Olive-Mary Stitt

Olive-Mary Stitt is a collaborative school community with responsible students who are passionate, global learners.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Storytime!

Mrs. Perri enjoyed her annual Halloween storytime with our first grade pumpkins and goblins!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Open House in the LMC

The Library Media Center Staff would like to thank the Olive-Mary Stitt families who visited the LMC during Open House and sponsored new books for our library collection.  Our total count of donated books was 81!  Also, we had some students who won autographed copies of new books.  The winners were as follows.  William Baik of K-1 won Llama Llama and the Bully Goat.  Addison Solvsberg from 3-3 won Underdogs.  Owen Wellner from 4-1 won Pi In the Sky. Thank you to all of our families for your support!  We will use your donations to purchase additional materials for our library.

TWIG 10.24.14

Progressive Dinner:  The 3rd Annual Progressive Dinner was an amazing success!! Thank you to all of our host families (Liz and Peter Schrenk, Rachael and Chris Hooker, Jeanne and Chris Cosgrove, Jeff and Julie Forsberg, Michelle and Will Thompson, Rebecca and Brian Linscott) and Olive families who attended our largest PTA fundraising event, as well as the Co-Chairs (Lindsey Campion and Angie Frye)  Please contact Angie Frye or Rebecca Linscott if you are interested in Co-Chairing this event next year, or if you would like to be a host or co-host family.  You do not need to sign up with a co-host, we can match you up with another interested family.  

Family Bingo Night: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! The PTA sponsored FAMILY BINGO NIGHT is coming up on Friday, November 14th from 7:00-8:30pm. This event is a fun-filled night for our Olive families. The kids can sit with their friends and families can get to know each other. Kids can win various prizes and EVERY Olive student will take home at least one prize. Admission is FREE! Please have each child bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to share with those in need in our community. Any questions? Please contact Jeanne Cosgrove at Jeanne.coz@me.com or Marni Hanson at marnihanson5@yahoo.com.

Volunteer Opportunity:  The PTA is looking for a volunteer to work with Mrs. Brown, the LMC director, on organizing author visits for the kids.  Please contact Rebecca Linscott or Angie Frye  to volunteer or for more information.  

Junior Great Books: Junior Great Books is an extracurricular reading program for all reading abilities. It is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The students read a short story or folktale each week at home and discuss the story during the recess portion of lunch. The groups meet for 9 weeks from January to just before Spring Break and the 10th week is a pizza party. Groups are small, typically broken out by grade and the discussion is led by parent volunteers. Please let Julie Siegel or Christa Svienty know if your child and/or you are interested in participating.  Click here for enrollment sheet.

Senate Bill 16:  There is a bill being considered by our Illinois Senate that will significantly impact educational funding for our school district.  Click here for more information on the bill and how to voice your opinion.  To view the SD25 letter about how the bill will impact our district and schools click here.


Chess Club:  The PTA will be sponsoring Chess Club this year for students to play chess and learn more about the game. All interested Olive students from grades K-5 are invited to join. Chess Club is for all levels — from beginner to experienced player (we'll teach you the rules!). It is not necessary for students to come to all meetings since each meeting has an independent lesson. Chess Club will begin October 20th and we want to make sure we have your email address added to our list. Click here for more information.


Box Tops/Labels for Education:  Today is the last day for the Fall box top/labels collection. The top class in K-2 and 3-5 will get to choose their prize. Click here to see Box Top products.  Click here to see Labels for Education products. Any questions - ask Jen Greenwell at jen_greenwell@yahoo.com

Reflections Program: This year's Reflections Program has begun, with the thought-provoking theme of "The world would be a better place if.....".  For entry forms and rules, please visit our school's Reflections website at https://sites.google.com/site/olivemarystittreflections/ or see the attached flyer for more details. The OMS Reflections committee chairs are: Barbara Doulas and Jennifer Faley.

District 25 E-Flyer:  Here you will find information published weekly about community educational and recreational opportunities for children and families in our district.  Click here for the E-Flyer
Click on the appropriate date to view this week's events.

Twig Submissions:  If you would like to submit something for the Twig or website please use this form.  All submissions must be filled out and sent by Thursday morning in order to appear in that week's Twig.  The form also gives an option for an email blast and attaching a form.  Any questions please contact olivepta@gmail.com

Parent Teacher Conferences

OMS Parent Teacher Conferences Fall 2014
Directions for Online Sign Up

  1. Fall Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, 11/24 and Tuesday, 11/25. The window for signing up for conferences will be Wednesday, 10/29 at 10 AM through Wednesday, 11/12 at 10 AM.  You will receive an email from OMS Administration on 10/29 initiating the sign up process. 
  2. If you already received an email from your teacher regarding your child’s conference time, you do not need to sign up again using these directions, as your conference time slot is already blocked out on the schedule. This priority scheduling only applies to unique situations where certain school personnel are needed for a conference.
  3. Each teacher has a unique link, so if you have multiple children, you must login separately using the appropriate link. If you have any difficulty using the link, please try using a different Internet browser.
  4. On your child’s teacher’s conference schedule, identify which 20-minute time slot you would like to reserve. In the column labeled Available Slot, click on the SignUp button next to the time you would like to reserve, then click on the Submit and SignUp located at the bottom of the page.
  5. If you have a SignUpGenius account, choose “I’m a SignUpGenius member.” If you do not have, nor do you want a SignUpGenius account, choose “I do not have a SignUpGenius account” and fill out your name and email address. If you have multiple conferences to coordinate, you may want to consider signing up for a SignUpGenius account, as this will allow you to make changes as you go in and out of different teachers’ schedules.
  6. If you want to create a SignUpGenius account, select “Create an account at SignUpGenius.” If you choose to create an account, you will be able to log in and edit your time slot, if you need to make a change.
  7. If you would like to sync your conference time with iCalendar, select “Send me a confirmation email with an iCalendar (.ics) file.”
  8. If you have a specific question/area you would like addressed during the conference, please indicate this in the “My Comment” field.
  9. Click on the “Sign Up Now!” button.
  10. Do not forget to add your conference time to your calendar. If you do not have a SignUpGenius account and you log on to your child’s teacher’s schedule at a later date, you will only see time slots that are “Already Filled,” not specific names.
  11. You will receive an email reminder 4 days prior to your selected conference date.
  12. Join us on 11/24 or 11/25 to share in your child’s educational journey!

**To further assist you, an attached flyer includes these directions, along with screen shots. This information is also posted on the OMS Blog: (http://olive-marystitt.blogspot.com/) in the OMS Important Information section, which is located on the left-hand side of the screen.


We look forward to seeing you on 11/24 or 11/25 for your child's conference!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Lunch Update

Due to the Halloween activities on Friday October 31st, we will offer only the Zip Line lunches at the elementary schools. There will be no regular menu or snack bar on this day.

We will be serving a Zip Line lunch of yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal, cheese stick, and goldfish. Side vegetables will include spinach salad, and cucumber. 

For more information about our Halloween activities at OMS,  please refer to the October 13th Blog post.

Head Lice Information

The following link will direct you to an annual letter from our nurses regarding head lice. The letter does not pertain to a particular situation at school, but rather it is an informational piece of literature. If you have any questions about the information contained in the letter, please feel free to contact one of our nurses.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5th Grade Team Building with the Principals

Mrs. FitzPatrick and Mrs. Perri spent the morning team building with our 5th grade students.  The activities focused on collaboration, respect, responsibility, and teamwork.  It was a fun and energetic way to start the day!




Monday, October 20, 2014

PTA District 37 Meeting

The OMS PTA was well represented at this annual event and not only won an award for excellence, but also did quite well in the trivia competition!



Friday, October 17, 2014

Twig 10.17.14



Family Bingo Night: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! The PTA sponsored FAMILY BINGO NIGHT is coming up on Friday, November 14th from 7:00-8:30pm. This event is a fun-filled night for our Olive families. The kids can sit with their friends and families can get to know each other. Kids can win various prizes and EVERY Olive student will take home at least one prize. Admission is FREE! Please have each child bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to share with those in need in our community. Any questions? Please contact Jeanne Cosgrove at Jeanne.coz@me.com or Marni Hanson at marnihanson5@yahoo.com.

Ecology Club:  HAVE YOU SEEN THE FLOWER BOXES near the playground?  Ecology Club strikes again....and this time....with the generous support of The Home Depot at Randhurst mall.  The members of the Ecology Club painted the flower boxes a fresh shade of green.  Two days later over Columbus Day weekend, they added soil, 18 perennial plants and topped it off with new mulch.  All supplies were given to the Ecology Club by The Home Depot.  What a wonderful sponsor.  Check out the new look!  Ecology Club meets on the First Friday of each month in the LMC until 4:45 p.m.  Join us for more fun to come!  Interested? Contact:  Judi Schuch or Zhaneta Roura.  

Volunteer Opportunity:  The PTA is looking for a volunteer to work with Mrs. Brown, the LMC director, on organizing author visits for the kids.  Please contact Rebecca Linscott or Angie Frye  to volunteer or for more information.  

OMS Open House:  Our school open house is Wednesday, October 22 from 6:30 - 8pm.  With your child as your guide, you and your family will visit your child's classroom to see their work, see a 4th grade musical performance in the commons (at 7:00 and 7:30 pm) and stop by the LMC to purchase a book to add to the OMS Library's collection. (hardcover books $15, paperback $6)

Junior Great Books: Junior Great Books is an extracurricular reading program for all reading abilities. It is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The students read a short story or folktale each week at home and discuss the story during the recess portion of lunch. The groups meet for 9 weeks from January to just before Spring Break and the 10th week is a pizza party. Groups are small, typically broken out by grade and the discussion is led by parent volunteers. Please let Julie Siegel or Christa Svienty know if your child and/or you are interested in participating.  Click here for enrollment sheet.

Senate Bill 16:  There is a bill being considered by our Illinois Senate that will significantly impact educational funding for our school district.  Click here for more information on the bill and how to voice your opinion.

Chess Club:  The PTA will be sponsoring Chess Club this year for students to play chess and learn more about the game. All interested Olive students from grades K-5 are invited to join. Chess Club is for all levels — from beginner to experienced player (we'll teach you the rules!). It is not necessary for students to come to all meetings since each meeting has an independent lesson. Chess Club will begin October 20th and we want to make sure we have your email address added to our list.  Click here for more information.

Drop off/ Pick up Procedures:  Please review this document for current school drop of and pick up procedures. These procedures are to keep everyone safe. THANKS to all of our wonderful patrol volunteers for helping make this process run smoothly. 

Box Tops/Labels for Education:  It's time again for the box tops / labels for education class challenge! Please send in all non-expired box tops and labels with your kids from October 14th - 24th. There will be black shoeboxes in each room for collection. The top class in K-2 and 3-5 will get to choose their prize. Click here to see Box Top products.  Click here to see Labels for Education products. Any questions - ask Jen Greenwell at jen_greenwell@yahoo.com

ABC 25 Parking Spot and Priority Event Seating: Now is the chance to get your designated monthly parking spot and front row seating & parking for your child's class show! Click here to get raffle ticket forms.

Reflections Program: This year's Reflections Program has begun, with the thought-provoking theme of "The world would be a better place if.....".  For entry forms and rules, please visit our school's Reflections website at https://sites.google.com/site/olivemarystittreflections/ or see the attached flyer for more details. The OMS Reflections committee chairs are: Barbara Doulas and Jennifer Faley.

Directory Spot is here!! It's our amazing directory app for your smartphone. You also can access it from your home computer.  We are so excited, please click here for the letter and more information.

District 25 E-Flyer:  Here you will find information published weekly about community educational and recreational opportunities for children and families in our district.  Click here for the E-Flyer
Click on the appropriate date to view this week's events.

Twig Submissions:  If you would like to submit something for the Twig or website please use this form.  All submissions must be filled out and sent by Thursday morning in order to appear in that week's Twig.  The form also gives an option for an email blast and attaching a form.  Any questions please contact olivepta@gmail.com

Target Time

At our most recent School Improvement Day (October 10th), teachers had an opportunity to collaborate and discuss their students individual growth and all of the amazing things we are doing to support and enrich their academic needs.  As part of this discussion, we made the decision to rename our Tier 2 instructional time to Target Time.  Since this time of the day is focused on meeting the needs of all students, we felt that it was best represented by this new name.  Soon you will be hearing from your child's classroom teacher about what skill your child will be targeting to support their continued academic growth at OMS.