OFCS Closure Notice for Thursday, January 31, 2019

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ATTN:  All Olmsted Falls City School District buildings will be CLOSED THURSDAY, JANUARY 31st due to extreme cold and weather conditions.

Please stay safe and warm.

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OFCS Closure Notice for Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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ATTN:  All Olmsted Falls City School District buildings will be CLOSED WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH due to extreme cold and weather conditions.

Please stay safe and warm.

 

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OFCS Closure Notice for Tuesday, January 22nd

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ATTN:  All Olmsted Falls City School District buildings will be CLOSED TUESDAY, JANUARY 22ND due to weather conditions.

Please stay safe and warm.

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OFCS Update – January 19, 2019

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REMINDERNO SCHOOL THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST

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

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!


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

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

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

To download an event flyer, please click HERE.


ANNUAL GEOGRAPHY BEE AT OFMS

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

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

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

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

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


BULLDOG STUDENTS WIN ANNUAL FIRE PREVENTION POSTER CONTEST

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

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

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


JANUARY IS SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


SOCIAL STUDIES HONORARY SOCIETY BRIGHTENS HOLIDAY FOR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

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

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


OFMS GRADE 8 STUDENTS SENT GREETINGS TO MANY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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

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

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

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


ACTIVITIES PLANNED ACROSS DISTRICT FOR CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT – TUESDAY, JANUARY 29TH

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

CABARET NIGHT PERFORMANCE DATE CHANGED TO MAY 9th

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

Save the Date for May 9th!

More information will be coming about this annual event.


UPCOMING COLLEGE PROGRAMS OPEN TO PARENTS/STUDENTS

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

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

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

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

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


DONATE YOUR OLD DEVICE FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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

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

Thank you for your support!


OFMS BOOK FAIR IS ANOTHER SUCCESS, THANKS TO ALL

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

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


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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An experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework student successassistance for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday.

Any students at the library after school from 3:30 to 5:30 can receive help from the Homework Mentor.



SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

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


ROLL THE DICE FOR A LUCKY ALUMNI LAS VEGAS NIGHT

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

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

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


OLMSTED FALLS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS NIGHT AT THE RACES READY TO RUN

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Night at the Races Flyer

2019 Horse Form

2019 Merchant Letter


CAMP INVENTION RETURNS TO OLMSTED FALLS THIS SUMMER

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

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

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


REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

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

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)




COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS




REGISTRATION ENDS THIS MONTH FOR OLMSTED GIRLS FASTPITCH SUMMER LEAGUE

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

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


OLMSTED COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – FEBRUARY 6TH

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


OCSL REGISTRATION

ocsl-logoRegistration is now open through March 15, 2019 for the Olmsted Community Summer League.  OCSL offers baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues/games for boys and girls ages 4 through 18. We accept kids of all skill levels and require little to no travel. Register by January 31, 2019 to receive an early bird discount of $5 per player. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. Registrations after March 15, 2019 will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2019. Please like OCSL on Facebook for frequent updates and news about our league. We look forward to seeing you on the ball fields. Any questions please contact the OCC at (440) 427-1599.


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OFCS Update – December 21, 2018

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WINTER BREAK IS HERE!

The school district’s Winter Break has officially arrived! 

Students will not have classes from Monday, December 24th through Friday, January 4, 2019They will return to school Monday, January 7, 2019.

Have a safe and enjoyable winter break!  See you next year – January 7, 2019!


MUSICAL HOLIDAY TRADITION

student successDuVyyX3WwAA6j4IIn addition to the outstanding student holiday concerts that Bulldog families and friends have been enjoying in recent weeks, music could be heard throughout district school buildings on the final day before winter break as members of the OFHS band and choirs embarked on their annual holiday caroling tour! 

Students and staff members at the other school buildings enjoyed special performances by our talented high school musicians as they made their musical rounds! 


OFHS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM THANKS THOSE INVOLVED IN PROVIDING 2018 SCHOLARSHIPS

Olmsted Falls High School hosted its annual Local Scholarship Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast this month.  The event annually thanks and shows appreciation to the more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who contribute to the Local Scholarship program.

The morning also included a buffet breakfast and a special holiday performance that the talented Golden Expressions provided to those attending. 

 

New this year, student-led tours were offered to guests to provide an opportunity to see the high school’s newly renovated and expanded areas.

Guests also viewed a series of video thank you messages from several Bulldog alumni who received generous scholarships last year.  The collection of special video messages was put together by students in Mrs. Cleary’s Digital Marketing class.

We thank the generous support of the more than 80 local individuals, families, businesses and organizations who provided more than 250 local scholarships to the Olmsted Falls Local Scholarship Program during last school year.  More than $125,000 local scholarship funds were awarded to those in the OFHS Class of 2018.

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Thank you again to all of our 2018 local scholarship sponsors! Olmsted Falls School District sincerely appreciates your valuable contributions to our students’ futures!

To learn more about becoming a sponsor in the 2019 OFHS Local Scholarship Program, please contact Sandy Smith at 427-6116.


OFHS STUDENTS TOUR WCLV STUDIOS AND VIEW LIVE BW MEN’S CONCERT FEATURING BULLDOG STAFF/STUDENT

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WCLV recently aired a special concert performance by the Baldwin Wallace University’s Men’s Chorus at the station’s Playhouse Square location.

OFHS teacher John Mercer and OFHS guidance counselor Alex Lintner took 14 students on a field trip to Playhouse Square on Dec. 6 to enjoy the concert and other special activities as well.

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Mr. Mercer, Mr. Lintner and Greg Smith, a ninth grader, sing in the Baldwin Wallace College Men’s Chorus. The three were part of the live concert at Playhouse Square which took place and was broadcast live on WCLV during the field trip!

IMG-1731Ideastream opened the concert to students and those who attended from OFHS were: Mason Adams, Justin Andrews, Te Ron Chapman, Colin Clark, Bradley Conner, Daniel Fidler, Jacob Honkomp, Samuel Katona, Shane Kiley, Hunter Livingston, John Munoz, Raymond Oster, Ethan Senal and Greg Smith.

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The students received a private tour of the WCLV studios, which WCLV President and co-founder – and Cleveland Arts Prize winner – Robert Conrad led.

The concert, which was broadcast live on the WCLV Facebook page and live streaming, may also be viewed by clicking HERE.


OFMS/POLARIS STEM TEACHER WINS OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

Olmsted Falls Middle School Polaris Project Lead the Way instructor Stacey Wisniewski was recently honored with the 2018-19 Outstanding PLTW Teacher Award.

Wisniewski is a Polaris Career Center project Lead the Way teacher. She will be formally recognized at the 2019 Project Lead The Way Summit in Anaheim, California in February. This is the first time a Polaris teacher has received such an award.

Wisniewski teaches two Polaris Project Lead the Way Gateway classes at OFMS: Medical Detectives and Design & Modeling. These classes introduce students to STEM career opportunities using engaging, real world classroom exercises. She also coaches the OFMS Skills USA competition students and is the staff advisor for the OFMS GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Club.

student successThe Outstanding PLTW Award honors teachers who deliver an inspiring and empowering student experience, expand access to PLTW programs in the school and in the community and transform the classroom using innovative, engaging teaching methods.

Wisniewski is now eligible to be considered for the National Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S.

Congratulations to Mrs. Wisniewski and best wishes in the possibility of being named the National Teacher of the Year!  Bulldog country is rooting for you!


STUDENTS BRING JOY TO LOCAL FAMILIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

student successCP_leftFalls-Lenox School’s first-grade classes generously collected toys and gift items to donate to our local Christians in Action Giving Tree drive.  The students’ kindness will allow the holidays to be a much brighter time for many local families.

This drive was a great way for our little ones to experience the spirit of giving.


OFHS STUDENTS CREATE CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND SHARE THEM @ A SPECIAL HOLIDAY PRESCHOOL PARTY

Mrs. Brigid Radigan’s OFHS Parenting and Child Development class hosted a holiday party for ECC preschool students.

The class wrote and illustrated children’s books, which were read to the students. The preschool students then participated in various fine motor, gross motor and sensory activities.

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OFHS THE SPOTLIGHT FEATURES DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS, TEEN ANXIETY

The December issue of the OFHS The Spotlight is available to read by clicking HERE.

The school’s newspaper has articles that discusses daily announcements, the movie “Angst” that the district screened for the community, midterm tips and tricks, short highlights on winter athletes and others.


RETIRED BULLDOG STAFF MEMBERS ENJOY ANNUAL HOLIDAY LUNCH & OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR OFHS EXPANSIONS/RENOVATIONS

Dtlm_hlXgAI6q-IWelcome home! Olmsted Falls City Schools and the Olmsted Falls Alumni Association welcomed retired Bulldog staff members back to the district in early December for the Annual Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon at OFIS!

DtlbbPKWwAAriqoGuests were treated to lunch and a holiday concert performed by the 5th grade choir!  Thank you to Mrs. McClellan for organizing the show! OFIS Student Ambassadors also helped at the event by greeting and escorting guests in as well as assisting with lunch service!  

OFCS also hosted a group of retired staff members who returned to the district on December 19th for a special walking tour of the new OFHS renovations and expansions! the group  enjoyed seeing all of the new spaces and improvements throughout the building! Thank you to our awesome OFHS Student Ambassadors who assisted with the tours.

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OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOL COMMUNITY PARTICIPATES IN HOUR OF CODE 2018

TE_lowerRightThe Hour of Code is an international movement that takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week held the second week of December. The Hour Code encourages everyone to try their hand at Computer Programming for at least one hour. This year Olmsted Falls City Schools provided opportunities for students as well as parents to try their hand at computer programming.

student successAt OFIS and Falls Lenox students participated in computer programming activities during their weekly Technology class. The ECC and Middle School students also had an opportunity to participate in activities throughout the week. Read on to learn more.

Click above to view a video from the Community Hour of Code event.

Click above to view a video from the Community Hour of Code event.

Community Hour of Code: On Tuesday, December 5th the district hosted a community hour of code for students and their parents. Over 100 attendees (parents and students) heard from the district Technology Integration Specialists about shortage of Computer Science graduates and the abundance of jobs available in this field. Then students and parents had an opportunity to work together to complete online computer coding activities. Click HERE for the presentation.   

Hour of Code: On Wednesday, December 5th, Julie Mallory, OFCS parent and employee at Hyland software, spoke with students at the Middle School about the career opportunities available at Hyland as well as the many FREE computer programming camps and classes available for students.

Click above to to view a video from the OFIS SWAT visit to the ECC

Click above to view a video from the OFIS SWAT visit to the ECC

After the presentation Middle School students completed a variety of computer programming activities Click HERE for the presentation. 

It is never too early to start learning about computer programming. On Friday, December 7th the OFIS SWAT (Students Working to Advance Technology) spent the day at the ECC working with kindergarten students on computer programming activities. Even the youngest students were successful with a little help from their friends.


OFCS HOSTS SECOND MEETING OF THE NEW SOUTHWEST REGIONAL BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL

IMG_4195.jpgOlmsted Falls City School District hosted the second meeting of the newly formed Southwest Regional Business Advisory Council at Olmsted Falls High School on December 7th.  OFCS has partnered with Berea City Schools, Fairview Park City Schools, North Olmsted City Schools, Strongsville City Schools and Polaris Career Center to form the Southwest Regional Business Advisory Council. The new partnership includes representatives from each school district and Polaris Career Center as well as a broad cross-section of regional business and higher education leaders.

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The new advisory council will be meeting quarterly and collaboratively to exchange ideas and explore best practices in preparing students for the world beyond high school.


OFCS IN THE NEWS: COLLABORATION WITH LOCAL BUSINESS PARTNER BRINGS VALUE TO OFHS PERSONAL FINANCE CLASS

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Click HERE to read local report John Benson’s story. 

Thank you to First Federal of Lakewood for partnering with OFHS to bring real world experience into the classroom!


 

OFCS 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

Olmsted Falls City School District has posted the district calendar for the 2019-2020 school year to the district website at www.ofcs.net.

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To view / download next year’s OFCS calendar for the 2019-2020 school year, please click HERE.

To view / download the OFCS calendar for current 2018-2019 school year, please click HERE.


OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S DECEMBER NEWSLETTER ONLINE

The December issue of Musical Notes is available online by clicking HERE.  The Olmsted Falls Music Association creates this newsletter that contains information about school music programs, students and other related topics.

The December newsletter includes times and dates of remaining school holiday concerts, supporting the organization by using Amazon Smile this season, a list of patrons and other information.


BE SURE YOU ARE AN OFHS PTA MEMBER FOR SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Olmsted Falls High School PTA offers many programs and events. The PTA also provides senior scholarships each year. This goal this year, and every year, is to provide 16 scholarships for graduating seniors.  However, for students to be considered a recipient of a PTA-offered scholarships, their parent must be an OFHS PTA member for the 2018-2019 school year.

Membership is $7 per person, with $2.25 going directly to our local PTA.  The remaining $4.75 goes toward Ohio and National PTA fees.

To complete a membership form, click HERE.


DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTES FOR SEVERAL JOB CLASSIFICATIONS

OFCS Triple A LogoBe a part of our outstanding Triple A school district!  Work with great people and fantastic kids!  Olmsted Falls Schools is currently looking for substitute paraprofessionals, cleaners, bus drivers and custodians to support our daily operational efforts in these important areas.  Having dedicated substitute support staff is a critical component to our district’s success.  New rates for substitute positions were approved at the December Board of Education Meeting. The new substitute rates can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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

Did You Know?  You can follow the OFCS Human Resources Department on Twitter: @OFCS_HR


DONATE YOUR OLD DEVICE FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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.

In 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!


DON’T MISS THE OFMA CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER TAKING PLACE DURING WINTER BREAK FROM 4-8 P.M. ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29TH AT THE NORTH RIDGEVILLE LOCATION

Help Olmsted Falls Music Association raise funds while dining from 4-8 p.m. December 29th at the North Ridgeville’s Chipotle eatery.  Treat your family to a mid-winter break take-out night!

Bring in the flyer found by clicking HERE, show it on your smart phone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause so 33 percent of your purchase is donated to OFMS.

Please note online orders will NOT be included with this promotion. Also, please see the flyer for special procedures required if you are ordering catering or Burritos by the Box.

Chipotle’s in North Ridgeville is at 32223 Lorain Road between Cook Road and I-480 on the east side of the street.


MISSED THE OFAB APPAREL SALE?  BUY ITEMS ONLINE NOW

The recent in-person Olmsted Falls Athletic Booster’s Annual Holiday Sportswear Sale was a huge success. Thanks to all who supported it, including the many volunteers, cheerleaders, those who helped set up the sale and – most importantly – the Bulldog shoppers. Hopefully, many Bulldog shoppers were able to check off items on their holiday shopping list.

We now have a new online store available through Ryco Sports that carries all our Bulldog apparel.

Simply click HERE to visit the link for more details or stop by the store at 7072 Columbia Road in the Town and Country Plaza.  We thank you for your continued support.


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFERS FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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An experienced educator will be available to provide students with drop-in homework student successassistance for two hours after school, Monday through Thursday.

Any students at the library after school from 3:30 to 5:30 can receive help from the Homework Mentor.


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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USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT TO BENEFIT BOYS/GIRLS CLUB

Do you have used sports equipment sitting in your garage or basement gathering dust?  You could donate them to a good cause. The Olmsted Falls Gold 10U Baseball Team will collect equipment near school entrances during the Bulldog Basketball Tournament December 26th-29th. All donations will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Anything you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.


GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS HOLIDAY STUDENT CAMPS

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


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED GIRLS FASTPITCH SUMMER LEAGUE

The Olmsted Girls Fastpitch Summer league is now accepting registration through January 31st.

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


 

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OFCS Update – November 30, 2018

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MORE THAN 100 ATTEND FIRST SCREENING OF ANGST; FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW THE FILM & PANEL DISCUSSION THAT FOLLOWS IS THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD @ 6:30 P.M.

IMG_4097CP_leftMore than 100 parents, students, educators and community members came together in the OFHS auditorium this past Tuesday evening to view the independent film, Angst.  The opportunity was presented by Olmsted Falls PTA Council in partnership with Olmsted Falls City Schools.

IMG_4101The film screening was followed by a panel discussion moderated by OFCS Director of Student Services Dr. Shannon Goss who fielded questions from the audience to panel that included:   OFMS Assistant Principal Mike Sislowski, OFMS School Counselor Kathy Suvak, Falls-Lenox/ECC School Counselor Cassandra DeLuca, OFCS Parent Heather Hetchler, OFIS teachers Audrey Eckert and Mike Moore, and Southwest General Hospital LPCC Supervisor Marlene Kurz.  Thank you to all of our panelists for volunteering their time to share their thoughts and expertise.  And thank you to all who attended.

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We hope to see many more people come out for the final screening of this important film set for THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD starting at 6:30 p.m. in the OFHS auditoriumThis film will again be followed by a panel discussion.

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


OFHS CLASS VISITS CLEVELAND STUDENTS WITH DONATED SUPPLIES

student successThe Olmsted Falls High School’s Teaching Professions Class recently visited Louis Agassiz Elementary School in Cleveland. They brought 10 boxes of new school supplies to donate for the school and did activities with them.

The Bulldog students were a huge hit with the kids!

Shown in the photo are, from left, Maddie Marsico, Kaye Dregalla, Abbie Katitus, Lauren Heinz and Harlow Akins who pose with three young friends.


SPEND AN HOUR WITH YOUR CHILD EXPLORING COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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


BOARD OF EDUCATION RECOGNIZES SEVERAL STUDENT-ATHLETES

Members of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education honored the 2018 Southwestern Conference Girls Soccer Championship team; student-athletes selected as First Team All-Southwestern Conference members and student-athletes who earned the distinguished honor of Scholar-Athlete on their respective fall sports team. Those honored are shown and listed below

The 2018 Southwestern Conference Girls Soccer Championship team members along with Board President and OFCS Superintendent are pictured in the photo below, from left to right,

First Row:  MacKenna Wertman, Ashley Sandru, Taylor Fehn, Lauren Francescone,  Abby Gomez, Kylie Fitzgerald, Megan Francescone,  Haley Zambrana,  Maddy Sagerman.

Second Row:  Board of Education President Joe Bertrand, Head Coach Matt Safar, Lauren Gumeny, Maddie Boka,  Mackenzie Simon,  Janitsy Zambrana,  Mia Colozza, Emma Parker, Addison Sandru, Jordan Fusco, Cassie Moilov, Assistant Coach Trisha Milford, Assistant Coach Lauren Payne and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

OFHS Student-Athletes who were selected as First Team All-Southwestern Conference members along with Board President and OFCS Superintendent are pictured in the photo below, from left to right,

First Row: Mackenzie Simon (soccer), Jordan Fusco (soccer), Abby Gomez (soccer), Kylie Fitzgerald (soccer), b (cheerleading), Camryn Moore (cheerleading), Lily Beaty (cheerleading), Kaye Dregalla (volleyball), Alyson Veverka (golf).

Second Row:  Board of Education President Joe Bertrand, Sam Lofton (football), Trae Henderson (football), Michael Howard (football), Teddy Grendzynski (football), Braden Galaska (football), Nick Mills (golf), Brandon Chapman (soccer), Joe Backus (cross country) and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd. Not pictured and also recognized were Samantha Torres (golf), Jeanie Edgington (volleyball) and Jack Spellacy (football).

Student-Athletes who earned the distinguished honor of Scholar-Athlete on their respective fall sports team along with Board President and OFCS Superintendent are pictured in the photo below, from left to right:

Board of Education President Joe Bertrand, Ruth Ortego (trainers), Elyse Walker (competition cheerleading), Hanna Marysiak (cheerleading), Lauren Gumeny (soccer), Claudia Schuh (golf), Sam Gray (football), Hannah McCullar (cross country), Collin Cook (cross country), and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd.

Congratulations to all these outstanding Bulldog students!


DISTRICT HONORS LOCAL REPORTER

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The Olmsted Falls Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd recognized local Cleveland.com and Sun Post-Herald reporter John Benson at the November meeting for his ongoing, fair and balanced reporting of activities, events and initiatives happening in the Olmsted Falls City School District.  During the 2017-2018 school year, Mr. Benson filed more than twenty stories about the school district which appeared on Cleveland.com and in the Sun Post Herald.

Dr. Lloyd and Board President Mr. Joe Bertrand presented Mr. Benson with the OSBA Media Honor Roll Certificate – an annual award from the Ohio School Board Association that acknowledges local media writers for their work.  Mr. Benson was nominated to this year’s OSBA Media Honor Roll by Olmsted Falls City Schools.


FINANCE PROFESSIONAL MEETS WITH OFHS CLASS

student successCommunity partnerships help enhance student success across Olmsted Falls City Schools.  Thank you to Katie Largent of First Federal Lakewood for her recent visit to the Digital Marketing Class at OFHS.  

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She discussed branding, logo consistency, the do’s and don’ts, career opportunities and the new electronic marketing  boards recently installed inside OFHS as part of the district new corporate sponsorship initiative.

First Federal of Lakewood is one of the district’s new Gold Level Corporate Sponsors.  Thank you First Federal of Lakewood and thank you Katie Largent for supporting and enhancing opportunities for students at Olmsted Falls City Schools!


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OFCS 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

Olmsted Falls City School District has posted the district calendar for the 2019-2020 school year to the district website at www.ofcs.net.  

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To view / download next year’s OFCS calendar for the 2019-2020 school year, please click HERE.

To view / download the OFCS calendar for current 2018-2019 school year, please click HERE.


OFMS SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR THROUGH DECEMBER 7

The OFMS will continue to host its Scholastic Book Fair through Friday, December 7th. The fair is stocked with plenty of new and exciting books including favorite authors and characters just in time for Christmas. In addition, the fair will be open during both conference nights Thursday, November 29th & Tuesday, December 4th.


ATTEND DECEMBER 10 MEETING FOR INFO ON JUNE 2020 EUROPEAN TRIP!

OFHS social studies teacher Brian Insley will have an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 10th in OFHS room 606 for those interested in a tour of Europe in June 2020.

Trip to Europe FlyerMr. Insley and the  group will travel with EF Tours and visit London, Paris, Berlin and other cities. This is a wonderful educational opportunity to see the world and go with an organization that arranges everything on the  trip. Your child can even earn college credit.

Families are invited to attend the meeting. Click HERE to download the meeting flyer.  For more details, contact Mr. Insley at binsley@ofcs.net.  Bon Voyage!


BE SURE YOU ARE AN OFHS PTA MEMBER FOR SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Olmsted Falls High School PTA offers many programs and events. The PTA also provides senior scholarships each year. This goal this year, and every year, is to provide 16 scholarships for graduating seniors.  However, for students to be considered a recipient of a PTA-offered scholarships, their parent must be an OFHS PTA member for the 2018-2019 school year.

Membership is $7 per person, with $2.25 going directly to our local PTA.  The remaining $4.75 goes toward Ohio and National PTA fees.

To complete a membership form, click HERE.


OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFER FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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

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


OFHS POINSETTIA SALE RUNS THROUGH DECEMBER 13

The annual OFHS National Honor Society’s Poinsettia Sale is in full bloom.

Now until December 13th, 4-inch poinsettias are $5; 6-inch, $8; 8-inch floral pot, $13 and 10-inch, $20. All come in red, white or pink colors except the 10-inch plant, which offers only red and white.

To download an order form, click HERE. Delivery dates are December 6th and December 13th.


OFAB ANNUAL HOLIDAY APPAREL SALE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

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

The Athletic Boosters are stocked and ready with all apparel items and new Bulldog logos at this year’s Holiday Sale.
The organization will have in stock a wide variety of items consisting of sweatshirts – crew neck and hoodies, tees, long-sleeve tees, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, PJs, pants, joggers, women’s items,  youth and children’s sizes – as well as specialty items such as; water bottles, jewelry, car decals, bleacher chairs, and cushions! You will also be able to order sports specific items too!
This year the organization will hold an Athletic Boosters Patrons Members Pre-Sale on Friday, December 7th from 7-9 p.m.  If you are a 2018 – 2019 patron of the Athletic Boosters you are able to shop early!  Not a patron?  You can join right on site and get in for the early bird sale.
Thank you for your Bulldog Support and Patronage!

OFHS SWIM/DIVE TEAM HOLIDAY HONEYBAKED HAM SALE IN FULL SWING

The OFHS Swim & Dive team once again presents its annual Holiday HoneyBaked Ham Sale.  This sale is a very important fundraiser since 20 percent of the sales go to the team. See the sales order, which includes gift cards, by clicking HERE. The team appreciates all orders and/or blasting the sale out to friends and family through emails and social media.

The sale’s website, which is seen by clicking HERE, allows you to order gift cards that will be mailed directly to you from the HoneyBaked Ham corporate office. The sale ends Dec. 14th to allow for shipping. Pick up is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 21st at the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School due to construction at the high school.


“FLIP FOR THE CURE” GYMNASTICS MEET RETURNS DEC. 7 AND 8
For the second year in a row, the Olmsted Falls High School Gymnastics Team will compete in the Flip for the Cure Invitational, held at Ten Point 0 in North Ridgeville, on December 7th and 8th.
The Bulldogs would like their fans to know that Ryco Sports placed together an online ordering option for this year’s Flip for the Cure T-shirt.  The meet will support the following local non-profits:
  • Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio
  • Karen P. Nakon Foundation
  • OROC:  Out Running Ovarian Cancer
  • Dr. Tuohy’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Vaccine
A portion of the t-shirts sales will go toward supporting these great organizations.  All t-shirts will be shipped directly to the individual and will be here in time to wear to school on December 7th.
Meet Information:
 To order your t-shirt, please visit the link below:

POST PROM DECEMBER FUNdraiser!

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

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

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


DISTRICT CONTINUES SEEKING SUBSTITUTES FOR SEVERAL JOB CLASSIFICATIONS

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

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


REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

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

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



SANTA’S SECRET SHOP IS THIS SATURDAY – DECEMBER 1

This Saturday, December 1st, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cub Scout Pack 102 presents Santa’s Secret Shop at Falls-Lenox Primary School. Kids can shop for holiday gifts for family and friends with the help of friendly “elves.” Most items are under $10.

A holiday raffle of terrific items including Xbox One X gaming system and Vitamix blender, plus crafts, photo booth and food are available as well. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 102 in Olmsted Falls.


CREATE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE WITH YOUR  FAMILY – SATURDAY – DECEMBER 1st

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

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


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

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

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

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


LOCAL COMMUNITY THEATER PERFORMS BABES IN TOYLAND

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


GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS HOLIDAY STUDENT CAMPS

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

 


 

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OFCS Update – November 17, 2018

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3-DAY THANKSGIVING BREAK BEGINS MID-WEEK

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

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

Have a safe holiday!


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

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

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

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

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

Where:  Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium

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


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

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

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

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

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


OFHS INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS TO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

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

 

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

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


 

VETERANS DAY RECOGNIZED ACROSS OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 


OFMS SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

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


OFHS COMPETITION CHEERLEADING TEAM CONTINUES TO IMPRESS

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

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

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

Congratulations Bulldogs!


 

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OFCS TECHNOLOGY FOCUSED STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY 

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

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


 

NOVEMBER ISSUE OF OFMA MUSICAL NOTES NOW AVAILABLE

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

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

To view the newsletter, click HERE.


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

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

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

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


SPEND AN HOUR WITH YOUR CHILD EXPLORING COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Please click HERE for additional information and the order form.

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

Thank you for your continued support of PTA and programs!


OFAB ANNUAL HOLIDAY APPAREL SALE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

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

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

POST PROM DECEMBER FUNdraiser!

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

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

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


 

OLMSTED FALLS LIBRARY OFFER FREE HOMEWORK HELP

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

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


HAVE YOU DOWNLOADED THE NEW OFHS MOBILE APP?

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

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

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

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


DISTRICT CONTINUES SEEKING SUBSTITUTES FOR SEVERAL JOB CLASSIFICATIONS

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

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


REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

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

@OFCSDistrict (Olmsted Falls City School District)

@OFCSSuper (OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd)

@ofhsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls High School)

@ofmsbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Middle School)

@ofisbulldogs (Olmsted Falls Intermediate School)

@FLBulldogs (Falls-Lenox Primary School)

@ECCBulldogs (Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center)

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


 

CREATE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE WITH YOUR  FAMILY – DECEMBER 1st

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

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


LOCAL COMMUNITY THEATER PERFORMS BABES IN TOYLAND

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


GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER OFFERS HOLIDAY STUDENT CAMPS

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

 


 

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