OFCS Update – February 24, 2017
PTA HONORED BY BOARD FOR PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION
During February’s monthly board meeting, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education proudly and formally recognized the Olmsted Falls PTA Council and the district’s local PTA units for earning the prestigious National PTA School of Excellence award. Only 173 schools and their PTA units were recognized nationwide – and four of those units are right here in Olmsted Falls! Falls-Lenox/ECC, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, Olmsted Falls Middle School and Olmsted Falls High School have all been recognized as National PTA Schools of Excellence. The School of Excellence designation is the highest honor awarded by National PTA and recognizes schools for their strong and effective family school partnerships.
Board of Education President Mr. Joe Bertrand and OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd helped acknowledge the ongoing hard work and dedication of our local PTAs that earned them this national recognition.
The commitment and energy of the PTA units across the Olmsted Falls School District bring great added value to Bulldog students and families, and make our local PTA an exemplary organization for other across the nation! Congratulations again PTA!
BOARD RECOGNIZES AWARD-WINNING HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS
Students recognized included Gold Key winner Kayla Mandak, Silver Key winner Lauren Gumeny; and Honorable Mention award winners Dylan Briggs, Kailie Gelatka, Cody Kelley, Evan Martin and Disha Rathod.
All of these students had their award-winning works displayed in a featured exhibit at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Galleries this past January.
To view the works of all of these outstanding artists in an online gallery, please click HERE.
Congratulations again to all of these talented Bulldogs!
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR FOR TONIGHT’S AMAZING BALLROOM BLITZ
The OFHS Jazz Band and Golden Expressions will perform at the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Ballroom Blitz event TONIGHT – FRIDAY, FEB. 24TH. It begins at 7 p.m. in the OFHS “Café Ballroom.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $7, students and seniors 65 and above. Enjoy great music, dancing, finger foods, appetizers, desserts, raffles, door prizes and more!
To see a flier of the event, click HERE.
OFHS ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENTS HOST CLASSIC FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT @ OFHS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT – DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 P.M.
A group of students in Mrs. Cleary’s entrepreneurship class at OFHS has planned this Saturday’s Family Movie Night as part of their coursework for this new class – and it promises to be fun for the whole family! Don’t miss this fun evening of family entertainment as the OFHS auditorium is transformed into a classic movie theater – complete with movie-style concession stand selling popcorn, candy and pop for guests.
The movie is The Incredibles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie showing from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the OFHS auditorium. Admission prices: $4 for 1 person, with an adult accompanying anyone younger than grade 6; $8, family of 2; $11, family of 3; $14, family of 4; $17, family of 5 and $3 for each additional person after that.
Proceeds will benefit Post Prom. To download the event flyer, please click HERE.
OFIS SWAT TEAM IMPRESSES BOARD OF EDUCATION AND VISITORS
Students from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School were on hand at this month’s Board of Education meeting, along with technology teacher Mrs. Kim Krock and Technology Integration Specialist Mrs. Dawn Carlin, to share their knowledge and experience as members of the OFIS SWAT club. SWAT stands for Students Working to Advance Technology and there was no doubt in the room that this impressive group of young techies are doing just that!
The group made an impressive presentation that includes video clips they’d made as members of the SWAT team, as well as a hands-on demonstration. To view photos of SWAT’s presentation at the Board of Education meeting, please click HERE.
Thanks again to this awesome group of students and the amazing adults who inspire their learning each day!
GREAT TURN-OUT AT LOCAL COMMUNITY FORUM REGARDING STATE’S LATEST ESSA PROPOSAL
Approximately 150 parents, community leaders and local educators packed Avon High School this past Tuesday, February 22nd for a grass-roots community forum to discuss the State’s latest ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) proposal.
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, led these local efforts.
The event was also covered by media outlets who have been following closely these local efforts to provide citizens an opportunity to help shape critical local response to the 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 discussed was a recommendation from area school superintendents and curriculum directors to make changes in Ohio’s plan for high stakes student testing.
To read local media coverage of the community forum, please click the links below:
Thank you to all of these local superintendents for their leadership and for helping give a voice to our local communities!
OFCS HOSTS OLMSTED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS; SHARES DISTRICT UPDATE & SHOWCASES PARTNERSHIP WITH POLARIS CAREER CENTER
Olmsted Falls City Schools was pleased to host this month’s regular meeting of the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center. OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and OFCS Treasurer Ms. Emily Dales had the opportunity to update the group on latest district news – including academic, facilities and financial updates.
Additionally, teachers and students from Olmsted Falls Middle School made a special presentation highlighting Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses offered in-house at OFMS through a fantastic partnership with Polaris Career Center.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teachers Mrs. Wisniewski and Mr. Tarnowski were joined by two OFMS students – all of whom were both engaging and inspiring as they provided an overview of PLTW courses currently offers at OFMS including: Design & Modeling; Medical Detective and Robotics.
Thank you to the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce for its ongoing partnership and support of Olmsted Falls City Schools. The opportunity to host this month’s lunch meeting and share the latest developments in our “Triple A” district was much appreciated. Thank you also to the OFCS Food Services Department for the delicious lunch!
MANY FOURTH GRADERS STAY AFTER SCHOOL TO READ DURING “BOOKWORM BASH”
What a great way to spend a few extra hours after school!
To see a photo gallery of the children reading and special readers, click HERE.
FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR STARTS THIS MONDAY
Children may shop during their regular library time. There will be no book exchange that week.
Families are invited from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1st to shop during the book fair.
OFHS TRACK & FIELD PRE-SEASON PARENT MEETING SET FOR THIS TUESDAY, 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 STILL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR STATE TOURNAMENT HOSTED BY OFHS NEXT WEEKEND
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!
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!!!
For more information on the flu, please contact the Ohio Department of Health at www.flu.ohio.gov.
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.
Hurry to reserve your spot for the All Pro Dad Pizza Party March 8th at Falls-Lenox. Bring your children during the 6-7 p.m. event that has a 5:45-6 p.m. check-in time. There will be plenty of pizza and fun during the one-hour party.
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-3.
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING SPRING BOOK FAIR @ OFMS
Save the Dates! The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will host a Scholastic Spring Book Fair from Friday, March 10th through March 17th.
The fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during those school days.
BE A COMMUNITY HERO! FALLS-LENOX SPONSORING BLOOD DRIVE ON MARCH 16TH (3-7 PM)
Falls-Lenox Primary School will be sponsoring a local blood drive in March. March is Red Cross Month, and as a blood donor, you can be part of an elite group of community heroes that help save lives. Every day the Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations for patients in need. Your blood donation can bring help and hope during patient emergencies. Blood is needed for accident victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.
Please sign up to donate blood at Falls-Lenox Primary School on Thursday, March 16 from 3-7 PM. To make an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: FallsLenox or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Students who recruit a presenting donor to their blood drive will receive a fun appreciation gift!
To be eligible to donate blood you must:
- Be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission).
- Meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height).
- Be in general good health and feeling well.
Click HERE to download the flyer.
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!
- 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.
The community is invited to attend a concert of the Boys’ and Youth Choir “Dagilelis’ from Lithuania. It will be at 7 p.m. March 17th in the Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University. The group has 37 male singers ranging in ages from 10-19. It has won many international awards.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10, children/youth 18 years and younger. Tickets are available by clicking HERE or calling Amanda Muliolis 216-938-7356 or emailing email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 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