August 23, 2019: Community Update

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

As a reminder, the Community Update will post each Thursday that school is in session with information for all of our community.  We are happy to post notices for your Firelands or community group or event. Please send your information to: Information must be received by the Monday prior to publication.

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Important August dates:

The first day of school is August 27 for students in grades 1-12. For our incoming kindergarten students, please refer to the letter you received from the elementary school regarding your child’s first day of school as we utilize a staggered start.

Firelands Elementary School

Open House
Monday, August 26th 5:00-5:45 Grades K-2
5:45-6:30 Grades 3-5

Picture Day: September 27th

South Amherst Middle School

Open House
Wednesday, August 28th 6:00 pm

Picture Day: August 30th

Back to School Skate Night at Lorain Skate World: September 5th 6:30-8:30 pm

Firelands High School

Open House
Thursday, August 29th 6:00pm

Freshman and New Student Orientation: August 26th 1-3 pm

Picture Day: September 4th



ONEVIEW – STUDENT PAPERWORK – Firelands Local School District will continue to use OneView to update our back- to-school forms. From your web browser, go to our homepage at: and click on Student Registration. Then follow the link for the Firelands OneView Portal at . If you can access OneView with your username and password, follow the directions below to update the information for the 2019-20 school year. Each child’s parents/guardians should have received a one-page mailer with OneView Username and Password information, which will be necessary if you cannot access your OneView account.

After you have logged into OneView, select the “Submit & View Online Forms” tab. Under the 2019-2020 Back To School Forms banner, please complete and submit the “Student Demographic and EMA” form. As a reminder, if you have multiple children enrolled in Firelands, you must complete this form separately for each child.

In order to ensure we have your child’s most accurate health history and emergency contact information, we ask that all forms be completed prior to the first day of school. Parents/guardians may re-visit the OneView portal at any time throughout the year to update new phone numbers, email addresses, etc. If you need assistance with your account, please contact the FHS Main Office for assistance.


Kevin Strong

Kevin Strong


Free Fitness Classes this September

United we Sweat

United We Sweat is again offering free fitness classes. Offerings include walking, yoga, pilates, modified volleyball, rock climbing and more. Click here to be taken to the Lorain County Public Health website for more information.


There’s No Shame in Taking an Antidepressant


Medicines for depression are often misunderstood. Read more from the Cleveland Clinic here.


Tailgate: September 13th!


Tailgate tickets for the game on September 13th against Vermilion are now available! The Mighty Falcons have beat the Vermilion Sailors 5 years in a row! Join the Friends of Firelands for tailgating before the game and help us get ready for win #6!!

A $10 a ticket includes food, games & admission to the football game. A dunk tank will be staffed with our principals and teachers and $3.00 gives you a chance to dunk a few Firelands faces! In addition, raffle items include Firelands Cornhole Boards, Firelands Fire Pit, Homecoming basket with Limo service from Safe & Reliable, Flowers from Tiffany’s & Aveda Spa and others.

Also, the Bloodmobile will be on site! Participants are asked to eat a good meal prior to donation.

Tickets will be available at all open houses next week or you can contact Nakita Doane at 440-320-3198.


Parenting Tips!


Affirm for every child


Looking for Food Service Information?

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Follow this link for information regarding the Food Service Department including:

  • Breakfast and lunch prices
  • Breakfast and lunch menus
  • Online Meal Application link for free or reduced meals
  • Link to prepay for meal service
  • Food Assistance information



Looking for Before and After School Child Care Information (SAFE)?

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Are you looking for information regarding the SAFE program? FES offers before and after school child care for students in K-5.
Please visit the SAFE page for additional information:

Singing Angels Auditions

Singing AngelsOpen auditions for the Singing Angels will be held on Wednesday, August 28 and on Saturday, August 31 at the Singing Angels Studios at 3600 Biddulph Ave., Suite A., Cleveland, Oh.

For more information visit their website here.

You can download the application here: Singing Angels 2019 auditions


The Firelands Express

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The Firelands Express, our District newspaper, has been redesigned and the first edition has been published!

Improved communication from the district will benefit our students, their families, staff and our community. The new Firelands Express features a larger publication printed on a bright background. The layout is clean and the overall quality is greatly improved. Our readers will enjoy larger fonts and additional community input. The publication will continue to be shared nine times a year. Every resident of the Firelands District will receive The Express in their mailbox. In addition, an online link will be posted to various social media platforms.

We hope that you will enjoy reading our new and improved Firelands Express! Please see the updated Firelands Express here:…/FirelandsExpressFinal…