OFCS Update – February 16, 2017
Please be sure to note there will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH due to a District Professional Development Day for staff. The District will also be CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH in honor of Presidents’ Day.
All school buildings will be back in session on Tuesday, February 21st. Enjoy the long holiday weekend!
OFHS HOCKEY TEAM SCORES 1ST BARON CUP II CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
The team won the Baron Cup II, the first time in school history.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEAM!!!
A special thanks to the community who showed up in great numbers and cheered the players to victory. That support really helped!
To view an article of the victory, click HERE.
OFHS SENIOR IS NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FINALIST
Congratulations to Eli Tomasch, who was announced as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program earlier this week. Eli met all the requirements as a Semifinalist to advance to Finalist standing. All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships this year.
The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress and notification of offers will be made to those selected next month.
Eli took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year and performed well to be named a Semifinalist. More than 1.6 million students took the test and entered the program. It then identified the 50,000 highest scorers, of which 16,000 of those high performers became Semifinalists and continued on by meeting several additional requirements.
Please join us in congratulating Eli, and wishing him well as he continues through this third and final level of the National Merit Scholarship Program!
IN CASE YOU MISSED LAST WEEK’S BIG FINANCIAL NEWS: OFCS ANNOUNCED INCREASE TO ITS LONG-TERM CREDIT RATING
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Service has upgraded Olmsted Falls City Schools’ long term credit rating into the AA level! This upgrade from “A+” to “AA-” is due in part to the passage of the district’s zero additional taxes bond issue on the November 2016 ballot, and will create savings for taxpayers.
To read to full press release and access the Standard & Poor’s report, please click HERE.
TODAY – FEB. 16TH – IS DEADLINE TO RSVP FOR DONUTS WITH DAD EVENT AT MIDDLE SCHOOL
Calling ALL PTA Dads! The deadline is today – Thursday – to reserve your spot for the February 24th Donuts with Dad breakfast. The 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 email@example.com to find out.
If Dad is already a PTA member, just RSVP and show up! Click HERE to download the event flyer with RSVP form. The event is from 7:30-8:30 a.m., Friday, February 24th, in the OFMS Cafetorium. Hope to see you there!
COMMUNITY FORUM SET FOR THIS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22: STAY INFORMED ON THE STATE’S LATEST ESSA PROPOSAL; LEARN ABOUT HOW LOCAL SUPERINTENDENTS ARE RESPONDING & HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
On February 22, a Community Forum will be hosted at Avon High School to provide citizens in northeast Ohio with an opportunity to help shape the local response to a new federal law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, which gives states more flexibility in creating educational standards for our public schools. One of the items to be discussed will be a recommendation from area school superintendents and curriculum directors to make changes in Ohio’s plan for high stakes student testing.
OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, along with superintendents from Amherst, Avon, Clearview, Columbia Station, Elyria, Keystone, North Olmsted, Oberlin, Olmsted Falls, Berea and Wellington school districts, are part of these local efforts.
All parents and community members are invited and encouraged to attend.
To read a recent article by Plain Dealer education reporter Patrick O’Donnell about the forum and local efforts, please click HERE.
The February 22nd Community Forum will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Avon High School located at 37545 Detroit Road in Avon. For additional information on the forum, click HERE.
TAKE SAFE MEASURES TO PREVENT CONTRACTING THE FLU, INCLUDING FLU VACCINE
“Flu vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu,” said the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). “The flu vaccine is available at doctor’s offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies.” Flu season in Ohio lasts from October to May and peaks around this time of year. Here are ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu:
- Wash hands frequently
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or cough and sneeze into elbow
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours
Signs of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and being tires.
It is not too late to receive a flu vaccine. Please continue to be Healthy Heroes!!!
To read the latest news release issued by the Ohio Department of Health on Feb. 10th regarding the current status of the flu virus in Ohio, please click HERE.
For more information on the flu, please contact the Ohio Department of Health at www.flu.ohio.gov.
Anyone submitting stories or pictures to the March Musical Notes newsletter should do so by TOMORROW – February 17th – or now – due to the DisneyWorld band trip.
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 – FEB. 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.
A group of students in Mrs. Cleary’s entrepreneurship class at OFHS is planning the February 25th Family Movie Night event. Proceeds will benefit Post Prom.
The event promises to be fun for the whole family and will include a movie-style concession stand selling popcorn, candy and pop for the guests.
More information to come! In the meantime, mark your calendars for Family Movie Night fun on February 25th! Hope to see you there!
OFHS TRACK & FIELD PRE-SEASON PARENT MEETING – FEBRUARY 28TH
The OFHS track and field meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28th, in the OFHS Media Center.
Parents of high school athletes who plan to participate in track and field this spring should attend this important meeting.
Contact Coach Novotny at email@example.com for more details.
FORENSICS TEAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR STATE TOURNAMENT HOSTED BY OFHS
The Olmsted Falls Forensics Team is seeking adult volunteers – parents and teachers – to help with concession sales and general tournament set-up and operations when Olmsted Falls hosts the 2017 Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament on March 3 & 4.
To sign-up, please visit the events official Sign-Up Genius link at: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0b4ba5ad2da7f58-state
Thanks in advance for your volunteer support!
OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-427-6180.
To view a flier of the event, click HERE.
OFHS POST PROM TO SELL SUNDAES DURING MARCH 3-4 STATE SPEECH TOURNAMENT
The OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee will sell at least 500 ice cream sundaes to about 800 high school kids participating in the Tournament. The sundaes will be sold at OFIS and OFHS both days. The committee is grateful to Dairy Queen in North Olmsted for providing plain ice cream sundaes with lids! The debate participants will have a great time creating their own sundaes and, in the process, supporting the 2017 Post Prom efforts!
You may help by volunteering to:
1 – Sign up to help sell sundaes during various times.
2 – Donate new, unopened ice cream toppings (NO NUTS or PEANUTS) such as: squeezable bottles of chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, Magic Shell, sprinkles, candies, spoons, etc. Donations may be dropped off in the front office at OFHS with Mrs. McGrain or in Mr. Kho’s room.
Volunteer to help with sundae sales by going to SignUpGenius, which site is available by clicking HERE.
This is a great opportunity to support Post Prom if you have not been able to do so yet.
OFHS 2017 POST PROM MEETINGS & LATEST FUNDRAISERS
- 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
- March 3 & 4, 2017 – Ice Cream Sundae Sale @ State Speech Tournament (See separate blog item immediate above for all the details!)
2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Facebook: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)
Twitter: @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)
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.
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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.
- 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