OFCS Update – March 17, 2017

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!  SPRING BREAK IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!  Just a reminder that spring break for OFCS is just around the corner.

Spring break will be the week of  March 27th-31st.  Students and staff will return from break on Monday, April 3rd.


OFHS JUNIOR CHOSEN TO ACCOMPANY VETERANS TO IWO JIMA

Sgt. Major Michael Dulin, a junior at Olmsted Falls High School, has been selected to accompany a group of veterans on a trip to Iwo Jima next week!

To read local media coverage on Cleveland.com about his amazing upcoming journey, please click HERE.

Congratulations on this great honor!


OFMS GRADE 8 STUDENTS GIVE SPECIAL GIFTS TO SENIORS

The Pay-it-Forward by Connecting with Others Grant Team in January organized an eighth grade-wide effort to give decorations and cards to spread goodwill and cheer among the residents of Riverview Pointe Care Center in Olmsted Falls and O’Neill Healthcare in North Ridgeville. The entire eighth grade came together to create decorations and cards to give to the senior citizens to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The senior citizens were ecstatic and appreciative about receiving the decorations and even invited the eighth grade students to visit them.

All of the members of the committee contributed their hardest efforts by putting their many talents to work in creating these amazing cards and decorations to bring cheer to senior citizens this Valentine’s season.

This was one of many outreach activities created and completed by the “Paying it Forward by Connecting With Others” Committee of eighth-grade students.  Just another amazing example of our students exhibiting kindness and compassion toward others and reaching out to others in the community.


SUBMIT ITEMS FOR OFMA’S NEWSLETTER SOON

There is never a shortage of news to report on our outstanding music programs throughout the district. Be sure to share music news for the OFMA’s April issue before the deadline!
Submissions for the April newsletter should be sent to Kathy Harris Green no later than Friday, March 24th, which is just prior to Spring Break.
Haven’t had a chance to read the March issue yet?  No problem!  Click HERE to read it now.

ANNUAL HELPING HANDS BOWLING BENEFIT A HUGE SUCCESS!

The Bowling Benefit for Helping Hands and OFCS Special Olympics was a huge success due to the generous support of the Bulldog community through donations and participation. There were close to 200 participants that bowled this year!

Close to $4000 was raised and this will allow Helping Hands to continue to:

-Offer grant money for special needs classrooms to purchase supplies like books, sensory tools, field trip opportunities, and specialized programs like music therapy and yoga.

-Provide sensory friendly social experiences for special needs students and their families for minimal or no cost to them.

-Offer a scholarship to a graduating Helping Hands volunteer.

-Cover the participation costs for all Special Olympic athletes.

Congratulations to this year’s raffle winners:

50/50 Raffle: Amy Ryan
Vitamix: Jessica Sedlacek
Indians Tickets: Jim Kelley
Family Fun Pack: Mason Ceruvas
Wine-O: Rose Cortimilia
Special Needs Photo Session: Kelley Shiltz
Family Portrait Session: Amanda Balewski
Handmade Treasures: Judy Koenig
Shaker’s IGA Basket: Vicki Cooper
Dining Around Town: Mary Grace Simbeck
Technology Package: Julie Kancler
On the Go and Relax: Jeff Moyer
Disney Basket: Sean Connelly
Kids Fun Basket: Chapman Family
Bulldog Superfan: Chris Kemock
Lottery Basket: Parkowski Family
Movie Night: Mason Mowery
Spring Flowers: Pam Manas
Ryco Sports Bulldog Gear: Logan Connelly

To view a MORE PHOTOS from this event, please click HERE for the online gallery.


OLMSTED FALLS 2017 SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

If your child will enter Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  The program introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.

The registration deadline is May 15.  See Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s website at oecpta.org for the sign-up form and more details.


REGISTER TODAY FOR OFHS BULLDOG SPRING TRAINING CLINIC – TOMORROW, SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH

Like the Cleveland Indians, OFHS offers Spring Training – a clinic from 9 a.m. to noon THIS SATURDAY, March 18th for students in grades 1-5.

The Olmsted Falls baseball staff and the OFHS varsity baseball team will supervise the camp, which costs $20.  Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching and fielding skills will be taught. Get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season.

All participants should wear cleats and baseball pants/sweatpants and bring tennis shoes, if it needs to move indoors, and ALL baseball equipment (glove, bat, and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher, etc). The camp is planned for outdoors, but depending on weather, may have to move indoors – so plan accordingly.

Check twitter.com/ofbaseball in the days leading up to the clinic for any last-minute details, news, etc.  To register, click HERE for Olmsted Community Center’s sign in site.


LEARN MORE ABOUT COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS AT INFORMAL SETTING – THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22ND

Stop by an informal College Credit Plus Scheduling Open House from 6-7 p.m. March 22nd in the OFHS Media Center. Aimee A. Caldrone, OFHS college & career counselor, will host the gathering to answer questions about CCP and how to schedule classes. Students and parents are invited to attend, but this meeting is not mandatory. Just stop by with any questions.

Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information: https://sites. google.com/a/ofcs.net/hs- guidance/


OFIS GREEN TEAM T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE MARCH 23RD

The OFIS Green Team T-Shirt Sale is currently underway with proceeds to benefit OFIS Green Team Projects and another OFIS student program.

T-shirts are just $10 each for the special “OFCS Bulldogs” edition super soft t-shirts – perfect for proud Bulldogs of all ages.  Youth and adults sizes available.

Order yours today by clicking HERE for information / order form.


IT’S MALLEY’S FUNDRAISER TIME AT OFIS!

malley_chocAll proceeds will be used to offset the cost of our annual class trip to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan during the spring of your child’s 5th grade year.

· This is an ONLINE only candy fundraiser. Friends and family can order at their convenience 24 hours a day.

· All orders totaling $60 or more to one address receive FREE SHIPPING.

· ONLINE order deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017.

· TO GET STARTED: Go to malleys.com/fundraise. Our group link is https://malleys.com/fundraising/campaign/olmsted-falls-intermediate/


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit http://www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OF POST PROM INVITES ALL TO POST PROM MEETINGS, FUNDRAISERS

Please consider joining us at our remaining Post Prom Committee meetings, all located in the Media Center at OFHS in 7PM:

  • April 12
  • April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

T-shirt Quilt Raffle (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter! 

Ohio Lottery – Daily Pick 3 Drawing (Click HERE for flyer with contact details)

Secure your tickets today for the March drawings!

April 25, 2017 – BINGO at Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill (Click HERE for flyer with contact details) — Contact Stacy to buy tickets presale and receive more BINGO cards and chances to win!!)

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.co m

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


bulldog-sweatSHOW YOUR SPIRIT WITH OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER BULLDOG WEAR

Hoodies and long and short sleeve shirts are available to purchase during Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s Spiritwear fundraiser. The clothing is available online at Ryco Sports.

To view the online merchandise, click HERE.


 SAVE THE DATE: O.F. ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES APRIL 8TH
St. Mary Night at the RacesGet ready for the ride of your live at the April 8th Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Night at the Races.  It will be at St. Demetrios Center in Rocky River.
Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of 8.
Please contact Brian Fritz for tickets at 216-337-4422 or B4421fritz@yahoo.com.
To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at Terenceatkins22@gmail.com.
 To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



dagilelis_engLITHUANIAN BOYS CHOIR TO PERFORM TONIGHT @ CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

The community is invited to attend a concert of the Boys’ and Youth Choir “Dagilelis’ from Lithuania.  It will be at 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 17th in the Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University. The group has 37 male singers ranging in ages from 10-19. It has won many international awards.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10, children/youth 18 years and younger. Tickets are available by clicking HERE or calling Amanda Muliolis 216-938-7356 or emailing boyschoirconcert@gmail.com.


VIDEO GAME PROGRAM AT OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY

Video Game Creation: Hatchling Defender

Date: Wednesday, March 22nd
Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
End Time: 8:30 p.m.

Description:  Make your very own video games! We’ll build an example game together using GameMaker Studio, free software you can keep exploring long after the class. Bring your flash drive to take your game with you at the end.  Register by clicking HERE.


LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF FAIRY GARDENS WITH THE OLMSTED FALLS GARDEN CLUB – THURSDAY, MARCH 23 @ 7 P.M.

Local businesswoman Dawn Reese of Dolls and Minis will share the history of fairy gardens with the Olmsted Falls Garden Club Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. She will also give tips on how to construct your own fairy garden. The group meets at the Olmsted Falls Baptist Church, 26581 Bagley Road. All are welcome to attend this free program.


GREATER CLEVELAND YMCA “HEALTHY KIDS DAY” AT QUICKEN LOANS ARENA – MARCH 25TH

Join the YMCA of Greater Cleveland for the sixth annual Healthy Kids Day at The Q! There will be activities and fun for the entire family. Make it a play date! It’s FREE and open to everyone!

The following organizations and companies will be in attendance with hands-on activites and giveaways:  – CAVS Entertainment Teams – Northeast Ohio Sewer District – U.S. Coast Guard – Metro Health and Pediatric Injury; Metro Life Flight – Liberty Mutual – Let’s Move/ We Run this city – YMCA Child Care – Natural History Museum – Cleveland Aquarium
– Lakeshore Learning – Children’s Museum – UH Rainbow Babies Safety Squad – Cleveland Division of Water – Zoomfotobooth (Photo Booth) – Cleveland EMS – Girls on the Run – Partnership for Healthy North Royalton – Juice Plus – Canvases for Care
– Zoup! – Cleveland Metro Parks -CAVS Academy – POUND! and Yoga Demonstrations – Cleveland Metroparks – IX Get Fit Expo – National Kidney Foundation – And many more!

Click HERE to register for this fun-filled community event!


FUNDRAISER FOR OFFICER FAHEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – APRIL 5TH @ SUDS MAGUIRE’S

A local fundraiser has been organized to celebrate and honor the life of fallen Cleveland Police Office David Fahey.  On Wednesday, April 5th, Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill will donate 20% of their proceeds to benefit local scholarships for OFHS students in the memory of Officer Fahey.  Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a Chinese Raffle to raise additional funds for this effort.

For additional information, please click HERE to download the event flyer.


HURRY! OCSL REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 31ST

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. Registration, however, ends March 31st. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. Registrations after March 31st will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15th. 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, 440-427-1599.


BOY SCOUT TROOP 252 TO HOST PANCAKE BREAKFAST – APRIL 23RD

Local Boy Scout Troop 252 from St. Mary of the Falls will be hosting a community Pancake Breakfast event on Sunday, April 23rd from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary of the Falls Church.

Click HERE to download the event flyer.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


BULLDOG FLAG FOOTBALL NOW REGISTERING PLAYERS

The Bulldog Flag Football, which the city of Olmsted Falls sponsors, is a recreational and fun positive league that now has open registration through June 30th.

The league is an educational experience open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 6. To view a detailed flier and registration form, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for nonresidents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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DISTRICT CLOSURE NOTICE – MARCH 14, 2017

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Olmsted Falls City School District will be closed today – Tuesday, March 14th – due to inclement weather  conditions.  Please stay safe and warm.

NOTE:  You can also follow @OFCSDistrict and @OFCSSuper for district closure notifications.

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OFCS Update – March 10, 2017

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AUDITOR OF STATE AWARD FOR OLMSTED FALLS SCHOOLS

The Auditor of State’s office has returned a clean audit report and awarded the district with the Auditor of State Award for its strong fiscal accountability and excellent record keeping.

“This is just another example of how Olmsted Falls City Schools is being efficient and effective with taxpayer resources,” said Treasurer Emily Dales. “We put a high priority on sharing accurate information about our financial story with the community and this award reflects that belief.”

The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit which meets set criteria of a clean audit report. In the letter that accompanied the award, Auditor of State Dave Yost wrote, “clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability.”

“Olmsted Falls City Schools has strong financial management principles in place,” said Superintendent Jim Lloyd, Ed.D. “We believe in being open and transparent with our community and I’m proud of the tremendous work our staff has done to earn this award.”

To view our district’s most recent Auditor of State Award certificate and other important financial information, please visit www.ofcs.net/treasurer.


OFHS FOX 8 COOL SCHOOL SEGMENT AIRED THIS WEEK

The camera crew from Fox 8 visited OFHS this past Wednesday to film footage for the “Fox 8 Cool School” segment featuring the Bulldogs, which aired Thursday morning during the Fox 8 Morning Show. The segment also aired on the Thursday afternoon newscast and has been posted to the Fox 8 website. If you haven’t had a chance to view the OFHS Cool School feature story yet, please click HERE.

In addition to the feature segment which aired, OFHS students Joanna and Nico joined Kristi Capel, Wayne Dawson and A.J. Colby live in the Fox 8 studio where they were interviewed on-air about their cool school and helped with the morning’s Coffee Quiz. Both Joanna and Nico represented OFHS with pride! The Morning Show cast loved them!

Kudos to all of the students and staff who helped show the camera crew why OFHS is well-deserving of the Fox 8 Cool School honor! And thank you again to the Bulldog community for casting the many votes that made this all possible!


OFHS JUNIOR EARNS SECOND PLACE IN POSTER CONTEST

Congratulations to Rebekka McElroy, OFHS junior, for winning second place in the “Arts for All” poster contest.  Her piece is included in the event flier and will be highlighted at the “Arts for All” event at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea on Thursday, May 4th.

The mission of “Arts for All” is to offer inclusive arts experiences for people with developmental disabilities that inspire, engage and strengthen each individual’s creative spirit.

Congratulations again to Rebekka!


OFMS STUDENTS PERFORM IN DISTRICT HONORS FESTIVAL CHOIR

Seven OFMS eighth graders participated in the District IV Honors Festival Choir Saturday at Avon Lake High School.  The students are, as pictured, in front row, left to right, Brianna Opheim, Maggie McElroy and, back row, Kyle Neckar, David Sladewski, Tyler Delap, Ryan Kucler and Colin Myers.

The students performed multiple pieces under the direction of Kent State University’s Dr. Christopher Venesile.  The songs included “Omnia Sol,” “Battle Above the Clouds,” “The Rivers are Running Again,” “The Little Hummingbird,” “La Vida” and “It Sings in Me.”  Congratulations!


NEXT FORENSICS/MASQUERS MEETING – THIS MONDAY

Olmsted Falls had a wonderful time hosting the 2017 Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament last week. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the event such a success.

The Olmsted Falls High School Forensics/Masquers next meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 13th.  All those interested are invited to attend.


BULLDOG HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST! OHSSL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT A SUCCESS 

Last weekend, March 3rd and 4th, Olmsted Falls City School District co-hosted  the Ohio High School Speech League’s state speech and debate championships with neighboring Berea City Schools.  The location of the state championships rotates around the state, and every six years it returns to the Cleveland area.  Our friends in Berea have hosted twice before, however this was Olmsted Falls City Schools first time hosting.   Here is a list of fun facts about the experience:

  • Over 1,000 students came to compete, while 300 judges were on hand to rank the competitors.
  • 80% of the competitors competed in venues here in Olmsted.
  • The Middle School, High School, and Intermediate School played host to 11 different speech, debate, and acting competitions.
  • 272 competitors were at the High School until about 9:30 Friday night, and about 10:00 Saturday night.
  • 560 competitors faced off at the Middle/Intermediate Schools complex, although they got out a couple of hours earlier on Saturday.
  • The opening and closing ceremonies were held at Hope Church on Columbia Rd.

OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd welcomes participants to the OHSSL State Tournament during opening ceremonies held locally here at Hope Church.

Many, many volunteers helped feed and look after all of these competitors and judges, including Kiwanis, parents from OFMFP, as well as students from Key Club, Rho Kappa, NHS, and Tri-M. We had 80 volunteer shirts made, and we ran out early Saturday morning. We had nearly 100 volunteers!

OFHS wishes to particularly thank the teachers at the three buildings for sharing their classroom space, as well as the building administration at all of the buildings. As students arrived on Friday evening, the incredible scope of the tournament really came into focus and our building staffs were wonderfully helpful.  Very special thanks also go out to the amazing custodial staffs at all three buildings. From Friday’s rush to get through rooms, to the constant cleaning required when feeding and housing this many students, our custodians were unfailingly pleasant and welcoming.

People from around Ohio got to see Bulldog hospitality at its best and all of the extra help and good wishes was much appreciated!


OFMS BOOK FAIR STARTS TODAY- FRIDAY

The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center is hosting a Scholastic Spring Book Fair starting today – Friday – through March 17th.

The fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during those school days.


OLMSTED FALLS MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR MARCH IS READY TO VIEW

 The March issue of the OFMA’s Musical Notes is available by clicking HERE.
Submissions to the April newsletter should be sent to Kathy Harris Green no later than Friday, March 24th, which is prior to Spring Break.

OLMSTED FALLS 2017 SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

If your child will enter Kindergarten next fall, don’t forget to sign up for Safety Town. It is a child accident prevention program for incoming kindergarteners.  The program introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to the children.

The registration deadline is May 15.  See Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s website at oecpta.org for the sign-up form and more details.


REGISTER TODAY FOR OFHS BULLDOG SPRING TRAINING CLINIC

Like the Cleveland Indians, OFHS offers Spring Training – a clinic from 9 a.m. to noon March 18th for students in grades 1-5.

The Olmsted Falls baseball staff and the OFHS varsity baseball team will supervise the camp, which costs $20.  Basic pitching skills, hitting drills, catching and fielding skills will be taught. Get a jump-start on your upcoming baseball season.

All participants should wear cleats and baseball pants/sweatpants and bring tennis shoes, if it needs to move indoors, and ALL baseball equipment (glove, bat, and catchers gear/cup, if you are a catcher, etc). The camp is planned for outdoors, but depending on weather, may have to move indoors – so plan accordingly.

Check twitter.com/ofbaseball in the days leading up to the clinic for any last-minute details, news, etc.  To register, click HERE for Olmsted Community Center’s sign in site.


LEARN MORE ABOUT COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS AT INFORMAL SETTING – MARCH 22ND

Stop by an informal College Credit Plus Scheduling Open House from 6-7 p.m. March 22nd in the OFHS Media Center. Aimee A. Caldrone, OFHS college & career counselor, will host the gathering to answer questions about CCP and how to schedule classes. Students and parents are invited to attend, but this meeting is not mandatory. Just stop by with any questions.

Please check out the Counselors’ Corner website for upcoming dates and important information: https://sites. google.com/a/ofcs.net/hs- guidance/


FALLS-LENOX BOOK SALE, ICE CREAM SOCIAL/FAMILY NIGHT HUGE SUCCESS

A big “Thank You!” to all who attended the Falls-Lenox Book Fair. About 2,117 books were sold during this year’s fair!  This amount of books provides about 381,179 reading minutes to our students!!  Many Bulldog families also attended the PTA-sponsored Ice Cream Social/Family Night.  What a great way for parents to encourage literacy and help their children to become lifelong readers!

A special thanks to the Falls-Lenox/ECC PTA Book Fair Chairperson, Janelle Prada and committee members Cathy Hess, Erika Singleton, Michelle Smith, Rachel O’Malley, Jen Prugar, Colleen Thome, Jen Vinci, Glenn Gardinsky, Amy Staley, Jim Wayne and Angie Stokes, who helped to prepare for and work the Fair all week!  Without their help we would never be able to handle the volume of students who participate every year!


BE A COMMUNITY HERO!  FALLS-LENOX SPONSORING BLOOD DRIVE ON MARCH 16TH (3-7 PM)

donate blood pixredcross-logoFalls-Lenox Primary School is sponsoring a local blood drive this month. March is Red Cross Month, and as a blood donor, you can be part of an elite group of community heroes that help save lives.  Every day the Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations for patients in need.  Your blood donation can bring help and hope during patient emergencies.  Blood is needed for accident victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Please sign up to donate blood at Falls-Lenox Primary School on Thursday, March 16 from 3-7 PM.  To make an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code:  FallsLenox or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Students who recruit a presenting donor to their blood drive will receive a fun appreciation gift!

To be eligible to donate blood you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission).
  • Meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height).
  • Be in general good health and feeling well.

Click HERE to download the flyer.


SHOP FOR KIDS CLOTHES, TOYS @ BARGAIN BONANZA – THIS SATURDAY!

It’s finally here! Shop early for that special birthday, celebration or even Christmas gift at the annual Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Bargain Bonanza, which starts at 8 a.m. this SATURDAY, MARCH 11TH, at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.

Kids clothing, toys, baby gear, maternity wear and much more are at great prices at this consignment-style resale event. Hours and admission are 8-9 a.m., $5 per person during Early Bird entry; 9 a.m. to noon, $2 a person and 1:30-2:30 p.m., $3 per bag.  Cash and check only, please.

For more details, go to the OECPTA’s website by clicking HERE.


OFIS MAY EARN BONUS BOX TOPS, BUT DEADLINE TO ENTER IS THIS SUNDAY
 
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We have a few additional chances to earn a bunch of box tops for OFIS school from the Box Tops for education program.  Go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/sweepstakes to enter OFIS to be one of five schools to win 5,000 bonus box tops. The deadline to enter is 3/12/2017 – THIS SUNDAY.  
There is also a 1 million box tops sweepstakes going on through 1/1/2018, with the first drawing being
March 17, 2017.   Find the special code inside 13 specially marked cereal boxes. Go to https://www.1millionboxtops.com/  to enter and see participating products and official rules for entering.
Thank you, OFIS PTA

DINE WITH CHIPOTLE AND HELP OLMSTED FALLS PTA COUNCIL – THIS TUESDAY

Support Olmsted Falls PTA Council in its food-related fundraiser this Tuesday, March 14th at North Olmsted’s Chipotle.

Order between 4-8 p.m. and 50 percent of the proceeds go to PTA Council.  Simply bring in the flier seen by clicking HERE, show it on your smart phone, tell the cashier or order online. If placing an order online, note you must choose the pay in-store option and inform the cashier that you are participating in this fundraiser before paying.  Thank you.


IT’S MALLEY’S FUNDRAISER TIME AT OFIS!

malley_chocAll proceeds will be used to offset the cost of our annual class trip to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan during the spring of your child’s 5th grade year.

· This is an ONLINE only candy fundraiser. Friends and family can order at their convenience 24 hours a day.

· All orders totaling $60 or more to one address receive FREE SHIPPING.

· ONLINE order deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017.

· TO GET STARTED: Go to malleys.com/fundraise. Our group link is https://malleys.com/fundraising/campaign/olmsted-falls-intermediate/


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit http://www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OFHS 2017 POST PROM MEETINGS & LATEST FUNDRAISERS

Please consider joining us at our next Post Prom Committee meeting. Due to a conflict at the high school the next Post Prom Committee meeting has been moved to Thursday, March 16 at 7PM; location TBD.  Hope you can join us!

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

  •  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt (flyer attached)!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter!
  • bingo-042517Ohio Lottery – Daily Pick 3 Drawing (flyer attached). Secure your tickets today for the Feb and March drawings!

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Email: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com
Facebook: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)
Twitter: @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


bulldog-sweatSHOW YOUR SPIRIT WITH OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER BULLDOG WEAR

Hoodies and long and short sleeve shirts are available to purchase during Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s Spiritwear fundraiser. The clothing is available online at Ryco Sports.

To view the online merchandise, click HERE.


 SAVE THE DATE: O.F. ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES APRIL 8TH
St. Mary Night at the RacesGet ready for the ride of your live at the April 8th Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Night at the Races.  It will be at St. Demetrios Center in Rocky River.
Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of 8.
Please contact Brian Fritz for tickets at 216-337-4422 or B4421fritz@yahoo.com.
To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at Terenceatkins22@gmail.com.
 To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



dagilelis_engLITHUANIAN BOYS CHOIR TO PERFORM MARCH 17TH @ CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

The community is invited to attend a concert of the Boys’ and Youth Choir “Dagilelis’ from Lithuania.  It will be at 7 p.m. March 17th in the Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University. The group has 37 male singers ranging in ages from 10-19. It has won many international awards.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10, children/youth 18 years and younger. Tickets are available by clicking HERE or calling Amanda Muliolis 216-938-7356 or emailing boyschoirconcert@gmail.com.


VIDEO GAME PROGRAM AT OLMSTED FALLS BRANCH LIBRARY

Video Game Creation: Hatchling Defender

Date: March 22nd
Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
End Time: 8:30 p.m.

Description:

Make your very own video games! We’ll build an example game together using GameMaker Studio, free software you can keep exploring long after the class. Bring your flash drive to take your game with you at the end.  Register by clicking HERE.


FUNDRAISER FOR OFFICER FAHEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – APRIL 5TH @ SUDS MAGUIRE’S

A local fundraiser has been organized to celebrate and honor the life of fallen Cleveland Police Office David Fahey.  On Wednesday, April 5th, Suds Maguire’s Bar & Grill will donate 20% of their proceeds to benefit local scholarships for OFHS students in the memory of Officer Fahey.  Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a Chinese Raffle to raise additional funds for this effort.

For additional information, please click HERE to download the event flyer.


OCSL REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN THROUGH MARCH 31

ocsl-logoThe 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. Registration is open now until March 31, 2017.  To download the OCSL flyer, please click HERE. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. New this year, if you register by February 28, 2017, you will receive $5 off your registration fee. Registrations after March 31, 2017, will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2017. 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.


SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP AT PINOT’S PALETTE THIS YEAR

Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate in the Bulldog Summer Art Camp through Olmsted Recreation to be held at Pinot’s Palette, 8051 Columbia Road.

The camp covers 10 one-hour classes over two weeks from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 22.  It is $50 a student for Olmsted Falls residents and $55 for nonresidents. There are morning sessions divided by age.

To view a flier and registration form, click HERE. Have questions? Please call Joelle McNea, Olmsted Recreation coordinator, 440-427-2519, with any questions.


 

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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – March 1, 2017

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HAVE YOU VOTED YET?  VOTING FOR OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL AS FOX 8 ‘COOL SCHOOL’ CLOSES TOMORROW AT 5:59 A.M.

cool-schoolsWe need your help.  OFHS is one of three area schools competing for Fox 8 Cleveland AM Show’s “Cool School” of the week!

The contest ends at 5:59 a.m Thursday! That is TOMORROW A.M.!! 

Help OFHS hold on to its current first place spot by voting NOW – TONIGHT!!  

Click HERE to vote for OFHS as this week’s Cool School!


TEACHER MARIEL KRAKOWIAK NAMED PARENT OF THE YEAR BY AREA NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

Pictured here from left, Andrew Mangels, Connecting for Kids board president; Krakowiak; Sarah Rintamaki, Connecting for Kids executive director

OFCS teacher Mariel Krakowiak (center) accepts the Connecting for Kids Parent of the Year Award from Connecting for Kids Board President Andrew Mangels and  Connecting for Kids Executive Director Sarah Rintamaki.

Congratulations to Mariel Krakowiak, OFIS art teacher. She was honored this past Friday as Connecting for Kids’ Parent of the Year at its annual fundraiser in Avon Lake.

Mariel and her husband Heath, OFCS transportation supervisor, are the parents of two special needs children, Colbie, 8 l/2 and Lleyton, 5 l/2 .  Mariel founded and leads the Helping Hands organization at Olmsted Falls Schools.  Helping Hands provides opportunities to expand interactions and make connections between special needs and typical students.  Under Mariel’s volunteer leadership, the group also offers activities and fundraisers to benefit helping Hands ongoing efforts as well as the efforts of other nonprofit groups such as Special Olympics.

Connecting for Kids is a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide education and support for families with concerns about their child (under the age of 13), whether or not the child has a formal diagnosis. Connecting for Kids serves all areas of childhood, from physical, emotional development and communication to adaptive and cognitive skills.  The organization was a very helpful resource to the Krakowiak family.

To view a Cleveland.com story about Mariel, her family and Connecting for Kids, please click HERE.

Congratulations again on this well-deserved honor!


SS_upper_leftCOLLEGE AND CAREER AWARENESS WEEK AT FALLS-LENOX

cdimg_2924For the first time, Falls-Lenox celebrated College and Career Awareness Week February 21-24.  Each day students attained information about a new career and participated in fun activities to bring awareness about different careers, including sending their favorite stuffed animal to work with their parent.  The students shared their stuffed animal’s experience with their classmates.

CP_leftThe week ended with the third grade students attending Third Grade Career Day.  Forty-eight careers were represented by parents, friends, and family who took time from their busy schedules to share, inspire, and motivate students.  All speakers inspired the students to work hard and set goals so they can have a rewarding career in the future.  The speakers also linked their conversations with the third grade economics unit.  Students explored the concepts of goods, services, and competition.

We appreciate all of the time and energy that the speakers put into their presentation.  Positive energy and motivation was beaming from the students as they left that afternoon.

The goal of the College and Career Awareness Week activities is to help students make connections between skills taught at school and skills needed in jobs and careers.  Students will also begin to develop some interests in career areas.

To view the a photo gallery of this event, please click HERE.


OLDER BULLDOG STUDENTS FROM OFHS SHARED PERSONAL WORK EXPERIENCES WITH FALLS-LENOX STUDENTS

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SS_upper_leftA group of OFHS students from Mrs. Stanton’s class also visited Fall-Lenox for the Career Day experience.  Jobs these students presented included:

– Shakers IGA
– Volunteers of America in North Olmsted
– The Renaissance nursing home

These local community sites provide work experience for students in the afternoon to help prepare them for the work force after high school. They spoke with their younger Bulldog peers about the jobs they do and the skills they need for the job.

It was a great learning time for everyone.  To see a photo gallery of the student career day presentations, please click HERE.


FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR NOW RUNNING THROUGH THIS FRIDAY book _fair

The Falls-Lenox Book Fair will continue through this Friday, March 3rd, in the school’s Media Center.

Children may shop during their regular library time.  There will be no book exchange that week.


CAN YOU HELP THIS FRIDAY &/OR SATURDAY?  FORENSICS TEAM STILL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR STATE TOURNAMENT THAT OFHS IS HOSTING 

Masquers forensicsThe Olmsted Falls Forensics Team is seeking adult volunteers – parents and teachers – to help with concession sales and general tournament set-up and operations when Olmsted Falls hosts the 2017 Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 3 & 4.

To sign-up, please visit the events official Sign-Up Genius link by clicking HERE.

Thanks in advance for your volunteer support!


pizzaALL PRO DAD PIZZA NIGHT SIGN UP DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY – MARCH 3

Hurry to reserve your spot for the All Pro Dad Pizza Party that is set for March 8th at Falls-Lenox.  Bring your children during the 6-7 p.m. event that has a 5:45-6 p.m. check-in time.  There will be plenty of pizza and fun during the one-hour party.

Reserve your spot – and your child’s – by Friday by returning the form found HERE or email olmstedallprodad@gmail.com with your name and the number of children attending with you.


OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO. NIGHT, TRYOUTS IS THIS MONDAY

drill team figureAn informational night is set at 7 p.m. this Monday, March 6th for the Olmsted Falls High School Drill Team.  It is in the OFHS Room W-3.

Drill Team clinics are set for 6-8 p.m. March 20-23. Tryouts are at 6 p.m. March 24. The clinics and tryouts are in the Olmsted Falls Middle School main gym. For more details, contact Mrs. Topolski at ltopolski@ofcs.net or 440-427-6180.

To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


ECC BOOK FAIR NEXT WEEK – FAMILY NIGHT ON WEDNESDAY!
The ECC will be having a Book Fair next week. Shopping times will be as follows:  Family Night Wednesday Mar. 8
from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Students may shop on Thursday, Mar. 9th during school hours.
The book fair will be held in the ECC Music room #113.  Hope to see you there!

IT’S MALLEY’S FUNDRAISER TIME AT OFIS!

malley_chocAll proceeds will be used to offset the cost of our annual class trip to Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan during the spring of your child’s 5th grade year.

· This is an ONLINE only candy fundraiser. Friends and family can order at their convenience 24 hours a day.

· All orders totaling $60 or more to one address receive FREE SHIPPING.

· ONLINE order deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017.

· TO GET STARTED: Go to malleys.com/fundraise. Our group link is https://malleys.com/fundraising/campaign/olmsted-falls-intermediate/


 

PUMPKIN JACK – JUST A SHELL OF ITSELF NOW
20170227_080135ECC Kindergartners still check on Pumpkin Jack whose remains are viewed in an exterior planter outside the school.  Last year, after reading the Pumpkin Jack book, they watched how their pumpkin truly follows the life cycle of the squash through the various seasons.

Well, they now only see its bleached skin and stem.  Learning truly does occur at any moment – no matter the season.


OFHS POST PROM TO SELL SUNDAES DURING FRIDAY/SATURDAY STATE SPEECH TOURNAMENT

icecream-mainThe Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament is this Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th locally – at OFHS, OFMS and OFIS.  The Olmsted Falls School District is hosting the tournament this year.

The OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee will sell at least 500 ice cream sundaes to about 800 high school kids participating in the Tournament.  The sundaes will be sold at OFIS and OFHS both days.   The committee is grateful to Dairy Queen in North Olmsted for providing plain ice cream sundaes with lids!  The debate participants will have a great time creating their own sundaes and, in the process, supporting the 2017 Post Prom efforts!

You may help by volunteering to:

1 – Sign up to help sell sundaes during various times.

2 – Donate new, unopened ice cream toppings (NO NUTS or PEANUTS) such as: squeezable bottles of chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, Magic Shell, sprinkles, candies, spoons, etc.  Donations may be dropped off in the front office at OFHS with Mrs. McGrain or in Mr. Kho’s room.

Volunteer to help with sundae sales by going to SignUpGenius, which site is available by clicking HERE.

This is a great opportunity to support Post Prom if you have not been able to do so yet.


 

BOX TOPS UPDATE FROM OFIS PTA: THANK YOU + MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP!!
boxtopsWell this school years submission for Box Tops for education is complete as of March 1. Thank you to all who took the time to submit their box tops to help out our school. The next submission date is November 1st,  so keep sending them in.  We will keep tallying them until the November deadline.  (Please check exp. dates.)
We have a couple additional chances to earn a bunch of box tops for our school from this program  Go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/sweepstakes to enter us to be 1 of 5 schools to win 5000 bonus box tops. The deadline to enter is 3/12/2017.  
There is also a 1 million box tops sweepstakes going on through 1/1/2018, with the first drawing being
March 17, 2017.   Find the special code inside 13 specially marked cereal boxes. Go to https://www.1millionboxtops.com/  to enter and see participating products and official rules for entering.
Thank you, OFIS PTA

book-fair-is-comingMARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING SPRING BOOK FAIR @ OFMS

Save the Dates!  The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will host a Scholastic Spring Book Fair from Friday, March 10th through March 17th.

The fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during those school days.


BE A COMMUNITY HERO!  FALLS-LENOX SPONSORING BLOOD DRIVE ON MARCH 16TH (3-7 PM)

donate blood pixredcross-logoFalls-Lenox Primary School will be sponsoring a local blood drive in March.  March is Red Cross Month, and as a blood donor, you can be part of an elite group of community heroes that help save lives.  Every day the Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations for patients in need.  Your blood donation can bring help and hope during patient emergencies.  Blood is needed for accident victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Please sign up to donate blood at Falls-Lenox Primary School on Thursday, March 16 from 3-7 PM.  To make an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code:  FallsLenox or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Students who recruit a presenting donor to their blood drive will receive a fun appreciation gift!

To be eligible to donate blood you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission).
  • Meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height).
  • Be in general good health and feeling well.

Click HERE to download the flyer.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is now open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit http://www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OFHS 2017 POST PROM MEETINGS & LATEST FUNDRAISERS

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Please consider joining us at our next Post Prom Committee meeting. Due to a conflict at the high school the next Post Prom Committee meeting has been moved to Thursday, March 16 at 7PM; location TBD.  Hope you can join us!

Opportunities to support Post Prom at these upcoming and/or ongoing fundraisers:

  • March 3 & 4, 2017 – Ice Cream Sundae Sale @ State Speech Tournament (See separate blog item immediate daily-pick-3above for all the details!)
  • **NEW** March 8, 2017 – Tony K’s Dine-in or Carry-out (flyer attached) – A hard copy of the flyer must be present when paying for order
  •  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt (flyer attached)!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter!
  • bingo-042517Ohio Lottery – Daily Pick 3 Drawing (flyer attached). Secure your tickets today for the Feb and March drawings!

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Email: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com
Facebook: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)
Twitter: @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


SHOW YOUR SPIRIT WITH OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER BULLDOG WEAR

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Hoodies and long and short sleeve shirts are available to purchase during Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s Spiritwear fundraiser. The clothing is available online at Ryco Sports.

To view the online merchandise, click HERE.


 SHOP FOR KIDS CLOTHES, TOYS @ BARGAIN BONANZA

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Don’t be shy.  Shop early for that special birthday, celebration or even Christmas at the annual Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Bargain Bonanza, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 11th at the Olmsted Falls Middle School.

Kids clothing, toys, baby gear, maternity wear and much more are at great prices at this consignment-style resale event. Hours and admission are 8-9 a.m., $5 per person during Early Bird; 9 a.m. to noon, $2 a person and 1:30-2:30 p.m., $3 per bag.  Cash and check only, please.

For more details, go to the OECPTA’s website by clicking HERE.


 SAVE THE DATE: O.F. ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES APRIL 8TH
St. Mary Night at the RacesGet ready for the ride of your live at the April 8th Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Night at the Races.  It will be at St. Demetrios Center in Rocky River.
Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of 8.
Please contact Brian Fritz for tickets at 216-337-4422 or B4421fritz@yahoo.com.
To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at Terenceatkins22@gmail.com.
 To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



OCSL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

ocsl-logoThe 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. Registration is open now until March 31, 2017.  To download the OCSL flyer, please click HERE. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. New this year, if you register by February 28, 2017, you will receive $5 off your registration fee. Registrations after March 31, 2017, will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2017. 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.


dagilelis_engLITHUANIAN BOYS CHOIR TO PERFORM MARCH 17TH @ CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

The community is invited to attend a concert of the Boys’ and Youth Choir “Dagilelis’ from Lithuania.  It will be at 7 p.m. March 17th in the Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University. The group has 37 male singers ranging in ages from 10-19. It has won many international awards.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10, children/youth 18 years and younger. Tickets are available by clicking HERE or calling Amanda Muliolis 216-938-7356 or emailing boyschoirconcert@gmail.com.


SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – February 24, 2017

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PTA HONORED BY BOARD FOR PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION

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(L to R): Board President Joe Bertrand, OFHS PTA V.P. Claudia Ferrini, PTA Council V.P. Julianne Allen, OFMS PTA President Tricia Vidovich, PTA Council President Kelly Walker, OFIS PTA President Kerry Kramer, OFHS PTA President Sandra Graham and OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd celebrate National PTA School of Excellence awards at Feb. 23rd Board of Education meeting.

CP_leftDuring February’s monthly board meeting, the Olmsted Falls Board of Education proudly and formally recognized the Olmsted Falls PTA Council and the district’s local PTA units for earning the prestigious National PTA School of Excellence award.  Only 173 schools and their PTA units were recognized nationwide – and four of those units are right here in Olmsted Falls!   Falls-Lenox/ECC, Olmsted Falls Intermediate School, Olmsted Falls Middle School and Olmsted Falls High School have all been recognized as National PTA Schools of Excellence. The School of Excellence designation is the highest honor awarded by National PTA and recognizes schools for their strong and effective family school partnerships.

Board of Education President Mr. Joe Bertrand  and OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd helped acknowledge the ongoing hard work and dedication of our local PTAs that earned them this national recognition.  

schoolofexcellence_logoThe commitment and energy of the PTA units across the Olmsted Falls School District bring great added value to Bulldog students and families, and make our local PTA an exemplary organization for other across the nation!  Congratulations again PTA!


BOARD RECOGNIZES AWARD-WINNING HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS

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(L to R): Board President Mr. Joe Bertrand, OFHS Assistant Principal Mr. Patrick Griffis, Scholastic Gold Key winner Kayla Mandak, Scholastic Silver Key winner Lauren Gumeny, and OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd during February Board meeting honors.

SS_upper_leftAt the February meeting, the Board of Education also honored several OFHS students for their recent artistic accomplishments in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.

Students recognized included Gold Key winner Kayla Mandak, Silver Key winner Lauren Gumeny; and Honorable Mention award winners Dylan Briggs, Kailie Gelatka, Cody Kelley, Evan Martin and Disha Rathod.

All of these students had their award-winning works displayed in a featured exhibit at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Galleries this past January.

To view the works of all of these outstanding artists in an online gallery, please click HERE.

Congratulations again to all of these talented Bulldogs!


TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR FOR TONIGHT’S AMAZING BALLROOM BLITZ

jazzThe OFHS Jazz Band and Golden Expressions will perform at the  Olmsted Falls Music Association’s annual Ballroom Blitz event TONIGHT – FRIDAY, FEB. 24TH. It begins at 7 p.m.  in the OFHS “Café Ballroom.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $7, students and seniors 65 and above. Enjoy great music, dancing, finger foods, appetizers, desserts, raffles, door prizes and more!

To see a flier of the event, click HERE.


OFHS ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENTS HOST CLASSIC FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT @ OFHS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT – DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 P.M.

admint_one_movie_nightA group of students in Mrs. Cleary’s entrepreneurship class at OFHS has planned this Saturday’s Family Movie Night as part of their coursework for this new class – and it promises to be fun for the whole family!  Don’t miss this fun evening of family entertainment as the OFHS auditorium is transformed into a classic movie theater – complete with movie-style concession stand selling popcorn, candy and pop for guests.

The movie is The Incredibles.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie showing from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the OFHS auditorium. Admission prices:  $4 for 1 person, with an adult accompanying anyone younger than grade 6; $8, family of 2; $11, family of 3; $14, family of 4; $17, family of 5 and $3 for each additional person after that.

Proceeds will benefit Post Prom.  To download the event flyer, please click HERE.


OFIS SWAT TEAM IMPRESSES BOARD OF EDUCATION AND VISITORS

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OFIS Principal Mr. Don Svec and Technology teacher Mrs. Kim Krock pose proudly with members of the SWAT team following an impressive presentation at the February Board of Education meeting.

TE_lowerRight-cropStudents from Olmsted Falls Intermediate School were on hand at this month’s Board of Education meeting, along with technology teacher Mrs. Kim Krock and Technology Integration Specialist Mrs. Dawn Carlin, to share their knowledge and experience as members of the OFIS SWAT club.  SWAT stands for Students Working to Advance Technology and there was no doubt in the room that this impressive group of young techies are doing just that!

The group  made an impressive presentation that includes video clips they’d made as members of the SWAT team, as well as a hands-on demonstration.  To view photos of SWAT’s presentation at the Board of Education meeting, please click HERE.

Thanks again to this awesome group of students and the amazing adults who inspire their learning each day!


GREAT TURN-OUT AT LOCAL COMMUNITY FORUM REGARDING STATE’S LATEST ESSA PROPOSAL

image-1Approximately 150 parents, community leaders and local educators packed Avon High School this past Tuesday, February 22nd for a grass-roots community forum to discuss the State’s latest ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) proposal.

community_forum_essaOFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, along with superintendents from Amherst, Avon, Clearview, Columbia Station, Elyria, Keystone, North Olmsted, Oberlin, Olmsted Falls, Berea and Wellington school districts, led these local efforts.

The event was also covered by media outlets who have been following closely these local efforts to provide citizens an opportunity to help shape critical local response to the a new federal law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, which gives states more flexibility in creating educational standards for our public schools. One of the items discussed was a recommendation from area school superintendents and curriculum directors to make changes in Ohio’s plan for high stakes student testing.

To read local media coverage of the community forum, please click the links below:

Lorain Morning Journal 2/23/2017

Cleveland Plain Dealer 2/23/2017

Thank you to all of these local superintendents for their leadership and for helping give a voice to our local communities!


OFCS HOSTS OLMSTED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS; SHARES DISTRICT UPDATE & SHOWCASES PARTNERSHIP WITH POLARIS CAREER CENTER

img_8550img_8551Olmsted Falls City Schools was pleased to host this month’s regular meeting of the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce in the Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center.  OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd and OFCS Treasurer Ms. Emily Dales had the opportunity to update the group on latest district news – including academic, facilities and financial updates.

Additionally, teachers and students from Olmsted Falls Middle School made a special presentation highlighting Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses offered in-house at OFMS through a fantastic partnership with Polaris Career Center.

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Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teachers Mrs. Wisniewski and Mr. Tarnowski were joined by two PLTW students from Olmsted Falls Middle School.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teachers Mrs. Wisniewski and Mr. Tarnowski were joined by two OFMS students – all of whom were both engaging and inspiring as they provided an overview of PLTW courses currently offers at OFMS including:  Design & Modeling; Medical Detective and Robotics.

CP_leftThank you to the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce for its ongoing partnership and support of Olmsted Falls City Schools.  The opportunity to host this month’s lunch meeting and share the latest developments in our “Triple A” district was much appreciated.  Thank you also to the OFCS Food Services Department for the delicious lunch!

 


MANY FOURTH GRADERS STAY AFTER SCHOOL TO READ DURING “BOOKWORM BASH”

SS_upper_leftbookwormbash4OFIS Language Art Teachers Mrs. Connelly and Mrs. Pilko hosted a Bookworm Bash after school February 16th.  About 90 students stayed to READ!

While reading, they enjoyed many delicious treats and tracked how many pages everyone read. Then they ate pizza and ended the night with some wonderful mystery bookwormbashreaders.

What a great way to spend a few extra hours after school!

To see a photo gallery of the children reading and special readers, click HERE.


ATTN:  BAGELY ROAD DETOUR CHANGES TO IMPACT SELECT BUS ROUTES STARTING MONDAY
3375407-386246-single-barrier-with-text-road-closed-and-orange-conesschool busOn Friday, February 24th at 5:00PM the planned detour on Bagley Road between Stearns Road and Bronson Road will change from an eastbound only directional pattern to a westbound only directional pattern.  This change is likely to stay in effect through the remainder of the school year, so there have been some necessary updates made to AM and PM school bus routes to accommodate the westbound traffic pattern.
On Thursday, February 23rd notices were given to all students on the school bus routes that are directly effected by the change.  This includes Elementary Bus #88, Middle School Bus #87, and High School Bus #91.  If your student rides one of these bus routes and you have any questions at all, please call the Transportation Department at 440-427-6350.
Thank you!

FALLS-LENOX BOOK FAIR STARTS THIS MONDAY

book-fair-is-comingThe Falls-Lenox Book Fair will begin this Monday, February 27th and continue through Friday, March 3rd in the school’s Media Center.

Children may shop during their regular library time.  There will be no book exchange that week.

Families are invited from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1st to shop during the book fair.


OFHS TRACK & FIELD PRE-SEASON PARENT MEETING SET FOR THIS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH

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The OFHS track and field meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28th, in the OFHS Media Center.

Parents of high school athletes who plan to participate in track and field this spring should attend this important meeting.

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


FORENSICS TEAM STILL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR STATE TOURNAMENT HOSTED BY OFHS NEXT WEEKEND

Masquers forensicsThe Olmsted Falls Forensics Team is seeking adult volunteers – parents and teachers – to help with concession sales and general tournament set-up and operations when Olmsted Falls hosts the 2017 Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament on March 3 & 4.

To sign-up, please visit the events official Sign-Up Genius link at: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0b4ba5ad2da7f58-state

Thanks in advance for your volunteer support!


TAKE SAFE MEASURES TO PREVENT CONTRACTING THE FLU, INCLUDING FLU VACCINE

flu-sneezing-tissueThe flu vaccine is still available across Ohio as flu-like illness continues to increase and the number of hospitalizations remain high.

“Flu vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu,” said the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). “The flu vaccine is available at doctor’s offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies.”  Flu season in Ohio lasts from October to May and peaks around this time of year. Here are ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or cough and sneeze into elbow
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours

Signs of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and being tires.

It is not too late to receive a flu vaccine.  Please continue to be Healthy Heroes!!!

For more information on the flu, please contact the Ohio Department of Health at  www.flu.ohio.gov.


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is now open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit http://www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


pizzaALL PRO DAD HOSTS PIZZA NIGHT – MARCH 8TH @ FALLS-LENOX

Hurry to reserve your spot for the All Pro Dad Pizza Party March 8th at Falls-Lenox.  Bring your children during the 6-7 p.m. event that has a 5:45-6 p.m. check-in time.  There will be plenty of pizza and fun during the one-hour party.

Reserve your spot – and your child’s – by March 3 by returning the form found HERE or email olmstedallprodad@gmail.com with your name and the number of children attending with you.


OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO. NIGHT, TRYOUTS COMING IN MARCH

drill team figureAn informational night is set at 7 p.m. March 6th for the Olmsted Falls High School Drill Team.  It is in the OFHS Room W-3.

Drill Team clinics are set for 6-8 p.m. March 20-23. Tryouts are at 6 p.m. March 24. The clinics and tryouts are in the Olmsted Falls Middle School main gym. For more details, contact Mrs. Topolski at ltopolski@ofcs.net or 440-427-6180.

To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


OFHS POST PROM TO SELL SUNDAES DURING MARCH 3-4 STATE SPEECH TOURNAMENT

icecream-mainThe Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament will be held March 3rd and 4th locally – at OFHS, OFMS and OFIS.  The Olmsted Falls School District is hosting the tournament this year.

The OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee will sell at least 500 ice cream sundaes to about 800 high school kids participating in the Tournament.  The sundaes will be sold at OFIS and OFHS both days.   The committee is grateful to Dairy Queen in North Olmsted for providing plain ice cream sundaes with lids!  The debate participants will have a great time creating their own sundaes and, in the process, supporting the 2017 Post Prom efforts!

You may help by volunteering to:

1 – Sign up to help sell sundaes during various times.

2 – Donate new, unopened ice cream toppings (NO NUTS or PEANUTS) such as: squeezable bottles of chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, Magic Shell, sprinkles, candies, spoons, etc.  Donations may be dropped off in the front office at OFHS with Mrs. McGrain or in Mr. Kho’s room.

Volunteer to help with sundae sales by going to SignUpGenius, which site is available by clicking HERE.

This is a great opportunity to support Post Prom if you have not been able to do so yet.


book _fairMARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING SPRING BOOK FAIR @ OFMS

Save the Dates!  The Olmsted Falls Middle School Media Center will host a Scholastic Spring Book Fair from Friday, March 10th through March 17th.

The fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during those school days.


BE A COMMUNITY HERO!  FALLS-LENOX SPONSORING BLOOD DRIVE ON MARCH 16TH (3-7 PM)

donate blood pixredcross-logoFalls-Lenox Primary School will be sponsoring a local blood drive in March.  March is Red Cross Month, and as a blood donor, you can be part of an elite group of community heroes that help save lives.  Every day the Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations for patients in need.  Your blood donation can bring help and hope during patient emergencies.  Blood is needed for accident victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Please sign up to donate blood at Falls-Lenox Primary School on Thursday, March 16 from 3-7 PM.  To make an appointment, go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code:  FallsLenox or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Students who recruit a presenting donor to their blood drive will receive a fun appreciation gift!

To be eligible to donate blood you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission).
  • Meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height).
  • Be in general good health and feeling well.

Click HERE to download the flyer.


OFHS 2017 POST PROM MEETINGS & LATEST FUNDRAISERS

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t-shirt-quilt-raffle Mark your calendars for the remaining meetings leading up to Post Prom on May 21. They will all take place at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center:  March 15; April 12 & 26; May 3, 10, & 17.

  •  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt (flyer attached)!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter!
  • daily-pick-3Ohio Lottery – Daily Pick 3 Drawing (flyer attached). Secure your tickets today for the Feb and March drawings!
  • March 3 & 4, 2017 – Ice Cream Sundae Sale @ State Speech Tournament (See separate blog item immediate above for all the details!)

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Email: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com
Facebook: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)
Twitter: @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


SAVE BOX TOPS AS PTA FUNDRAISER FOR OFIS

boxtopsboxtop-imageParents of Olmsted Falls Intermediate School students can help in a fundraiser that runs until April. They are encouraged to cut out and send in box tops. The PTA earns 10 cents for each box top, which will help pay for field trips, end-of-the-year events and other activities at the school.

To view a flier explaining the fundraiser, click HERE. For more details, go to boxtops4education.com.


bulldog-sweatSHOW YOUR SPIRIT WITH OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER BULLDOG WEAR

Hoodies and long and short sleeve shirts are available to purchase during Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s Spiritwear fundraiser. The clothing is available online at Ryco Sports.

To view the online merchandise, click HERE.


SAVE THE DATE: O.F. ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES APRIL 8TH
St. Mary Night at the RacesGet ready for the ride of your live at the April 8th Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Night at the Races.  It will be at St. Demetrios Center in Rocky River.
Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of 8.
Please contact Brian Fritz for tickets at 216-337-4422 or B4421fritz@yahoo.com.
To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at Terenceatkins22@gmail.com.
 To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



OCSL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

ocsl-logoThe 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. Registration is open now until March 31, 2017.  To download the OCSL flyer, please click HERE. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. New this year, if you register by February 28, 2017, you will receive $5 off your registration fee. Registrations after March 31, 2017, will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2017. 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.


dagilelis_engLITHUANIAN BOYS CHOIR TO PERFORM MARCH 17TH @ CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

The community is invited to attend a concert of the Boys’ and Youth Choir “Dagilelis’ from Lithuania.  It will be at 7 p.m. March 17th in the Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University. The group has 37 male singers ranging in ages from 10-19. It has won many international awards.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10, children/youth 18 years and younger. Tickets are available by clicking HERE or calling Amanda Muliolis 216-938-7356 or emailing boyschoirconcert@gmail.com.


SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – February 16, 2017

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presidentsdayREMINDER – 4-DAY WEEKEND:  NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH / MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH

Please be sure to note there will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW,  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH due to a District Professional Development Day for staff.  The District will also be CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH in honor of Presidents’ Day.

All school buildings will be back in session on Tuesday, February 21st.  Enjoy the long holiday weekend!


OFHS HOCKEY TEAM SCORES 1ST BARON CUP II CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

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SS_upper_leftThe Bulldog hockey team skated to a big win over Avon High School Sunday afternoon in the 6-1 contest.

The team won the Baron Cup II, the first time in school history.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEAM!!!

A special thanks to the community who showed up in great numbers and cheered the players to victory.  That support really helped!

To view an article of the victory, click HERE.


OFHS SENIOR IS NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FINALIST

Congratulations to National Merit Finalist Eli Tomasch, OFHS senior.

SS_upper_leftCongratulations to Eli Tomasch, who was announced as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program earlier this week.  Eli met all the requirements as a Semifinalist to advance to Finalist standing. All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships this year.

The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress and notification of offers will be made to those selected next month.

Eli took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year and performed well to be named a Semifinalist. More than 1.6 million students took the test and entered the program. It then identified the 50,000 highest scorers, of which 16,000 of those high performers became Semifinalists and continued on by meeting several additional requirements.

Please join us in congratulating Eli, and wishing him well as he continues through this third and final level of the National Merit Scholarship Program!


IN CASE YOU MISSED LAST WEEK’S BIG FINANCIAL NEWS:  OFCS ANNOUNCED INCREASE TO ITS LONG-TERM CREDIT RATING 

standard-and-poor_0AR_upperRightStandard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Service has upgraded Olmsted Falls City Schools’ long term credit rating into the AA level! This upgrade from “A+” to “AA-” is due in part to the passage of the district’s zero additional taxes bond issue on the November 2016 ballot, and will create savings for taxpayers.

To read to full press release and access the Standard & Poor’s report, please click HERE.


TODAY – FEB. 16TH – IS DEADLINE TO RSVP FOR DONUTS WITH DAD EVENT AT MIDDLE SCHOOL

OFMS Donuts with Dads 12 10 11 14Calling ALL PTA Dads! The deadline is today – Thursday – to reserve your spot for the February 24th Donuts with Dad breakfast. The OFMS PTA would like to invite Dad, Grandpa or another important guy in your child’s life to spend some quality time with your child at school.  **This is a PTA “Members Only” event and a benefit of joining PTA**

If only Mom joined this year, it’s not too late. Dad can save time at the door by signing up now.  Just download and complete the form (available below) and submit your dues prior to arrival. Can’t remember if you already signed up? E-mail Membership at lindsay0718@yahoo.com to find out.

If Dad is already a PTA member, just RSVP and show up!  Click HERE to download the event flyer with RSVP form.  The event is from 7:30-8:30 a.m., Friday, February 24th, in the OFMS Cafetorium.  Hope to see you there!


COMMUNITY FORUM SET FOR THIS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22: STAY INFORMED ON THE STATE’S LATEST ESSA PROPOSAL; LEARN ABOUT HOW LOCAL SUPERINTENDENTS ARE RESPONDING & HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

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Cleveland.com reported on the upcoming Community Forum earlier this week.

On February 22, a Community Forum will be hosted at Avon High School to provide citizens in northeast Ohio with an opportunity to help shape the local response to a new federal law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, which gives states more flexibility in creating educational standards for our public schools.  One of the items to be discussed will be a recommendation from area school superintendents and curriculum directors to make changes in Ohio’s plan for high stakes student testing.

OFCS Superintendent Dr. Jim Lloyd, along with superintendents from Amherst, Avon, Clearview, Columbia Station, Elyria, Keystone, North Olmsted, Oberlin, Olmsted Falls, Berea and Wellington school districts, are part of these local efforts.

All parents and community members are invited and encouraged to attend.  

To read a recent article by Plain Dealer education reporter Patrick O’Donnell about the forum and local efforts, please click HERE.

The February 22nd Community Forum will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Avon High School located at 37545 Detroit Road in Avon.  For additional information on the forum, click HERE.

 


TAKE SAFE MEASURES TO PREVENT CONTRACTING THE FLU, INCLUDING FLU VACCINE

flu-sneezing-tissueThe flu vaccine is still available across Ohio as flu-like illness continues to increase and the number of hospitalizations remain high.

“Flu vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu,” said the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). “The flu vaccine is available at doctor’s offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies.”  Flu season in Ohio lasts from October to May and peaks around this time of year. Here are ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or cough and sneeze into elbow
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours

Signs of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and being tires.

It is not too late to receive a flu vaccine.  Please continue to be Healthy Heroes!!!

To read the latest news release issued by the Ohio Department of Health on Feb. 10th regarding the current status of the flu virus in Ohio, please click HERE.

For more information on the flu, please contact the Ohio Department of Health at  www.flu.ohio.gov.


musicSUBMISSIONS DEADLINE TO OFMA MUSICAL NOTES MARCH ISSUE IS TOMORROW – FEB. 17TH

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Anyone submitting stories or pictures to the March Musical Notes newsletter should do so by TOMORROW – February 17th – or now – due to the DisneyWorld band trip.

 


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BLITZ! BLITZ! BALLROOM BLITZ – FEBRUARY 24TH

The Olmsted Falls Music Association will present the OFHS Jazz Band and Golden Expressions at the February 24th Ballroom Blitz. It will be at 7 p.m. in the OFHS “Café Ballroom.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7, students and seniors 65 and above.

To see a flier of the event, click HERE.


SUPPORT BOWLING BENEFIT FOR HELPING HANDS/SPECIAL OLYMPICS – FEB. 25TH

bowling pinsPeople of all ages and ability levels are invited to participate in the February 25th Bowling Benefit in support of Helping Hands and Special Olympics.  Please note the time and location are different from  what is listed on the PTA calendar.

It is from 2-4 p.m. February 25th at the Freeway Lanes in Parma.  The cost is $12 for bowlers and $6 for non-bowlers.  Lanes will be filled as forms and payment come in.  The entry fee includes two hours of bowling, shoes and ball rental, pizza and pop. There also will be raffle baskets, bake sale and 50/50 raffle. Sign up is due by February 17th.   To see a flier and registration form, click HERE.     If you have question, email helpinghands@ofcs.net.


SAVE THE DATE!  FEB 25TH FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT @ OFHS 7-9:30 P.M.

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A group of students in Mrs. Cleary’s entrepreneurship class at OFHS is planning the February 25th Family Movie Night event.  Proceeds will benefit Post Prom.

The event promises to be fun for the whole family and will include a movie-style concession stand selling popcorn, candy and pop for the guests.

More information to come!  In the meantime, mark your calendars for Family Movie Night fun on February 25th!  Hope to see you there!


OFHS TRACK & FIELD PRE-SEASON PARENT MEETING – FEBRUARY 28TH

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The OFHS track and field meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28th, in the OFHS Media Center.

Parents of high school athletes who plan to participate in track and field this spring should attend this important meeting.

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


FORENSICS TEAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR STATE TOURNAMENT HOSTED BY OFHS

Masquers forensicsThe Olmsted Falls Forensics Team is seeking adult volunteers – parents and teachers – to help with concession sales and general tournament set-up and operations when Olmsted Falls hosts the 2017 Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament on March 3 & 4.

To sign-up, please visit the events official Sign-Up Genius link at: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0b4ba5ad2da7f58-state

Thanks in advance for your volunteer support!


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is now open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit http://www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO. NIGHT, TRYOUTS COMING IN MARCH

drill team figureAn informational night is set at 7 p.m. March 6th for the Olmsted Falls High School Drill Team.  It is in the OFHS Room W-e.

Drill Team clinics are set for 6-8 p.m. March 20-23. Tryouts are at 6 p.m. March 24. The clinics and tryouts are in the Olmsted Falls Middle School main gym. For more details, contact Mrs. Topolski at ltopolski@ofcs.net or 440-427-6180.

To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


OFHS POST PROM TO SELL SUNDAES DURING MARCH 3-4 STATE SPEECH TOURNAMENT

icecream-mainThe Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament will be held March 3rd and 4th locally – at OFHS, OFMS and OFIS.  The Olmsted Falls School District is hosting the tournament this year.

The OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee will sell at least 500 ice cream sundaes to about 800 high school kids participating in the Tournament.  The sundaes will be sold at OFIS and OFHS both days.   The committee is grateful to Dairy Queen in North Olmsted for providing plain ice cream sundaes with lids!  The debate participants will have a great time creating their own sundaes and, in the process, supporting the 2017 Post Prom efforts!

You may help by volunteering to:

1 – Sign up to help sell sundaes during various times.

2 – Donate new, unopened ice cream toppings (NO NUTS or PEANUTS) such as: squeezable bottles of chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, Magic Shell, sprinkles, candies, spoons, etc.  Donations may be dropped off in the front office at OFHS with Mrs. McGrain or in Mr. Kho’s room.

Volunteer to help with sundae sales by going to SignUpGenius, which site is available by clicking HERE.

This is a great opportunity to support Post Prom if you have not been able to do so yet.


OFHS 2017 POST PROM MEETINGS & LATEST FUNDRAISERS

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t-shirt-quilt-raffle Mark your calendars for the remaining meetings leading up to Post Prom on May 21. They will all take place at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center:  March 15; April 12 & 26; May 3, 10, & 17.

  •  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt (flyer attached)!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter!
  • bingo-022217daily-pick-3Ohio Lottery – Daily Pick 3 Drawing (flyer attached). Secure your tickets today for the Feb and March drawings!
  • February 22, 2017 – BINGO at Tony K’s at 6:30p – FLYER ATTACHED
  • March 3 & 4, 2017 – Ice Cream Sundae Sale @ State Speech Tournament (See separate blog item immediate above for all the details!)

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee
Email: bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.com
Facebook: OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)
Twitter: @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


SAVE BOX TOPS AS PTA FUNDRAISER FOR OFIS

boxtopsboxtop-imageParents of Olmsted Falls Intermediate School students can help in a fundraiser that runs until April. They are encouraged to cut out and send in box tops. The PTA earns 10 cents for each box top, which will help pay for field trips, end-of-the-year events and other activities at the school.

To view a flier explaining the fundraiser, click HERE. For more details, go to boxtops4education.com.


bulldog-sweatSHOW YOUR SPIRIT WITH OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER BULLDOG WEAR

Hoodies and long and short sleeve shirts are available to purchase during Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s Spiritwear fundraiser. The clothing is available online at Ryco Sports.

To view the online merchandise, click HERE.


SAVE THE DATE: O.F. ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES APRIL 8TH
St. Mary Night at the RacesGet ready for the ride of your live at the April 8th Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Night at the Races.  It will be at St. Demetrios Center in Rocky River.  Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of 8.
Please contact Brian Fritz for tickets at 216-337-4422 or B4421fritz@yahoo.com.
To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at Terenceatkins22@gmail.com.
To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



OCSL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

ocsl-logoThe 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. Registration is open now until March 31, 2017.  To download the OCSL flyer, please click HERE. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. New this year, if you register by February 28, 2017, you will receive $5 off your registration fee. Registrations after March 31, 2017, will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2017. 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.


OF BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS SCRATCH DIGITAL ANIMATION CLASS

 Olmsted Falls library main doors April 2013 IMAG1710SCRATCH Digital Animation 101

Date: February 22nd
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Description:

Learn how to create your own digital animation from SCRATCH! Students in 5th-8th grade are invited to join us as we explore, create, and share our own stories, games, music and art! Imagine! Program! And Share!  To register, click HERE.

Note: If you do not currently have a Scratch account, please bring a valid email address.


SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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OFCS Update – February 10, 2017

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S & P INCREASES OLMSTED FALLS CITY SCHOOLS CREDIT RATING

Passage of ballot issue creates savings for taxpayers

OFCS Triple A LogoStandard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services has upgraded Olmsted Falls City Schools’ long-term credit rating from an “A+” to “AA-.”  This upgrade is due in part to the passage of the district’s zero additional taxes bond issue on the November 2016 ballot.

“Olmsted Falls has a history of strong fiscal management practices that protect taxpayer resources,” said Treasurer Emily Dales.  “With the passage of the recent ballot issue the district will not have to pull money from the district’s day-to-day operations to pay for necessary renovations and repairs.  This puts the district in a much better financial position and will ultimately save taxpayers thousands of dollars because of the higher credit rating.”

AR_upperRightS&P provides credit ratings for school districts as a reflection of the district’s financial history, current financial situation and the district’s ability to pay its debts in the future.  There are nine different categories of ratings with AA being the second highest possible category.  This indicates that the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations is very strong.

“Olmsted Falls City Schools is effective and efficient in our day-to-day operations,” said Superintendent James Lloyd, Ed.D.  “We have the third lowest expenditure per pupil out of the 30 school districts in Cuyahoga County.  We make smart decisions with our precious resources and this upgrade in our long-term credit rating reflects our dedication to strong fiscal management practices.”

The district will use the new bond rating to minimize the fees and interest payments the district will have to make when it sells the bonds from the November 2016 ballot issue.  “Just like with personal home mortgages, higher credit ratings allow borrowers to qualify for better interest rates and loan programs,” explained Dales.  “The same is true for school districts.  By qualifying for this higher credit rating, the district can sell our bonds at a better rate, ultimately saving taxpayers money.”

To read the full report from S&P regarding the district’s enhanced long-term credit rating, please click HERE now or visit the OFCS Treasurer’s web page anytime at www.ofcs.net/treasurer.


bulldog hockeyOFHS HOCKEY TEAM SKATES INTO BARON CUP II SEMIFINALS TONIGHT! 

The Olmsted Falls High School hockey team won its first game this week in the Baron Cup II competition. It plays Chagrin Falls in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT,  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th at Brooklyn Ice Rink.  With a possible victory Friday night, the team would play in the Championship this Sunday.

Congratulations to the team! Let’s get behind the battling Bulldogs as they continue in the tournament Friday and, hopefully, Sunday.  Keep it going Bulldogs!


OFCS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

KindergartenOFCS Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 is now officially open.

The first step in the registration process for new kindergarten students is to complete the online registration.

To access the online registration link, please click http://bit.ly/2jw02Cy now, or visit http://www.ofcs.net at your convenience.

Welcome to the 130+ who have already completed the online registration step!  Everyone at the Early Childhood Center looks forwards to meeting you!

Olmsted Falls City Schools recently announced that it is taking the next steps in educational excellence by providing its full day kindergarten program tuition free for every student, starting with the upcoming 2017-18 school year. To read the complete announcement, please click HERE. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new tuition free full-day kindergarten program for 2017-2018, please click HERE.

For additional information or questions regarding the district’s all-day, every-day kindergarten program, please contact the Olmsted Falls Early Childhood Center at 440-427-6360.


THIS SATURDAY – ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S LAS VEGAS NIGHT FUN INCLUDES RAFFLING CAVS FLOOR SEATS

dsc_0960It’s a sure bet you’ll have a great time this Saturday at Olmsted Falls Alumni Association’s Las Vegas Night.  Two sets of Cavs floor seats will be raffled during the event.  It’s easy to win – just purchase a playing card for $10. You have a one in 52 chance of winning a pair of floor seats to the April 12th Cavs vs Raptors game. Indians tickets also are part of a giveaway. Who will be the lucky winners of these special prizes?dsc_0961

Test your luck from 7-11:30 p.m. THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH at the West Side Irish-American Club on Jennings Road in Olmsted Township.  The night includes a big wheel, dice, black Jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em and others as well as 50/50 raffle, side boards and others. There is a cash bar and refreshments that Angelina’s Pizza will provide.

Tickets are $6 at the door. Call the Alumni Office, 440-427-6030 for more details.  The event is for anyone age 21 and older.  For more details, click HERE to see the event’s flyer.


FALLS-LENOX RIGHT-TO-READ WEEK FEATURED MANY SPECIAL GUESTS & ACTIVITIES!

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Librarian Sue Grame

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Board of Education member Mrs. Linda Parkowski

It has been a very busy week at Falls-Lenox as the school celebrated Right to Read Week with many special visitors and activities!  

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Director of Business Affairs Mr. Tim Atkinson

On Monday Sue Grame, Children’s Librarian from the Olmsted Falls branch of the Cuyahoga County Library came to read to all students!  On Tuesday, they had students from the Middle School come to read to their classes (see next blog items for details and photos)!  Throughout the week, more than 80 volunteers from throughout the district and community served at special mystery readers in classrooms.  Board members, administrators, local elected officials, safety forces and business owners were among the many special guests – each bringing in their favorite children’s book or choosing one from the Falls-Lenox library. 

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Children’s author Michael Samulak

On Wednesday, children’s picture book author Michael Samulak, who has two published books: A is for Africa (Trafford 2008) and A Wonderful Day! (Tate SS_upper_left2015), spoke with students.  Mr. Samulak also stayed to sign any books that were brought in. Thank you to PTA for organizing and funding this visit!

Students earned free time on Friday by reading over 55,000 minutes!  Miss Longville and Mrs. Carey even made special appearances throughout the day dressed as a Narwhal and a Sea Turtle!

CP_leftThis year each child at Falls Lenox received two books, courtesy of FL/ECC PTA during the week. Thank you to our PTA volunteers at Falls Lenox: Rachel O’Malley, Janelle Prada, Beth Prather, Michelle Smith and Angie Stokes for labeling books, delivering books to classrooms and planning the author visit.  And thank you to all of our volunteer mystery readers!

To view a photo gallery for Falls-Lenox Right To Read 2017, please click HERE.


OFMS STUDENTS SHARE LOVE OF READING WITH YOUNGER BULLDOGS

msfile_004msfile_003SS_upper_leftOn Tuesday, February 7th, members of the LEAD organizations from the Middle School traveled to Falls-Lenox during Right to Read week and shared their love of reading.

Middle School students read a picture book to a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade class.

This was a great experience for all students involved!

To view a photo gallery featuring photos from this OFMS LEAD visit to Falls-Lenox for Right To Read Week, please click HERE.


10 BULLDOG YOUTH WRESTLERS HEAD TO DISTRICT COMPETITION

of-youth-wrestlersThe Olmsted Falls youth wrestling team qualified 10 wrestlers to the upcoming district tournament at Kenston High School.

The following wrestlers earned a chance to qualify for the state tournament by placing in the top four of their weight class at sectionals:  Logan Gomez, Brendan Hearns, Andrew Connelly, Eddie Manning, Cort Zahorchak, Joey Salamone, Derek Neckar, Patrick O’Brien, Tyler Sherlock and Ian Heckerman.

Congratulations and good luck at districts!


Masquers forensicsNEXT OFHS FORENSICS/MASQUERS MEETING THIS MONDAY – FEB. 13TH

The next meeting of the Olmsted Falls High School Forensics/Masquers is at 7 p.m. this Monday, February 13th.  The agenda includes the upcoming state tournament that is being held at Olmsted Falls High, Middle and Intermediate schools and an update on the Spring musical.

All are invited to attend.


FALLS-LENOX SELLING T-SHIRTS FOR UPCOMING “BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS” DODGEBALL EVENT

f-l_tshirtThe Falls-Lenox staff dodgeball team will be wearing memorial shirts in honor of fallen Cleveland Police Officer David Fahey for this year’s dodgeball event.  Students, parents and staff are invited to gear up in the memorial shirts as well.

The deadline to order shirts in THIS MONDAY, February 13th.  Please click HERE to download the official order form with additional information.  Contact Mrs. Rivera at 440-427-6470 with questions.


DONUTS WITH DAD EVENT AT MIDDLE SCHOOL SET FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 24TH

OFMS Donuts with Dads 12 10 11 14Calling ALL PTA Dads!  OFMS PTA would like to invite Dad, Grandpa or another important guy in your child’s life to spend some quality time with your child at school.  **This is a PTA “Members Only” event and a benefit of joining PTA**

If only Mom joined this year, it’s not too late. Dad can save time at the door by signing up now.  Just download and complete the form (available below) and submit your dues prior to arrival. Can’t remember if you already signed up? E-mail Membership at lindsay0718@yahoo.com to find out.

If Dad is already a PTA member, just RSVP and show up!  Kindly RSVP by February 16th. Click HERE to download the event flyer with RSVP form.

Friday, February 24th from 7:30-8:30 am

Middle School Cafetorium

Hope to see you there!


OFHS DRILL TEAM INFO. NIGHT, TRYOUTS COMING IN MARCH

drill team figureAn informational night is set at 7 p.m. March 6th for the Olmsted Falls High School Drill Team.  It is in the OFHS Room W-e.

Drill Team clinics are set for 6-8 p.m. March 20-23. Tryouts are at 6 p.m. March 24. The clinics and tryouts are in the Olmsted Falls Middle School main gym. For more details, contact Mrs. Topolski at ltopolski@ofcs.net or 440-427-6180.

To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


OFHS 2017 POST PROM MEETINGS & LATEST FUNDRAISERS

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t-shirt-quilt-rafflePlease join us at our next regularly scheduled meeting next Wednesday, February 15th at 7 p.m. in the OFHS Media Center!   Mark your calendars for the remaining meetings leading up to Post Prom on May 21. They will all take place at 7PM in the OFHS Media Center:  March 15; April 12 & 26; May 3, 10, & 17.

  •  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a customized T-shirt Quilt (flyer attached)!  What a great graduation present for your son/daughter!
  • bingo-022217daily-pick-3Ohio Lottery – Daily Pick 3 Drawing (flyer attached). Secure your tickets today for the Feb and March drawings!
  • February 22, 2017 – BINGO at Tony K’s at 6:30p – FLYER ATTACHED

 

2017 OFHS Post Prom Committee

Email:  bulldogspostprom2017@gmail.co m

Facebook:  OFHS 2017 Post Prom Committee (please like and share info)

Twitter:  @OFpostprom2017 (please like and retweet)


SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE TO OFMA MUSICAL NOTES MARCH EDITION IS FEB. 17TH

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Anyone submitting stories or pictures to the March Musical Notes newsletter should do so by February 17th – or now – due to the DisneyWorld band trip.

The latest Musical Notes newsletter is available by clicking HERE. It contains details of upcoming meetings, events, the Feb. 16-21 Disney trip, solo and ensemble contests, school winter concerts and hoagie sale pictures.


HELP RAISE FUNDS DURING OFIS PTA READ-A-THON THROUGH FEB. 15TH

read-a-thon-fundraiserHelp the Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA raise money while promoting reading skills and education.   OFIS PTA launched its local Read-a-Thon this past Monday holding various reading sessions to help raise funds.  Supporters may donate money toward the program – and leave a word of encouragement – for students during this time.

Simply log on to the reader dashboard by clicking HERE and donate.  You may view it several times to check the fundraising amount and view donors commitment to reading.  As one entry reads: “Reading is the most important thing you can do at school and at your leisure. It helps you to develop a great vocabulary, helps with your spelling and is needed in every subject in school and in so much of your life.”


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BLITZ! BLITZ! BALLROOM BLITZ – FEBRUARY 24TH
The Olmsted Falls Music Association will present the OFHS Jazz Band and Golden Expressions at the February 24th Ballroom Blitz. It will be at 7 p.m. in the OFHS “Café Ballroom.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7, students and seniors 65 and above.

To see a flier of the event, click HERE.


SUPPORT BOWLING BENEFIT FOR HELPING HANDS/SPECIAL OLYMPICS – FEBRUARY 25TH

bowling pinsPeople of all ages and ability levels are invited to participate in the February 25th Bowling Benefit in support of Helping Hands and Special Olympics.  Please note the time and location are different from  what is listed on the PTA calendar.

It is from 2-4 p.m. February 25th at the Freeway Lanes in Parma.  The cost is $12 for bowlers and $6 for non-bowlers.  Lanes will be filled as forms and payment come in.  The entry fee includes two hours of bowling, shoes and ball rental, pizza and pop. There also will be raffle baskets, bake sale and 50/50 raffle. Sign up is due by February 17th  To see a flier and registration form, click HERE.     If you have question, email helpinghands@ofcs.net.


SAVE THE DATE!  FEB 25TH FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT @ OFHS 7-9:30 P.M.

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More information coming soon!

Stay tuned…

 

 

 

 


 

SAVE BOX TOPS AS PTA FUNDRAISER FOR OFIS

boxtopsboxtop-imageParents of Olmsted Falls Intermediate School students can help in a fundraiser that runs until April. They are encouraged to cut out and send in box tops. The PTA earns 10 cents for each box top, which will help pay for field trips, end-of-the-year events and other activities at the school.

To view a flier explaining the fundraiser, click HERE. For more details, go to boxtops4education.com.


 

bulldog-sweatSHOW YOUR SPIRIT WITH OFIS PTA FUNDRAISER BULLDOG WEAR

Hoodies and long and short sleeve shirts are available to purchase during Olmsted Falls Intermediate School’s Spiritwear fundraiser. The clothing is available online at Ryco Sports.

To view the online merchandise, click HERE.


SAVE THE DATE: O.F. ATHLETIC BOOSTERS’ ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE RACES APRIL 8TH
St. Mary Night at the RacesGet ready for the ride of your live at the April 8th Olmsted Falls Athletic Boosters Night at the Races.  It will be at St. Demetrios Center in Rocky River.  Tickets are $35 a person or $280 for a table of 8.
Please contact Brian Fritz for tickets at 216-337-4422 or B4421fritz@yahoo.com.  To purchase a horse, please contact Terry Atkins at Terenceatkins22@gmail.com.
To view a flier of the event, click HERE.



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS



OCSL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

ocsl-logoThe 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. Registration is open now until March 31, 2017.  To download the OCSL flyer, please click HERE. To register, visit the Olmsted Community Center website at www.olmstedcc.com or in person at the OCC on Mapleway Drive. New this year, if you register by February 28, 2017, you will receive $5 off your registration fee. Registrations after March 31, 2017, will incur a $20 late fee and will only be accepted until April 15, 2017. 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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OF BRANCH LIBRARY OFFERS SCRATCH DIGITAL ANIMATION CLASS

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Date: February 22nd
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Description:

Learn how to create your own digital animation from SCRATCH! Students in 5th-8th grade are invited to join us as we explore, create, and share our own stories, games, music and art! Imagine! Program! And Share!  To register, click HERE.

Note: If you do not currently have a Scratch account, please bring a valid email address.

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SIGN UPS NOW OPEN FOR OLMSTED FALLS’ LORAIN COUNTY HOT STOVE BASEBALL

summer baseball imageThe Lorain County Hot Stove League is for players ages 6-17 who typically have a higher degree of talent than players in a community recreational league. The season begins May 1 and ends mid July.

To see an informational flier, click HERE.   Register online at olmstedcc.com.

Contact andy.monyak@olmstedtravelbaseball.com with questions.


SAVE THIS DATE: JUNE 10TH IS LOCAL RELAY FOR LIFE

Relay for Life 2014 logoThe Relay for Life Olmsted Falls is a fun, community, family event that is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

When:  June 10th – 1 p.m. to June 11th, 8 a.m.

Where: Olmsted Falls High School stadium

Theme: When you wish upon a cure

Olmsted community volunteers staff and coordinate the event. Why not grab two friends and form a team, be a part of the committee or volunteer prior and/or day of the Relay.  There are many opportunities for all ages to be involved.

If you would like to get involved with Relay for Life Olmsted Falls, please contact Liz Simon, simonbob15@yahoo.com or join us at our next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, a the Olmsted Community Center. Follow the event on Twitter @OFRelay.  To view a flier of the event, click HERE.


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VISION

We inspire and empower all students to achieve their full potential and become meaningful contributors in a global society.

MISSION

Olmsted Falls City School District provides educational experiences that empower its future graduates to become life-long learners with an identified career path to succeed as a citizen in a global society.

VALUES

  • Commitment to providing a caring, empowering, and accountable environment for students and  staff
  • Providing a high quality, high value education to all students in the district
  • Educating students in a holistic manner (Academics, Arts & Athletics) to become life-long learners
  • Engaging students, parents, staff and the community
  • Leveraging technology, career planning and aligned resources to prepare students for successful careers
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