OFCS Update – March 1, 2017
HAVE YOU VOTED YET? VOTING FOR OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL AS FOX 8 ‘COOL SCHOOL’ CLOSES TOMORROW AT 5:59 A.M.
The contest ends at 5:59 a.m Thursday! That is TOMORROW A.M.!!
Help OFHS hold on to its current first place spot by voting NOW – TONIGHT!!
Click HERE to vote for OFHS as this week’s Cool School!
TEACHER MARIEL KRAKOWIAK NAMED PARENT OF THE YEAR BY AREA NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
Congratulations to Mariel Krakowiak, OFIS art teacher. She was honored this past Friday as Connecting for Kids’ Parent of the Year at its annual fundraiser in Avon Lake.
Mariel and her husband Heath, OFCS transportation supervisor, are the parents of two special needs children, Colbie, 8 l/2 and Lleyton, 5 l/2 . Mariel founded and leads the Helping Hands organization at Olmsted Falls Schools. Helping Hands provides opportunities to expand interactions and make connections between special needs and typical students. Under Mariel’s volunteer leadership, the group also offers activities and fundraisers to benefit helping Hands ongoing efforts as well as the efforts of other nonprofit groups such as Special Olympics.
Connecting for Kids is a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide education and support for families with concerns about their child (under the age of 13), whether or not the child has a formal diagnosis. Connecting for Kids serves all areas of childhood, from physical, emotional development and communication to adaptive and cognitive skills. The organization was a very helpful resource to the Krakowiak family.
To view a Cleveland.com story about Mariel, her family and Connecting for Kids, please click HERE.
Congratulations again on this well-deserved honor!
For the first time, Falls-Lenox celebrated College and Career Awareness Week February 21-24. Each day students attained information about a new career and participated in fun activities to bring awareness about different careers, including sending their favorite stuffed animal to work with their parent. The students shared their stuffed animal’s experience with their classmates.
The week ended with the third grade students attending Third Grade Career Day. Forty-eight careers were represented by parents, friends, and family who took time from their busy schedules to share, inspire, and motivate students. All speakers inspired the students to work hard and set goals so they can have a rewarding career in the future. The speakers also linked their conversations with the third grade economics unit. Students explored the concepts of goods, services, and competition.
We appreciate all of the time and energy that the speakers put into their presentation. Positive energy and motivation was beaming from the students as they left that afternoon.
The goal of the College and Career Awareness Week activities is to help students make connections between skills taught at school and skills needed in jobs and careers. Students will also begin to develop some interests in career areas.
To view the a photo gallery of this event, please click HERE.
OLDER BULLDOG STUDENTS FROM OFHS SHARED PERSONAL WORK EXPERIENCES WITH FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS
– Shakers IGA
– Volunteers of America in North Olmsted
– The Renaissance nursing home
These local community sites provide work experience for students in the afternoon to help prepare them for the work force after high school. They spoke with their younger Bulldog peers about the jobs they do and the skills they need for the job.
It was a great learning time for everyone. To see a photo gallery of the student career day presentations, please click HERE.
The Falls-Lenox Book Fair will continue through this Friday, March 3rd, in the school’s Media Center.
Children may shop during their regular library time. There will be no book exchange that week.
CAN YOU HELP THIS FRIDAY &/OR SATURDAY? FORENSICS TEAM STILL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR STATE TOURNAMENT THAT OFHS IS HOSTING
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 Friday and Saturday, March 3 & 4.
To sign-up, please visit the events official Sign-Up Genius link by clicking HERE.
Thanks in advance for your volunteer support!
ALL PRO DAD PIZZA NIGHT SIGN UP DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY – MARCH 3
Hurry to reserve your spot for the All Pro Dad Pizza Party that is set for 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 IS THIS MONDAY
An informational night is set at 7 p.m. this Monday, 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 email@example.com or 440-427-6180.
To view a flier of the event, click HERE.
IT’S MALLEY’S FUNDRAISER TIME AT OFIS!
· This is an ONLINE only candy fundraiser. Friends and family can order at their convenience 24 hours a day.
· All orders totaling $60 or more to one address receive FREE SHIPPING.
· ONLINE order deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017.
· TO GET STARTED: Go to malleys.com/fundraise. Our group link is https://malleys.com/fundraising/campaign/olmsted-falls-intermediate/
PUMPKIN JACK – JUST A SHELL OF ITSELF NOW
ECC Kindergartners still check on Pumpkin Jack whose remains are viewed in an exterior planter outside the school. Last year, after reading the Pumpkin Jack book, they watched how their pumpkin truly follows the life cycle of the squash through the various seasons.
Well, they now only see its bleached skin and stem. Learning truly does occur at any moment – no matter the season.
OFHS POST PROM TO SELL SUNDAES DURING FRIDAY/SATURDAY STATE SPEECH TOURNAMENT
The Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament is this Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th locally – at OFHS, OFMS and OFIS. The Olmsted Falls School District is hosting the tournament this year.
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.
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.
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 2017 POST PROM MEETINGS & LATEST FUNDRAISERS
Please consider joining us at our next Post Prom Committee meeting. Due to a conflict at the high school the next Post Prom Committee meeting has been moved to Thursday, March 16 at 7PM; location TBD. Hope you can join us!
Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:
- March 3 & 4, 2017 – Ice Cream Sundae Sale @ State Speech Tournament (See separate blog item immediate above for all the details!)
- **NEW** March 8, 2017 – Tony K’s Dine-in or Carry-out (flyer attached) – A hard copy of the flyer must be present when paying for order
- 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!
- **NEW** April 25, 2017 – BINGO at Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill (flyer attached with contact details)
2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Facebook: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)
Twitter: @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)
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.
Don’t be shy. Shop early for that special birthday, celebration or even Christmas at the annual Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Bargain Bonanza, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 11th at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.
Kids clothing, toys, baby gear, maternity wear and much more are at great prices at this consignment-style resale event. Hours and admission are 8-9 a.m., $5 per person during Early Bird; 9 a.m. to noon, $2 a person and 1:30-2:30 p.m., $3 per bag. Cash and check only, please.
For more details, go to the OECPTA’s website by clicking 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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