OFCS Update – February 10, 2017
S & P INCREASES OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS CREDIT RATING
Passage of ballot issue creates savings for taxpayers
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services has upgraded Olmsted Falls City Schools’ long-term credit rating from an “A+” to “AA-.” This upgrade is due in part to the passage of the district’s zero additional taxes bond issue on the November 2016 ballot.
“Olmsted Falls has a history of strong fiscal management practices that protect taxpayer resources,” said Treasurer Emily Dales. “With the passage of the recent ballot issue the district will not have to pull money from the district’s day-to-day operations to pay for necessary renovations and repairs. This puts the district in a much better financial position and will ultimately save taxpayers thousands of dollars because of the higher credit rating.”
S&P provides credit ratings for school districts as a reflection of the district’s financial history, current financial situation and the district’s ability to pay its debts in the future. There are nine different categories of ratings with AA being the second highest possible category. This indicates that the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations is very strong.
“Olmsted Falls City Schools is effective and efficient in our day-to-day operations,” said Superintendent James Lloyd, Ed.D. “We have the third lowest expenditure per pupil out of the 30 school districts in Cuyahoga County. We make smart decisions with our precious resources and this upgrade in our long-term credit rating reflects our dedication to strong fiscal management practices.”
The district will use the new bond rating to minimize the fees and interest payments the district will have to make when it sells the bonds from the November 2016 ballot issue. “Just like with personal home mortgages, higher credit ratings allow borrowers to qualify for better interest rates and loan programs,” explained Dales. “The same is true for school districts. By qualifying for this higher credit rating, the district can sell our bonds at a better rate, ultimately saving taxpayers money.”
The Olmsted Falls High School hockey team won its first game this week in the Baron Cup II competition. It plays Chagrin Falls in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th at Brooklyn Ice Rink. With a possible victory Friday night, the team would play in the Championship this Sunday.
Congratulations to the team! Let’s get behind the battling Bulldogs as they continue in the tournament Friday and, hopefully, Sunday. Keep it going Bulldogs!
OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.
Welcome to the 130+ who have already completed the online registration step! Everyone at the Early Childhood Center looks forwards to meeting you!
Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced 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 upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. 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.
THIS SATURDAY – ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S LAS VEGAS NIGHT FUN INCLUDES RAFFLING CAVS FLOOR SEATS
It’s a sure bet you’ll have a great time this Saturday at Olmsted Falls Alumni Association’s Las Vegas Night. Two sets of Cavs floor seats will be raffled during the event. It’s easy to win – just purchase a playing card for $10. You 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. THIS SATURDAY, 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.
FALLS-LENOX RIGHT-TO-READ WEEK FEATURED MANY SPECIAL GUESTS & ACTIVITIES!
It has been a very busy week at Falls-Lenox as the school celebrated Right to Read Week with many special visitors and activities!
On Monday Sue Grame, Children’s Librarian from the Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Library came to read to all students! On Tuesday, they had students from the Middle School come to read to their classes (see next blog items for details and photos)! Throughout the week, more than 80 volunteers from throughout the district and community served at special mystery readers in classrooms. Board members, administrators, local elected officials, safety forces and business owners were among the many special guests – each bringing in their favorite children’s book or choosing one from the Falls-Lenox library.
On Wednesday, children’s picture book author Michael Samulak, who has two published books: A is for Africa (Trafford 2008) and A Wonderful Day! (Tate 2015), spoke with students. Mr. Samulak also stayed to sign any books that were brought in. Thank you to PTA for organizing and funding this visit!
Students earned free time on Friday by reading over 55,000 minutes! Miss Longville and Mrs. Carey even made special appearances throughout the day dressed as a Narwhal and a Sea Turtle!
This year each child at Falls Lenox received two books, courtesy of FL/ECC PTA during the week. Thank you to our PTA volunteers at Falls Lenox: Rachel O’Malley, Janelle Prada, Beth Prather, Michelle Smith and Angie Stokes for labeling books, delivering books to classrooms and planning the author visit. And thank you to all of our volunteer mystery readers!
To view a photo gallery for Falls-Lenox Right To Read 2017, please click HERE.
OFMS STUDENTS SHARE LOVE OF READING WITH YOUNGER BULLDOGS
Middle School students read a picture book to a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade class.
This was a great experience for all students involved!
To view a photo gallery featuring photos from this OFMS LEAD visit to Falls-Lenox for Right To Read Week, please click HERE.
10 BULLDOG YOUTH WRESTLERS HEAD TO DISTRICT COMPETITION
The following wrestlers earned a chance to qualify for the state tournament by placing in the top four of their weight class at sectionals: Logan Gomez, Brendan Hearns, Andrew Connelly, Eddie Manning, Cort Zahorchak, Joey Salamone, Derek Neckar, Patrick O’Brien, Tyler Sherlock and Ian Heckerman.
Congratulations and good luck at districts!
The next meeting of the Olmsted Falls High School Forensics/Masquers is at 7 p.m. this Monday, February 13th. The agenda includes the upcoming state tournament that is being held at Olmsted Falls High, Middle and Intermediate schools and an update on the Spring musical.
All are invited to attend.
FALLS-LENOX SELLING T-SHIRTS FOR UPCOMING “BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS” DODGEBALL EVENT
The Falls-Lenox staff dodgeball team will be wearing memorial shirts in honor of fallen Cleveland Police Officer David Fahey for this year’s dodgeball event. Students, parents and staff are invited to gear up in the memorial shirts as well.
The deadline to order shirts in THIS MONDAY, February 13th. Please click HERE to download the official order form with additional information. Contact Mrs. Rivera at 440-427-6470 with questions.
DONUTS WITH DAD EVENT AT MIDDLE SCHOOL SET FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 24TH
Calling ALL PTA Dads! OFMS PTA would like to invite Dad, Grandpa or another important guy in your child’s life to spend some quality time with your child at school. **This is a PTA “Members Only” event and a benefit of joining PTA**
If only Mom joined this year, it’s not too late. Dad can save time at the door by signing up now. Just download and complete the form (available below) and submit your dues prior to arrival. Can’t remember if you already signed up? E-mail Membership at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out.
If Dad is already a PTA member, just RSVP and show up! Kindly RSVP by February 16th. Click HERE to download the event flyer with RSVP form.
Friday, February 24th from 7:30-8:30 am
Middle School Cafetorium
Hope to see you there!
OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO. NIGHT, TRYOUTS COMING IN MARCH
An informational night is set at 7 p.m. March 6th for the Olmsted Falls High School Drill Team. It is in the OFHS Room W-e.
Drill Team clinics are set for 6-8 p.m. March 20-23. Tryouts are at 6 p.m. March 24. The clinics and tryouts are in the Olmsted Falls Middle School main gym. For more details, contact Mrs. Topolski at email@example.com or 440-427-6180.
To view a flier of the event, click HERE.
OFHS 2017 POST PROM MEETINGS & LATEST FUNDRAISERS
Please join us at our next regularly scheduled meeting next Wednesday, February 15th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center! Mark your calendars for the remaining meetings leading up to Post Prom on May 21. They will all take place at 7PM in the OFHS Media Center: March 15; April 12 & 26; May 3, 10, & 17.
- Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt (flyer attached)! What a great graduation present for your son/daughter!
- Ohio Lottery – Daily Pick 3 Drawing (flyer attached). Secure your tickets today for the Feb and March drawings!
- February 22, 2017 – BINGO at Tony K’s at 6:30p – FLYER ATTACHED
2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Facebook: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)
Twitter: @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)
SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE TO OFMA MUSICAL NOTES MARCH EDITION IS FEB. 17TH
Anyone submitting stories or pictures to the March Musical Notes newsletter should do so by February 17th – or now – due to the DisneyWorld band trip.
The latest Musical Notes newsletter is available by clicking HERE. It contains details of upcoming meetings, events, the Feb. 16-21 Disney trip, solo and ensemble contests, school winter concerts and hoagie sale pictures.
HELP RAISE FUNDS DURING OFIS PTA READ-A-THON THROUGH FEB. 15TH
Help the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA raise money while promoting reading skills and education. OFIS PTA launched its local Read-a-Thon this past Monday holding various reading sessions to help raise funds. Supporters may donate money toward the program – and leave a word of encouragement – for students during this time.
Simply log on to the reader dashboard by clicking HERE and donate. You may view it several times to check the fundraising amount and view donors commitment to reading. As one entry reads: “Reading is the most important thing you can do at school and at your leisure. It helps you to develop a great vocabulary, helps with your spelling and is needed in every subject in school and in so much of your life.”
BLITZ! BLITZ! BALLROOM BLITZ – FEBRUARY 24TH
The Olmsted Falls Music Association will present the OFHS Jazz Band and Golden Expressions at the February 24th Ballroom Blitz. It will be at 7 p.m. in the OFHS “Café Ballroom.”
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7, students and seniors 65 and above.
To see a flier of the event, click HERE.
SUPPORT BOWLING BENEFIT FOR HELPING HANDS/SPECIAL OLYMPICS – FEBRUARY 25TH
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 THE DATE! FEB 25TH FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT @ OFHS 7-9:30 P.M.
More information coming soon!
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.
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.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
OCSL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
The Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4 through 18. We accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel. Registration is open now until March 31, 2017. To download the OCSL flyer, please click HERE. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. New this year, if you register by February 28, 2017, you will receive $5 off your registration fee. Registrations after March 31, 2017, will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2017. Please like OCSL on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields. Any questions please contact the OCC at (440) 427-1599.
OF BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS SCRATCH DIGITAL ANIMATION CLASS
Date: February 22nd
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn how to create your own digital animation from SCRATCH! Students in 5th-8th grade are invited to join us as we explore, create, and share our own stories, games, music and art! Imagine! Program! And Share! To register, click HERE.
Note: If you do not currently have a Scratch account, please bring a valid email address.
SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL
To see an informational flier, click HERE. Register online at olmstedcc.com.
Contact email@example.com with questions.
SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE
When: June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.
Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium
Theme: When you wish upon a cure
Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay. There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.
If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, firstname.lastname@example.org or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay. To view a flier of the event, click HERE.
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