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OFCS Update – April 7, 2017

OFCS NAMED AMONG BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC FOR 11TH YEAR STRAIGHT

The school district continues its streak with music accolades.  The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) again designated the Olmsted Falls school district among the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education. The district has received this honor 11 consecutive years. NAMM selected 527 school districts across the country for the honor this year.

The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum.  Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

To view a list of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education Districts, please click HERE.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Olmsted Falls answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. School officials verified the responses that The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas then reviewed.

Prior research has found links between students in community music programs and academic success in subjects such as reading. That is why music programs prove an excellent opportunity for students to excel in the other disciplines.

Congratulations to all for making Olmsted Falls among the best music education communities in the country!


MRS. STRAWSER’S KINDERGARTNERS PRESENT TO BOARD

Eight kindergarten students from Mrs. Strawser’s full-day class at the ECC made a special visit to the monthly Board of Education meeting in March to share with Board members their love of reading. These special guests read a poem about reading, sang a fun ABC song and showed off their fast developing skills by reading with Board members and adults in the audience. These small but mighty bulldogs did a great job and everyone enjoyed their visit!

To view a photo gallery of their visit, click HERE.


BOARD OF EDUCATION RECOGNIZES MARIEL KRAKOWIAK FOR RECENT PARENT OF YEAR AWARD

Board of Education President Joe Bertrand (left) and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd with Mariel Krakowiak.

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education honored OFIS art teacher and parent Mariel Krakowiak at its monthly Board Meeting in March as members recognized her recent Parent of the Year Award.

Mrs. Krakowiak was named Connecting for Kid’s Parent of the Year for her work in founding and leading the Helping Hands organization at Olmsted Falls Schools.

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.


OFCS SPRING SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON SET FOR MAY 11TH; OLMSTED TOWNSHIP SPONSORING COMMUNITY BUS TOUR

Olmsted Falls Schools will host its next luncheon event for senior citizens in the community on Thursday, May 11th.  This spring’s luncheon will take place at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School.

As an added opportunity, Olmsted Township is sponsoring a free community bus tour prior to the lunch.  Both events are free to senior citizen residents of Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls.  However, an RSVP is required.

Guests are welcome to attend both events (bus tour & lunch), or RSVP to one or the other separately as needed.

Please click HERE to download the event flyer.


INTRODUCING THE 2017-18 OFHS GOLDEN BULLETTES DRILL TEAM

Congratulations to the members of the 2017-18 Olmsted Falls High School Golden Bullettes Drill Team.

Members are Isabelle Cameron, Kai Falcone, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Audrey Guildoo, Taylor Jones, Lauren Kane, Georgia Kelley, Autumn Knierim, Rachel Korba, Cameron Nelson, Lexi Pishkula, Arianna Ponticelli,, Bailey Sharp, Gaby Solis, Sara Tonissen, Cassie Urry, Gabi Wasikowski and Kayla Zapotosky.

 Let’s go Bulldogs! Best of luck in the upcoming year!

OFIS BULLDOG BROADCAST NOW ACCESSIBLE TO ALL VIA BUILDING WEBSITE
Over the past two years, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School teacher Mr. Jesse Judson has been working with students on The Bulldog Broadcast, the Intermediate School’s official morning show.  The project, which utilizing web-based video editing software and green screen Chroma Key technology, has grown from just an idea to a daily show featuring the daily Pledge of Allegiance and student birthday recognition, alongside weekly segments from the Art Department, Tech Ed, and the S.W.A.T. Team.
The Bulldog Broadcast also features periodic announcements from the OFIS P.T.A., Student Council, K-Kids, The Green Team, Choir, the Library and the Guidance Department – just to name a few.  The students have really embraced the project and catch on so quickly to the technology.  The ultimate goal of the production is for Mr. Judson to serve in more of advisory role with the students leading the way – and based on how far the show has come in just two years, that may mot be far off!  Next year, the plan is to have this become a completely student created and produced show.
As the popularity of the show has grown, there’s been a desire to share this great work with a wider audience.  A Quick Link to each day’s show has just been added to the OFIS website homepage and, once you click on the link to view the day’s program, viewers also have access to an archive of older shows as well!  Special thanks to District Technology Integration Specialist Mr. Jeff VanArnhem for his assistance in getting The Bulldog Broadcast onto the website!
Be sure to check it out when you get a chance!  Great work Bulldogs!

BULLDOG RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP AT RECENT CAVS GAME

Congratulations to Alyssa Tonissen who was one of 10 recipients of a Cavs/Huntington Bank scholarship. More than 500 students applied for the scholarships.

Applicants submitted a 500-word essay, involved in a high level of service in their communities, provide a high school transcript, ACT and/or SAT scores and a letter of recommendation. The 20 semi-finalists were then interviewed.

The 10 awardees were announced and attended Tuesday’s Cavaliers home game.


MANY DONATED BOOKS TO COPS FOR KIDS BOOKMOBILES

A special thanks to all who contributed books to the OFHS Student Council Book Drive to support the Cleveland Police Department Cops for Kids bookmobiles. We collected 200 books for this program, which helps take children’s minds off difficult life circumstances in which their families may be involved.

A special thanks to Mrs. Corrigan for initiating this program at our high school this school year!


BULLDOG GRAD PART OF ICE SKATING TEAM THAT WON ITS 25 U.S.A. CHAMPIONSHIP

Andi Gottfried, a 2015 OFHS grad, is a member of the Haydenettes Synchronized Ice Skating team that will compete for the ISU World title in Colorado Springs this Friday and Saturday.  She attends Merrimack College in Boston.

The team is the reigning World bronze medalists. In February it won its 25th U.S. championship, their eighth consecutive national title.  In the last 18 months, Andi and her team, which represents the USA as Team USA #1, skated in Spain, Sweden, China, Hungary, Canada and Germany. The team was featured recently on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays. To view that video, click HERE.

To learn more about the ice skating team, go to haydensynchroteams.com.

Andi’s parents, Gene and Kim Gottfried, thank OFHS staff and administration for thier support along the way in helping Andi achieve this goal of skating with the Haydenettes.

Congratulations, Andi!  Best wishes in the world championship this weekend!


HURRY! FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR THIS SATURDAY’S NIGHT AT THE RACES 

St. Mary Night at the RacesIt’s heading down the stretch to Saturday’s Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Night at the Races at St. Demetrios Center in Rocky River.
Tickets are $35 a person. Contact Brian Fritz for tickets at 216-337-4422 or B4421fritz@yahoo.com.
 To view a flier of the event, click HERE.

OFHS PTA HOSTS VENDORS NIGHT IN CONJUNCTION WITH APRIL 24TH MEETING – JUST IN TIME TO SHOP FOR MOTHER’S DAY, GRADUATION!

OFHS PTA meeting is Monday April 24 at 7 p.m. (and will be quick so we can all shop!)
Come on out to vendors night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Great gifts for Mothers Day, birthdays, graduation.
Money raised goes to HS scholarships.


 

OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION HAS 2 UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS – ONE IS THIS WEEKEND

Another “Fill the Truck” opportunity will be at the OF Board of Education parking lot THIS WEEKEND – April 8th and 9th. It is again partnering with the Easter Seals Northern Ohio with this clothing drive. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Acceptable items include clothing; shoes; accessories such as purses, scarves, gloves, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes; linens; curtains; draperies; towels; bedding and fabric.  It will not accept household items, toys or any items that are not cloth.  All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. To see a flier that explains how to bring them to the drop off and other details, click HERE.

Dine in or out at North Olmsted’s Bob Evans and help raise money for the OFMA.

Present the OFMA’s flier from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. MONDAY, April 10th and the group will earn 15 percent of your purchase. Bob Evans is at 25853 Lorain Road. Please be sure you present the flier to the cashier.  This must be done for OFMA to receive credit for your purchase. To download the flier, click HERE.

Please find the latest April Musical Notes newsletter by clicking HERE.


OFIS MALLEY’S CANDY SALE ENDS THIS MONDAY!

malley_chocAll proceeds from the OFIS Malley’s candy sale will be used to offset the cost of our annual class trip to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan during the spring of your child’s 5th grade year.

· 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/


SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE MAY 23 AT OFHS GYM

The Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Association again is sponsoring  the  2017-2018 annual physicals date for student– athletes who currently are in grades 6-11 in need of a physical for the upcoming school year. The discounted price is a reflection of the strong relationship between the booster organization, Southwest General Health Center and the Bulldog Wrestling Program assisting with the details of the event.

May is the ideal time to secure this Ohio High School Athletic Association requirement, as the 2018 expiration date will not inhibit the student-athlete on missing out on a practice or competition due to a mid-season expiration.

They will be available from 4-7 p.m. May 23rd in the OFHS gym. No appointment is needed. For more details, view the flyer by clicking HERE.

To go to the schools’ athletic website, click HERE.


PARENTS/OFHS STUDENTS – 2017/18 COURSE CHANGE DEADLINE IS JUNE 6

Attention OFHS Students and Parents (including parents of current 8th graders):

Please view the list of courses your student has scheduled for the 2017-18 school year directly in Power School. Click Class Registration link on the left of the screen when logged in.

Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions. Counselors are available through June 6th to discuss students’ course selections for the next school year.

Evening appointments are available on June 5th and day time appointments are available on June 6th.

Please call 440.427.6116 to schedule an appointment.

DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS/CHANGES IS JUNE 6TH.


STILL TIME TO REGISTER YOUR INCOMING KINDERGARTNER FOR SAFETY TOWN

Olmsted Falls Safety Town 2017 Registration is still open! Classes are almost full!

If your child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergartners. Safety Town is a program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. Registration deadline is May 15.

Please visit http://oecpta.com/safety-town/ for more information and to download the registration form.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit http://www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

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.


OF POST PROM INVITES ALL TO POST PROM MEETINGS, FUNDRAISERS

Please consider joining us at our remaining Post Prom Committee meetings, all located in the Media Center at OFHS at 7PM:

  • April 12
  • April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17

Hope you can join us!

Post Prom tickets, which are PRE-SALE ONLY, will be sold at the same time as Prom tickets.  Prom/PostProm ticket sales in the OFHS Cafeteria on:

  • April 11 from 2:50pm – 3:50pm
  • April 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • April 19 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm, after testing

Post Prom tickets are $10 per person.  Checks made to OFHS Post Prom or Cash

Any senior can attend Post Prom even if you do not attend Prom.

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

T-shirt Quilt Raffle – Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter! (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

April 18, 2017 (5-8 PM) – Come Accessory Shop for Prom & Mom @ Olmsted Falls High School, Media Center (Click HERE for flyer with details)

April 25, 2017 – BINGO at Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill  — Contact Stacy to buy tickets pre-sale and receive more BINGO cards and chances to win!! (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee  

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com 

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



O. F. BOY SCOUT TROOP 252 TO HOST PANCAKE BREAKFAST – APRIL 23RD

Local Boy Scout Troop 252 from St. Mary of the Falls will be hosting a community Pancake Breakfast event on Sunday, April 23rd from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary of the Falls Church.  Funds from this breakfast will help pay for camping and troop supplies. Join us for pancakes, sausage and raffles!

Click HERE to download the event flyer.


SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


REGISTER FOR FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM – APRIL 29TH

The Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 29th at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident ages 4-18 who can independently swim the length of the pool. Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. Swimmers participate in activities such as Donut Fridays, Pancake Breakfast, weekly contests with prizes, secret swimmer and an awards picnic and pool party. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels.

For more information and online registration, go to Fallspointeswimteam.com.  http://fallspointeswimteam.com/


GET READY FOR THE MAY 7TH OLMSTED SPIRT 5k RACE/WALK

The annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 7th at the OFHS stadium. This year will be the 20th annual race!

Registration costs $25 for runners/walkers,vbut you can use the special promo code “os20” online at OlmstedSpirit.com for $5 off!

All proceeds go to fund scholarships for OFHS graduating seniors who give back to the community.  Please contact OlmstedSpirit@gmail.com with any questions.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

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, simonbob15@yahoo.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.


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

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 non-residents. 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.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

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.

VALUES

  • 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
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