Olive-Mary Stitt

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

OMS Curriculum Night 9.2.15

We have had a wonderful start to the 2015-2016 school year and look forward to working collaboratively with you to ensure that your child experiences great success this year. It was wonderful to see so many of you during the Ice Cream Social/Meet & Greet event. Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped to organize such a wonderful evening!

Our next OMS community gathering will be our Parent Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, from 6:30-8:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for parents to learn about their child’s classroom procedures and curriculum. This evening is for parents only and will follow the schedule of presentations below, so please arrive promptly for each session.

As you might expect, with all of our families invited to our Parent Curriculum Night, parking will be very limited. We will have our school lot available, in addition to the Orchard Church parking lot. If possible, please carpool or walk.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 2nd!


Becky FitzPatrick

Erin Davis
Assistant Principal

Friday, August 28, 2015

Twig 8.28.15

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Olive-Mary Stitt PTA - Every child. One voice.
The Olive Twig

August 28, 2015

In this Issue

- Meet and Greet/PTA Fair            - Drop off and Pick up
- Spirit Wear Sale                          - Parent Patrol
- Character Counts Corner            - OMS Calendar
- Bike Rodeo                                 - Twig Submissions
- Curriculum Night                         - 2015/2016 PTA Budget 

Meet and Greet/PTA Fair

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Meet and Greet and the PTA Fair, it was a great success! A special thanks to Rachael Hooker and all of the Meet and Greet volunteers. Thank you also to the Committee chairs and clubs that hosted tables, it was a fun way to learn about all that Olive has to offer.

Spirit Wear Sale

Olive PTA Spirit Wear Sale begins today and runs through September 18th. There are a lot of items to choose from! Be sure to visit our online store. Orders will be taken online only and your items will be delivered to your child's classroom early-mid October. Samples will be on display in the OMS Commons and also at Curriculum Night (September 2nd). Please click here for our product descriptions. For more information, please contact Sarah Klancnik or Jolinta Voelker.

Character Counts Corner

We kicked off a full year of Character Counts initiatives by including an optional donation to nokidhungry.org at the Ice Cream Social. We are pleased to announce that we raised money to provide 1,700 meals to the 1 in 5 U.S. children who do not receive adequate food. This month we chose kindness! Each month we target one of the pillars of good character: kind, responsible, respectful, trustworthy, fair, caring and a good citizen. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting pilot program at OMS!

Bike Rodeo

Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders! The Bike Rodeo, being held on September 8th after school, consists of a short bike safety presentation from the A. H. police department followed by skill stations located in the loading zone. Participation is a requirement for all 3rd graders (and 4th and 5th graders who have not participated in the past) to be allowed to ride their bike to school without adult supervision. The Bike Rodeo permission slip and Helmet Fitting Guide can be accessed through this link.  The permission slip is due by September 4 in the children's classrooms.  Please ensure that your child's helmet is properly fitted prior to the Bike Rodeo.

Curriculum Night

Save the Date!! Olive's Curriculum night is September 2nd from 6:30-8:30.  This is a parent only event, please make other arrangements for your children. This event allows our teachers the opportunity to share with parents what your children will be learning this year and their strategies for accomplishing that goal. Please plan on attending.

Drop off and Pick up

As you have already seen, drop off and pick up is a little different this year due to our construction. Please refer to this map and procedure guide for explanations on how things work this year.

Parent Patrol

We need your help to keep things running smoothly at Drop Off. Please consider volunteering for Parent Patrol from 8:40-9:05 two times a month.  We provide you with an orange vest, you provide the smile!  Here is the link to sign up.

OMS Calendar

You can print it, download it to your home computer or cell phone by selecting the Export button. We will make changes and updates on this calendar as club dates and events are confirmed and let you know when any changes have been made. Here is a link to the calendar directly.  It can also be found on the home page of the olivepta.com website.

Have you found us on Facebook?

Please use the icon on the top right hand on this letter to request admission to our PTA Facebook page. 

Twig Submissions

If your club or committee would like to promote or share something in the Twig, please fill out this form and submit it by the Wednesday evening prior to the Friday your would like it to run. Thank you!

2015/2016 PTA Budget

Please take a look at our PTA budget for 2015/2016. We will be voting on it at the September 30th PTA meeting.

Upcoming Events..

8/28-9/18 Spirit Wear Sale
9/2 Curriculum Night (6:30-8:30)
9/4 Coupon Books Delivered (new fundraiser)
9/8 Bike Rodeo
9/9 Committee Chair Workshop
9/29 Picture Day
9/30 New Family Mentor Night (6:45pm)
9/30 PTA Meeting (7:30pm)


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Arrival/Dismissal Update

Olive Families,

As many of you know we are continually working to improve our loading zone procedures to ensure the safety of our Olive Community.  

After a recent consultation with the Arlington Heights Police Department we have discovered the need to limit the foot traffic on the sidewalk that runs along Olive Street and the Loading Zone, which crosses the entrance/exit for vehicles. We are thankful that so many families are walking their children to school and the amount of vehicle traffic has been at a minimum, but know that this will change later in the year.

We are asking all families that need to walk west before school and east after school to follow the sidewalk that runs the length of our field/blacktop or to cross at the cross walks and walk along the north side of Olive Street.  The exception to this would be those families that have legally parked their vehicles along Olive Street, between the parking sign and driveway.

We appreciate this means a few extra steps, but feel this will improve safety for our Olive students and families.  We could not undergo this massive construction project without the support and collaboration of all of you. Thank you for your support!

1st Grade Families - School Lunch Taste Test

Come taste for yourself!  

We invite first grade families to sample our menu at our taste-testing event.  Please stop by and visit us on Monday, August 31st from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m at:

Thomas Middle School
1430 Belmont Avenue

Thursday, August 27, 2015

First Day of School

First Day of School

First we would like to thank our parent community for being patient with us as we work out the kinks during our drop-off and pick-up routines.  We know that this is a big adjustment for everyone, and we appreciate your ability to roll with the punches with us.  We continue to think of ways to improve our procedures to ensure that we keep our students well-being and safety as our number one priority.

This morning the students spent time in their classes unpacking supplies and getting to know one another before they joined Mrs. FitzPatrick and I in the Commons for our first assembly.  During our assembly we reviewed a few school-wide expectations including what H.O.O.T. stands for!  We also introduced all of our OMS staff members to the tune of the Blackhawks goal song!  We wrapped up learning about how recess will look a little different this year.  Check out our selfie below!

Today was an excellent first day!  We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Ms. Davis and Mrs. FitzPatrick

Friday, June 5, 2015

TWIG 6.5.15

June 5, 2015

Last TWIG of the School year! - The last day of school is Monday, June 8th which is a full day. HAPPY SUMMER!!

Thanks to all of our amazing families, committee chairs and volunteers for a successful school year of many, many PTA events and activities!! We definitely live in a wonderful, supportive, caring and helpful community. Your time and talents are valued! In SD25 (7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools), we have:
- 5300 students
- 800 staff
- PTA raises $350,000!
- 4,162 PTA members
- 430 committees
- 350 programs
This is a great testament to all of the hard work and love you put into our schools and our children!

5th Grade Breakfast:  Parents of 5th graders are invited to the annual breakfast on June 8, from 8-9:15 in the Commons.  The 5th grade committee has requested that each student bring a Sharpie for signing.  Due to space limitations, please make other arrangements for siblings.  Click here for the flyer. 

Incoming Thomas 6th grade Summer Reading:  Please read the Summer Read Flyer 2015 for information on your summer reading list as well as how to order books.  

Attention Incoming Kindergarteners:  Attention Families with Incoming Kindergartners! The Summer Play dates are set for Wednesday, June 24 6:30-7:30 pm; Sunday July 19th from 1:00-2:00 pm & Monday, August 10th from 10:00-11:00 am. Please bring your incoming Kindergartners to meet some new kindergarten friends. All play dates are held weather permitting at Greens Park. Also, we are ordering the Class of 2021 T-shirts. If you haven't already ordered one and you would like to please complete this form and turn it into the front office. Any questions? contact Lindsey Campion

ABC/25 Foundation Membership Drive Begins Now:  Please support Olive-Mary Stitt's chance to earn a $2500 grant from the ABC/25 Foundation-the fundraising partner of School District 25! All you have to do is join ABC/25 with a donation of $40 when you register your child online for the 2015/2016 school year.  We need 25% of Olive's families to join in order to receive the grant money.  If you have children at more than one school in the district, your membership will count toward both schools' tallies.  

ABC/25 Open postions:  Please click here to learn more about open positions in the ABC/25 organization.  

Cultural ArtsThe Cultural Arts committee would love to know if any OMS families have personal connections to or enjoyed with their kids any particular Chicago-area theater, music, or dance groups. We are looking to secure in-school performances for the 2015-16 school year and we welcome your input on the types of arts and cultural education you'd love to have your children experience! Please contact Christine Wellner to share your ideas.

Back to School Ice Cream Social:  Kick off the 2015/2016 school year at our Ice Cream Social. Use the form to pre-order by May 29th. Meet your teachers, drop off supplies and enjoy ice cream with friends! Click here for more information. 

School Supply Kits Ordering -  The PTA is once again offering school supply kits for purchase and the deadline for ordering is June 12th Click here for more info on ordering & the school supply list for next year.

PTA Survey: Please take a few minutes to complete our PTA survey. PTA Survey Tell us what you like and what you'd like to see modified. Your opinion matters!!! 

Volunteer Opportunities for 2015/2016: Please fill out the following form to indicate which volunteer opportunities you are interested in for next school year. PTA Volunteer Form. We really appreciate the efforts of all of our amazing PTA volunteers! You make our events an activities possible!

Open Committee Chairs for next year (2015-2016) -  We have a few committee chair positions still available for next year:  Parent Patrol, Roller skating night co-chair, Just Move It school representative.  Please contact Rebecca Linscott or Angie Frye if you are interested or would like more information.  

OMS Calendar (calendar tab also on Directory Spot App and can be exported into your electronic calendars or printed): Click here for calendar.

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.  If you have an accompanying email blast please email olivepta@gmail.com.  Email blasts must be a follow up to a post in a prior Twig.  Any questions please contact olivepta@gmail.com

Wishing You a Relaxing Summer Vacation!

Monday will mark the end of another fantastic year at OMS. The learning adventures have been plentiful, the friendships long lasting, and the fun never ending! We hope that we will see many of you at our 5th grade sendoff on Monday at 3:30 pm, on the blacktop. If not, please enjoy a well-deserved break from the school year routine, and we'll see you back at the nest on Thursday, August 27th.

I am so grateful for the accomplishments and contributions of our students, staff, and parents this year. It was once again a privilege to lead such a remarkable school!


Internet Safety Presentations

During their LMC lessons in May, OMS fifth graders became experts on Internet Safety.  They learned about such topics as choosing safe passwords, creating good usernames, protecting computers from viruses, choosing what is safe to post online, etc.  In order to share that information with others, fifth graders worked with teams to create presentations using the online tool, Prezi. Then, they shared their presentations with the third graders.   The third graders enjoyed rotating through all of the interactive presentations that included information, mini quizzes, videos, and more.