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OFCS Update – February 14, 2019

ENJOY THE 4-DAY WEEKEND!  HAVE FUN & BE SAFE!

No-School1REMINDER:  There will be NO SCHOOL for students TOMORROW – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15th due to a staff only day in the district. Making it an extra long weekend, school will be closed for ALL – staff and students – THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18th in honor of Presidents Day.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th.


ATTENTION TONIGHT! OFMA INVITES COMMUNITY TO OFHS MARCHING BAND SEND-OFF TONIGHT – THURS., FEB. 14TH – AT 6:00 P.M.
bulldog over musical notestudent successThe Olmsted Falls Music Association is inviting parents, teachers, students and community members to line the sides of the High School drive this evening at approximately 6:00 p.m. to send off the “Pride of Olmsted Falls” Marching Band as they depart on a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, where they will be performing over the weekend.
Congratulations to all of our talented Bulldog musicians!
Have a great trip!

NINE BULLDOG STUDENT-ATHLETES PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Congratulations to the following Bulldog Student-Athletes who committed to playing their sport at the next level during a signing ceremony held in the OFHS gym on National Signing Day:

Ashley Sandru, Hiram
Lauren Francescone, Mount Union
Lauren Gumeny, John Carroll
Emma Heinrich, Findlay
Ashley Zgodzinski, Walsh
Trae Henderson, John Carroll
Michael Howard, Gannon
Sam Lofton, Notre Dame
Nick Vance, Duquesne
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Congratulations again and best wishes at your respective colleges next year!

OLMSTED FALLS MAKING NEWS WITH INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Every day, there are so many great things going on in Olmsted Falls City Schools!
Check out recent media coverage on two of our latest news-making community partnerships:

OFHS TRACK & FIELD PRE-SEASON PARENT MEETING – WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27TH

The Olmsted Falls High School track and field parent meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 27th, in room 606 at the high school.  Parents of high school athletes who plan to participate in track and field this spring should attend this important meeting.

Contact Coach Novotny at jnovotny@ofcs.net for more details.


REMEMBER: KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR!

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The first step to enrolling a new kindergarten is completing the online registration.  Please click HERE to access the link.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of Itty Bitty Bulldogs in the upcoming 2019-2019 school year!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR: ECC SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: MARCH 4TH – 8TH

book-fair-is-comingThe Early Childhood Center’s Book Fair is coming soon!! Monday, March 4, through Friday, March 8, in the Library.
Children will be able to shop during their regular afternoon library time.

Families are invited to shop from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday March 5th.

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our online book fair:

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/olmstedfallserlychldhdctr

Online shopping dates are February 24 – March 9.


LEARN MORE ABOUT MILITARY OPTIONS AFTER GRADUATION

Military Information Night: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 – (Berea-Midpark High School Library) 

Berea-Midpark High School is hosting a Military information night. Students and parents are invited to learn about available options in the United States Military. Representatives from the military branches will be in attendance to answer all questions about enlistment, benefits and ROTC college scholarships.  For more information, please contact the Berea-Midpark Guidance Department.

ASVAB Testing: 8:10 a.m., Friday, March 8 – (OFHS High School Media Center)

Juniors and seniors planning to enlist in a branch of the military should take the ASVAB assessment. This assessment helps recruiters determine the types of careers your student is eligible for within their branch of the military. Students should sign up in the Guidance Office.  Spaces are limited. If your student is unable to test at OFHS, they are able to test at any military enlistment processing center.


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, week-long 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!


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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

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.


SELL OR FIND GREAT KIDS-RELATED BUYS AT OECPTA’S BARGAIN BONANZA MARCH 9th

Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s annual Bargain Bonanza is from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls Middle School.

If you would like to sell your gently-used child-related items, be sure to register by March 4. To obtain seller information, go to www.oecpta/bargain-bonanza-seller-registration.

Buyers have the option of hitting the Early Bird entry from 8-9 a.m.  The entry cost is $5. The $2 general admission is from 9 a.m. to noon.  The $3 bag sale runs from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Large items will be reduced to half price at that time.


CHECK OUT THE NEW ECC “PAWS TO BE KIND” SPIRITWEAR 

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Available in youth and adult sizes, Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center has just launched its ECC “Paws to Be Kind” spiritwear fundraiser.

Click HERE to visit the ECC Spiritwear store at Ryco Sports and view available styles.

When ordering online select “Ship to ECC” or “Pickup at Local Store” options.

Questions?  Contact Renee Russell at rrussell@ofcs.net

And don’t forget to “Paws to Be Kind!”


DINE @ CHIPOTLE ON FEBRUARY 18TH TO HELP CLASS OF 2020 RAISE FUNDS – BRING THE FAMILY FOR LUNCH DUE TO NO SCHOOL

All are invited to stop by North Ridgeville’s Chipotle eatery from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH in honor of the Class of 2020. Bring in the flyer, which is available by clicking HERE, show it on your smart phone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause because 33 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Olmsted Falls High School.

Please note that online orders will not be included in the fundraiser. Hope to see you there. Chipotle is located at 32223 Lorain Road.


POST PROM UPDATE – NEXT FUNdraiser SET FOR FEB. 22ND

Easter Bunny with TVThe latest Post Prom FUNdraiser will take place at the February 22nd Boys Varsity Basketball game. The OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee will be giving away a 55-inch TV at the Boys Varsity Basketball Game on February 22nd, which is also Senior Night. Chances may be purchased for $10 each in the cafeteria during the first half of the game and in the gym during halftime. The winner will be selected and announced at the end of the third quarter. Please come out to support our Boys Basketball Program and OFHS 2019 Post Prom!

Prom is Saturday, June 1st and Post Prom is Sunday, June 2nd from midnight to 3 a.m. Follow us on Facebook: OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee and Twitter: OFHSPostProm19.

To join our mailing list for the latest information and update, send an email to OFHS2019PostProm@yahoo.com to let us know you want to be on our mailing list.

For additional Post Prom information, please click HERE.


TRY YOUR HAND AT BINGO DURING OECPTA’S VENDOR AFTERNOON ON FEB. 24TH

Join in the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA on Sunday, February 24 from 1-4 p.m. for a fun day playing vendor bingo at Grindstone Tap House! You will win prizes from a variety of vendors and all money raised goes to PTA. The cost is $10 for your bingo cards. Contact Elizabeth Bucher by email Ebucher1204@gmail.com or phone 440-785-0297 for your pre-sale tickets. Pre-sale is $10 for 12 bingo cards to play.Tickets at the door are $10 for 10 cards.

Bring some friends for a fun afternoon out. Great food and drinks available at your table to order. Some of the vendors that will be there with prizes and products are Nuskin, Bloomin’ Chocolates, Thirty-One, Tupperware, Young Living, Arbonne, LuLaroe, Inspired Armor, Grand Pacific Junction Popcorn, Nerium, Color Street and MORE!


FOOD + FAMILY + FRIENDS = AN ENJOYABLE OFAB FUNDRAISER MARCH 21st

bulldog-logoThe Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters invites all to dine from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 21st at Danny Boys, 24129 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

The restaurant will donate 20 percent of that day’s proceeds of participating customers to the association. Just bring in the flyer when you dine in, carry out or on delivery to show your support and participation. The flyer must be presented in person – cell phone photos will not apply. To download the flyer, click HERE.

Thank you for your support.


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


OECPTA OFFERS FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT @ LOCAL COVERED BRIDGE

Have you been wanting new family photos? Join the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA (OECPTA) for a photo shoot fundraiser on May 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charles A. Harding pedestrian covered bridge in downtown Olmsted Falls.

The cost is just $45 for OECPTA members and $55 for non-members and includes four digital images with copyright release. All photos may be purchased for an additional $70 (over $400 value). For complete details and to register, visit: www.TraeDawn.com/pta


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.


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



ADAPTIVE LACROSSE RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS YEAR

The Olmsted Falls Lacrosse Association is excited to offer adaptive lacrosse once again this year.

Practices will be on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – location TBD in Olmsted Falls. Practices will include a warm up, fundamental skill development and drills.  This program will run in April and May, though start date will be determined by the weather and ability to practice outdoors.

This program is designed for children with special needs in grades 1-8.  There is no cost to sign up. For questions or to register, please contact Jodi DeMarco, joannademarco@yahoo.com.


OLMSTED HOT STOVE BASEBALL STILL SEEKING 3-4 PLAYERS AGES 9-10

OF baseball association flyer pixAlthough players do not have to be evaluated for these travel
teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that required in community recreational baseball. Hot Stove is not an instructional league. Players should possess a moderate knowledge of baseball rules and whose skills allow them to play at a moderate to high level of competitive baseball.

The season begins around May 1 and ends around mid-July. A typical season consists of 12 to 20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. Teams may also decide to participate in private tournaments. We have great returning coaches and are always looking for more. You can indicate your willingness to volunteer with your child’s sign up online. You can also make any special requests online. Teams may elect to practice during the winter months; however, team rosters are not finalized until all
registrations are received and final team rosters are formulated by the OTBA

Sign-ups have been extended for players age 9-10 as a few spots still remain for this age group.  Register online at – http://www.olmstedcc.com.  Any questions please reach out to jeff.kocmit@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.


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.

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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OFCS Update – February 8, 2019

OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS, VITAMIX ANNOUNCE COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP

New Partnership Provides Vitamix With Field Naming Rights as Well as Opportunities to Enhance Student Curriculum and Food Service Offerings

 

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Olmsted Falls City School District is pleased to announce a new collaborative partnership with Vitamix, a manufacturer of internationally renowned, high-performance blending equipment headquartered locally in Olmsted Township. This unique collaboration features three key components that benefit both partners, including football field naming rights, student curriculum enhancements, and food services support.

Olmsted Falls City School District and Vitamix have entered into an agreement that will provide an important alternative revenue stream to the school district while providing Vitamix with an opportunity to further enhance its many existing connections within the local community. One of the key elements of the new partnership is naming rights to the Olmsted Falls High School football field, which will be officially dedicated as “Vitamix Field” at Charles Harding Memorial Stadium when the 2019 season gets underway this fall. This field naming rights component of the partnership is structured to generate $200,000 for the school district over the next 10 years.

“We are extremely excited at this opportunity to deepen our relationship with Vitamix and look forward to the multiple elements of this new partnership,” said Dr. Jim Lloyd, Superintendent of Olmsted Falls City Schools. “In addition to Vitamix Field becoming a reality, we will also be working collaboratively with the company on innovative curriculum and food service projects.”

“We are thrilled to partner so closely with the Olmsted Falls City Schools,” said Vitamix President and CEO Dr. Jodi L. Berg. “Vitamix has been a member of the Olmsted community for more than 70 years, so it’s an honor to contribute in this way to one of Northeast Ohio’s premier school districts. Our corporate purpose is to liberate and nourish the zest for life. Doing that for Olmsted Falls students is a wonderful opportunity that our employees will relish.”

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(L to R) Scott Hackman and Adam Wilson from the Vitamix team collaborate with OFCS Director of Food Services Denise Tabar during a preliminary partnership planning meeting which included a walk-through of the newly renovated Olmsted Falls High School cafeteria space.

One of the unique aspects of this new partnership will be an ongoing collaboration between the schools and key Vitamix team members in areas of shared interest relating to student curriculum, as well as student health and wellness. Vitamix team members will be working directly with the Assistant Superintendent and a team of district educators on infusing real-world experiences into areas of specific high school curriculum.

Additionally, Vitamix team members will be working closely with the district’s Director of Food Services on the implementation of new menu items for students. To support these efforts, Vitamix has donated blending equipment valued at more than $10,000 to be distributed throughout the district, including four Vita-Prep 3 machines, four Vitamix XL machines, and one Blending Station Advance.

Moving forward, a preliminary presentation outlining partnership progress and collaboration to date will be made before the Olmsted Falls Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting set for Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Falls High School Media Center.


OFHS ART STUDENTS EARN RECOGNITION IN ANNUAL SCHOLASTIC ART CONTEST

student successEight talented Olmsted Falls High School students were regional award winners in this year’s Scholastic Art competition. This is an outstanding accomplishment for these talented Bulldogs as they competed against thousands of other entries this year! Students were recognized for their achievements and presented with their award certificates during a special reception at the Reinberger Galery at the Cleveland Institute of Art held in January.

Congratulations to:

Katie Caswell – Gold Key for “Hand of Positivity”

Chloe Thach – Gold Key for “Dancing with the Sunlight”

Bianca Sophia – Silver Key for “Vacationing” and Silver Key for “What You Drink”

Emily Kasl – Silver Key for “Best Friends”

Gabriella Kollar – Honarable Mention for “Beyond the Banks”

Morgan Rinas – Honorable Mention for “Octotea”

Mckenna Skoczen – Honorable Mention for “Tree House”

Haley Vitale – Honorable Mention for “Heartland Dawn”

The Gold Key award is the top award given.  Students earning Gold Key honors go on to compete against all of the other Gold Key winner across the country.  Good luck to Katie and Chloe as they advance to the national competition in New York City!


SUPERINTENDENT’S STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

Members of the Student-Superintendent Advisory Council met this week.  Their latest discussion centered around school climate and culture.  OFCS Director of Student Services Dr. Shannon Goss also joined the group for the discussion. 

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The Student-Superintendent Advisory Council includes two student representatives from grades 6 to 12.  The group serves as a forum for a more amplified student voice to provide direct impact and feedback about the school district.  Thank you to all of these students for their participation and important insights.

Student members from OFHS include: Emerson Long, Katie Voisinet, Lindsey LaPinta, Sean Dougher, Kaitlyn Linder, Neil Spooner, Trae Henderson and Ruthie Ortega.

Student members from OFMS include: Daniel Green, Sarah Tedeshchi, Leah Kerber, Luke Ventimiglia, Josh Gonzalez and Claire Schultz.


OFHS SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETY HOSTS SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE CAREER EVENT 

CP_leftstudent successOn Monday, February 4th sixteen community volunteers came together to share their science related professions with students at OFHS.  During a special after school event planned by the OFHS Science Honor Society, students had an opportunity to personally connect with a variety of science professionals to learn more about their career fields.

Volunteers included:

  • Laurence E. Abbott, P.E., Sr. Automation Engineer/Owner, Automation Resources, LLC 
  • Dr. Carrie Baumann, Veterinarian, Animal Health Center of North Olmsted 
  • Jennifer Boros, Director of Marketing, PPG       
  • Irebert Delgado, Mechanical Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center                           
  • Scott R. Graham, Associate Director, Space Flight Systems Directorate, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • John Guzik, Architect, Bialosky Cleveland
  • Dr. Susan Linder, Research Staff (Research Physical Therapist), Cleveland Clinic
  • Debby Lopata, Registered Nurse (RN), University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Adabelle Narvaez-Legeza, Aeronautics Chief Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Hung Nguyen, Mechanical Engineer, Carlisle Brake & Friction
  • Christian Rasmussen, Senior Reliability Lab Technician, Moen
  • Mike Rossini, Scientist, Analytical Science and Services, The Sherwin Williams Company
  • Dr. Scott Sedlacek, Optometrist – The Eye Place, Advanced Eye Care & Genetic Wellness
  • Dr. Belinda Willard, Director of the Proteomics and Metabolomics Core, Cleveland Clinic
  • Mr. Andrew Crnobrnja, Former Cancer Researcher, Thermo Fischer Scientific
  • Mrs. Janet Gregg, Former Material Science Researcher, ELTECH Research Corp.


Many thanks to all who participated! 
What a fantastic experience for our high school students!


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FALLS-LENOX CONGRATULATES CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES WEEK POSTER/ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

As part of its 12th annual Celebrating Differences/Disability Awareness Week last month, Falls-Lenox Primary School held a poster/essay contest designed to continue to foster inclusion, kindness and respect.  Way to go all the Bulldogs who participated!

Congratulations to the following grade level winners:  Grade 1 – Serena Ren; Grade 2 – McKenley Matherly; andGrade 3 – Nada Saadeh


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 NOW OPEN!

Logo1Did You Know? Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is officially open!

The first step to enrolling a new kindergarten is completing the online registration.  Please click HERE to access the link.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of Itty Bitty Bulldogs in the upcoming 2019-2019 school year!


32ND ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL PTA TALENT SHOW WINNERS!

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student successOn Friday, February 1, 2019, the 32nd Annual High School PTA Talent Show was held at Olmsted Falls High School.

Congratulations to the following students on their amazing performances!

In the K-4 Grade Category – Falls Lenox:

Siya Keralapura, Neha Kulkarni and Anika Rao – Second Place tie Grades K-4 Category for a dance performance of “Vandana Trayee.”
Leah Pehotsky – Second Place tie Grades K-4 Category for a piano solo performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Austin Bail – Second Place Mixed Ensemble Category for a vocal duet performance of “A Million Dreams.”

In the K-4 Grade Category – OFIS:

Clare Gareau – First Place Grades K-4 Category for a dance performance of a medley of Irish dance songs “Sleep, Eat, Dance, Repeat”.

In the 5-8 Grade Category – OFIS:

Bella Bail – Second Place Mixed Ensemble Category for a vocal duet performance of “A Million Dreams.”

In the 5-8 Grade Category – OFMS:

Adam Dempsey – First Place Grades 5-8 Category for a freestyle hip hop dance performance of the medley “I Can’t Lose You.” Adam was also the Overall Winner of the Talent show, having received the highest score of all performers in the show.
John Graver – Second Place Grades 5-8 Category for a vocal/electric guitar performance of “Inside Out.”
Sophie Skerritt – Third Place Grades 5-8 Category for a vocal/ukulele performance of “History”.
Colin Guildoo – First Place Mixed Ensemble for a performance of “Copycat” by the CMJ Band.

In the 9th – 12th Grade Category – OFHS:

Elizabeth Gonzalez and Audrey Guildoo – First Place Grades 9-12 Category for a vocal duet performance of “What is This Feeling?”
Madison Podojil – Second Place Grades 9-12 Category for a vocal performance of “Pulled.” Madison, along with Julie LaVelle also won First Place Mixed Ensemble for a performance of “Copycat” by the CMJ Band.
Samantha Caraffi and Jack Surtman – Third Place Grades 9-12 Category for a vocal and piano performance of “Always Remember Us This Way.”
Katrina Bongiovanni – Third Place Mixed Ensemble for a vocal and instrumental performance with her father, John of “Ready or Not.”

Congratulations to Claire Oliver, the recipient of the Dara Hosta Vocal Performance Award given by the Hosta Family for her vocal performance of “I Dreamed a Dream.” Sincere gratitude to Fonda and Bruce Hosta for their continued support of the Talent Show through donation of trophies and the prize for the Dara Hosta Vocal Performance Award.

Thank you also to Cole Zehe who did an outstanding job as Master of Ceremonies!! Many thanks as well to the OFHS Stage/Sound/Lighting Crew and Mr. LaFlamme for all their hard work.  The show would not be possible without all of you!

A very special shout out to Ms. Melinda Falconi (aka Mrs. B) from the ECC and the Honorable Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Jim Miraldi, and their band, Just Us, who performed at Judges Decision Time and entertained our audience while participant scores were tallied. Their work together is in support of Music on a Mission, a charitable organization that provides music to people who would not otherwise have access to live music, including developmentally disabled adults and children, veterans, and shut-ins. For more information, visit www.musicmissioninc.com.

Many thanks to all of the PTA volunteers who helped make this event a success and to the wonderful audience. All proceeds from the show will benefit Class of 2019 Graduates with scholarship awards!


ECC SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: MARCH 4TH – 8TH

book-fair-is-comingThe ECC Book Fair is coming!! Monday, March 4, through Friday, March 8, in the Library.
Children will be able to shop during their regular afternoon library time.

Families are invited to shop on Tuesday Mar.5, from 5pm – 7pm

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to shop from the comfort of your home, check out our online book fair:

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/olmstedfallserlychldhdctr

Online shopping dates are February 24 – March 9.


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 http://www.invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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

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.


CHECK OUT THE NEW ECC “PAWS TO BE KIND” SPIRITWEAR 

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Available in youth and adult sizes, Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center has just launched its ECC “Paws to Be Kind” spiritwear fundraiser.

Click HERE to visit the ECC Spiritwear store at Ryco Sports and view available styles.

When ordering online select “Ship to ECC” or “Pickup at Local Store” options.

Questions?  Contact Renee Russell at rrussell@ofcs.net. 

And don’t forget to “Paws to Be Kind!” 


ROLL THE DICE FOR A LUCKY ALUMNI LAS VEGAS NIGHT – TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 9TH

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.


DINE @ CHIPOTLE ON FEB. 18TH TO HELP CLASS OF 2020 RAISE FUNDS

All are invited to stop by North Ridgeville’s Chipotle eatery from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 18th in honor of the Class of 2020. Bring in the flyer, which is available by clicking HERE, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause because 33 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Olmsted Falls High School.

Please note that online orders will not be included in the fundraiser. Hope to see you there. Chipotle is located at 32223 Lorain Road.


POST PROM UPDATE

Easter Bunny with TVThe latest Post Prom FUNdraiser will take place at the Feb. 22nd Boys Varsity Basketball game. The OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee will be giving away a 55″ TV at the Boys Varsity Basketball Game on February 22nd, which is also Senior Night. Chances may be purchased for $10 each in the cafeteria during the first half of the game and in the gym during halftime. The winner will be selected and announced at the end of the third quarter. Please come out to support our Boys Basketball Program and OFHS 2019 Post Prom!

Prom is Saturday 6/1/19 and Post Prom is Sunday 6/2/19 from midnight – 3:00am
Follow us on Facebook: OFHS 2019 Post Prom Committee and Twitter: OFHSPostProm19.

To join our mailing list for the latest information and update, send an email to OFHS2019PostProm@yahoo.com to let us know you want to be on our mailing list.

For additional Post Prom information, please click HERE.


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


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.


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)

 



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AUDITIONS FOR DISNEY’S NEWSIES THIS WEEKEND

stagespotlightBaldwin Wallace University Community Arts School is auditioning for their youth production of Disney’s Newsies. The show dates for Newsies are March 29-31 2019 with rehearsals taking place Mon, Tues, Thurs and Sun.

Auditions will take place beginning at 9:30 am on Feb 10 at 611 West Bagley Road, Berea, OH. Auditioners will need to prepare 16 measures of music in the style of the show and be prepared to do a reading from the script. Dance auditions will begin at 12:30 and are mandatory for all auditoners. Callbacks will begin at 2 pm. Auditoners for the character of Les must be able to play and age range of 6-10 all other roles will be cast age 10-19.

Please visit www.olmstedperformingarts.com for more information and to register for an audition time.


OLMSTED HOT STOVE BASEBALL REGISTRATIONS OPEN – STILL SEEKING 3-4 PLAYERS AGES 9-10

OF baseball association flyer pixAlthough players do not have to be evaluated for these travel
teams, the time commitment necessary is higher than that required in community recreational baseball. Hot Stove is not an instructional league. Players should possess a moderate knowledge of baseball rules and whose skills allow them to play at a moderate to high level of competitive baseball.

The season begins around May 1 and ends around mid-July. A typical season consists of 12 to 20 regular season games followed by a year-end league tournament. Teams may also decide to participate in private tournaments. We have great returning coaches and are always looking for more. You can indicate your willingness to volunteer with your child’s sign up online. You can also make any special requests online. Teams may elect to practice during the winter months; however, team rosters are not finalized until all
registrations are received and final team rosters are formulated by the OTBA
– so please sign up as soon as possible! The registration deadline is Jan 31st.

Sign-ups have been extended for players age 9-10 as a few spots still remain for this age group.  Register online at – http://www.olmstedcc.com.  Any questions please reach out to jeff.kocmit@olmstedtravelbaseball.com.


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.  

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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OFCS Update – February 7, 2019

REMINDER:  SPECIAL INTERNET SAFETY PRESENTATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY TONIGHT – THURS., FEB. 7TH @ 6:30 P.M.

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Come on out TONIGHT to attend a FREE presentation for parents and guardians ONLY hosted by Olmsted Falls PTA Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls Middle School.

The 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.  The task force will provide parents with the tools and knowledge to protect themselves and their children.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be informed with the latest information direct from experts!  Thank you to our PTA for coordinating the latest parent information night!


 

PLEASE CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR A NEW UPDATE TO THE DISTRICT BLOG FEATURING THE LATEST NEWS AND INFORMATION FROM OFCS! 

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OFCS Update – February 1, 2019

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32ND ANNUAL OFHS PTA TALENT SHOW SET FOR TONIGHT –  FRIDAY, FEB. 1ST

talent showstudent successThe 32nd Annual Olmsted Falls High School PTA Talent Show is set for TONIGHT, 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 are $5, adults; $3, students. All proceeds will benefit the OFHS scholarship fund benefiting graduating Seniors of the Class of 2019. Tickets are available at the door.


OFMS BULLDOG THEATRE COMPANY’S MONOLOGUE SHOWCASE – TONIGHT, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST

BTC_Monologue Showcasestudent successCome warm yourself up with a free cup of hot chocolate or coffee, and some awesome entertainment!  Tonight is the BTC’s 4th annual Monologue Showcase!

Table service begins at 6:45pm, and the show begins at 7pm in the OFMS Cafeteria!


DON’T MISS OFMA’S ANNUAL BALLROOM BLITZ THIS SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 2ND

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The Olmsted Falls Music Association will present the annual Ballroom Blitz TOMORROW, Saturday, February 2nd.
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!

SPECIAL INTERNET SAFETY PRESENTATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY – NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH

olmsted falls pta feb 7.docxCP_leftAttention All Bulldog Parents/Guardians! 

Mark your calendars to attend a free presentation for parents and guardians ONLY hosted by Olmsted Falls PTA Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls Middle School.

The 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.  The task force will provide parents with the tools and knowledge to protect themselves and their children.


ARE YOU FOLLOWING DR. LLOYD’S BLOG? READ HIS LATEST POST ABOUT THE PORTRAIT OF AN OLMSTED FALLS GRADUATE

Jim Lloyd - Cropped for Websitestudent successDid You Know? OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd authors a blog providing insights on exciting things happening in the district, as well as updates regarding  what our district is facing in the broader field of education. It is simply one more way for families and residents to better understand what is happening in our schools and how the Olmsted Falls City School District impacts our students and community.

To read Dr. Lloyd’s latest post to the OFCS Superintendent’s Update, please click HERE.

We also invite you to follow Dr. Lloyd on Twitter: @OFCSSuper


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 NOW OPEN!

Logo1Did You Know? Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is officially open!

The first step to enrolling a new kindergarten is completing the online registration.  Please click HERE to access the link.

We look forward to welcoming a new class of Itty Bitty Bulldogs in the upcoming 2019-2019 school year!


BASKETBALL SOCIAL KICKS OFF CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES WEEK

CP_leftOlmsted Falls and Midview came together to create a great kick off to Celebrating Differences Week. Olmsted Falls’ Helping Hands and Chick-fil-A sponsored the Basketball Social, with the latter donating sandwiches for both Midview’s Best Buddies and Olmsted Falls’ Helping Hands students.

student successBoth programs, which focus on acceptance and awareness for all, especially those who may have a disability or difference, joined for a fun social and hang out before the two basketball teams competed. Both head coaches, Chris DeLisio (OFHS) and Jim Brabenec (Midview) supported the event by having their teams warm up in the Celebrating Differences T-shirts and allowing students from Helping Hands to assist them warm up.  Coach DeLisio made a surprise visit with his team during the social!  Both Olmsted Falls and Midview cheer squads also participated in the event.  Midview brought its Sparkles team made up of cheerleaders and Best Buddies members and Olmsted Falls cheerleaders had Helping Hands members cheer with them.

A special thanks to all who made it possible, especially the coaches and help from Liz Clearly’s Entrepreneurship class for planning the event and donations.


CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES WEEK DRAWS LOCAL MEDIA ATTENTION

of helping hands celebrate our differences and similaritiesstudent successOlmsted Falls City School District’s Annual Celebrating Differences Week took place the January 22-25 and was a great success thanks to the hard work of our Helping Hands groups across the district.

To read local media coverage about this year’s OFCS Celebrating Differences Week, please click HERE.

Kudos to all involved in the planning and to everyone across the district for their participation!


CHECK OUT THE NEW ECC “PAWS TO BE KIND” SPIRITWEAR 

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Available in youth and adult sizes, Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center has just launched its ECC “Paws to Be Kind” spiritwear fundraiser.

Click HERE to visit the ECC Spiritwear store at Ryco Sports and view available styles.

When ordering online select “Ship to ECC” or “Pickup at Local Store” options.

Questions?  Contact Renee Russell at rrussell@ofcs.net. 

And don’t forget to “Paws to Be Kind.”


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.


REGISTER FOR COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS PLACEMENT EXAM ON COUNSELOR’S WEBSITE

Students planning to take the placement exam for College Credit Plus should register for testing on the OFHS Counselor’s Corner Website – CCP tab.  This test is specific to CCP courses at the high school and Lorain County Community College.  There will be four testing dates, but spaces are limited.

All testing will be held from 3-6 p.m. in room 606.  Remaining testing dates include February 4th, February 11th and February 13th. Students who are unable to test at the high school are still able to test at the college.

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!


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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

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 – FEBRUARY 9TH

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.


DINE @ CHIPOTLE TO HELP CLASS OF 2020 RAISE FUNDS

All are invited to stop by North Ridgeville’s Chipotle eatery from 4-8 p.m. Monday, February 18th in honor of the Class of 2020. Bring in the flyer, which is available by clicking HERE, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause because 33 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Olmsted Falls High School.

Please note that online orders will not be included in the fundraiser. Hope to see you there. Chipotle is located at 32223 Lorain Road.


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)




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OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH

Olmsted Community Preschool is having an open house THIS 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.  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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