OFCS Update – March 10, 2017
AUDITOR OF STATE AWARD FOR OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS
“This is just another example of how Olmsted Falls City Schools is being efficient and effective with taxpayer resources,” said Treasurer Emily Dales. “We put a high priority on sharing accurate information about our financial story with the community and this award reflects that belief.”
The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit which meets set criteria of a clean audit report. In the letter that accompanied the award, Auditor of State Dave Yost wrote, “clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability.”
“Olmsted Falls City Schools has strong financial management principles in place,” said Superintendent Jim Lloyd, Ed.D. “We believe in being open and transparent with our community and I’m proud of the tremendous work our staff has done to earn this award.”
To view our district’s most recent Auditor of State Award certificate and other important financial information, please visit www.ofcs.net/treasurer.
OFHS FOX 8 COOL SCHOOL SEGMENT AIRED THIS WEEK
The camera crew from Fox 8 visited OFHS this past Wednesday to film footage for the “Fox 8 Cool School” segment featuring the Bulldogs, which aired Thursday morning during the Fox 8 Morning Show. The segment also aired on the Thursday afternoon newscast and has been posted to the Fox 8 website. If you haven’t had a chance to view the OFHS Cool School feature story yet, please click HERE.
In addition to the feature segment which aired, OFHS students Joanna and Nico joined Kristi Capel, Wayne Dawson and A.J. Colby live in the Fox 8 studio where they were interviewed on-air about their cool school and helped with the morning’s Coffee Quiz. Both Joanna and Nico represented OFHS with pride! The Morning Show cast loved them!
Kudos to all of the students and staff who helped show the camera crew why OFHS is well-deserving of the Fox 8 Cool School honor! And thank you again to the Bulldog community for casting the many votes that made this all possible!
Congratulations to Rebekka McElroy, OFHS junior, for winning second place in the “Arts for All” poster contest. Her piece is included in the event flier and will be highlighted at the “Arts for All” event at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea on Thursday, May 4th.
The mission of “Arts for All” is to offer inclusive arts experiences for people with developmental disabilities that inspire, engage and strengthen each individual’s creative spirit.
Congratulations again to Rebekka!
OFMS STUDENTS PERFORM IN DISTRICT HONORS FESTIVAL CHOIR
Seven OFMS eighth graders participated in the District IV Honors Festival Choir Saturday at Avon Lake High School. The students are, as pictured, in front row, left to right, Brianna Opheim, Maggie McElroy and, back row, Kyle Neckar, David Sladewski, Tyler Delap, Ryan Kucler and Colin Myers.
The students performed multiple pieces under the direction of Kent State University’s Dr. Christopher Venesile. The songs included “Omnia Sol,” “Battle Above the Clouds,” “The Rivers are Running Again,” “The Little Hummingbird,” “La Vida” and “It Sings in Me.” Congratulations!
Olmsted Falls had a wonderful time hosting the 2017 Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament last week. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the event such a success.
The Olmsted Falls High School Forensics/Masquers next meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 13th. All those interested are invited to attend.
BULLDOG HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST! OHSSL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT A SUCCESS
Last weekend, March 3rd and 4th, Olmsted Falls City School District co-hosted the Ohio High School Speech League’s state speech and debate championships with neighboring Berea City Schools. The location of the state championships rotates around the state, and every six years it returns to the Cleveland area. Our friends in Berea have hosted twice before, however this was Olmsted Falls City Schools first time hosting. Here is a list of fun facts about the experience:
- Over 1,000 students came to compete, while 300 judges were on hand to rank the competitors.
- 80% of the competitors competed in venues here in Olmsted.
- The Middle School, High School, and Intermediate School played host to 11 different speech, debate, and acting competitions.
- 272 competitors were at the High School until about 9:30 Friday night, and about 10:00 Saturday night.
- 560 competitors faced off at the Middle/Intermediate Schools complex, although they got out a couple of hours earlier on Saturday.
- The opening and closing ceremonies were held at Hope Church on Columbia Rd.
Many, many volunteers helped feed and look after all of these competitors and judges, including Kiwanis, parents from OFMFP, as well as students from Key Club, Rho Kappa, NHS, and Tri-M. We had 80 volunteer shirts made, and we ran out early Saturday morning. We had nearly 100 volunteers!
OFHS wishes to particularly thank the teachers at the three buildings for sharing their classroom space, as well as the building administration at all of the buildings. As students arrived on Friday evening, the incredible scope of the tournament really came into focus and our building staffs were wonderfully helpful. Very special thanks also go out to the amazing custodial staffs at all three buildings. From Friday’s rush to get through rooms, to the constant cleaning required when feeding and housing this many students, our custodians were unfailingly pleasant and welcoming.
People from around Ohio got to see Bulldog hospitality at its best and all of the extra help and good wishes was much appreciated!
The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center is hosting a Scholastic Spring Book Fair starting today – Friday – through March 17th.
The fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during those school days.
OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR MARCH IS READY TO VIEW
OLMSTED FALLS 2017 SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
If your child will enter Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners. The program introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.
The registration deadline is May 15. See Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s website at oecpta.org for the sign-up form and more details.
REGISTER TODAY FOR OFHS BULLDOG SPRING TRAINING CLINIC
The Olmsted Falls baseball staff and the OFHS varsity baseball team will supervise the camp, which costs $20. Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching and fielding skills will be taught. Get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season.
All participants should wear cleats and baseball pants/sweatpants and bring tennis shoes, if it needs to move indoors, and ALL baseball equipment (glove, bat, and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher, etc). The camp is planned for outdoors, but depending on weather, may have to move indoors – so plan accordingly.
LEARN MORE ABOUT COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS AT INFORMAL SETTING – MARCH 22ND
Stop by an informal College Credit Plus Scheduling Open House from 6-7 p.m. March 22nd in the OFHS Media Center. Aimee A. Caldrone, OFHS college & career counselor, will host the gathering to answer questions about CCP and how to schedule classes. Students and parents are invited to attend, but this meeting is not mandatory. Just stop by with any questions.
Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information: https://sites. google.com/a/ofcs.net/hs- guidance/
FALLS-LENOX BOOK SALE, ICE CREAM SOCIAL/FAMILY NIGHT HUGE SUCCESS
A big “Thank You!” to all who attended the Falls-Lenox Book Fair. About 2,117 books were sold during this year’s fair! This amount of books provides about 381,179 reading minutes to our students!! Many Bulldog families also attended the PTA-sponsored Ice Cream Social/Family Night. What a great way for parents to encourage literacy and help their children to become lifelong readers!
A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Book Fair Chairperson, Janelle Prada and committee members Cathy Hess, Erika Singleton, Michelle Smith, Rachel O’Malley, Jen Prugar, Colleen Thome, Jen Vinci, Glenn Gardinsky, Amy Staley, Jim Wayne and Angie Stokes, who helped to prepare for and work the Fair all week! Without their help we would never be able to handle the volume of students who participate every year!
BE A COMMUNITY HERO! FALLS-LENOX SPONSORING BLOOD DRIVE ON MARCH 16TH (3-7 PM)
Falls-Lenox Primary School is sponsoring a local blood drive this month. 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.
It’s finally here! Shop early for that special birthday, celebration or even Christmas gift at the annual Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Bargain Bonanza, which starts at 8 a.m. this 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 entry; 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.
DINE WITH CHIPOTLE AND HELP OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL – THIS TUESDAY
Order between 4-8 p.m. and 50 percent of the proceeds go to PTA Council. Simply bring in the flier seen by clicking HERE, show it on your smart phone, tell the cashier or order online. If placing an order online, note you must choose the pay in-store option and inform the cashier that you are participating in this fundraiser before paying. Thank you.
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/
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:
- 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.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
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.
VIDEO GAME PROGRAM AT OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY
Date: March 22nd
Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
End Time: 8:30 p.m.
Make your very own video games! We’ll build an example game together using GameMaker Studio, free software you can keep exploring long after the class. Bring your flash drive to take your game with you at the end. Register by clicking HERE.
FUNDRAISER FOR OFFICER FAHEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – APRIL 5TH @ SUDS MAGUIRE’S
A local fundraiser has been organized to celebrate and honor the life of fallen Cleveland Police Office David Fahey. On Wednesday, April 5th, Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill will donate 20% of their proceeds to benefit local scholarships for OFHS students in the memory of Officer Fahey. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a Chinese Raffle to raise additional funds for this effort.
For additional information, please click HERE to download the event flyer.
OCSL REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN THROUGH MARCH 31
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.
SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL
To see an informational flier, click HERE. Register online at olmstedcc.com.
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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.
KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR
The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22. It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for nonresidents. There are morning sessions divided by age.
To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.
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