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OFCS Update – April 26, 2018

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OFCS STUDENTS, TEACHER RECEIVE ESC EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS

The Annual Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County – ESC – Excellence in Education Awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of Students with disabilities, Peers who have built meaningful relationships with them and outstanding Educators who instruct or support their learning.

 

We are proud to congratulate the 2018 ESC Award recipients from Olmsted Falls from each category:
 
Student – Brennan Dew
Peer – Morgan Rinas
Educator – Elaine Atkinson

This year, the Olmsted Falls City School District submitted six nominations for the ESC Awards. Our Student Nominee was Brennan Dew, a Kindergarten student. Our two Peer Nominees were Liam Kuzmickas, a Kindergarten student and Morgan Rinas, an 11th grader. Our three Educator nominees were Christine Hannon, a paraprofessional at ECC, Elaine Atkinson, preschool teacher  and Team Heinrich/DeMuth from ECC, which includes Andrea Heinrich, Franca DeMuth, Cheryl Fudale, Christine Hannon and Molly Reeves.
 
Congratulations and thank you to all who make this district such a wonderful educational experience!


BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS TWO SHAKESPEARE PLAYS WITH PERFORMANCES TONIGHT THRU SUNDAY

Can’t get enough of William Shakespeare?  Neither can the Bulldog Theatre Company players!  They will present “Macbeth” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – adaptations by Mike Wilis – April 26-29 at 7 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafeteria Enjoy the production that includes 60 grade 6-8 students in the cast, crew and pit orchestra.

Tickets for the Thursday-Sunday performances are $5 for adults, $3 for students in grade 4 and up and free to senior citizens and students in grade 3 and below.

“Lord, what fools these mortals be” – if they miss this BTC production!


OFCS RECEIVES NATIONAL BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION AWARD FOR 12TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR!

NAMMF_18_BCMEOFCS is proud to announce that our district has just been awarded the 2018 Best Communities for Music Education designation presented by The NAMM Foundation.

This is the 12th consecutive year Olmsted Falls City School District has received this prestigious national recognition! To view the official press release and see the complete list of 2018 BCME districts, we encourage you to visit: https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/2018districts.

CP_leftstudent successOFCS wishes to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to our outstanding music teachers, talented students, and supportive parents, administrators and community members for making music education a core component of the Olmsted Falls educational experience!

Congratulations to all!


OFMS GEMS LEAVE THEIR MARK AT SKILLS USA COMPETITION IN COLUMBUS

student successGEMS competed in the annual Skills USA Middle School competition in Columbus on Tuesday. Sarah Witt and Alison Kraniske took GOLD in the Robotics Search and Rescue competition, Isabel Ortiz took GOLD in Technical Math and Sophie Skeritt took Silver.

All the girls put forth an amazing amount of effort. Sarah and Alison will have the chance to compete at the national level in Louisville, KY this summer!


PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE COMMITTEE COMES TOGETHER FOR SECOND MEETING

A group of community stakeholders gathered together again earlier this week to continue their work creating a “Portrait of an Olmsted Falls Graduate.”  The April 23rd meeting was the second in a series of three scheduled meetings led by OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.  The group is discussing the kinds of skills students need to be successful and creating the conditions to cultivate these skills.

student successAR_upperRightThank you to all those who participated in this month’s session.  We look forward to our final meeting next month and to sharing out this great work!

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OFCS SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD JUST ADDED LATEST POST TO HIS BLOG

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Did You Know?  Olmsted Falls City School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd personally authors a blog called the “OFCS Superintendent’s Update.”

Dr. Lloyd has just posted a new update regarding the latest work of a collaborative effort underway including superintendents from across the state of Ohio.

To read Dr. Lloyd’s latest post, please click HERE.


GROUP OF OFHS STUDENTS HOLD EVENT TO REMEMBER VICTIMS OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE, MEET WITH STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS

DSC_0592Students from Olmsted Falls High School organized an impressive and thoughtful event in conjunction with National Walkout Day last Friday, April 20th.  The event took place Friday morning in the OFHS Stadium and featured a series of student speakers, a 187 second moment of silence, and the release of individual balloons in memory of the victims of school shootings at Columbine High School (Littleton, CO) and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, FL).

Later that afternoon, a small group of students, led by senior Andrea Sheetz, met privately with State Representative Tom Patton and State Senator Matt Dolan to discuss issues surrounding school safety. 

To read more about the day’s events in an article featured on Cleveland.com, please click HERE.



BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS OFHS SCHOLAR, 1ST TEAM WINTER STUDENT ATHLETES AS WELL AS SWC BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPS

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education was pleased to honor a number of student athletes at their regular monthly meeting held April 19th.  The Board welcomed and acknowledged the accomplishments of Winter 2017-2018 Scholar Athletes and 1st Team All SWC Athletes.  The Board also welcomed the OFHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team to personally congratulate the group on their SWC Conference Championship.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes!


OFMS L.E.A.D. ORGANIZATION SHARES THEIR EXEMPLARY EFFORTS AT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

DbMYwqKVAAAq13vThe April 19th Board of Education meeting was kicked off with a joint presentation by OFMS students and staff members involved in the building’s L.E.A.D. organization.  L.E.A.D. stands for Learn, Educate, Advocate, Do.

Several years ago, OFMS merged its Student Council, Builder’s Club, and Helping Hands student groups into one collective group called the L.E.A.D. organization. This group empowers students to participate in activities that help students and teachers within our district and members of our community. These students are serving as role models in our community while they are serving their community and developing their leadership skills.

DbMYwqKUwAAtIR9Board members enjoy learning about various district classes and programs during presentations at each month’s regular Board of Education meeting.  Student presenters for this month’s presentation on L.E.A.D. included Raedan Pandya, Kristina Hess, Nicole Gaal, Addie Odon, Kylee Urban, and Sabrina Brancatelli.  Staff advisors include: Casey Lehmann, Rachel Papa, Sarah Mueller, and Lisa Hyppa.

Thank you to all for this fantastic presentation.  Well done!


ANTI-BULLYING SURVEY REVIEWED AT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING; RESULTS TO HELP GUIDE DISTRICT’S BEST PRACTICES

Logo1Olmsted Falls City School District prides itself on continuous improvement across all facets of our school district. Student well-being and safety are among the most important areas that the district wants to ensure we continually demonstrate best practices. In a proactive effort to assess and further improve upon best practices relating to the district’s anti-bullying efforts, initiatives, rules and practices, Olmsted Falls City School District students in grades 4 to 12, along with district staff members, participated in a 14-question online survey this past November. The survey gathered feedback from 2,290 students and 392 staff on school climate and culture as well as their understanding of rules and practices.

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Dr. Shannon Goss, OFCS Director of Student Services, reviewed questions the survey set out to answer, programs in place currently and next steps to further enhance the district’s practices.

To view the information presented at the Board meeting, please click HERE.

To read a news article about the project on Cleveland.com, please click HERE.

Anyone with questions regarding the information presented is encouraged to contact Dr. Goss at 440.427.6530.


LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER FOR MEETING, TOUR OFHS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Copy of IMG-0872Thank you to all of the local community leaders who were able to attend the Joint Community Leaders Meeting hosted by Olmsted Falls City Schools on Monday, April 16th at Olmsted Falls High School.  Attendees included elected officials and leaders from Olmsted Falls City Schools, Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township. The opportunity to gather together and share information of mutual interest to all was time well spent.

The evening’s agenda included a walking tour of the expansion and renovation project currently underway at Olmsted Falls High School.  The group toured the cafeteria and media center space, which is one of the major renovation areas of the project.  They also viewed progress on the new wing of science and art classrooms through the courtyard windows.

Thank you again to all who were able to join us!


OFHS CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS ARE THIS SATURDAY

Olmsted Falls High School cheerleaders: officials tryouts start at 8:45 a.m. April 28th in the OFHS gym.

The Parent meeting for the 2018-2019 cheer squads is at 7:30 p.m. April 30th in the OFIS cafeteria.

If you have questions, email Coach Danielle at ofhscheerleading@gmail.com. For a detailed flyer, click HERE.


2018 FOOTBALL SEASON PARENT MEETING SET FOR MAY 1ST

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300Attention for all parents of students who plan to play freshman or varsity football for the 2018 season. There is a parent meeting at 7 p.m. May 1st in the Olmsted Falls High School auditorium.

To view a brief alert of the meeting on the Olmsted Falls athletics page, click HERE.


ECC & F-L DADS: DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY AT FIRST DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE – FRIDAY, MAY 11TH

Dads, show off your dance steps!

The Olmsted All Pro Dad and the FL/ECC PTA are sponsoring their 1st ever Daddy/Daughter Dance. It is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, May 11th, in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Cafetorium.  Daughters in Kindergarten through grade 5 are invited to attend with their fathers.

To view more information and to register, click HERE for the flyer. The entry fee is $10 a family in advance and $15/family at the door. Registration deadline is May 5th.

Hey, dads…you just may learn a few new steps. Look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!



OFHS ALUMNI, STAFF, COMMUNITY: SHARE YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS

The annual Olmsted Falls High School Art Show is May 11th.  Alumni, staff and the community are invited to share your hidden talents to enter your artistic work in the show.  Your work will be placed in a special area for all to see.

The entry deadline is May 4. A special form to complete and return to Amber West – awest@ofcs.net – is available by clicking HERE. Display boards and table space will be available. Hope to see your work there!


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS PARTNERS WITH SOUTHWEST GENERAL HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE ANNUAL PHYSICALS FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES MAY 23RD

CP_leftThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters organization has once again partnered with Southwest General Hospital and has reserved Wednesday, May 23rd as the annual physicals date for our 2018 – 2019 student-athletes.

For the low cost of $20.00, student-athletes will have his/her physical administered as well as the OHSAA Physical’s document/signature form can then be submitted to the athletic office (on site). By signing up for this May event, will help eliminate the concern of an “expired physical occurring during the athletic seasons.”

For additional information – including the link to register – please click HERE.


SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION CONTINUES – ALL 3 JUNE SESSIONS ARE FILLING UP

All children entering Kindergarten this Fall are invited to attend Safety Town, a child accident prevention program. It introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. They will practice real life situations before being confronted with them on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education. The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA sponsors this program and will be held in June at Falls/Lenox Primary School. There are three separate session with different times from which to choose.

Session 1 from June 4-8 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

Session 2 from June 11-15 has three times: 9-11:30 a.m, 12:30-3 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.

Session 3June 18-22 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

This program is staffed by volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families.  Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town.” We have a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads and railroad crossings while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood. Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local police, fire and bus departments, as well as field trips to police and fire departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.

To register, go to the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA website by clicking HERE. We are accepting online registration and payment as well as mail in ones. Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 11th.  The cost is $50 per child.

****PLEASE NOTE WE ARE A SEPARATE PTA FROM FLECCPTA****


HURRY – OFHS BOOSTERS BENEFITS WITH CONTINUED PASTA FUNDRAISER THROUGH APRIL

The “Pasta Fundraiser” continues as the OFHS Athletic Boosters now will benefit from the online event.

The pasta, made in the U.S.A., offers such shapes as tennis rackets, basketballs, volleyballs, snowmen, baseball gloves, runners, shoes and such themes as OSU Buckeyes, tailgate and celebrate pasta, down on the farm mac and cheese, zoo animals, music, angel hair and others.

The online sales will be shipped directly to you. Boosters will receive 40-percent of all sales. For more details about the fundraiser on the Bulldog athletic page, click HERE.

To go directly to the online fundraiser, click HERE.



REGISTER FOR THE OFMS PTS MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE TODAY

The Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA May Calendar Raffle is here!

You have 23 chances to win for only $5. The fun is simple.  Each weekday in May, a name will be pulled. That person wins whatever gift is listed that day. You may buy as many calendars as you wish. Money raised will help support assemblies, field trips and scholarships. A list of winners will be posted on the Olmsted Falls blog.

Simply click HERE to go to the calendar and register the attached form from the calendar. Return the form and your money to your school office marked OFMS PTA.

Good luck!


PLAY BINGO AT OFHS VENDORS NIGHT MAY 2ND

All are welcome to try their luck at the Olmsted Falls High School PTA Vendors Bingo Night May 2nd.  The event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. at Tony K’s Bar & Grille on West Bagley Road in Berea.

It just costs $10 to shop AND play 12 rounds of Bingo with great prizes from vendors. Food and beverages are available to purchase.

Bring your friends for a great night out!


CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT REGULAR COST 

Camp Invention_early discount _Page_1Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind self-driving cars and create vehicles of the future, build their very own “smart” homes, design a mechanical robot dog and take home an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up!

Camp will run the week of June 11-15. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to register.

To download a Camp Invention flyer, please click HERE.  Contact Brianna Smith at bsmith@ofcs.net with any questions.




COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



FALLS POINTE SWIM TEAM TO HOLD TRYOUTS – THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH 

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoThe Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held April 28th from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. Online registration begins April 8th. 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. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels with many fun activities included. For more information and online registration, go to Fallspointeswimteam.com.



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WESTVIEW SWIM TEAM ANNUAL REGISTRATION EVENT – THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH

Looking for a fun, recreational activity for your child this summer?

Join us for our annual Westview Swim Team Meet-the-Coaches and In-person Registration Event on Sunday, April 29th 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Olmsted Community Center (8170 Mapleway Drive).

Coaches and parent representatives will be available to answer questions and provide information about the swim season. You can register your child, sign-up to volunteer at meets, order swimsuit and spirit wear, and discover what the summer excitement is all about!  Visit https://westviewhoaswimtea.wixsite.com/homepage for additional information.


21ST ANNUAL OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK – MAY 6TH

Olmsted Spirit 5K color smallThis year is the 21st annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk! It will be Sunday, May 6th at Olmsted Falls Middle School (due to construction at the high school). This community event has raised over $200,000 in scholarships for OFHS graduates since its beginning.

You can sign up at http://www.OlmstedSpirit.com. The race/walk is only $5 this year, or $15 if you want a t-shirt. There is also a brand-new Kids Run this year, so check out the website for more information. If you would like to volunteer, donate a basket/raffle prize, or get involved, please email Mr. Zrenner at JZrenner@ofcs.net.

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PERENNIALS, POTTED PLANTS/SHRUBS AVAILABLE @ OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB’S PLANT SALE

The Olmsted Falls Garden Club’s Perennial Plant Sale will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6th. This year the sale is located next to the Olmsted Falls Library, 8100 Mapleway Drive, near Bagley Road.

More than 2,000 locally grown potted plants for sun and shade, for pollinators and many marked for deer resistance, are offered at low prices,

Proceeds benefit the schools, community organizations and public gardens.

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LOCAL STUDENTS PERFORM IN NORTH POINT BALLET’S PETER PAN

NPB_PeterPan_Postcard_Front_v4North Pointe Ballet, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is performing “Peter Pan” at the Lorain Palace Theater May 4th-6th. Our special sensory friendly performance is May 5th at 2:30pm. We are committed to increasing access and inclusion for our community’s children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities.

To provide a supportive and welcoming environment for children and families, dedicated Sensory Friendly performances include:

Reduction of loud or jarring sounds
Reductions in flashing or strobe lights
Modification of the house lights during the performance
Accommodated house rules: audience members are free to talk or move during the show
Extra staff and volunteer support.
Designated “Take a Break Space” in the theater where children can play and families can still enjoy the performance

Audience members are welcome to bring their own manipulatives, seat cushions, comfort objects, and extra support items to the show. Families may select their own seats that works best for their situation.


OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2018-2019 
 
preschool cartoon kidsOlmsted Community Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is officially underway.  The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. For more information, contact Melanie Reynolds, 440-235-3869 or ocprschol@aol.com The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street in Olmsted Falls.
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OLMSTED FALLS BOY SCOUTS PLANT SALE CHANGES LOCATION THIS YEAR

It’s that time of year for the Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 annual flower sale on May 12th, May 13th and May 19th.   The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12th; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13th – Mother’s Day and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19th.  The sale will be at a new location this year – in the parking lot between the Olmsted Falls Library and Olmsted Falls City Hall at the corner of Bagley Road and Mapleway Drive. 

The Scouts will have hanging baskets, flats of annual flowers, herbs and vegetables available at good prices.  Hanging baskets make great Mother’s Day gifts!  Stop by, support scouting and shop locally!  We are also collecting donations for the Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Township food pantry, so please consider dropping off a nonperishable food items when you shop. Contact Mike or Sharon Knaggs, 440-463-8106, with questions.


ADAPTIVE LACROSSE COMING TO OLMSTED FALLS

Lacrosse Bulldog logoOlmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to announce a new component to our developmental lacrosse program – Adaptive Lacrosse! This program will run during the standard lacrosse season (March – May) and is designed to allow individuals with developmental disabilities to learn about and participate in the game of lacrosse. If you or someone who you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Jodi DeMarco at joannademarco@yahoo.com or 440-503-3090. All are welcome, this is not limited to Olmsted Falls.


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OFCS Update – April 13, 2018

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DON’T MISS GUYS AND DOLLS SPRING MUSICAL THIS WEEKEND – PERFORMANCES TONIGHT & SATURDAY  AT 7:30 P.M.

guys and dolls green (1)The talented Olmsted Falls High School Masquers will present Guys and Dolls as its spring musical production on April 13th and 14th in the OFHS auditorium.

Both performances will start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students/senior citizens.

Our OFHS Masquers family hopes to see you there!



RESULTS OF SURVEY ON ANTI-BULLYING EFFORTS, RULES & PRACTICES TO BE PRESENTED AT APRIL 19th BOARD MEETING

Logo1In a proactive effort to assess and improve upon best practices relating to the district’s anti-bullying efforts, initiatives, rules and practices, Olmsted Falls City School District students in grades 4 to 12, along with district staff members, participated in an online survey this past November.  The survey gathered feedback from students and staff on school climate and culture as well as their understanding of rules and practices.

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This Thursday, April 19th, Dr. Shannon Goss, OFCS Director of Student Services, will present findings from this important survey project to the Olmsted Falls Board of Education members at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.  The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, April 19, 2018, in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center. The survey presentation by Dr. Goss will be one of several items on the evening’s meeting agenda.

As always, parents, staff and residents are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you on April 19th at 7:00 p.m.


OFMS STUDENTS PLACE WREATH ON ARLINGTON’S UNKNOWN SOLDIER TOMB

Olmsted Falls Middle School eighth graders enjoyed a three-day field trip to Washington D.C from April 4th-6th.  They experienced a special moment at Arlington Cemetery while there.

Congratulations to Greg Smith, Jimmy Bement, Allie Gumeny and Emma Kassouf for earning the honor of placing the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


LOCAL STUDENT HEADS TO NATIONAL HISTORY BEE CONTEST

student successOFMS seventh-grader David Vidovich won the National History Bee 2018 Regional Finals Championship in Detroit this weekend. He will compete in Atlanta for the National Championship.

Congratulations, David, and best wishes for a very successful competition.


OFMS STUDENT COMPETES AT STATE GEOGRAPHY BEE CONTEST

student successOFMS student Arjun Arumugan participated in the State Geography Bee Tournament in Columbus Friday, April 6th.

Arjun qualified for the state tournament by being the OFMS Geography Bee Champion and performing exemplary on a qualifying test. Arjun represented Olmsted Falls with pride! Congratulations Arjun!



OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION UNANIMOUSLY PASSES TWO RESOLUTIONS AT MARCH MEETING

Logo1The Olmsted Falls Board of Education unanimously passed two important resolutions at their monthly meeting held March 15, 2018.

The first resolution passed was a Resolution Supporting School Safety and Reducing Violence in Schools, which acknowledges the growing epidemic of school violence in the United States and implores federal and state leaders to enact legislation with funding for efforts to help ensure the safety of students and staff.  Copies of this resolution have been sent to the President of the United States, the Governor of Ohio, the United States Congress and the Ohio General Assembly. To read the full content of this resolution, please click HERE.

The second resolution passed was a Resolution In Opposition of House Bill 512, which formally expresses the Olmsted Falls Board of Education’s opposition to this current legislation being considered which would transfer nearly all duties and authority of the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to a new state agency called the Department of Learning and Achievement.  If this legislation is adopted, the current Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation would all be consolidated into the proposed new Department of Learning and Achievement. Copies of this resolution have been sent to members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.  To read the full content of this resolution, please click HERE.

Anyone with questions about these recent resolutions passed by the Olmsted Falls Board of Education is encouraged to call the Board office at 440.427.6000.



OFHS WELCOMES NEW SECURITY GUARD

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This is our new OFHS Security Guard, Angel; he will be with us through the duration of the construction project. Welcome Angel!

AR_upperRightThe safety and security of our students and staff continues to be the top priority at Olmsted Falls High School. The school district has hired a security guard that will be monitoring the side door entrance that connects the west end of the High School with the classroom trailers and student parking lot. The security guard will be making sure that only high school students/staff and approved construction personnel are using this entrance. All others will be instructed to go to the main front entrance to properly sign-in through the student office. The students have been instructed that they are not to open the doors for anyone. Between classes, students coming from the trailers are to enter the high school through this west side entrance, which will now be monitored by the security guard. The security guard will help by reminding the students to follow this protocol. The security guard will also be checking all authorized construction personnel entering the high school through this entrance to access the cafeteria/media center work space.  Please join us is welcoming Angel (pictured at left) to our Bulldog family!



NEWSMAKERS: OFHS STUDENTS & OFCS SUPERINTENDENT DR. JIM LLOYD WERE IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK

Logo1Just in case you missed it, check out the links below for coverage of our district relating to raising awareness about school safety and honoring victims of school violence:

April 11, 2018 – Cleveland.com coverage of Upcoming Event to Honor Victims of School Violence

April 10, 2018 – We Love Schools Podcast featuring OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd


APRIL MUSICAL NOTES ARE HERE!

music1student successThe April issue of Olmsted Falls Music Association’s monthly publication Musical Notes is now available to download. Click HERE this link to download the April 2018 issue.

For the archive of past issues, please click HERE.

Thank you to OFMA for gathering such a wonderful collection of music news each month!  There is certainly no shortage of information to share!


OFHS CHEERLEADERS CLINIC AND TRYOUTS ARE THIS MONTH – APRIL 24 & 28

Olmsted Falls High School cheerleaders: the mandatory cheerleader clinic is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 24th in the OFHS auxiliary gym. Tryouts start at 8:45 a.m. April 28th in the OFHS gym.

The Parent meeting for the 2018-2019 cheer squads is at 7:30 p.m. April 30th in the OFIS cafeteria.

If you have questions, email Coach Danielle at ofhscheerleading@gmail.com. For a detailed flyer, click HERE.


OFIS GIRLS RUNNING CLUB GEARS UP FOR OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K

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CP_leftThe OFIS Girls Running Club is in high gear as they prepare for the Olmsted Spirit 5k on Sunday, May 6.  Fifty-eight 4th and 5th grade girls are part of the club and have been training hard and would love some crowd support.  Please plan on coming up and cheering them on.  The Olmsted Spirit 5k starts and ends at the Middle School this year.  The running club girls will be wearing neon yellow ~ stop up to cheer them on!



ECC THANKS ALL FOR MAKING ITS BOOK FAIR A GREAT SUCCESS

A big “Thank You” to all who attended the Early Childhood Center’s Book Fair before Spring break. We sold more than 724 books during this year’s fair!  That number provided about 130,349 minutes of reading. We had many of our Itty Bitty Bulldogs in attendance at our 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 volunteers: Janelle Prada, Kristy Braun, Michelle Saluja, Brandy Phillips, Michelle Smith, Valerie Gerrish, Marti Cappicioni and Jamie Jackson. Without the help of all these wonderful ladies, the Book Fair would not have been such a success!


OFHS BOOSTERS BENEFITS WITH CONTINUED PASTA FUNDRAISER THROUGH APRIL

The “Pasta Fundraiser” continues as the OFHS Athletic Boosters now will benefit from the online event.

The pasta, made in the U.S.A., offers such shapes as tennis rackets, basketballs, volleyballs, snowmen, baseball gloves, runners, shoes and such themes as OSU Buckeyes, tailgate and celebrate pasta, down on the farm mac and cheese, zoo animals, music, angel hair and others.

The online sales will be shipped directly to you. Boosters will receive 40-percent of all sales. For more details about the fundraiser on the Bulldog athletic page, click HERE.

To go directly to the online fundraiser, click HERE.


DISCOUNTED SAFETY TOWN EARLY REGISTRATION FEE ENDS TODAY

All children entering Kindergarten this Fall are invited to attend Safety Town, a child accident prevention program. It introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children. They will practice real life situations before being confronted with them on their own. Safety Town is the foundation of safety education. The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA sponsors this program and will be held in June at Falls/Lenox Primary School. There are three separate session with different times from which to choose.

Session 1 from June 4-8 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

Session 2 from June 11-15 has three times: 9-11:30 a.m, 12:30-3 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.

Session 3June 18-22 has two times, 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m.

This program is staffed by volunteers who seek to unite home, school and the Olmsted community in promoting education, health and safety of children, youth and families.  Children who attend will practice safety “out on the town.” We have a miniaturized city layout designed to teach children safety near roads and railroad crossings while on their bikes or walking in their neighborhood. Videos, songs and lessons with visits from local police, fire and bus departments, as well as field trips to police and fire departments, all help your child enjoy and understand what he or she is learning.

To register, go to the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA website by clicking HERE. We are accepting online registration and payment as well as mail in ones. Payment reserves your child’s spot and must be received by May 11th.

Fees are $40 per child if received before April 13th for OECPTA members.

$45 per child if received before April 13 for NON-OECPTA members

$50 per child if postmarked after April 13 for everyone

****PLEASE NOTE WE ARE A SEPARATE PTA FROM FLECCPTA****



2018 FOOTBALL SEASON PARENT MEETING SET FOR MAY 1ST

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300Attention for all parents of students who plan to play freshman or varsity football for the 2018 season. There is a parent meeting at 7 p.m. May 1st in the Olmsted Falls High School auditorium.

To view a brief alert of the meeting on the Olmsted Falls athletics page, click HERE.



OFHS ALUMNI, STAFF, COMMUNITY: SHARE YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS

The annual Olmsted Falls High School Art Show is May 11th.  Alumni, staff and the community are invited to share your hidden talents to enter your artistic work in the show.  Your work will be placed in a special area for all to see.

The entry deadline is May 4. A special form to complete and return to Amber West – awest@ofcs.net – is available by clicking HERE. Display boards and table space will be available. Hope to see your work there!


F-L BOOK FAIR SHOWS READING ROCKS WITH ITS FAMILIES

A great big “Thank You” to students, their families and the community who visited the Falls-Lenox Book Fair. The event saw 1,746 books sold during that time.  This amount of books provides about 314,339 reading minutes for our students! What a great way in encouraging literacy and helping children to become lifelong readers.

A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA volunteers. They included Janelle Prada, Jen Prugar, Michelle Saluja, Cathy Hess, Denise Rizer, Kristy Buccieri, Angie Stokes, Jamie Jackson, Mary Lessick, Brandy Phillips, Danielle Ratliff, Katie Pace, Michelle Smith, Chrissy Ferrone, Kristy Braun and Bridgette Ross. Their help in preparing for and working at the Book Fair made it such a successful event!


TAKE YOUR POST AT THIS SATURDAY’S APRIL 14TH NIGHT AT THE RACES

The annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters’ Night at the Races is this Saturday, April 14th.

Booster members invite everyone to come and support its organization. This event is one of its largest fundraisers of the year. All funds raised go directly back to all of the athletic organizations in our district grades 7 – 12.

For tickets, contact Brian Fritz at 216-337-4422.  To purchase a horse, contact Terry Atkins at terenceatkins22@gmail.com.  In addition, the group has sent a merchant letter.  If you work for a company that makes donations to non-profit organizations, please present your employer this letter for a donation. See the attached flyers for more information.

Come on out for a good time while helping our athletic programs – we look forward to a fun night! GO BULLDOGS!

 
 
Horse Form – 2018 Horse Form


CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT REGULAR COST 

Camp Invention_early discount _Page_1Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward! Campers in grades K-6 explore the technology behind self-driving cars and create vehicles of the future, build their very own “smart” homes, design a mechanical robot dog and take home an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up!

Camp will run the week of June 11-15. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to register.

To download a Camp Invention flyer, please click HERE.  Contact Brianna Smith at bsmith@ofcs.net with any questions. 

  


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



21ST ANNUAL OLMSTED SPIRIT 5K RACE/WALK

Olmsted Spirit 5K color smallThis year is the 21st annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race/Walk! It will be Sunday, May 6th at Olmsted Falls Middle School (due to construction at the high school). This community event has raised over $200,000 in scholarships for OFHS graduates since its beginning.

You can sign up at http://www.OlmstedSpirit.com. The race/walk is only $5 this year, or $15 if you want a t-shirt. There is also a brand-new Kids Run this year, so check out the website for more information. If you would like to volunteer, donate a basket/raffle prize, or get involved, please email Mr. Zrenner at JZrenner@ofcs.net.


OLMSTED COMMUNITY SUMMER LEAGUE LATE REGISTRATION CONTINUES UNTIL THIS SUNDAY

The Olmsted Community Summer League (OCSL) offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4-18.  We  accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website by clicking HERE or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive.

Registration remains open, but will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15th. Please like OCLS on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields.  Any questions, contact OCC at 440-427-1599.


TROOP 252 SPONSORS PANCAKE BREAKFAST THIS SUNDAY

Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 252 will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15th at St. Mary of the Falls Parish Hall.

The event includes pancakes, sausage and raffle prizes.  The troop will accept donations at the breakfast. The entire community is invited to join the troop and enjoy a breakfast without the mess or fuss.


BINGO NIGHT OFFERS FUN AND GAMES

Family and friends of students enrolled in Olmsted Community Preschool are invited to a Bingo Night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 19th at Tony K’s in Berea.

You may purchase 10 Bingo cards at the Olmsted Community Church’s Preschool office or at the event for $10. You will received five extra cards if you purchase your 10 in advance.  Local vendors will have their wares to sell and give away as prizes. Food and beverages will be available during the event. Tony K’s Bar and Grill is at 841 W. Bagley Road, Berea.


FALL POINTE SWIM TEAM TO HOLD TRYOUTS APRIL 28TH

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoThe Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held April 28th from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. Online registration begins April 8th. 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. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels with many fun activities included. For more information and online registration, go to Fallspointeswimteam.com.


OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2018-2019 
 
preschool cartoon kidsOlmsted Community Preschool Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is officially underway.  The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. For more information, contact Melanie Reynolds, 440-235-3869 or ocprschol@aol.com The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street in Olmsted Falls.

ADAPTIVE LACROSSE COMING TO OLMSTED FALLS

Lacrosse Bulldog logoOlmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to announce a new component to our developmental lacrosse program – Adaptive Lacrosse! This program will run during the standard lacrosse season (March – May) and is designed to allow individuals with developmental disabilities to learn about and participate in the game of lacrosse. If you or someone who you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Jodi DeMarco at joannademarco@yahoo.com or 440-503-3090. All are welcome, this is not limited to Olmsted Falls.


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