and newly-injured adults with disabilities.
OFMS STUDENTS COMPETE IN LOCAL GEOGRAPHY BEE
It began in November when more than 850 OFMS students took the Qualifying Exam. Of those, more than 60 qualified for the Preliminary Exam that occurred in December. The contestants then were narrowed to 20, then six and the champion.
Sixth-grade competitors were Arjun Arumugam, David Vidovich, Tyler Pletcher and Logan Carleton.
Seventh graders included Sarah Tomasch, Noah Young, Samantha Gaba, Ryan Graham, Caleb Arroyo, Holly Robinson, Ben Siao, and Josuah Kuperman.
Eighth graders were Morgan Demooy, Xavier Zurawski, Noah Barratt, Hank Long, Sanat Subhash, Colin Clark, Tyler Delap and Richie Garcia.
The Geography Bee champion was David Vidovich with Sanat Subhash, second; Noah Young, third; Joshua Kuperman, fourth and Noah Barratt, fifth. Pictured in the photo on the left are those who qualified for the final round. They are, from left, Noah Young, Morgan Demooy, Joshua Kuperman, Noah Barratt, Hank Long, Tyler Delap, Sanat Subhas and David Vidovich.
Congratulations to all who competed. Best of luck, David, for continued success.
The girls learned how basic circuits work and used this to re-purpose toys for special needs children. They spent the afternoon stripping wires, soldering, sewing and connecting wires in an effort to add touch switches to electronic toys.
This was just one of the many hands-on projects in which the newly-formed GEMS Club has participated. GEMS is empowering girls to find passion and build confidence in STEM education and STEM-related careers.
OFHS COUNSELORS OFFER 2 IMPORTANT INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS THIS WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25TH – ONE TO FEATURE AKRON UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
College Credit Plus Information Night – Wed., Jan 25th @ 6 p.m. – The College Credit Plus is a program that allows students in grades 7-12 to take college classes and earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. Students must apply and be accepted to the college in which they intend to participate. We will be reviewing the program details, application and class registration process. Representatives from OFHS, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga County Community College, Lorain County Community College and Polaris Career Center will be available to answer parent and student questions.
Junior Parent College Night – Wed., Jan 25th @ 7 p.m. – Junior parents and students are invited to this information session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 25th in the OFHS auditorium. Mrs. Caldrone, college and career counselor, will discuss college exploration, admissions testing and how to best prepare your student for the college application process. We will have two special guest speakers as well. Katy Marshall, transfer specialist from Cuyahoga Community College, will discuss how to successfully transfer from a community college to a four-year college. Matthew Wilson, University of Akron president, will lead a discussion about the college admission process and expectations of college freshman.
Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website by clicking HERE for upcoming dates and important information.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LOCAL UNIT WINNERS IN THIS YEAR’S PTA REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST
The Olmsted Falls Council of PTA’s is pleased to announce the unit winners for this year’s PTA Reflections Art Contest. The theme this year is “What Is Your Story?” and nearly 70 entries were submitted in six different categories, with entries ranging from the Early Childhood PTA all the way to the High School PTA and every unit in between.
Twenty-eight entries have been submitted and sent to the Ohio PTA for judging, and from there we hope to get some of our students’ amazing work sent to the National PTA level for judging. A big thank you to all the students who entered their creations this year!
Here is a list of our local winners:
Visual Arts Primary Division (preschool – grade 2)
1st Place Lily Rokas – Kindergarten; 2nd Place Tessa Chapin – 2nd grade; 3rd Place Carter Williams – 1st grade; Honorable Mention Finn Lauderdale – Pre-K
Visual Arts Intermediate Division (grades 3 – 5)
1st Place Carly Oliver – 5th grade; 2nd Place Marley Cashin – 5th grade; 3rd Place Anabelle Stanford – 4th grade; Honorable Mention McKeely Kemock – 4th grade
Visual Arts Middle School Division (grades 6-8)
1st Place Georgia Kelley – 8th grade; 2nd Place Lindsey LaPinta – 8th grade; 3rd Place Hadley Allen – 6th grade; Honorable Mention Allison Milligan – 8th grade
Visual Arts High School Division (grades 9-12)
1st Place Jason Gwynn – 9th grade; 2nd Place Bennett Graham – 12 grade
Visual Arts Special Artist Division/High School
1st Place Aaron Oehlstrom – 12th grade; 2nd Place Amber Michney – 9th grade; 3rd Place Heather Grant – 12th grade;
Honorable Mention Rebekka McElroy – 11th grade
Visual Arts Special Artist Division/Intermediate
1st Place Emily Heine – 5th grade; 2nd Place Yohanna Amoah – 4th grade; 3rd Place Caden Celesky – 5th grade;
Honorable Mention Jonny Clemons – 5th grade
Literature Primary Division (Preschool – grade 2)
1st Place Ella Meczka – 2nd grade; 2nd Place Tessa Chapin – 2nd grade
Literature Intermediate Division (grades 3-5)
1st Place Olivia Thach – 5th grade; 2nd Place Addison Kovach – 3rd grade; 3rd Place Zoe Nechvatal – 4th grade
Literature Middle School Division (grades 6-8)
1st Place Keeley Patton – 8th grade; 2nd Place Emma Barnard – 8th grade
Literature High School Division (grades 9-12)
1st Place Julie Calaway – 12th grade; 2nd Place Harrison Graham – 9th grade
Photography Primary Division (preschool – grade 2)
1st Place Kara Vinci – 1st grade
Photography Intermediate Division (grades 3-5)
1st Place Dominic DiFilippo – 4th grade; 2nd Place Nora Barnard – 5th grade
Photography Middle School Division (grades 6-8)
1st Place Matthew Gluvna – 7th grade; 2nd Place Andrew Homola – 7th grade
Photography High School Division (grades 9-12)
1st Place Andrew Barnard – 11th grade; 2nd Place Julie Calaway – 12th grade; 3rd Place Harrison Graham – 9th grade
Music Composition Intermediate Division (grades 3 – 5)
1st Place Dominic DiFilippo – 4th grade
Music Composition Middle School Division (grades 6-8)
1st Place Michael DiFilippo – 7th grade
Dance Choreography Middle School Division (grades 6-8)
1st Place Claire Oliver – 8th grade
OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL PTA TALENT SHOW IS JANUARY 28TH
The Olmsted Falls High School PTA’s 30th annual talent show is at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 28th in the Olmsted Falls High School auditorium. This scholarship fundraiser will feature about 25 local students in grades K-12 performing a myriad of talents including: singing, dancing and playing various instruments. And, for the second year, we will have a special musical performance by several of our Olmsted Falls teachers! Enjoy an evening watching and supporting our talented students! Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children under age 3. Tickets are available at the door and in the OFHS auditorium on Tuesday, January 24th from 6-9 pm. Questions? Contact Sharon Knaggs, email@example.com or 440-463-8106).
YOUNG BULLDOGS INVITED TO CHEERLEADER CLINIC AND PERFORM @ FEB. 10TH GAME – REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY (1/23/17)
All Olmsted Falls students in grades 2-5 are invited to attend a Cheerleading Clinic and perform at halftime during the Bulldogs-Midview varsity basketball game. OFHS cheerleaders will conduct the clinic from 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 8th at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School gym.
Those attending the clinic will cheer at the 7:30 p.m. February 10th varsity game. Each participant will receive a Mini Cheer T-shirt, free game admission, a snack at the game and picture with the Bulldog and varsity cheerleaders. To view a flier and registration details, click HERE.
Registration ends at 3:30 p.m. TODAY, JANUARY 23RD. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
OFIS STUDENT ORGANIZES FREE LUNCH FOR SENIORS
OFIS student Chad Theriot had an idea of offering local senior citizens a free lunch. With the help of volunteers from his family, school and city personnel and local businesses and groups, he organized a luncheon last Saturday at Olmsted Falls City Hall that included soup, sandwiches, pizza, desserts and fun. The luncheon was a big hit with seniors and the many volunteers who made the luncheon a success. Congratulations, Chad. To see a story about Chad and the luncheon that appeared in the Sun Post-Herald, click HERE.
Pictured above is, front row: Chad, brother Blake, back row: dad Rob, mom Martha and Olmsted Falls Mayor Ann Marie Donegan.
IT’S SUPER BOWL HOAGIE TIME!
To help defray their cost, the OFMA will again have the annual Super Bowl Hoagie Sale that will occur February 4th at Shaker’s MarketPlace. Students will earn funds for each hoagie – about 50 percent – they sell. OFMS students also may participate to start earning funds in their own personal travel account.
Students will collect money from those who order from them. Click HERE for the order form. Click HERE for the envelope form. Envelopes only will be printed for HS students. If more are needed, contact Janet Kollar, email@example.com.
All orders are due to their OFHS music teacher by Friday, January 27th. Volunteers also are needed to assemble hoagies February 4th as well as students to place lettuce and tomatoes in sandwich bags February 3rd. If you can volunteer, please click HERE to sign up.
SUPPORT BOWLING BENEFIT FOR HELPING HANDS/SPECIAL OLYMPICS
People of all ages and ability levels are invited to participate in the February 25th Bowling Benefit in support of Helping Hands and Special Olympics. Please note the time and location are different from what is listed on the PTA calendar.
It is from 2-4 p.m. February 25th at the Freeway Lanes in Parma. The cost is $12 for bowlers and $6 for non-bowlers. Lanes will be filled as forms and payment come in. The entry fee includes two hours of bowling, shoes and ball rental, pizza and pop. There also will be raffle baskets, bake sale and 50/50 raffle. Sign up is due by February 17th. To see a flier and registration form, click HERE. If you have question, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE BOX TOPS AS PTA FUNDRAISER FOR OFIS
Parents of Olmsted Falls Intermediate School students can help in a fundraiser that runs until April. They are encouraged to cut out and send in box tops. The PTA earns 10 cents for each box top, which will help pay for field trips, end-of-the-year events and other activities at the school. To view a flier explaining the fundraiser, click HERE. For more details, go to boxtops4education.com.
SHOW YOUR SPIRIT WITH OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER BULLDOG WEAR
Hoodies and long and short sleeve shirts are available to purchase during Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s Spiritwear fundraiser. The clothing is available online at Ryco Sports.
To view the online merchandise, click HERE.
OFHS 2017 POST PROM MEETINGS & LATEST FUNDRAISERS
Mark your calendars for the remaining meetings leading up to the May 21st Post Prom. They will all take place at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center. The dates are February 15, March 15, April 12, April 26, May 3, May 10 and May 17.
Please mark your calendars for any or ALL of these upcoming Post Prom fundraisers! Thank you for your continuing support!
- Jan, February & March 2017 – Ohio Pick 3 Raffle (Evening drawing, Mon-Fri) FLYER ATTACHED (Contact Anita Greller @ 216-894-0111 or osugreller@ cox.net)
- TOMORROW NIGHT – January 24, 2017– Suds Maquire’s Dine to Donate & Trivia Night FLYER ATTACHED
- Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – Tony K’s Dine-in or Carry-out FLYER ATTACHED (Need to turn in flyer when you dine)
- February 2, 2017 – Pinot’s Palette (Olmsted Falls) FLYER ATTACHED (Text Michelle Cutts, 216-956-7145)
- Ongoing until goal is met – T-Shirt Quilt Raffle FLYER ATTACHED
2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Facebook: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)
Twitter: @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)
LAS VEGAS NIGHT FUN INCLUDES RAFFLING CAVS FLOOR SEATS
Olmsted Falls Alumni Association’s Las Vegas Night is less than a month away. Once again, two sets of Cavs floor sets will be raffled during the event. It’s easy to win – just purchase a playing card for $10. You will have a one in 52 chance of winning a pair of floor seats to the April 12th Cavs vs Raptors game. Indians tickets also are part of a giveaway. Who will be the lucky winners of these special prizes?
Test your luck from 7-11:30 p.m. February 11th at the West Side Irish-American Club on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township. The night includes a big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em and others as well as 50/50 raffle, side boards and others. There is a cash bar and refreshments that Angelina’s Pizza will provide.
Tickets are $6 at the door. Call the Alumni Office, 440-427-6030 for more details. The event is for anyone age 21 and older. For more details, click HERE to see the event’s flyer.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
Teen 3D Design
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Description: Explore hands-on digital creation as you create your own design using 3-D modeling program, Tinkercad! Your item will be printed on Cuyahoga County Public Library’s 3-D printer and will be available for pick-up one week after the program.
A valid email address and basic computer skills are required. Registration is required for the participants who must be ages 11-18. To register, click HERE.
OLMSTED GIRLS FAST PITCH 2017 REGISTRATION ENDS JANUARY 31ST
Registration 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.
For additional information, click HERE for the event flyer or contact Swings-N-Things at 235-4420, ext. 125 for more details.
OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL ACCEPTING REGISTRATION @ OPEN HOUSE
Olmsted Community Preschool will have its annual Open House and Registration for the 2017-18 school year from 6:30-8 p.m. February 8th. The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. For more information, contact Melanie Reynolds, 440-235-3869 or email@example.com. The preschool is located at 7853 Main St., Olmsted Falls.
SIGN 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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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.
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