February 2018 Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents,

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Tuesday February 13th from 5-7 p.m. Some teachers will be in their classrooms and other teachers will be set up in either the cafeterias or in the gym. Information as to teacher location will be given to parents as they enter. In addition, Mrs. England, our guidance counselor, will be in Room 103 to distribute information to parents of high school students on graduation requirements. It is important that parent of high school students be aware of the courses and credits needed for graduation. Mr. Maulucci will be in Room 114 where he will give parents an explanation of MyOn – an online resource available to all Olmsted students. In the next few months students in grades 5-11 will be given their own I-pad to be used in school. We would like parents to be aware of some of the resources available for their children.

On Saturday February 3rd, Nia Morse, a twelfth grader, was selected as the Buffalo Public School District’s alternate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Nia read the part of Martha Loomis Pentecost from the play Come and Gone. As a result of her placement Nia will travel to New York City in May and work with a variety of actors and writers in anticipation of the National Competition which will take place that month. Nia will be honored at the School Board meeting on Wednesday February 14th .

Last Friday, Olmsted hosted a Bald for Bucks Assembly in support of Roswell Park Cancer Center. DJ Anthony from KISS 98.5 was here to emcee our event. During this assembly 6 staff member and 27 students donated their hair to be made into hairpieces for those suffering from cancer. The staff members were: Jim Bartram (Special Ed), Andy Bush (PE), Larry John (Science), Kaitlin States (PE), Greg Van Rumen (Guidance), Mike Webster (PE). The participating students were: Tahmina Aktar, (11), Mia Amadeo (8), Cooper Axelrod (10), Isabella Bogucki (11) August Carr (8), Gabe Carr-Johnson (12), Gabe Flewellyn (11), Samirh Hagagi (12), Elias Humphrey (8), Te Hlat (9), Liam Joss (9), Chloe Kurdziel (11), Mackenzie Marvel (8), Brian Manning (8), Nicholas Marcello (5), Jamie Perry (11) John Ovak (12), Josh Register (12), Santana Reynolds (7), Andrew Santa Maria (8), Dana Shahib (10), James Siller (5), Evan Stefanski (11), Ellie Tesluk (8), Mia Trietley (12), Catherine Weber (8), and Emmett Whiteside (5). A series of activities led up to the final assembly. These events were two baked good sales, a pie throwing event, and an event where individuals are taped to a wall with an anti-cancer message written on the tape. In addition, various staff members donated their time and cooking skills to work at Ronald MacDonald House – Day 1 – L. Cunningham, C. Licata, W. Merriman, T. Mudd, and M. Webster made Italian sausage, pepper and onions, rice and chocolate trifle. Day 2 – A. Anken, B. Clifford, C. Dulak, M. Gruber, A. Krotz, A. Tomaino, and G. VanRemmen made roast beef, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese and a Peek-a-Boo cake. Thee meals were for those individuals who stay at Ronald MacDonald House while their loved ones are in area hospitals. Residents must live more than 50 miles from the city of Buffalo to qualify for residency. The grand total for Bald for Bucks was just under $11,000.00. It was a great effort. Special thanks go to Belinda Clifford and Claire Licata for organizing these events and to all members of the Olmsted family who contributed to this event. Gus Carr, grade 8, was the student with the highest raised total ($1,700.00) and Greg VanRemmen ($585.00) was the staff member with the highest amount raised. DJ Anthony said on his social media site that Olmsted was one of the best vibe schools he’s ever visited.

This Thursday 220 students who had perfect attendance the second quarter will have a special breakfast. Scrambled eggs with cheese, hash brown potatoes, sausage or bacon (non-pork), French toast sticks, fresh fruit, juice and milk. Hot cocoa will also be available.

OPTO’s annual candy sale begins this week. Brochures are going home with all students. Please support this sale as the proceeds go to help fund various school programs.

Upcoming events include our SBMT meeting on February 26th, OPTO’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Raffle on March 9th and the Booster Club Fish Fry (take-out only) on March 23rd.

Mid-Winter break begins with the close of classes on Friday February 16th. Students will be off the week of February 19th. Classes resume on Monday February 26th .

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to call me at 816-4330.

Sincerely yours,

Michael Gruber Ed.D.


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