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OFCS Update – November 17, 2018

November 17, 2018

3-DAY THANKSGIVING BREAK BEGINS MID-WEEK

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Olmsted Falls City Schools will be closed next Wednesday, November 21st; Thursday, November 22nd; and Friday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving break. School resumes Monday, November 26th.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, OFCS extends its sincere thanks to our school community for its continuing support of Olmsted Falls City Schools. We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving break next week filled with time spent with family and friends.

Have a safe holiday!


SAVE THE DATE: SPECIAL SCREENING OF “ANGST” SET FOR NOV. 27TH & DEC. 3RD

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Following the Thanksgiving break, Olmsted Falls PTA Council and Olmsted Falls City Schools have partnered to provide two opportunities for parents, students and interested community members to view a special screening of the independent film, Angst.  The purpose of this film, produced by IndieFlix, is to help raise awareness around anxiety in children and adolescents.  According to the makers of the film, the goal is “to start a global conversation about anxiety” and “to create conversation, change and hope.”

Two community screening opportunities, co-sponsored by Olmsted Falls PTA Council and Olmsted Falls City Schools, are being offered following the Thanksgiving break:

What:  Screening of the film Angst, followed by a panel discussion.

When:  Tuesday, November 27th and Monday, December 3rd

Where:  Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium

The film runs approximately 55 minutes.  For additional information on Angst, please visit www.angstmovie.com.  


LIMITED SEATING-IN-THE-ROUND AVAILABLE FOR FINAL PERFORMANCE OF OFHS MASQUERS’ “TWELVE ANGRY JURORS” PLAY TONIGHT – SATURDAY, NOV. 17TH

The OFHS Masquers will perform “Twelve Angry Jurors” at Olmsted Falls High School.  The production’s final remaining performance will take place TONIGHT – Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the door. Don’t miss the unique performance!

Only 125 tickets are available. Since the auditorium is unavailable, the large study hall room in the academic wing – room 606 – will be transformed into an intimate black-box theater setting with seating in-the-round.  This setting offers actors and the audience a new theatrical experience at Olmsted Falls.

The play takes place in a jury room as the jurors deliberate the fate of a young Latino man accused of murdering his father. “Twelve Angry Jurors” is a classic play originally published in 1954 and is associated with the acclaimed 1957 film starring Henry Fonda as Juror 8.  The original work is titled “Twelve Angry Men,” but when the play is opened to female actors / jurors it is referred to as “Twelve Angry Jurors.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. 


OFHS INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS TO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

OFHS is proud to have inducted 54 new members into its chapter of the National Honor Society. The annual NHS Induction Ceremony took place November 13th in front of an audience of family and friends. OFHS math teacher Mr. John Vas served as the evening’s guest speaker. The new members were welcomed by our 57 existing NHS members, bringing the total NHS membership to 111 students at OFHS. 

 

Group photo of new inductees is featured above on left; group photo of existing NHS members is featured above on right. 

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New inductees include (listed by grade, alphabetically): Seniors Katelyn Angus, Lillian Beaty, Katie Cutts, Annelise Gomez, Marco Grgurevic, Catherine Iler, Lauren Kane, Jacob Kerkay, Lily Kozub, Hannah McCullar, Scott McKee, Kayla Polansky, Caitlyn Prather, Morgan Rinas, Megan Strohmenger, Haley Taylor, and Michael Thielman; and juniors Ainsley Allen, Joshua Andrews, Justin Andrews, Amber Blevins, Megan Bobkovich, Reilly Boros, Jacob Burdette, Julie Candow, Olivia Candow, Morgan Ciolek, Mara Deselich, Tessa Edwards, Nicholas Gaba, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Audrey Guildoo, Julianna Hess, Nadia Khalaf, Kayla Kippes, Alyssa Klimchak, Lauren Kreitzer, Kaitlyn Linder, Madison Malensky, Bailey Marks, Kristen Miller, Alexandria Pischkulia, Megan Poore, Gabriel Salamone, Andrew Scroth, Halle Slater, Auggie Stallman, Danielle Stevens, Summer Stevens, Jack Surtman, Chloe Thach, Colleen Thiel, Laney Ventimiglia and Andrew Vichill.  Congratulations!


 

VETERANS DAY RECOGNIZED ACROSS OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS

CP_leftveterans breakfast coverageVeterans Day offers students and teachers the opportunity to connect and learn, while also providing the chance to express sincere thanks and appreciation to those who have served our country. Across Olmsted Falls City Schools, there were a variety of events, special visitors and classroom activities surrounding the Veterans Day holiday. 

Students and staff at Falls-Lenox Primary School host the biggest event for Veterans with their annual Veterans Day Breakfast. To read local media coverage about this year’s breakfast held on Friday, November 9th, please click HERE.

Olmsted Falls Middle School hosted several guests speakers in honor of Veterans Day. Eighth graders were able to hear first hand the experiences of life in the military. A big thank you to the veterans, and activity duty personnel, that took the time out of their busy day to share their stories of boot camp, and sacrificing themselves on tour in Iraq. Thank you to Justin Carver – US Marine Corps, Sebastian Godbey – US Army, Viktoria Sikora – US Army (West Point graduate) and Robert Veon – US National Guard. Mr. Carver and Mr. Veon are both Olmsted Falls graduates.

 

At Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, students in Mrs. Atkins Language Arts classes read a special Veterans Day poem and talked about special veterans in their lives. Students were asked to phone, email, face time, or visit with a veteran they know to thank them and say, “Happy Veteran’s Day!” The class also had great follow-up conversations about how their veteran responded to the personal thank you! In Mrs. Mendicino’s class, they read the story “The Wall” by Eve Bunting, as well as an article about veterans and their service dogs. They also colored special pictures to give to a veteran they know as a thank you. Any student who did not personally know a veteran, donated their picture to be distributed to veterans in the community.

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Olmsted Falls High School began Veterans Day by acknowledging members of their staff who served our country including Mr. John Novotny, Mr. John Gaba, and Mr. Matt Deibel. A special remembrance of veterans and Veterans Day was also read over the morning announcements.

Even the littlest bulldogs got involved with all eleven kindergarten classes reading an article about Veterans Day from Scholastic News and talking about veterans in their own families. Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center also hosted a special visitor, Mr. Oberacker, a veteran of the United States Navy, who visited his daughter’s class to talk about all the places he visited when he was in the service and the different kinds of money, food, homes, and children he saw. The students also got to see his uniform, his medals and other mementos of his service.

 


OFMS SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

book-fair-is-comingThe OFMS will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair that will start Monday, November 26th-Friday, December 7th. The fair will be stocked with plenty of new and exciting books including favorite authors and characters just in time for Christmas. In addition, the fair will be open both conference nights Thursday, November 29th & Tuesday, December 4th.


OFHS COMPETITION CHEERLEADING TEAM CONTINUES TO IMPRESS

Nov-2018-Wolstein-Center-300x225The Olmsted Falls High School Competition Cheerleading Team competed at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University on November 11th.

student successThe team beat six other high school squads, earning the title of Grand Champion.

The Bulldogs also received two overall awards for the highest tumbling score of the day and the highest cheer score of the day.

Congratulations Bulldogs!


 

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OFCS TECHNOLOGY FOCUSED STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY 

Olmsted Falls City Schools continued to enhance the capacity of its staff to be truly technology enabled.  Dozens of sessions focused on integrating technology in meaningful ways.  Sessions were led by members of the district’s own staff! 

Educators presenting to educators provided a huge wealth of information and resources! 


 

NOVEMBER ISSUE OF OFMA MUSICAL NOTES NOW AVAILABLE

The Olmsted Falls Music Association’s November issue of Musical Notes is now available to download.

The issue highlights Ann Reichle, a 1969 Bulldog grad and generous supporter of OFMA.

To view the newsletter, click HERE.


PURCHASE TICKETS NOW FOR NOV. 30TH ANNUAL DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE

The annual Olmsted All Pro Dad’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance for girls in grades K-5 is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. November 30th in the OFMS cafetorium. The event includes dinner, dancing and fun for all dads, or a special male, and girls.

Tickets, which are $10 each, are now available. This is a popular event so be sure to order yours now. Tickets are available by clicking HERE on the Cheddar Up site .

The Olmsted All Pro Dad’s website is at olmstedallprodad.comSo many had a great time last year and this year should be the same, if not better!


SPEND AN HOUR WITH YOUR CHILD EXPLORING COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

Parents and their children in grades K-8 are invited to an Hour of Code from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 4th.

This event is an international movement that supports students in learning more about computer science and programming. You and your child will participate in hands-on activities exploring coding and learning more about it.  The district’s Technology Integration Specialists will help you through the process and troubleshoot.

To register, click HERE. Have questions? Contact idavis@ofcs.net or dcarlin@ofcs.net.


OFHS SPANISH III STUDENTS SCORED ‘MUY BIEN’ ON COLLABORATIVE BENCHMARK PROJECT SPONSORED BY THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

All Olmsted Falls High School Spanish III students annually participate in the Collaborative Articulation and Assessment Project (CAAP.) The Ohio State University sponsors this project.  Students took a written, listening and reading assessment that the university created. The assessments give students and teacher an indication of their potential university course placement and feedback to high school students and teachers about general performance levels.  This project also gives the district an idea of how OFHS Spanish language learners are doing in comparison to other districts in the state.

The scores for OFHS students who participated in last year’s project were received this fall and the 2017-2018 third-year Spanish students performed exceptionally well on the tests last year.  There were 1,265 students from 78 high schools in the state who participated in the project. OFHS students scored well above the high school average in all three assessments:

Writing:  High School Average: 5.0 / Olmsted Falls Average: 6.83

Listening:  High School Average: 6.3 / Olmsted Falls Average: 7.21

Reading:  High School Average:  7.4 / Olmsted Falls Average: 8.5

 Congratulations to the students who participated in the C.A.A.P. test last year!


BULLDOG BUS DRIVERS PARTICIPATE IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION LED BY OLMSTED TOWNSHIP POLICE

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OFCS bus drivers spent a portion of their Staff Development Day on Nov. 6th in a special session led by School Resource Officer English and Lt. Adams from the Olmsted Township Police Department. Officer Dieckman was also on hand.

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Transportation staff continued their training focused uniquely on safety and threat situations specific to the school bus.  The department will continue to collaborate with local safety forces to further understanding and preparedness.  

This latest training session was a follow-up from an SRO “train the trainer” event that SRO English and Transportation Coordinator Heath Krakowiak attended in Hilliard, OH earlier this month.  Transportation staff have also earned CPR and Stop the Bleed certifications in the last year.  

OFCS Transportation appreciates the relationship that is maintained with local safety forces, and is continually working toward maximizing the safety of our students and staff on and around the school bus.


SIGN UP YOUR TEAM FOR THE FL-ECC PTA CHILI COOK OFF THIS TUESDAY

Some like it hot; some like it with meat. Whatever you prefer, why not sign up your team to compete in the November 20th FL-ECC PTA Chili Cook Off.

Competitors: bring your chili to the middle school between 4-4:30 p.m. November 20th. Visitors are welcome to attend the event that runs from 5-8 p.m. To register, go to https://chili-cookoff-entry.cheddarup.com. Teams also may send a check to Falls-Lenox Primary School. They will then receive a receipt. Be sure to include an email address with your check. Hurry – the competition is limited to only 20 teams.

The winner will receive a $50 gift card to Moosehead. Those who attend will receive a ticket to enter the event’s gift baskets raffle. All raised funds will go toward new playground equipment at Falls-Lenox. Questions? Email them to ashleymcallise@yahoo.com or call 419-704-0848.


OFHS PTA VARSITY LETTER JACKET – HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE EXTENDED!  ORDER BY NOV. 21ST TO RECEIVE IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

OFHSLetterJacket_PicThe Olmsted Falls High School PTA has extended the ordering deadline for this year’s letter jackets to Wednesday, Nov. 21st.  Orders received by Nov. 21st will arrive in time for Christmas.

Please click HERE for additional information and the order form.

Email any questions to Kristie Patton at pattonkristie95@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support of PTA and programs!


OFAB ANNUAL HOLIDAY APPAREL SALE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

89595a0ac0ef3658-english-bulldog-santa-dog-painting-linda-apple-300x300The Annual Olmsted Falls Holiday Apparel Sale will be held on Saturday, December 8th from 9 am – 1 pm in the Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.

The Athletic Boosters are stocked and ready with all apparel items and new Bulldog logos at this year’s Holiday Sale. 
The organization will have in stock a wide variety of items consisting of:  Sweatshirts – Crew Neck and Hoodies; Tees; Long Sleeve Tees; Jackets; Hats
Gloves & Scarves; PJ Pants; Joggers; Women’s Items; Youth and Children’s  sizes.
As well as specialty items such as; water bottles, jewelry, car decals, bleacher chairs, and cushions! You will also be able to order sports specific items too!
This year the organization will be holding an Athletic Boosters Patrons Members Pre-Sale on Friday, December 7th from 7 pm – 9 pm.  If you are a 2018 – 2019 patron of the Athletic Boosters you are able to shop early!  Not a patron?  You can join right on site and get in for the early bird sale. 
Thank you for your Bulldog Support and Patronage!

POST PROM DECEMBER FUNdraiser!

Post Prom invites you to the following upcoming FUNdraiser event to benefit Post Prom:

December 3rd – Bingo with Vendors
Join us at Grindstone Tap House, in Berea, for a fun evening of bingo and shopping on December 3, 2018. This is a great time to get together with friends and shop for Christmas with various local vendors. Tickets are $10 pre-sale or at the door…but get it pre-sale and your ticket includes 12 bingo cards, or purchase at the door and your ticket only includes 10 bingo cards. Text Melissa Kozub at 440-785-6312 for more information and tickets.

Also…Any senior parents, or junior parents, who would like to learn more about Post Prom planning, please join us at our next monthly meeting  December 19th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS media center. You can also be added to our email distribution by contacting ofhs2019postprom@yahoo.com and follow us on Facebook (OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee) and Twitter (OFHSPostProm2019).


 

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFER FREE HOMEWORK HELP

new-olmsted-falls-library-main-doors-april-2013-imag1710.jpgDid you know that our local Cuyahoga County Public Library branch offers free after-school homework help to students in grades K – 8?

CP_leftAn experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework assistance for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday. Any students at the library after school from 3:30 to 5:30 can receive help from the Homework Mentor.


HAVE YOU DOWNLOADED THE NEW OFHS MOBILE APP?

HSApp_PhoneGraphicStay in touch with OFHS while on the go with the new OFHS Mobile App, which can be downloaded for free via either the App Store or Google Play.

The new app features:  news, notifications, calendars, athletics, staff and parent resources.

To access the links to download to your mobile device, please click HERE.

To access a flyer with additional information, please click HERE.


DISTRICT CONTINUES SEEKING SUBSTITUTES FOR SEVERAL JOB CLASSIFICATIONS

OFCS Triple A LogoBe a part of our outstanding Triple A school district!  Work with great people and fantastic kids!  Olmsted Falls Schools is currently looking for substitute paraprofessionals, cleaners, bus drivers and custodians to support our daily operational efforts in these important areas.  Having dedicated substitute support staff is a critical component to our district’s success.

Are you interested in joining our Bulldog team in a substitute capacity?  Click HERE to begin the application process.  You may also call 440.427.6000 and ask to speak to our Human Resources Department if you have questions.


REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

twitterJust a reminder that Olmsted Falls City Schools and all of our buildings are on Twitter!  We invite you to follow our district and building Twitter accounts for periodic announcements, reminders and an ongoing glimpse into all the great things going on in our classrooms, buildings and departments throughout the district!

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



HELP A NEEDY CHILD STAY WARM THIS WINTER: BULLDOG PARENT CAPRINA GATES LEADS LOCAL EFFORT TO COLLECT NEW & GENTLY WORN WINTER COATS

COATS FOR KIDS FLYER 2018Howard Hanna is proud to partner with Coats for Kids again this year for the 19th year! Coats for Kids—Cleveland, was started in 1981 by local radio station employees when they realized that a large number of children were missing school in the winter because they did not have warm coats. What a perfect opportunity for our children to give to a child in need! Please help by donating new or gently worn winter coats.

If your family has a need for a coat, please contact Coats For Kids directly at: larnold@coatsforkidscleveland.org or the school office and you will be helped privately.

Each year there are quite a few children in our district in need of coats, hats, scarves & gloves. Again this year, C & J Property Maintenance, LLC of Olmsted Falls will partner with me to help collect coats & sponsor local children in need.  We will personally pick up the coats donated from each school on Fridays through December 14. The coats will then be taken by Howard Hanna to Coats for Kids, washed by Cintas & distributed to kids in need.  To download the flyer, please click HERE.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR – SANTA’S SECRET SHOP – DECEMBER 1st

Olmsted Falls Cub Scout Pack 102 will present Santa’s Secret Shop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 1st, at Falls-Lenox Primary School.

Kids have the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of the pack’s friendly “elves.” Most items are under $10. There also will be a holiday raffle of terrific items including the new Xbox One X game system and a Vitamix blender, plus crafts, photo booth, and food for purchase.

Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.


 

CREATE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE WITH YOUR  FAMILY – DECEMBER 1st

Local Girl Scout Troop 71477 will sponsor a fundraiser at the Olmsted Community Center Saturday, December 1st.

After shopping at the Santa’s Secret Shop, walk next door to the Olmsted Community Center where you can make a gingerbread house to take home. All supplies will be available at the event. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


LOCAL COMMUNITY THEATER PERFORMS BABES IN TOYLAND

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Olmsted Performing Arts invites the community to its Babes in Toyland production from December 7th-9th at Crocker Park Market Square in Westlake. Tickets are $15 and are available at opatickets.com.  Call (440) 973-4363 with questions.


GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS HOLIDAY STUDENT CAMPS

Looking for something for your child to do during winter break? Great Lakes Science Center is offering Camp Curiosity from December 26-28 and January 2-4. They include one-day science camps for students in grades K-8. For more details, go to GreatScience.com.

 


 

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