December 2011

December 2, 2011
Hello Ravenna Staff: Welcome to a well deserved weekend break! Sometimes as it seems as though the shorter weeks are actually longer! Now that the dust is cleared from the “election season” and the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, it is time to “gear up” and finish strong before Christmas break. As we celebrate the season this month, let us stay focused on our priorities and work at hand and remain good models for our students. They will feed off of our example as we prioritize and stay focused on our work for the remaining weeks. I am looking forward to being in the buildings and classrooms the next several weeks and enjoying the spirit of education and youth. I hope that everyone has a restful weekend!

December 9, 2011
Happy Friday Ravenna Staff: I hope this message finds everyone ready to have a productive or restful weekend. I came across this old Chinese proverb and wanted share it with the staff. I believe that this applies not only to the season but perhaps in all of what we do. This may help us each to reflect as we continue to move through a period of change throughout the world and especially in our Ravenna school community. Enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.”

December 16, 2011
Hello Ravenna Staff: I hope that everyone has a restful or productive weekend as we gear up for holiday celebrations with our friends and families! Below is a message from the Ravenna parks and Rec. Program. If you recall, the city of Ravenna is in the running for a $50,000.00 grant from Pepsi to enhance the cultural arts programs in Ravenna. Please help to support this collaborative effort if you are able. Have a great weekend!

Hello Everyone Ravenna Parks and Recreation would like to thank everyone for voting to bring a Cultural Arts Program home to the Ravenna Community. The current leader board is now posted on the Pepsi Refresh site. We are doing EXCELLENT as of Monday morning we are in 13th place out of 333 organizations. We need to reach the top 10 to make this dream a reality for our community. Please continue vote and spread the word about this terrific opportunity. If anyone is having difficulty creating an account on the Pepsi site please contact Ravenna Recreation at 330-296-2864. Another easy and simple way to vote is by texting a vote in each day. We are also gearing up for “DOUBLE FRIDAY” where we are going to double our days votes by asking everyone to encourage two new people to cast a text vote. So start thinking of who you can ask. Let’s watch us sky rocket up the leader board this coming weekend.

  • TO VOTE: Via Text - Standard text messaging rates apply
  • Step 1: The subject of the text message type 110716 (our voting number)
  • Step 2: To Pepsi phone number 73774 (yes this is a 5 digit phone number)
  • Cast additional votes via Pepsi account and facebook by or

December 21, 2011
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Ravenna Staff: I hope everyone is able to take time with family and friends and enjoy the holiday break. “Believe”. Believe that great things can happen for our students, staff and community! Also, I hope that each of you are able to read through my “Holiday Message” and embrace the opportunity to make your lives just a little bit more satisfying with “change”. With warmest regards and blessing of the season to each of you and your families!

December 29, 2011
Happy new year Ravenna staff: If you have an opportunity to consider helping the Ravenna Parks and Rec. (see below). Have a safe and Happy New Year! I am looking forward to seeing everyone next year!

From: Elaine VanHoose, Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2011 10:17 AM
Subject: Ravenna Parks and Recreation - Pepsi Refresh - Last Push to the Top 10

Dear Friends, Only 2 days left to vote for the City of Ravenna’s Department of Parks and Recreation Pepsi Refresh $50,000.00 Grant to Create a Cultural Arts Program for the community. Let’s ring in the New Year by winning this grant and giving the youth of our community an opportunity to experience everything the arts have to offer – theater, visual arts, music and dance. We are so close to getting in the top 10 and making this dream a reality. Please text a vote now to phone number 73774 enter text message 110716 and hit send. Cast a second vote online and Facebook by visiting the city’s or the Ravenna School District’s website

We will need 10,000 votes each day to reach our goal. Please remind your family and friends to vote by sending everyone you know an email, text and post a reminder message on your Facebook and tweeter page for their friends to vote also. You may even want to ask the person standing in line with you to vote for Ravenna. Thank you for your continued support. Your time is greatly appreciated.

May you be blessed with a stellar 2012 from Ravenna Parks and Recreation
Jennifer Rice, Asst. Director Ravenna Parks and Recreation 
530 North Freedom Street Ravenna, Ohio 44266 
330-296-2864 (office) 330-296-1280 (fax) 330-298-1201 (RAC)