Olive-Mary Stitt

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Twig 9.19.2014

Ecology Club: Do you care about our environment, are you passionate about reusing, reducing and recycling, are you eager to make a difference? If you answered YES to any of these, then you are welcome to become an EcOWLogist and join the Ecology Club here at Olive! Fill out this permission slip and bring it to the office by Oct 2 - our first meeting is Friday Oct 3, right after school at the LMC! Club is open to students grades 3 through 5. The Ecology Club committee chairs are: Zhaneta Roura and Judi Schuch.

ABC/25 Foundation Yankee Candle fundraiser catalogs are coming home via backpack mail today.   Orders may be placed online or with the order form inside the catalog.  Sale ends on Monday, October 6.  If you have any questions please contact Amy Woolsey or Sharon Hanssen.

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.

Progressive Dinner: Please Join us for a fun-filled evening with fellow OMS parents at the 3rd annual Progressive Dinner October 18, 2014. Please fill out and return this sign-up sheet with a check made payable to OMS PTA by 10/3/2014. Please let Angie Frye or Lindsey Campion know if you would like to be a host home.

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.

Science Club (FORMS ARE DUE 9/19!!!) is back with all new activities for Olive students to enjoy, including orienteering, problem solving with measuring tools, and electricity. Science Club meets after school and students must return the Fall 2014 Sessions Sign Up Sheet to participate. See the Science Club Fall 2014 announcement for more details about the Science Club and the Fall 2014 topics. For more information, contact Cynthia House at chouse@sd25.org

Yearbook Club  is looking for all interested 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students for this years club. Permission slips will be handed out at today's informational lunch meeting. If needed, additional copies are available here. Space is limited to 24 students per recess session on a first come first serve basis.

The Art Awareness program needs YOU! Sections 1-5 (Orlando) and 4-2 (Yarbrough) are empty and many other sections need a second volunteer.
The program presents 3-5 art pieces during the school year in 30-45 min sessions.  Email or msg Kristin Meek with questions (zcurly1@hotmail.com).

Spirit Wear Sale:  Olive's Spirit Wear Sale has started and runs through September 22nd!  Be sure to visit our on-line store at www.cr-promotions.com.  Click “online stores” on the left, find the Olive-Mary Stitt school 2014 store and enter access code OLIVE14 (case sensitive). For shipping method, pick your child's teacher! We are offering everything from wicking shirts, to skorts, to sweatshirts to umbrellas! We will display samples at the PTA Fair September 10th!

PTA Membership:  If you have already joined the PTA, THANK YOU!! If you haven't joined and would like to.   Click here to join.  Membership in the PTA not only supports tons of wonderful activities that benefit our children, you also get an online and paper school directory...coming soon!

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

ISAT & MAP Score Reports

Individual student ISAT (Illinois State Achievement Test)  reports for students in grades 4 & 5 and MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) reports for students in grade 2-5 will be sent home via backpack mail on Thursday, October 9th. Teachers will be reviewing these assessment results in detail on the district School Improvement Planning Day, October 10th.  If you prefer to pick up your child’s assessment reports in person, they will be available for you to pick up in the school office at the end of the school day on October 9, if you make this request to our office prior by October 8th.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

PARCC Assessment Update

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As a reminder, the Illinois State Board of Education has adopted a new assessment of student achievement developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). This will replace the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) that has been used for the past decade. PARCC will require more testing time than ISAT as the PARCC assessment will have two testing windows compared to one for ISAT. The two sessions for PARCC include the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and the End of Year Assessment (EOY). During each window students will be assessed in reading and math although the test will have different question types and methods. 

As a district we continually review our assessments to help provide meaningful instructional information for our staff and parents as well as for the amount of time required for student participation. We will continue to communicate developments regarding PARCC over the next several months.

Additional resources can be found here:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bookmobile visits OMS

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library's bookmobile made some special stops at OMS this week.  Second graders eagerly toured the bookmobile, checked out books, and listened to a story.  



Friday, September 12, 2014

Twig 9.12.2014

Twig

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.

Recycling Day is this Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9:00 am to Noon at Rec Park, 500 E. Miner Street.  Bring your old, but recyclable items on Saturday. Click here for the flyer.

Progressive Dinner: Please Join us for a fun-filled evening with fellow OMS parents at the 3rd annual Progressive Dinner October 18, 2014. Please fill out and return this sign-up sheet with a check made payable to OMS PTA by 10/3/2014.

Science Club is back with all new activities for Olive students to enjoy, including orienteering, problem solving with measuring tools, and electricity. Science Club meets after school and students must return the Fall 2014 Sessions Sign Up Sheet to participate. See the Science Club Fall 2014 announcement for more details about the Science Club and the Fall 2014 topics. For more information, contact Cynthia House at chouse@sd25.org

Yearbook Club  is looking for all interested 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students for this years club. Permission slips will be handed out at today's informational lunch meeting. If needed, additional copies are available here. Space is limited to 24 students per recess session on a first come first serve basis.

The Art Awareness program needs YOU! Sections 1-5 (Orlando) and 4-2 (Yarbrough) are empty and many other sections need a second volunteer.
The program presents 3-5 art pieces during the school year in 30-45 min sessions.  Email or msg Kristin Meek with questions (zcurly1@hotmail.com).

Spirit Wear Sale:  Olive's Spirit Wear Sale has started and runs through September 22nd!  Be sure to visit our on-line store at www.cr-promotions.com.  Click “online stores” on the left, find the Olive-Mary Stitt school 2014 store and enter access code OLIVE14 (case sensitive). For shipping method, pick your child's teacher! We are offering everything from wicking shirts, to skorts, to sweatshirts to umbrellas! We will display samples at the PTA Fair September 10th!

True Value Mum Sale:  True Value stores in Arlington Heights and Palatine will be hosting a mum sale to benefit the OMS PTA on September 13th and 14th. Please Click here for additional information.

PTA Membership:  If you have already joined the PTA, THANK YOU!! If you haven't joined and would like to.   Click here to join.  Membership in the PTA not only supports tons of wonderful activities that benefit our children, you also get an online and paper school directory...coming soon!

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Enterovirus Notice

Emergency Drill Schedule

Each year, as mandated by the State of Illinois, the OMS students participate in a variety of emergency drills.  Teachers will share information with our students regarding what to do in the case of a drill or real emergency.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child's participation in these drills, please do not hesitate to contact their teacher or an administrator.

Below is a list of the drill dates with a brief description of each.  Please note that for practice purposes, the state requires that some of our drills be unannounced to either our students or teachers.  Additionally, some dates may change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.


Evacuation
This drill is necessary when it is determined that conditions outside of the building are safer than those inside the building.
(drill dates - 9/3/14 & 5/8/15)


Shelter-in-place
This drill provides refuge for students and staff inside the school building during a weather, hazardous materials, or other similar emergency.  Staff and students move to designated shelter areas that maximize their safety.
(drill dates - 9/26/14 & 3/3/15)


Lockdown
This drill is used when conditions exist outside of the school building that could potentially present a threat to the safety of the students and staff, or a situation inside the building where the school or local emergency responders need to keep students and staff in their classrooms and away from an incident or activity.
(drill date - 9/22/14)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

D25 Looking for Substitute Teachers, Teaching Assistants, & Nurses

The district is looking to hire more substitute teachers, teaching assistants, and nurses. 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Family Mentor Night

Our new and "seasoned" OMS families gathered to celebrate the start of the school year.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Science Club

Science Club

Science Club is back with all new activities for Olive students to enjoy, including orienteering, problem solving with measuring tools, and electricity. Science Club meets after school and students must return the Fall 2014 Sessions Sign Up Sheet to participate. See the Science Club Fall 2014 announcement for more details about the Science Club and the Fall 2014 topics. For more information, contact Cynthia House at chouse@sd25.org