News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

O  From ODE/Ohio Means Jobs….Designed for middle & high school students, this new tool can help determine their “best fit” career/job, the effort needed to become qualified for the position & its potential earnings/salary. Go here to give it a try:

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group….Visit their FB page at: to find out what’s next for the group.

O  From Parma City Schools….
         >>  Following up on his goal to improve communications & transparency, Supt Smialek has scheduled 5 face-to-face Town Hall meetings as well as live Facebook meetings.
               >  The first one is scheduled for 6:30 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at Parma-Snow Library (on Snow Rd near Broadview), in Rm A/B.
               >  The second meeting will be held from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, on Tuesday Oct. 23rd, at the Seven Hills Recreation Center, 7777 Summit Dr.
               >  If unable to attend, live streaming Facebook Town Hall Meetings will be held from  11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Thursday, Oct. 4th & Wednesday Oct 24 th at
         >>  Looking for information regarding the November School Levy??? Go here: Included is the levy’s proposal, a PCSD Facts Sheet and documents relating to the recent Master Planning & Educational Visioning initiatives.
And, don’t forget that questions or comments are welcome via e-mail at If the matter is urgent, contact your school's principal or call the Parma City School District's main phone number at (440) 842-5300.
        >>  Normandy H.S. is looking for community support & participation for its 2nd Annual “Trick- or-Treat Street” from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Oct 24th . To serve the anticipated 300+ children in a safe, warm & fun atmosphere, they’re asking for donations of both time & treasure. Call the school at 440.885.2400 & ask to speak to the teachers coordinating the event.
        >>  Don’t forget about Normandy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Open House on Sunday, Oct 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
        >>  The PCSD’s Wellness Program & the Family Collab will be hosting the 3rd Annual Parma  Way 5K on Sunday, Oct 28th at 9:00 am on the campus of Tri-C West. Proceeds will be used to help fund the district’s after-school programs. Go here for details & to download related forms.

From our VFW Community/Business/School Partners….Attached are entry forms for their two national scholarship programs, VOICE OF DEMOCRACY, for 9 – 12 grades students and PATRIOT’S  PEN, for 6, 7, & 8 graders. There’s potential for some significant scholarship dollars for your child….well worth considering. Application deadline is October 27. Questions: contact Nada Fleming at 216 642-0234 or e-mail at 

Chuck Caldwell, CBS Connects Program Coordinator has announced thefirst round of Financial Literacy sessions for students & their families. The 2-hour classes will begin at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria of the schools & on the dates noted: Oct. 15, Normandy; Oct. 22, Parma; Oct. 29, Valley Forge. information is now available regarding a brand new initiative  -  Young Entrepreneurs’ Day which promises to be another great opportunity for PCSD students & their families. Learn more at

O  If you’re interested in having your young child learn how to play the violin, Laurie Septaric, owner of Cappas Cakes & a member of the Community/Business/School Partnership (CBS) has been graciously donating her time and talent since early last year teaching 2nd - 4th grade students how to play. For more information about this great opportunity call Laurie at 216/571-2200.

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab: With the backpack project winding down, holiday program planning is beginning to ramp up. Thanksgiving and Christmas is just around the corner. Watch for details or call the Collab at 440.887.4873 to learn how you can help.

O  If your organization has a Youth Safety component/focus of any kind & you’re looking for programs, information or material visit: . The initiative is a service of University Hospitals Rainbow & Children’s Hospital with the Rainbow Injury Prevention Center working with local, state and national legislators to advance the health and safety of children and families. Questions or requests for more info can be directed to Cyndee Bratz @ 440-888-8889 or

O  From the Parma Snow Library….
  Go here: to display the event calendar for October.

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….      
         >>  The Homework Center is now open — Two 75 minutes sessions, 4 – 5:15pm & 5:15 – 6:30 Monday thru Thursday; for Grades K – 8.  Go here for more detail & to register:
         >>  Master Builders-- The third Thursday of every month starting September 20th at 6:30 p.m.; Grades 4 – 6.  Are you a LEGO fanatic? Want to tackle building challenges with friends? Bring your imagination and we'll supply the bricks. Register at:
         >>  Brick Builders Club-- The last Tuesday of every month starting September 25th at 4:00 p.m.; Grades K-3.  Do you love LEGO? Come build with us! We supply the bricks, you supply the imagination. Register at:
         >>  Art Experiences— Sept 28th to December 14th, Fridays at 4:00 p.m; Grades K-8.  Engage your imaginative self with open-ended art explorations. Examine the works of art masters and explore various mediums such as paint, pastels and clay. All materials are included. Register at:  
         >>  Maker Club (Fall Session): Wednesdays starting Sept 5 – Dec 12, 4:15 – 5:30; Grades 5 – 8. Program includes photography, batik & mask making, electric art, social and emotional learning. Click here for more information and/r to register:
         >>  Engage with Me:  Tuesday, October 9th at 6:45 p.m; Families of students in K-8th grade.  -  All About Me: Self-Portrait  Each month, learn about different resources and ideas to help your children succeed in life, and meet other people from your community to share ideas and support.  Pizza served. Register at:
         >>  National Chemistry Week- Chemistry is out of this World:  Thursday, October 25th at 5:30 p.m.; Grades 2 - 6. - Come join us for fun, hands on activities that let you get close to the action! Be prepared to get in and get messy. Led by volunteers from the American Chemical Society.  Register at:
           >>  Green Eggs and Ham: A Children's Opera:  Saturday, Oct 27th at 2:00 p.m.; Grades K - 5. Family and adults welcome. - The wonderful world of Dr. Seuss is brought to musical life through this interactive musical performance, which includes beautiful singing, zany acting, and crazy props. Soprano Lara Troyer and her friends perform the one-act opera Green Eggs and Ham by composer Robert Kapilow.  Stay for birthday cake and celebrate five years at Parma Branch Library.  Register at:
         >>  Play Learn and Grow Toddler Club – Fridays, October 5th through November 2nd at 11:00 a.m;  Ages 1 – 3.  Boost your toddler's brain through play!  Connect with your kids and other families, and get answers about your growing child.Register at:

O  From the Parma Hts Branch Library….
         >>  Kids Café - Are you 18 or younger?  Looking for a place to have a delicious meal?  Meals are served Monday through Friday 4:00 - 4:30pm, starting Monday, October 1, 2018.
         >>  Robotix Blox: KatchaBOT One Day Challenge - Program a robot to master challenges based on James Patterson's popular Middle School series.  Saturday, September 22, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  Registration at:
        >>  Fall Storytimes at the Library: Saturday, 9/1 - Wednesday, 11/28.  Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more. For Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families. Please call 440.884.2313 for more information.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 11:41 AM, 10.01.2018