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OFCS Update – June 21, 2018

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FINAL BLOG OF THE YEAR

 
Logo1sunThis will be the last official blog post of the 2017-2018 school year.  
We’ve enjoyed sharing news from across our school district with you throughout the year. Blog posts will resume in mid-August to prepare for the start of the upcoming 2018-19 school year!
REMINDER: OFCS will start later this coming school year due to OFHS construction.  Please see next item below for exact start dates and calendar link. 
Enjoy the remainder of this extra long summer in Bulldog Country!

2018-2019 START DATES & CALENDAR LINK
As our Bulldog families are already aware, the 2018-2019 school year will begin later than normal due to the OFHS construction project currently underway. Please note the following start dates for students:
Thursday, September 6th – First Day for Students in Grades 1-8)
Thursday, September 6th – OFHS Freshman & New Student Orientation Day
Friday, September 7th – First Day for Students in Grades 10, 11, 12
Tuesday, September 11th – First Day for Kindergarten Students
Wednesday, September 12th – First Day of Preschool for Students with IEPs
Tuesday, September 18th – First Day for Preschool for Typical Peers
To access the complete 2018-2019 OFCS School Year Calendar, please click HERE.
Please plan to watch for additional back-to-school information from your respective school buildings as offices reopen in mid-August.   
 
For your information, our school building offices will reopen as follows:
 
Olmsted Falls High School – Office Opens August 17th
 
Olmsted Falls Middle School – Office Opens August 20th
 
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School – Office Opens August 17th
 
Falls-Lenox Primary School – Office Opens August 17th
 
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center – Office Opens August 20th 
Please plan to check respective building pages on the district website (www.ofcs.net) for exact office hours for each building.  (*NOTE: All OFCS offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.)

OFHS LAUNCHES NEW DAY-LONG ORIENTATION PROGRAM FOR ALL FRESHMEN, NEW STUDENTS – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH (Returning Students in Grades 10, 11 & 12 Will Now Start School on Friday, September 7th)

student successOlmsted Falls High School announced this week that, beginning with the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, it will host a new full-day orientation program for all incoming freshmen students as well as students in grades 10-12 who are brand new to the district. This new Freshmen/New Student Orientation Day is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 from 8:10 a.m. to 2:46 p.m. All freshmen and new students are required to report for this special orientation event on Thursday, September 6th. Regular bus transportation times will be provided to and from the high school on this date for freshmen and new students.

Students will participate in large group and small group sessions, meet with student mentors, follow the entire schedule for the school day, participate in an Activities Fair, complete the health and vision screening required by the State of Ohio and obtain their locker assignment. Lunch will be provided for all students. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes for the busy day! OFHS school counselors, student ambassadors, faculty and staff will be present for this new Orientation Day to help answer any questions and to make sure that all students start the year off knowing they have the support of every adult in the building.

PLEASE NOTE: The first day of school for all returning Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will now be Friday, September 7th, 2018. Please note that this is a change from the previously released 2018-2019 OFCS School Year Calendar which indicated Thursday, September 6th as the first day of school for students in grades 1-12. OFHS will be hosting a school-wide cookout during all lunch periods on this first full day of school Friday, September 7th.


 REMINDER: GOOGLE ACCOUNTS OF GRADUATING SENIORS TO BE DISABLED AUG. 1ST 
googlePlease note that Google accounts for the Class of 2018 will be disabled as of August 1, 2018.
Any graduating senior wishing to download your files or transfer them to a personal Google Account needs to do so by August 1st.
 
Please click HERE for instructions.

 SUMMER BREAKFAST, LUNCH & SNACK PROGRAM IN NORTH OLMSTED

FruitNeighboring North Olmsted School District will again be offering a Summer Breakfast, Lunch & Snack program for children in the community between the ages of 1 and 18 during the summer months.

It is FREE to all children ages 1-18. The program runs now through Aug. 17th at various school and community locations in North Olmsted. All meals must be consumed on site.

To view a detailed flyer with specific locations of the program, click HERE.


OFHS CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
AR_upperRightWe are excited to report that the progress and pace of construction on the expansion and renovation of Olmsted Falls High School has picked up significantly in the past couple of weeks.  With students and staff officially gone for summer, the construction crew was able to double in size from 60 to 120 workers!
The major areas of expansion – including new science/art wing (on south side of building), business classrooms/Fab Lab (on east side of building) and music wing expansion (on west side of building) – are really taking shape now and will add nearly 40,000 square feet to the building when complete.  In addition, approx. 49,500 square feet of existing building space is undergoing renovation – including the cafeteria and media center. 
It’s all very exciting and we continue to be incredibly grateful for the community’s support of the November 2016 bond/permanent improvement levy which made these much-needed renovations possible without any increase to taxpayers.  Watch for a detailed construction update in the district’s next community School Report, expected to hit homes in July.  In the meantime, check out the photos below:
New Wing of Science / Art Classrooms (9 science classrooms and 4 art rooms)
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View of new science/art wing looking into the courtyard to the south from the cafeteria.

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View of new science/art wing looking to the north from behind the building.

New Business Wing (3 classrooms plus a Fab Lab space)
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This is the new addition on the east side of the building which will house three new business classrooms and a Fab Lab.

Expanded Music/Theater Space (enlarged band/choir classrooms increased storage capacity for music and theater equipment)
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This is the expansion are on the west side of the building which will enlarge both band and choir rooms as well as provide additional storage space.

Cafeteria / Media Center Renovations (This focal area of the building is getting a complete makeover and we can’t wait for students to see this new space!)

ARE YOU FOLLOWING DR. LLOYD’S BLOG? READ HIS LATEST POST TODAY
Jim Lloyd - Cropped for WebsiteDid You Know?  OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd authors a blog providing insights on decisions that are made and important updates as to what our district is facing in the broader field of education. It is simply one more way for residents to better understand what is happening in our schools and how Olmsted Falls City Schools impacts our community.
To read Dr. Lloyd’s latest updated posted earlier this week to the OFCS Superintendent’s Update, please click HERE.
We also invite you to follow Dr. Lloyd on Twitter: @OFCSSuper

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2018

18DSC_0744Congratulations to the 276 members of the Class of 2018! Parents, family and friends gathered at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center on the evening of May 24th to celebrate Commencement.

OFHS Class of 2018 President Daniel Doherty was the featured student speaker.  School Board President Joseph Bertrand and OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd also address the graduates and guests.

The singing of the OFHS Alma Mater was led by Mary Vukovic and Charles Wendling.  

student success18DSC_0836As is a tradition in Olmsted Falls Schools, many current faculty members also attended the ceremony, sitting with the graduates on the floor of the Wolstein Center. 

At the conclusion of the ceremony, participating teachers line the back of the arena floor to wish students well!

To view the 2018 Commencement program, click HERE.

To view a gallery of photos from the event, please click HERE.

To read local news coverage about the Class of 2018, please click HERE.

Congratulations again to this year’s Bulldog graduates!


 

OFHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM GROWS AGAIN THANKS TO GENEROUS SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY

CP_leftRecipients of 2018 Scholarships presented through the Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association.

Thanks to the generous support of more than 90 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contributed to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program this year, more than $137,000 in local scholarship funds were awarded to students in the Class of 2018. This year’s total represents an increase of more than $11,750 as compared to last year!

student successMore than 280 local scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors this year, thanks to the generosity of our community!

Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients and sincere thanks to this year’s Local Scholarship sponsors. Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates these valuable contributions to our students’ futures. This annual generosity is part of what makes Olmsted Falls a truly special place for students.

Recipients of 2018 Scholarships presented through the Olmsted Falls Endowment and Alumni Association.

Pictured above are recipients of 2018 Scholarships presented through Olmsted Falls Endowment & Alumni Association.

To view the list of Local Scholarship Awards for the Class of 2018, please click HERE.

Students in the Class of 2018 also earned an impressive collection of College/University and other scholarships this year totaling close to $1,000,000. 

Congratulations to all of our scholarship award recipients from the Class of 2018! Best of luck to you all!


 ABIGAIL GABA – OFHS NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALIST – AWARDED NATIONAL MERIT UNIVERSITY OF CINCINATTI SCHOLARSHIP
AbigailGabastudent successCongratulations to National Merit Finalist and OFHS Class of 2018 Alumnus Abigail Gaba on being awarded a college-sponsored Merit Scholarship from the University of Cincinatti!
This is an exceptional achievement! Bulldog country is proud of you!
Congratulations again Abigail!  Best of luck at University of Cincinatti! 

MrVas-OFHSTeachofYearMR. VAS NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR BY CLASS OF 2018
Congratulations to OFHS math teacher Mr. John Vas on being named Teacher of the Year by students in the Class of 2018! 
 

Mr. Vas was recognized during the Senior Honor Day ceremony.

Each year the graduating class selects a teacher to honor who has had a positive and enduring impact on their lives during the course of their time at Olmsted Falls High School.
Congratulations again to Mr. Vas!

KIWANIS CLUB PRESENTS 2018 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

At the close of each school year, staff members are invited to nominate fellow colleagues for the annual Employee of the Year awards. A special committee of local Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club members reviews these nominations, selects the awardees and presents the awards at the annual end of the year staff breakfast.

Congrats to Mr. Tom Deluca, Mrs. Elaine Atkinson, Dr. Jim Lloyd & Mr. John Stover (not pictured) on receiving the 2018 OFCS Employee of the Year Awards that the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club presented at the staff breakfast.

Thank you President Ray Koesel & board member Kris Correll for joining us!

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RETIREES DEDICATE MORE THAN 225 BULLDOG YEARS TO DISTRICT!

color-bulldog-head.jpgCongratulations and best wishes to all of our Bulldog retirees this year! Olmsted Falls School District bids farewell to nine dedicated staff members who retired with the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year. Their combined service to Olmsted Falls Schools total 227 Bulldog years!

They are:

Elaine Atkinson, ECC Preschool Teacher (28 “Bulldog” Years)
Michelle LaGruth,  Falls-Lenox 3rd Grade Teacher (32 “Bulldog” Years)
Cynthia Bennett, OFMS Science Teacher (33 “Bulldog” Years)
Donna Langenderfer – OFHS Math Teacher (16 “Bulldog” Years)
Blake Johnson – OFHS Science Teacher (29 “Bulldog” Years)
Pamela Rickard – OFIS Intervention Specialist (22 “Bulldog” Years)
Mary Lopata – OFCS Human Resources Administrative Assistant (17 “Bulldog” Years)
Kathleen Fenderbosch – OFCS Bus Driver (30 “Bulldog” Years)
Lillian Piktel – Falls-Lenox Special Education Paraprofessional (20 “Bulldog” Years)
 

Retirees pictured in the photo are, from left, Michelle LaGruth, Pam Rickard, Kitty Fenderbosch, Mary Lopata and Elaine Atkinson.

 Bulldog retirees were recognized by their building/departments as well as at the District’s Annual Records Day Breakfast for staff. On behalf of the Olmsted Falls Schools and the Olmsted communities, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of this year’s retirees for their commitment to the education and well-being of our children. These valuable individuals and their impact on the District will be greatly missed.

Congratulations to each of them and best wishes for a happy, healthy retirement! Enjoy the next chapter in your lives!

 

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SANDRA GRAHAM HONORED WITH OFEA FRIEND OF EDUCATION AWARD

Mrs. Wren Timura presented this year’s Olmsted Falls Education Association Friend of Education Award to Mrs. Sandra Graham for her many years of volunteer service throughout the district!

CP_leftThe OFEA presents the award annually to a community member who goes above and beyond to enhance the experiences of Bulldog students and staff.
 
Congratulations and much gratitude Sandra Graham!

BRINGING SCIENCE TO LIFE FOR THIRD GRADE STUDENTS

DSC_0791student successLearning and exploring were still going strong during the final days of the school year!  Classroom science lessons came to life in late May as a group of Falls-Lenox third graders embarked on a stream study behind the old library in Olmsted Falls! Students rotated through four different stations to research water speed, water temperature, oxygen levels and animal life. Their explorations helped them figure out if their individual hypothesis to the question “Will this stream support life?” was right or wrong. An absolutely awesome morning of engagement and learning!! Kudos to our teachers and community volunteers that made today’s hands-on learning experience possible!

To view a gallery of photos from the stream study activity, please click HERE.

To read local news coverage about the Falls-Lenox third-graders field trip to Plum Creek, please click HERE.


OFHS DONATES PORTION OF TROPHY ARCHIVE TO LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

DSC_0848Kudos to our OFHS Athletic Department for coordinating this week’s Trophy Giveaway of past regular season tournament trophies. Thank you to those alumni and community members who came out to check out the selection and claim trophies free of charge throughout the week.

After the conclusion of the last pick-up session this afternoon, and with the help of OFMA President Jamie Reigle, OFHS was thrilled to be able to partner with Super Heroes to Kids In Ohio to donate all remaining trophies to be repurposed and distributed to children battling adversity.

CP_leftOFHS Principal Dr. Holly Schafer was joined by volleyball coaches and players for the presentation of the trophy donation to Batman – our special visitor representing Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio! 

To read local news coverage about the OFHS trophy giveaway / donation, please click HERE.

To learn more about Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio, please visit https://www.facebook.com/superheroestokidsinohio.org/


PORTRAIT OF A GRAD COMMITTEE CONTINUES PROGRESS

The Olmsted Falls City Schools’ Portrait of a Graduate committee held its third and final meeting of the school year on May 22nd.   Great progress was made as the work group reflected on feedback gathered through a community survey on the direction of their progress thus far. 

student successCP_leftThank you to this dedicated group of community stakeholders for your active participation in this effort to define the kinds of skills students need to be successful and figure out how to create the learning conditions that cultivate these skills. AR_upperRight


OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS SHINE AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS

student successThe Special Olympics 2018 are over – but will not be forgotten!  More than 50 students from across the Olmsted Falls School District participated in the annual event hosted at Ely Stadium in Elyria on May 11th.  The students competed in various events, such as running, long jump and softball throw.

Our Bulldog students practiced hard all year and their enthusiasm and sportsmanship definitely shined throughout the day.

Olmsted Falls City Schools had student participants representing all five of our school buildings:  ECC, Falls-Lenox, OFIS, OFMS and OFHS.  Each building gave its team of Special Olympians an encouraging send-off as they boarded their buses.

This year’s Special Olympic Bulldog students included:

From the ECC – Evan Frank, Will Henry, Dylan Richmond, Olivia Hargenrader, Grace Sente and David Zamora.

From Falls-Lenox  – Annabelle Ellis, Weston Holmes, Joshua Peacock, Caeden Peeler, Josh Vassel, Phoenix Novak, Shahan Kapoor, Ellen McManamon, Mack Little, Clay McNamara, Nathan Smith, Jaden Smith, Jacob Komitau and Lleyton Krakowiak.

 From OFIS – Owen Novak, Yohanna Amoah, Emersen Flynn, Cormac Hannon, Sarah Gaughan, Lily Halan, Imogen Halan,  Mya McNamara, Colbie Krakowiak, Anthony DiDonato, Anthony Russo, Jacob Siwek and Zach Vassel.

From OFMS – Alexis Andren, Caden Celensky, Johnny  Clemons, Emily  Heine, Connor Habert, Bilal Saadeh and Connor Halan.

From OFHS – Brooke VanArnhem, Maddie Truscott, Mason Mowery, Bekka McElroy, LuLu Mustafa, Matthew Matzelle, Heather Grant, Kennedy  Smith and Ashley Michney.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our outstanding local Olympians! You performed well in representing Bulldog Country!

A big THANK YOU to the many staff members and volunteers who attended and assisted students in such a fun and safe day!


ARTISTIC TALENTS IMPRESS AT MAY SHOW

DSC_0658student successThe annual OFHS May Art Show never disappoints! 

This year’s showcase of student artwork was as impressive as ever – especially the senior displays which allow graduating student artists to further demonstrate their creative talents through personal mini-galleries where their work and personalities truly shine!

CP_leftTo view a gallery of photos from this year’s May Show, please click HERE.

Kudos to all of our talented Bulldog artists!

Thank you to all who attended!  And a special thanks to the Olmsted Kiwanis Club for supporting this annual community event! 


TEACHER JOHN MERCER’S CLASSES VISIT ISLANDS FULL OF HISTORY

OFHS social studies teacher Mr. John Mercer took his Advanced Placement US History and College Credit Plus US History students to view Perry’s Monument at Put-in-Bay on May 19.  They also visited the Confederate Cemetery on Johnson’s Island. 

student successTheir visits were coined, “Our trip to the Islands,” and provided an opportunity for students to experience history right here in their own backyard!

 


SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GREG SURTMAN PROVIDES INSIGHT INTO HIS VIETNAMESE BACKGROUND AND RELATES EXPERIENCES TO CURRENT ISSUES

School board member Greg Surtman visited Mr. John Mercer’s AP US History and College Credit Plus History classes on May 25th to discuss his connection with Vietnam. He was born in Vietnam in 1969 and grew up in Toledo, Ohio.

It was a great opportunity for Bulldog students to discuss the war and the cultural ramifications of the Vietnam experience.  

Mr. Surtman also talked about bullying and other pertinent issues from his experience that resonate with students today.

CP_leftThe photo shown here is of Mr. Mercer and Mr. Surtman in traditional Vietnam clothing that he brought to his classroom visits. 

Thank you to Mr. Surtman for sharing your time and experiences with our students!  And thank you to Mr. Mercer for always going the extra mile to bring real-world context to classroom learning!


PTA HONORS VOLUNTEERS & STAFF AT ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

CP_leftPTA volunteers and staff gathered at OFIS for the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner last month at OFIS. Each year this special event provides an opportunity to thank and recognize PTA volunteers for their time and effort in support of students and staff throughout Olmsted Falls City Schools.  In addition, Volunteer of the Year, Helping Hands and Educator of the Year Awards are presented. Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd was on hand at the event to express special thanks to these dedicated volunteers. OFHS Golden Expressions also treated guests to special musical performance to kick off the evening.

Volunteers of the YearCongratulations to Michelle Smith, who was selected as this year’s PTA Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year Awards in each respective PTA unit went to nominees Kimberly Wrobel for Olmsted Early Childhood PTA; Michelle Smith for Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA; Kerry Kramer for OFIS PTA; Lindsay Jones for OFMS PTA; and Kelly Atkins for OFHS PTA.

Helping Hands Winners

This year’s District Helping Hands Award winner went to Bulldog parent Joy Iannicca, who was nominated by Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA. Other Helping Hands nominees recognized this year included Jen Prugar nominated by Falls-Lenox/Early Childhood Center PTA and Robert Reisland nominated by Olmsted Falls High School PTA.

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Olmsted Falls Middle School teacher Robyn Tenerowicz was also honored as the District Educator of the Year at the event. Building Educator of the Year honorees were also recognized including: Brandy Richmond-Smith for Falls-Lenox & ECC;  John Holzorth for OFMS; and Elizabeth Cleary for OFHS.

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OFHS PTA President Sandra Graham (far right) also acknowledged outgoing PTA senior parents (pictured L to R) Ellen Bertrand, Kathy Burkhart, Debbie Bush, Joe Dougher, Sheryl Egel, and Ann Simon, marking the end of their PTA volunteer years as their youngest child graduated with the Class of 2018. (Senior Parents Not pictured: Holly McFadden and Anita Greller.)

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student successOhio PTA Reflections winners were also recognized at the event. Congratulations to Award of Excellence in Dance Choreography Avery Caudill, Award of Excellence in Musical Composition Dominic DiFilippo, and Award of Excellence in Dance Choreography Riley Zahorchak. Kudos to these three Bulldog students on their state-level PTA Reflections awards!

Congratulations again to all those recognized! And many thanks to PTA for their ongoing support of the students and staff of Olmsted Falls Schools! Special thanks also to the OFHS Golden Expressions who performed for guests at this event – their last official performance of a very successful school year!


MEET THE NEW PTA OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019
 
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New officers for all Olmsted Falls PTA units were officially welcomed with a special installation service held during the annual PTA Volunteer Recognition Dinner held at OFIS in May.  Following are the respective PTA presidents for each unit for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year:
 
Olmsted Falls PTA Council – Julianne Allen
Olmsted Falls Early Childhood PTA – Tiffany Fischbach
Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA – Michelle Smith
OFIS PTA – Colleen Thome
OFMS PTA – Leslie Zeigler
OFHS PTA – Leanne LaPinta
Shown in the photo are, from left, Julianne Allen, Tiffany Fischbach, Michelle Smith, Leslie Zeigler and Leanne LaPinta.  Not pictured, Colleen Thome.
 
Each of these unit presidents will be supported by an executive board of dedicated volunteers serving in the positions of vice president, treasurer, secretary and council delegates.  To view the complete listing of 2018-2019 Executive Board Members, please click HERE.
 
Congratulations to all and thank you for your ongoing support of the students and families of the Olmsted Falls school community!  We are looking forward to another fantastic year!

IMG-2462KIDS HAVE A BALL AT FALLS-LENOX FIELD DAY!

Thanks to FL/ECC PTA and PE teacher Mr. Dame for an amazing day of action and fun!! 
As the school year came to a close, students at Falls-Lenox enjoyed obstacle courses, kickball, soccer, parachute activities, dancing and more during the annual Field Day event!!
To view a gallery of more Falls-Lenox Field Day photos, please click HERE.

OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS HAVE STRONG PRESENCE IN ANNUAL COMMUNITY MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

The Olmsted Falls High School marching band made its annual appearance in the community’s Memorial Day parade last month. Two Bulldog students also sang at the Village Green ceremony.
 
Click HERE to see the right side of the band as members march on Brookside Drive and play patriotic tunes To see the band members from the left side as  they march on Columbia Road, click HERE.
 
student successTo view OFHS junior Jill Scott sing “the National Anthem” at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Village Green, click HERE. To watch OFMS eighth-grader Greg Smith perform “God Bless America,” click HERE.
 
What wonderful performances they gave those along the parade route and attending the ceremony!  

mCORE SCREENINGS AVAILABLE AT OFMS JULY 27TH – REGISTER NOW
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The Olmsted Falls High School Athletic Department would like to make our families aware of an excellent opportunity that’s been made available to our student-athletes at Olmsted Falls High School. We are again partnering with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen our athletes for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). mCORE partners with high schools and athletic organizations to give convenient and dependable heart screenings to students

SCA is the #1 Killer of Student-Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this. 

mCORE Screenings will be available:

Date: Friday July 27, 2018

Time: 8:00am – 4:00 pm

Location: Olmsted Falls Middle School – Athletic Wing/Locker Room Area (27045 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138)

Cost: $89.00

Families must pre-register online for the screening. 

Please click HERE for mCore information letter and link. 

(Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part.)


RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION ALERT REMINDER – PORTAL TO OPEN IN EARLY AUGUST

Logo1ATTN: ALL BULLDOG PARENTS! Just a reminder to be on the lookout for an email notification later this summer alerting you to when the portal for returning student registration has officially opened. Once the portal has opened in early August, all student information updates and forms for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year will need to be COMPLETED ONLINE BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 6TH.

The purpose of this annual update is to verify the information we have on file for your child(ren), allow you the opportunity to make changes if necessary, and submit all required start-of-the-year forms electronically (Emergency Medical Authorization, Acceptable Technology Use Policy, Permission to Photograph, etc.). Like last year, the link to access this online registration system for returning students will be located within your PowerSchool Parent Account, and you will be alerted by email once the link has been activated for the upcoming school year. 

Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter as soon as the 2018-2019 portal opens in early August.  


PARENTS: IMPORTANT HEALTH CLINIC NEWS FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

CareDox:  We are now using a new computer program called “CareDox” in all our health clinics. This will allow the clinic staff to send emails through the program to alert parents to vision and hearing screening results, request missing immunizations, notify parents of clinic visits, etc. Please add “Caredox” to your list of email contacts to ensure these messages are not going into your spam/junk folder.

Attention parents of incoming 7th graders: The state of Ohio requires that every incoming 7th grader receives the Tdap vaccine and the Meningococcal vaccine PRIOR to entry into the 7th grade. You will be required to enter the vaccination date when you register this summer. Please be aware of this requirement and plan to have this taken care of during their summer break.

Attention parents of incoming 12th graders: The state of Ohio requires every incoming 12th grader receives the Meningococcal vaccine PRIOR to entry into the 12th grade. You will be required to enter the vaccination date when you register this summer. Please be aware of this requirement and plan to have this taken care of during their summer break.

Please remember that all vaccinations must be up-to-date per the law of the state of Ohio. If your student is non-compliant with the required vaccinations, they will be excluded from school starting on the 15th day. Immunization waivers are available online if you choose not to vaccinate your student.


FORE! OLMSTED FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF OUTING – AUGUST 4TH!

Bulldog_Animated_GolferIt’s getting closer! Get your foursome together for the 23rd annual John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, August 4th.

You do not need to be Alumni to attend ~ all golfers and wanna be golfers are welcome!

$85 per golfer includes 18 holes, riding cart, lunch, beverages, dinner and golf favor.

8:30 a.m. shotgun start, registration and sign-in beginning at 8 a.m.

Check out our new website for more details or to register at https://ofhsalumni.com/.


START SAVING ITEMS FOR THE AUGUST 4TH FILL THE TRUCK FUNDRAISER
The Olmsted Falls Music Association is partnering with Savers to bring Fill the Truck – a donation collection vehicle – to the community.  It will be located from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. August 4th at the Olmsted Falls Middle School’s front parking lot.
 
Items that may be donated are clothing, shoes, such accessories as purses, scarves, belts, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes, linens, curtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabric. It will NOT accept household items, toys, books or items that are not cloth.
 
To download a flyer about the event, click HERE.

FL/ECC PTA UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS – INCLUDING ONE FOR THIS SUMMER – HELPS BRING FIELD TRIPS TO STUDENTS

Have fun during summer break while helping the FL/ECC PTA. A box top summer fundraiser is so easy. Simply collect 50 or more box tops over the summer for the Box Tops for Education fundraiser.  Place them on the attached sheet and return them during the first week of school. You will win a prize.  To download the sheet, click HERE.

The PTA has several fundraisers set for the 2018-19 school year.  Some are the Read-a-thon, Yankee Candle, Muffins for Mom, Donuts for Dad and so many others.  To view the dates, details and other important fundraisers for next year, click HERE.  These events aid the PTA to earn money to help pay for field trips and various in-school activities.



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES & EVENTS


OLMSTED HERITAGE DAYS:  AUGUST 2-4, 2018
heritagedaysrs=w_538,h_269,cg_trueSAVE THE DATES FOR THIS YEAR’S OLMSTED HERITAGE DAYS – AUG. 2, 3 & 4!  This year’s theme is “Rockin’ the Falls” and the 3-day event kicks off with the annual Heritage Days Parade on Thursday, August 2nd.  Olmsted Heritage Days – Kids Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 4th. 

 


 

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OFCS Update – June 12, 2018

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COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS DIGITAL ADVERTISING / FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES / POSSIBLE UPGRADES TO FIELD AT HARDING STADIUM

TONIGHT – TUESDAY, JUNE 12TH – 6:30 P.M. – AT OFMS MEDIA CENTER

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ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR – DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH

school busParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2018-19 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH.  Each year new forms are required even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2018-19 school year. Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED 


 

 

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OFMS UPDATE: SCHEDULE BY GRADE FOR LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – THURSDAY, MAY 31ST

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A MESSAGE FOR OFMS PARENTS FROM PRINCIPAL KURZ

Thank you for your understanding of the loss of the transformer, power loss, and resulting middle school closure for Wednesday, May 30th.

It is unfortunately not possible to reschedule the honors day programs, which would have been held today (May 30th). Students will receive their certificates from their teachers in their classrooms tomorrow – Thursday, May 31st.

Here is the plan for tomorrow, Thursday, May 31st, by grade level:

6th Grade

  • The 6th grade field trip to Swing n’ Things will go on as scheduled.
  • Students are permitted (not required) to bring their cell phones and use them while at Swings ‘n Things.
  • Students must bring their own lunch to Swings ‘n Things.
    Students may bring money for snacks, drinks, game tokens, and/or batting cage tokens.
  • Here is the schedule for the 6th graders for tomorrow:
    • Explorer Classes: 1st & 2nd Period
    • 3rd Period Class – PBIS Reward Raffle Activity – 10:15-11:00 AM
    • Depart for Swings ‘n Things – 11:00 AM
    • Swings ‘n Things – 11:10-2:55 PM
    • Lunch at Swings ‘n Things – Students need a brown bag lunch
    • Students not going to Swings ‘n Things and staying back at OFMS will have lunch from 12:21-12:51 PM
    • No PE classes
    • Locker Clean out – 3:10-3:30 PM
    • Dismissal – 3:30 PM

7th Grade

  • The 7th grade field trip to Buckeye Lanes will go on as scheduled.
  • Students are permitted (not required) to bring their cell phones and use them while at Buckeye Lanes.
  • Students may bring money for snacks and drinks.
  • Here is the schedule for the 7th graders for tomorrow:
    • Bowling: Eagle & Hawk Teams – 8:40-11:10 AM
    • 7th Period Class – Activity: Falcon Team – 8:40-11:10 AM
    • Lunch – 11:10-11:40 AM
    • Students not going bowling and staying back at OFMS will have lunch from 11:10-11:40 AM
    • Bowling: Falcon Team – 11:40-1:50 PM
    • 7th Period Class – Activity: Eagle & Hawk Teams – 11:50-1:50 PM
    • Explorer Classes: 6th & 7th Periods
    • No PE classes
    • Locker Clean Out – 3:10-3:30 PM
    • Dismissal – 3:30 PM

8th Grade

  • The 8th grade promotion program will go on as scheduled.
  • Students are encouraged to dress up and to use good taste and represent themselves in a positive manner. We prefer students not wear jeans or shorts.
  • Students are permitted (not required) to bring their cell phones and use them while at the breakfast and after the promotion program.
  • Here is the schedule for the 8th graders for tomorrow:
    • Report to 1st Period by 8:30 AM
    • Breakfast – 8:45-9:15 AM
    • Time Capsules in STAR – 9:15-9:50 AM
    • Lined up in the main hall by 10:00 AM
    • Promotion Program – 10:15-12:00 PM
    • Locker Clean Out with Parents/Families – 12:00-12:20 PM
    • Students dismissed after locker clean out
    • No Explorer or PE classes

Thank you very much for your cooperation, support, and understanding.

Advanced class placement, team assignment, and supply lists will be mailed home for all current 6th and 7th grade students on June 15, 2018.

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OFMS CLOSURE NOTICE FOR WED., MAY 30TH

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UPDATE RE: OFMS CLOSURE FROM PRINCIPAL KURZ:

A transformer blew at OFMS around 3:00 PM Tuesday. The building has no power. Therefore, OFMS will be closed on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

OFMS will be off limits all day and night on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. All power will be shut off at OFIS and OFMS from 3:30-7:30 PM on Wednesday for replacement of the transformer. Therefore, all evening activities scheduled for Wednesday, May 30th are canceled at both OFIS and OFMS.

All other buildings in the district will be open Wednesday, May 30th including OFIS (3:30 PM). The two buildings run on different power sources.

The OFMS Honors programs cannot be rescheduled. Certificates will be distributed to students on Thursday in their classrooms by their team of teachers.

Locker clean out will need to be done on Thursday, May 31st at 3:10 PM for both 6th and 7th grades. Sixth graders will need to return from Swings ‘n Things by 3:05 PM on Thursday. The 6th graders will walk back to OFMS beginning at 2:55 PM.

The 8th graders will clean out their lockers with their parents after the promotion program at 12:00 PM on Thursday.

Thursday will go as scheduled (8th grade promotion program, 6th and 7th grade field trips) with the adjustment of locker clean out timing.

EIghth grade students who need to complete their Algebra final exam need to speak with their math teacher (Mr. Willson or Miss Mason) on Thursday to discuss which of the following options they choose to do – come in early on Thursday, stay after the promotion program on Thursday, or come up to school on Friday at 1:00 PM to finish the exam in the main office.

The end of school is both an exciting and anxious time for our students. We will make sure to close out the year on Thursday on a high note with the appropriate send-off.

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Due to a significant power outage impacting our middle school building only, Olmsted Falls Middle School WILL BE CLOSED on Wednesday, May 30th.

All other district buildings – including Olmsted Falls High School, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, Falls-Lenox and the Early Childhood Center WILL REMAIN OPEN with school in session. Scheduled kindergarten screening appointments at the Early Childhood Center will also proceed as planned.

Again – only Olmsted Falls Middle School will be closed on Wednesday, May 30th. Middle School families should watch for additional updates from Mr. Kurz tomorrow.

Thank you for your understanding. We should be able to reopen the Middle School building to students and staff on Thursday.

If you have specific questions pertaining to any activities or events planned for tomorrow at Olmsted Falls Middle School, please contact the school directly.

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OFCS Update – May 24, 2018

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BULLDOG TRADITION:  CONGRATS TO THE CLASS OF 2018

Tradition in Bulldog Country.  All graduating Bulldogs received a congratulatory yard sign last night, on the eve of the Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony. Many thanks to OFMS teacher Dan Largent and the Olmsted Falls Education Association for coordinating the purchase, assembly and personal delivery of these signs.

A volunteer group of administrators, teachers and staff – and in many cases, their children too – made these special deliveries throughout the afternoon and evening yesterday to ensure that all grads woke up to a congratulatory sign this morning on graduation day! 


CLASS OF 2018 COMMENCEMENT @ CSU WOLSTEIN CENTER – TONIGHT 8:00 PM!

8TEjr6z9cstudent successOlmsted Falls City School District extends best wishes and congratulations to our graduating seniors and their families as they prepare for tonight’s commencement ceremony! Enjoy this special evening – you have earned it!

The Commencement Ceremony for Olmsted Falls High School’s Class of 2018 will take place this evening – Thursday, May 24th – at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center. The ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m. All arewelcome; tickets are not required.


OFHS GRADS WILL CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES ALL POINTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

student successThe Olmsted Falls High School Class of 2018 will travel across the state – and the country – to attend colleges, technical schools and military service.

An interactive map may be viewed by clicking HERE to see exactly where our Bulldogs will be heading this fall.  Once the map is opened, simply click on each location for additional information!

Best of luck to all of our Class of 2018 Bulldogs! 


ATTN: GOOGLE ACCOUNTS OF GRADUATING SENIORS TO BE DISABLED AUG. 1ST 
googlePlease note that Google accounts for the Class of 2018 will be disabled as of August 1, 2018.
Any graduating senior wishing to download your files or transfer them to a personal Google Account needs to do so by August 1st.
Please click HERE for instructions.

BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES TREASURER’S MAY FORECAST
Photo of OFCS Treasurer/CFO Ms. Emily Dales

OFCS Treasurer/CFO Ms. Emily Dales

AR_upperRightThe Olmsted Falls Board of Education approved the district’s latest Five-Year Forecast during their regular monthly meeting held on May 17th.  The Five-Year Forecast is a planning tool that is required by the State of Ohio and shows three years of actual financial data, along with current projections of what the district plans will happen from a financial perspective over the course of the next five years.  All school districts must submit Board-approved Five-Year Forecast documents bi-annually, each October and May. 

 
May 2018 Forecast CoverThe Five-Year Forecast is a dynamic budgeting tool that helps our Treasurer’s office plan and demonstrate the district’s effective and efficient annual operations and how we continue to be good stewards of our community’s taxpayer dollar.
 
To review the full Five-Year Forecast Report, Board approved on May 17, 2018, please click HERE
To view a one-page overview of the current Five-Year Forecast, please click HERE.
 
As always, if you have any questions about district finances, please contact Treasurer/CFO Ms. Emily Dales at 440.427.6000. 

WKYC’S MATT WINTZ VISITS ECC

community partnershipMany thanks to local WKYC meteorologist Matt Wintz for his awesome weather assembly for our kindergartens at the Early Childhood Center last week!  Our itty bitty Bulldogs learned so much and had LOTS of fun! 

They were also featured on Mr. Wintz’s weather report on WKYC Ch. 3 this past Sunday night!

OLMSTED FALLS STUDENTS EARN HONORS AT BELIEVE IN OHIO AWARDS CEREMONY

Shown here from left, are Ms. Kotz, Ben Pohlman, Ethan Short, Jeremy Shafer, Spencer Young

Congratulations to six OFHS students who were winners of the 2017-2018 Business Plan competition sponsored by Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio and the Believe in Ohio program.   The two winning plans tied for 1st place based on an outside judge score. 
Team “Fodiens Inc.” won with their unique idea for an easier to use post hole digger called the “Badger Post Hole Digger.”  The team includes Ben Pohlman, Ethan Short, Jeremy Shafer and Spencer Young
Team “Sonogo” won with their idea for a stronger, safer entry door named the “Ubermacht” with teammates Spencer Young and Jayden Batty
From left, Spencer Young and Jayden Batty

From left, Spencer Young and Jayden Batty

student successCongrats to our winners!  The 2017-2018 Business Plan Winners received $100 each for their top plans in our district and were honored during an Award Ceremony held May 15th.

Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio is a nonprofit corporation that promotes student and community awareness as to the challenges and opportunities the innovation economy will present in the future. It also provides educational programs and materials to help develop the entrepreneurial, economic, business and scientific literacy and 21st Century skills that will be needed in the future, such as Believe in Ohio’s “Introduction to the Innovation Economy of Ohio” online courses.  For more information, visit www.eeohio.org.

Believe in Ohio (BiO) is a free program from The Ohio Academy of Science that helps students prepare for the future. The program was developed in collaboration with Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio with the support of the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio General Assembly.  BiO is the only Ohio student STEM Education Program to integrate entrepreneurship and innovation as pathways to create future jobs. It was developed to be able to reach any high school student in Ohio, with a special emphasis on the underserved.

ATTENTION OFHS STUDENTS/PARENTS – DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS IS JUNE 7TH
OFHS students and parents may view the list of courses you/your student has scheduled for the 2018-2019 school year directly in Power School.  Simply click on the CLASS REGISTRATION link on the left side of the screen when logged in. 
Please contact your student’s school counselor should you have any questions.​Counselors are available through June 7th to discuss course selections for the next school year.
THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY COURSE ADJUSTMENTS IS THURSDAY, JUNE 7th.

IN OUR NEXT POST….
The last day of school for students in grades 1 to 12 is next Thursday, May 31st!  These final weeks and days of the school year are always an exciting time across the Olmsted Falls City School District with so many activities and events!  
 
Logo1Be sure to watch our next blog for stories including:
 
OFHS Construction Update
OFHS Commencement
Special Olympics
May Art Show
PTA Volunteer Dinner & Awards
New PTA Officers for 2018-2019
And more…

BULLDOG REGULAR SEASON SPORTS TROPHIES AT HIGH SCHOOL AVAILABLE FOR FREE – JUNE 6, 7, 8
As Olmsted Falls High School prepares to go digital with their awards, the Olmsted Falls Athletic Department programs will be giving away the trophies of their programs for all past regular season tournaments.

 

 

The Bulldog athletic department will retain all “Battle” trophies, any conference, district, regional and state trophies and will continue to have these on display in the future. All regular season tournament hardware will be offered to the community, for free.The trophies will be arranged in the Olmsted Falls Middle School cafeteria, by sport, and available for browsing and pick up on the following dates and times:
Wednesday, June 6th                      8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 7th                           8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday, June 8th                                8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
All remaining trophies that are not claimed by 2 p.m. Friday, June 8th will be donated to a local charity and youth groups for refurbishing and reuse. If you have any questions, contact rcoxon@ofcs.net. 

PARENTS: IMPORTANT HEALTH CLINIC NEWS FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

CareDox:  We are now using a new computer program called “CareDox” in all our health clinics. This will allow the clinic staff to send emails through the program to alert parents to vision and hearing screening results, request missing immunizations, notify parents of clinic visits, etc. Please add “Caredox” to your list of email contacts to ensure these messages are not going into your spam/junk folder.

Attention parents of incoming 7th graders: The state of Ohio requires that every incoming 7th grader receives the Tdap vaccine and the Meningococcal vaccine PRIOR to entry into the 7th grade. You will be required to enter the vaccination date when you register this summer. Please be aware of this requirement and plan to have this taken care of during their summer break.
 
Attention parents of incoming 12th graders: The state of Ohio requires every incoming 12th grader receives the Meningococcal vaccine PRIOR to entry into the 12th grade. You will be required to enter the vaccination date when you register this summer. Please be aware of this requirement and plan to have this taken care of during their summer break.
 
Please remember that all vaccinations must be up-to-date per the law of the state of Ohio. If your student is non-compliant with the required vaccinations, they will be excluded from school starting on the 15th day. Immunization waivers are available online if you choose not to vaccinate your student.


LEGO DRIVE @ OFIS!

legoAre you looking for a way to get rid of all those Legos you’ve stored at your house that have gone unused for years?! If so, OFIS could use them- A LOT!  We are planning STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) activities that require many different items. One of the most versatile items are Legos. Any shape, color or size. We are accepting donations from now until the end of the school year. Push, pull, or drag those tubs and boxes to the OFIS office! We appreciate all your support. We will keep you posted on the activities that the students are doing.

Your Legos are destined for new memories and many more creations! Thank you for your continued support!  Any questions? Contact Mike Schafer @ 440-427-6573.


ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR – DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH

school busParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2018-19 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH.  Each year new forms are required even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2018-19 school year. Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED 


SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM/CAMP OFFERED AT OFMS

Students now in grades 5-7 can enjoy some fun making music this summer.  The Olmsted Falls Summer Band Program offers music, fun and games.

Camp dates are June 4th-7th and June 11th-14th and each session runs from 8:30-10 a.m. for grades 5-7 in concert band and 10:15-11:45 a.m. for grades 6-8 with jazz/blues improvisation. The cost is $80 for each class. Families receive $10 off per additional child or second group or a participant in an OFCS athletic camp. Each camper receives a T-shirt.

For a detailed flyer with registration form, click HERE.  If you have questions, email jbudd@ofcs.


CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT REGULAR COST 

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

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

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


SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION CONTINUES – ALL SESSIONS ARE FILLING UP FAST!

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

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

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

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

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

To register, go to the Olmsted Early Childhood PTA website by clicking HERE. We are accepting online registration and payment as well as mail in ones. The cost is $50 per child.

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


START SAVING ITEMS FOR THE AUGUST 4TH FILL THE TRUCK FUNDRAISER
The Olmsted Falls Music Association is partnering with Savers to bring Fill the Truck – a donation collection vehicle – to the community.  It will be located from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. August 4th at the Olmsted Falls Middle School’s front parking lot.
 
Items that may be donated are clothing, shoes, such accessories as purses, scarves, belts, hats, book bags, cloth lunch boxes, linens, curtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabric. It will NOT accept household items, toys, books or items that are not cloth.
 
To download a flyer about the event, click HERE.

 



 COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS


 

LOCAL NON-PROFIT ACADEMY FOR DRAMATIC ARTS OFFERING SUMMER THEATER PROGRAMS

AFDAThe Academy for Dramatic Arts offers a variety of summer theater programs for youth ages 6 – 18 including “Imagination Nation” (for ages 6-8), “One Act Wonders” (ages 9-16), and “Group Vocal Technique and Repertoire” (for ages 10-13; and ages 14-18).  All classes are held at Christ United Church in Olmsted Falls and meet weekly for 8 weeks.  For additional information, please visit http://www.academyfordramaticarts.net/summer-theatre-camp/.


 

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OFCS Update – May 7, 2018

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REMINDER:  NO SCHOOL TOMORROW – TUESDAY, MAY 8TH – ELECTION DAY 

Just a reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on Election Day – tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8th. It is, however, a staff in-service day.  School for students will resume on Wednesday, May 9th.

This adjustment to the current school year calendar was announced in March and was made in an effort to maximize the safety of our students. Olmsted Falls City Schools made the decision to cancel school for students on the upcoming Primary Election day on May 8th, in addition to the normal fall election closure each November. OFCS will use this day as a staff development day for all staff. Moving forward, the district will plan to have no school for students on election days held in both November and May each year – and this will be reflected on the district calendar.

The current 2017-2018 OFCS School Year Calendar (updated in March) can be accessed by clicking HERE.  The 2018-2019 OFCS School Year Calendar can be accessed by clicking HERE.


FOUR STUDENTS HEAD TO NATIONALS FOR SKILLSUSA COMPETITION

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Several students competed in the Ohio SkillsUSA Conference in Columbus April 24th-25th.

The Engineering class students competed in Automated Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Mobile Robotics, Robotics Urban Search and Rescue, Robotics and Automation and Technical Drafting.

Congratulations to high schoolers Charles Reitz and Evan Martin who placed first in Robotics Urban Search and Rescue.  Students Sarah Witt and Alison Kranisk also placed first in that class at the middle school level. These four will compete at the June National competition in Louisville, Kentucky. They are shown in the photos to the right.  Good luck!

Students who placed second in their competitions were Josh Drahony and Cole Zehe, Additive Manufacturing; Tyler Kastl, HVAC; Chris Salveter, Firefighting and Emily Ulee, Health Knowledge Bowl. Placing third were Jacob Kastl, Sheet Metal and Skyler Dougher, job interview.

To view a photo gallery, click HERE.

Congratulations to all who competed!


DON’T MISS OFHS SPRING BAND CONCERTS –WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH @ 6:15 & 8 P.M.

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Please note that there is no spring concert performance on Saturday, May 12thThis date was originally listed in the annual Activities Calendar, but has since changed.


PORTRAIT OF A OLMSTED GRADUATE COMMITTEE SEEKING INPUT FROM COMMUNITY 

IMG_1608student successOlmsted community students, parents, staff and community members are invited to participate in an online survey regarding the work of the Portrait of a Graduate an Olmsted Graduate committee in recent months.

Please go to this link to learn more and let us know if we’re on the right track:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PortOfAGrad

Thank you in advance for sharing your input with Olmsted Falls City Schools!


 

BEREA ELKS LODGE HONORS THREE OFMS STUDENTS FOR THEIR ESSAYS ON AMERICANISM

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Congratulations to Bulldogs Lilly Higgins (far left), Kelly Strang (2nd from left) and Elise Grant (3rd from left), pictured here along with winning students from Berea City Schools.

student successOn Tuesday, May 1st, three Olmsted Falls Middle School students were honored at the Elks Lodge in Berea for their winning Americanism essays, which they wrote in December. The topic of this year’s essay was “Why Veterans are America’s Heroes.” There were more than 900 essays submitted from the school districts of Olmsted Falls, Berea and Strongsville, in which these young ladies were chosen. The three and their awards are:

Lilly Higgins, grade 8: First place in the Northeast Ohio District and Third in the state of Ohio.

Elise Grant, grade 8: A top six local winner.

Kelly Strang, grade 7: Third place in the Northeast Ohio District.

The students attended an awards dinner Tuesday where they received a personalized plaque and an American flag for their efforts.

Congratulations to these three young ladies and all who entered this essay contest.


MEET THE OLMSTED FALLS CLASS OF 2018 ATHLETIC SIGNINGS

student successOn Tuesday, May 1st, Olmsted Falls High School sponsored “College Day” for all seniors. The Athletic Department would like to recognize our Bulldog student-athletes who plan on continuing their academic and athletic careers at the college level.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018! 
Football: John McCabe (Air Force Academy), William Greller (Mercyhurst University), Jacob Dahlinger (Mount Union College) and Brian Eisman (Ohio Northern University)
Boys Soccer: Chase Fernkorn (John Carroll University), Rylan Wikle (Mount Union College), Ryan Kolonick (Cleveland State University), Kevin Lemin (Gannon University), Shelby Edwards (Hiram College), Charlie Watters (University of Findlay) and Joe Bement (Ohio Northern University)
Volleyball:  Leah LaPinta (Ursuline College)
Girls Basketball: Sarah Balfour (Southeast Missouri State)
Wrestling:  Josh Jaeckin (Ashland University)Baseball:  Sullivan Kilbane (Grove City College)Boys Golf:  Logan Bratsch (Baldwin Wallace University)Girls Lacrosse: Delaney Allan (Mount Union College)Boys Lacrosse:  Angelo Hanson (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University) and Will Vulpio (Aurora University)

FINAL CALL FOR COMMUNITY ARTISTS – DEADLINE FOR BULLDOG ALUMNI, STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO ENTER WORK IN ANNUAL MAY SHOW IS THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH

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

The entry deadline has been extended to this Wednesday, May 11th. A special form to complete and return to Amber West – awest@ofcs.net – is available by clicking HERE.

Display boards and table space will be available. Hope to see your work there!


DON’T MISS THE MAY ART SHOW – THIS FRIDAY, MAY 11TH

IMG_1064Students, faculty, special invitees and community members will display their creativity at the Annual May Show this Friday that runs throughout the day in the OFHS gym.

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Whether it is watercolor painting, photography,  wood working, computer generated art, sewing or other forms, you’ll certainly see some amazing pieces.

Admission is free.


STOCK UP FOR SUMMER READING AT OFMS SCHOLASTIC BOGO SALE – MAY 10-18

Got%20BooksThe Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will be hosting a Scholastic BOGO sale that will run starting this Thursday, May 10th – Friday, May 18th.

The BOGO sale will be fully stocked with the latest titles and series. This is a great opportunity to stock up on summer reading books.

Hope to see you there!


FIRST DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE SET FOR THIS FRIDAY, MAY 11TH

Dads, show off your dance steps!

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

To view more information, click HERE for the flyer.  Advanced registration has closed, but those still interested in attending can pay $15 entry fee per family at the door.

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


 

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

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

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

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


ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR – DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH

school busParents needing to designate a single alternative pick-up/drop-off address for their students in the 2018-19 year must submit an Alternative Transportation Form by FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH.  Each year new forms are required even if your requested pick-up/drop-off site is the same.

Please click HERE for additional information and to access Alternative Transportation Forms for the 2018-19 school year. Please contact the Transportation Department at 427-6350 with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SPREAD THE WORD:  OFMA’S CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER IS MAY 12TH

It’s music to many mouths. The Olmsted Falls Music Association will have its fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 12th at the North Ridgeville Chipotle eatery, 32223 Lorain Road, between Bagley Road and I-480.

Just bring in the flyer you may download by clicking HERE, show it on your phone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause to ensure that 50 percent of your proceeds will be donated to OFMA.  PLEASE NOTE: ONLINE ORDERS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS FUNDRAISER. YOU MUST ORDER IN PERSON.

Thanks so much for your support.


SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM/CAMP OFFERED AT OFMS

Students now in grades 5-7 can enjoy some fun making music this summer.  The Olmsted Falls Summer Band Program offers music, fun and games.

Camp dates are June 4th-7th and June 11th-14th and runs from 8:30-10 a.m. for grades 5-7 in concert band and 10:15-11:45 a.m. for grades 6-8 with jazz/blues improvisation. The cost is $80 for each class. Families receive $10 off per additional child or second group or a participant in an OFCS athletic camp. Each camper receives a T-shirt.

For a detailed flyer with registration form, click HERE.  If you have questions, email jbudd@ofcs.net.


CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT REGULAR COST 

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

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

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

 

 



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OLMSTED FALLS BOY SCOUTS PLANT SALE CHANGES LOCATION THIS YEAR- SALE DATES: May 12th, 13th & 19th 

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

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


 

ALL INVITED TO MAY 19TH DISCOVER AVIATION DAY @ LORAIN COUNTY AIRPORT

Experience free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17, flight simulators, aircraft displays, kids activities and a pancake breakfast at the Discover Aviation Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19th at the Lorain County Airport, 44050 Russia Road, Elyria.

Rides to purchase are available on Tillie the Biplane.

For more details, go to eaa1252.org or call 440-236-6594.


 

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OFCS Update – April 26, 2018

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OFCS STUDENTS, TEACHER RECEIVE ESC EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Congratulations to all!


OFMS GEMS LEAVE THEIR MARK AT SKILLS USA COMPETITION IN COLUMBUS

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

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


PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE COMMITTEE COMES TOGETHER FOR SECOND MEETING

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes!


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER FOR MEETING, TOUR OFHS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

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

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

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


OFHS CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS ARE THIS SATURDAY

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

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

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


2018 FOOTBALL SEASON PARENT MEETING SET FOR MAY 1ST

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

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


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

Dads, show off your dance steps!

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

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

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



OFHS ALUMNI, STAFF, COMMUNITY: SHARE YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


HURRY – OFHS BOOSTERS BENEFITS WITH CONTINUED PASTA FUNDRAISER THROUGH APRIL

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

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

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

To go directly to the online fundraiser, click HERE.



REGISTER FOR THE OFMS PTS MAY CALENDAR RAFFLE TODAY

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

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

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

Good luck!


PLAY BINGO AT OFHS VENDORS NIGHT MAY 2ND

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

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

Bring your friends for a great night out!


CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT REGULAR COST 

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

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

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




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

falls-pointe-swim-team-logoThe Falls Pointe Swim Team sign-ups will be held April 28th from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Falls Pointe Clubhouse. Online registration begins April 8th. The team is open to any Olmsted Falls/Township resident ages 4-18 who can independently swim the length of the pool. Members love to have fun as much as they love to swim. It is a low pressure environment for swimmers of all levels with many fun activities included. For more information and online registration, go to Fallspointeswimteam.com.



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Proceeds benefit the schools, community organizations and public gardens.

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LOCAL STUDENTS PERFORM IN NORTH POINT BALLET’S PETER PAN

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


ADAPTIVE LACROSSE COMING TO OLMSTED FALLS

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


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