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OFCS Update – January 19, 2019

January 19, 2019

REMINDERNO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST

There will be NO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 21st in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes will resume Tuesday, January 22nd.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!


SAVE THE DATE – PTA SET TO HOST SPECIAL INTERNET SAFETY PRESENTATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY – THURSDAY, FEB. 7TH @ 6:30 P.M.

olmsted falls pta feb 7.docxAttention All Bulldog Parents/Guardians!  Mark your calendars to attend a free presentation for parents and guardians ONLY hosted by Olmsted Falls PTA on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls Middle School. 

CP_leftThe Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will present “Is It Worth The Risk?” – a free presentation geared towards educating parents and guardians of today’s internet connected youth about the dangers of the internet, mobile apps, sharing personal information, and online interactions. 

To download an event flyer, please click HERE.


ANNUAL GEOGRAPHY BEE AT OFMS

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Olmsted Falls Middle School held its 28th annual Geography Bee on Wednesday, January 16th!  All students at Olmsted Falls Middle school participated in the qualifying round of the National Geographic Bee in November. From this round 16 contestants competed in the final competition.  

The final competition consisted of questions provided by National Geographic that were given orally to each of the contestants. The winner of the competition will take a qualifying state exam. Results of that exam will determine qualification for the state competition to be held in March. The winner of the state competition will win an all-expense paid trip for four to Washington D.C. to compete at the National level in May.

img_0659Congratulations to our top 4 finishers from Olmsted Falls Middle School (Pictured from left to right):

1st place David Vidovich (8th Grade)
2nd place Arjun Arumugam (8th Grade)
3rd place Rachel Neumann (8th Grade)
4th place Molly Kramer (6th Grade)

Congratulations to All Participants: 6th Graders Molly Kramer and Andrew Jernejcic; 7th Graders Loai Eqrai and Aiden Schenek; and 8th Graders John Distin, Ryan Davis, Rachel Neumann, Patrick Deselich, George Stone, Elena Strozewski , Arjun Arumugam, Emily Jones, Tyler Pletcher, Sophie Skerritt, Daniel Reiser, Katie Iannicca, Ivana Von Zak, Israel Gole, David Vidovich, Kayden Buttolph and Melody Bucci.


BULLDOG STUDENTS WIN ANNUAL FIRE PREVENTION POSTER CONTEST

IMG_4936.JPGCP_leftCongratulations to Bulldogs Susanna Minich and Clare Gareau on being selected as winners in this year’s Annual Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest coordinated through the Olmsted Township Fire Department.  As a reward for their winning entries into the poster contest, the students have an opportunity to be given a ride to school in a fire truck!

Susanna received her ride to school this past Friday compliments of Olmsted Township Fire Department.  In addition to the very special ride to school, Susanna brought six members of the Olmsted Township Fire Department inside with her for a special fire safety assembly.  

The two winning entries were also submitted to the state fire marshal’s office for the statewide contest.  Congratulations to both Susanna and Clare! Thank you Olmsted Township Fire Department for this special opportunity!


JANUARY IS SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH

January is School Board Recognition Month in Ohio. Olmsted Falls school board members were recognized and publicly thanked during the monthly Board of Education meeting for January, held immediately following the annual organizational meeting on January 10th.

dwl9ghgwsaej0ebOlmsted Falls City School District is so fortunate to have five dedicated Board members working collaboratively on behalf of our students and our educational community. Our school district extends sincere appreciation and thanks to Joe Bertrand, Holly Neumann, Linda Parkowski, Greg Surtman and Cynthia Tomasch. These five outstanding individuals dedicate countless hours as stewards of high quality public education in our local community.

Following the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd shared the following via his Twitter account (@OFCSSuper): “I’m very appreciative of my Board of Education. Their minds and hearts are on the right things and they work diligently to help inspire and empower the students and staff of the Olmsted Falls School District. THANK YOU!”

Next time you see one of any of them out in the community, please join us in thanking them for their time, effort and year-round commitment to the students of Olmsted Falls City Schools.


OLMSTED FALLS BOARD OF EDUCATION HOLDS ANNUAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, NEW OFFICERS ELECTED FOR 2019

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The Olmsted Falls Board of Education held its annual organization meeting on January 10th in the OFHS Media Center.  During the organizational meeting, Mrs. Holly Neumann was elected to serve as Board President for the calendar year 2019. Mrs. Linda Parkowski was elected to serve as Board Vice President for this calendar year.

Both Mrs. Neumann (left) and Mrs. Parkowski (right) were formally sworn into their respective positions by OFCS Treasurer/CFO Emily Dales.

We extend both congratulations and thanks to these individuals for taking on additional responsibilities in the coming year, and thank all five Board members for their ongoing dedication and commitment to the students and staff of Olmsted Falls City Schools.


SOCIAL STUDIES HONORARY SOCIETY BRIGHTENS HOLIDAY FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

IMG-1778.JPGCP_leftPrior to winter break, the Olmsted Falls High School’s Chapter of Rho Kappa wrote more than 100 holiday cards to the Northwestern Healthcare Center’s residents in Berea.  Rho Kappa is the national high school social studies honorary society.

Students contacted the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 91, who delivered the holiday wishes to residents of the facility, many of whom are U. S. military veterans.


OFMS GRADE 8 STUDENTS SENT GREETINGS TO MANY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

This past holiday season, the OFMS eighth graders participated in Paying it Forward to local community members and senior citizens through a few different activities.

In November, the students colored various festive and Thanksgiving theme pictures to create placemats for the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club’s sponsored Thanksgiving Dinner at the German Club in Olmsted Township. Additionally, the placemats and decorations were given to the residents at Sprenger Health Care Village of the Falls.

CP_leftFor the month of December, the students focused on creating holiday cards and decorations for the senior residents of Riverview Pointe Care, Sprenger Health Care Village of the Falls and Symphony at Olmsted Falls, all located in Olmsted Falls.

The students enjoyed knowing  their acts of Paying it Forward were going to local senior residents with the hope of adding some joy, kindness and holiday spirit during this time of year.


ACTIVITIES PLANNED ACROSS DISTRICT FOR CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES WEEK

OF helping hands differences weekNext week is Celebrating Differences Week (Jan 22nd.-Jan.25th). Please support OFCS Helping Hands by wearing these colors throughout the week!

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd— Wear Gray for Brain Disorders, Dyslexia, and Learning Differences

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd— Wear Blue for Down Syndrome, Autism, and Anti-Bullying

Thursday, Jan. 24th— Wear White for Blind/Vision Impairments and Invisible disabilities

Friday, Jan. 25th— Helping Hands/Bulldog Gear and Jeans Day!

Each year Helping Hands works to highlight different disabilities and differences, so Friday is a celebration of all our Bulldogs and what makes us different!  Not only will we be wearing colors in support but each building will have activities planned.  Below are just a few highlights for students and staff to look forward to:

  • ECC will be hosting a pajama party!
  • Falls-Lenox will have videos and books available, poster-essay contest, and a CAVS assembly!
  • OFIS will be having students participate in stations! where they learn about disabilities and differences!
  • OFMS will be having a penny war!
  • OFHS will have a mural where students can celebrate what makes them different!

Looking forward to a great Celebrating Differences Week across the district!


KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT – TUESDAY, JANUARY 29TH

KindergartenParents of incoming kindergarten students for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year should plan to attend the KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th @ 5:30 p.m. at the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center.  This informative evening will provide an overview of the kindergarten experience and also review specific instructions for the registration process, which opens the following day.

ALL PARENTS OF NEXT YEAR’S INCOMING KINDERGARTEN CLASS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION MEETING ON JANUARY 29TH.

[Please Note:  THE ONLINE KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION PORTAL FOR THE UPCOMING 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR WILL OPEN AT 12:00 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH.  Please do not register students for 2019-2020 until January 30th. ]


32ND ANNUAL OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW SET FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST

talent showThe 32nd Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show will be held Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7 pm in the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium. Join us for a fun-filled evening featuring acts ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th Grade demonstrating their musical, instrumental, vocal and dance skills. Please come and support these amazingly talented students.

Tickets $5 Adults, $3 Students. All proceeds will benefit the OFHS scholarship fund benefiting graduating Seniors of the Class of 2019. Watch this weekly blog for more details.

For information please contact Mrs. Knaggs, 440-463-8106, or knaggs.sharon@gmail.com or Mrs. Ferrini at 440-427-0894 or claudiaferrini@sbcglobal.net.


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OFMA’S ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ SET FOR FEB. 2ND
Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 2nd when the Olmsted Falls Music Association will present the annual Ballroom Blitz Event.
Music by the Olmsted Falls High School Jazz Band & Golden Expressions.  This year’s event will take place beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the beautiful Olmsted Falls High School “Cafe Ballroom.”
$10 per person / $7 for students & seniors (65+).
Dancing, light refreshments, raffles, door prizes and more – including a chance to win a 43″ television!!
Definitely a night you won’t want to miss!
Thank you for supporting OFMA & this fundraiser!

CABARET NIGHT PERFORMANCE DATE CHANGED TO MAY 9th

The Olmsted Falls High School Masquers and Forensics Patrons’ Cabaret Night has been changed from its original date of January 17th.  The new date is Thursday, May 9th

Save the Date for May 9th!

More information will be coming about this annual event.


UPCOMING COLLEGE PROGRAMS OPEN TO PARENTS/STUDENTS

Here are three programs for students and parents about college plans, whether attending high school or after graduation. Two are this Thursday.

College Credit Plus Information Session (CCP): Thursday, January 24th, 6-7 p.m., OFHS Auditorium – There will be a College Credit Plus (CCP) Information session for parents and students now in grades 6-11. CCP is a program that allows students to take college courses earning both college and high school credit simultaneously. The information session will outline program eligibility, admissions and scheduling. Representatives from area colleges will also be available to answer your questions.

Junior Parent College Night: Thursday, January 24th, 7– 8 p.m., OFHS auditorium – Parents of junior students planning to attend either a 2 or 4 year college should attend this meeting. A counselor will be introducing college exploration resources and discussing the college admissions process. There will be a demonstration on how to utilize college/career planning resources in your student’s Naviance account.

PSAT Information Sessions: Monday, February 4th, 6-7 p.m., OFHS auditorium – A counselor will be available for parents to discuss PSAT scores and next steps for 9-11th grade students who took the PSAT/9 and PSAT/NMSQT this past fall.

Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information. The website is available by clicking HERE.


DONATE YOUR OLD DEVICE FOR A GOOD CAUSE

smart-phone-The students at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School participate in Makerspace, during which students rotate through a variety of stations. Some of the stations are robotic, some are digital and others are hands-on creativity stations.

student successIn order to keep our robotics and digital stations running, we are in need of old iPods and smartphones. If you have any old devices such as these, please consider donating them after you remove all locks and information from them. Donations may be dropped off at any school office.

Thank you for your support!


OFMS BOOK FAIR IS ANOTHER SUCCESS, THANKS TO ALL

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center and its personnel thank the staff and students for their support in making the Scholastic Fall Book Fair such a success! 

Also, they give a huge thank you to its PTA volunteers for taking time out of their busy schedules to help with the fair. Thanks to all!


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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An experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework student successassistance 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.



SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

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Are you interested in joining our Bulldog team as a substitute teacher?  Apply today at renhillgroup.com or contact Ann Stricklen in Human Resources if you have questions at 440.427.6015 or atricklen@ofcs.net.


ROLL THE DICE FOR A LUCKY ALUMNI LAS VEGAS NIGHT

All are invited to the February 9th Alumni Las Vegas Night at the West Side Irish American Club.

It runs from 7-11:30 p.m.  Parents – 100% of the proceeds go toward scholarships for the OFHS Class of 2019 so why not come out and try your luck! Please come and support this worthy cause . . . you may even win CASH playing blackjack, let it ride, sideboards, dice or 50/50. Even if you don’t win, the money is going to a good cause.

Hope to see you on February 9th.  The cost is $5 at the door; 21 and older only at the event.  Click HERE to see the flyer.


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS NIGHT AT THE RACES READY TO RUN

The annual Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster Night at the Races is Saturday, April 6th, at St. Demetrios in Rocky River.

For ticket information, please contact Brian Fritz at 216-337-4422.

To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at terenceatkins22@gmail.com.

In addition, the organization has a merchant letter to share.  If you work for a company that makes donations to non-profit organizations, please present your employer the letter for a donation.

The flyers listed below contains more precise details on this event. Simply click on each to view the flyer. Thank you in advance for supporting this organization at their annual event.

2019 Night at the Races Flyer

2019 Horse Form

2019 Merchant Letter


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER

camp invention_host district flyer 2019Camp Invention® is returning to Olmsted Falls City School District!  In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Falls Lenox Primary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 24, 2019 with our own Brianna Smith serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged!

Activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!  Local educators facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high-school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register using promo code INNOVATE25L to save $25 (expires 3/22) or PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10) OFF $230. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


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




REGISTRATION ENDS THIS MONTH FOR OLMSTED GIRLS FASTPITCH SUMMER LEAGUE

crossed bats softballThe Olmsted Girls Fastpitch Summer league is now accepting registration through January 31st.

The league is open to girls ages 8-14 (birth year 2004-2010) who reside in Olmsted Falls and North Olmsted school districts.  Sign up online at olmstedcc.com.


OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – FEBRUARY 6TH

Olmsted Community Preschool is having an open house Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6:30-8:00 pm. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open at this time. The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. For more information, contact Melanie Reynolds, 440-235-3869 occpreschool@olmstedchurch.com The preschool is located at 7853 Main Street in Olmsted Falls.


OCSL REGISTRATION

ocsl-logoRegistration is now open through March 15, 2019 for 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. Register by January 31, 2019 to receive an early bird discount of $5 per player. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. Registrations after March 15, 2019 will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2019. 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.


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