Olive-Mary Stitt

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

3rd - 5th Author Challenge


Calling All 3rd,4th & 5th Graders! Author Visit Challenge Opportunity We are excited to announce that author Blue Balliett is visiting Olive on Tuesday, April 7th. The Challenge: 1)Read one or more of Blue Balliett’s books by April 6th. 2)Write one question to ask Blue Balliett during her visit. All participants will be entered in a raffle to win a copy of her new book, Pieces and Players.

Friday, March 20, 2015

TWIG 3.20.15

Twig 3.20.15

 
 
Enjoy your Spring Break!!! - No school 3/23 - 3/27. We also have a short week when we return. There is no school on Friday, April 3rd.

Mary Stitt's 90th Birthday Celebration!!! - Please be our guest and join us to celebrate Mary Stitt's 90th birthday at Orbit Roller Rink on 4/9. Click here for more information.

Just Move It Challenge:  The annual Just Move It Challenge will be on Saturday, April 11 at South Middle School. Come RUN, WALK, DONATE OR HELP!  Go to http://www.jmichallenge.org for event information and registration.  OMS won the participation trophy last year...let's do it again!  See you April 11! Please click here for more information.

OMS Book Fair: will take place with the Earth Day Fair on Wednesday, April 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm. Your student(s) will have a chance to make wish lists during the school day and OMS teachers will also have book requests that you can purchase on their behalf. If you don't have a chance to attend that night, please come the following day, Thursday, April 23rd from 8:30-10am.

Earth FairThe Ecology Club is proud to present our annual big event - Earth Fair. On Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30-8:00 pm, grab your family and join us at OMS to learn about recycling, play fun games, recycle spirit wear, win prizes, visit with outside vendors and be part of the GREEN action here at OMS. If you would like a table at the Earth Fair, want to volunteer at the Earth Fair or simply have questions, you may contact Judi Schuch or Zhaneta Roura. Don't miss this event!

Earth Day Fair Science Club Challenge: Create a glider using materials retrieved from your recycling bin. Bring your plane to the Earth Day Fair on April 22 where it will be evaluated for craftsmanship, creativity, and accuracy of flight. For ideas on how to design and build your glider, check out the Science Club website at www.scienceclubatoms.weebly.com.

Arlington Heights Voter Information: Please click here for more details on the upcoming April 7th election (candidate information and early voting procedures).

Shoparoo: Easy Ongoing Fundraiser - We are excited to be partnering with a truly hassle-free fundraiser called Shoparoo! Turn pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school with a free app. The more users we have, the better we will do. Please check it out at www.shoparoo.com. Click here for more information.

Nominating Committee Report: Please click here for the nominating committee report for the 2015-2016 school year. This slate will be voted on at the May 13th meeting.

March 11th PTA Meeting Minutes: Please click here to see a copy of the March 11th PTA meeting minutes.

Target Takes Charge of Education: Do you have a Target RED card? Do you know that Target will donate 1% of your purchases to OMS? Click on the following link to sign up.
 
Open Committee Chairs for next year (2015-2016) -  We have several volunteer committee chair opportunities for next year with our PTA.  It's our amazing volunteers who make our programs possible!! The openings are: Parent Patrol, Plant Sale and additional co-chair for Roller Skating Night.  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

Living History Museums with 3rd & 4th Grade

There is no better way to learn about history than to live it. Our fourth grade students did a great job researching and presenting their biographies through their living museum! Our third grade students shared their extensive knowledge of famous Illinoisans!








Tuesday, March 17, 2015

There's a Leprechaun at OMS!

Who was that leprechaun reading to our kindergarten and 2nd grade classes? Mrs. St. (Fitz)Patrick, of course!


Friday, March 13, 2015

Bubble Wonders

Did you know that you can make a square bubble? Our kindergarten and 1st grade friends learned that anything is possible at our latest activity night. Thank you PTA for some great presentations this year!





TWIG 3.13.15

Twig 3.13.15




Kindergarten and First Grade Activity Night: Calling all Kindergarten and First Graders! Join us in the Commons TONIGHT, March 13 from 7-8pm for a fun-filled evening. Geoff Akins will be performing bubble magic. You won't want to miss this! All students must be accompanied by one adult and this event is open to kindergarten and first grade students only.  

ABC/25 Raffle!!! - Please support the ABC/25 Scholarship and Grant Fund by entering your child(ren) into the OMS ABC/25 raffle. OMS staff have created some creative and fun prizes! Please see the blog entry for a list of the raffle prizes and raffle tickets. Please make sure to make checks payable to Scholarship and Grant Fund (not ABC/25).

Mary Stitt's 90th Birthday Celebration!!! - Please be our guest and join us to celebrate Mary Stitt's 90th birthday at Orbit Roller Rink on 4/9. Click here for more information.

Just Move It Challenge:  The annual Just Move It Challenge will be on Saturday, April 11 at South Middle School. Come RUN, WALK, DONATE OR HELP!  Go to http://www.jmichallenge.org for event information and registration.. Please click here for more information.

Earth FairThe Ecology Club is proud to present our annual big event - Earth Fair. On Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30-8:00 pm, grab your family and join us at OMS to learn about recycling, play fun games, recycle spirit wear, win prizes, visit with outside vendors and be part of the GREEN action here at OMS. If you would like a table at the Earth Fair, want to volunteer at the Earth Fair or simply have questions, you may contact Judi Schuch or Zhaneta Roura. Don't miss this event!

Shoparoo: Easy Ongoing Fundraiser - We are excited to be partnering with a truly hassle-free fundraiser called Shoparoo! Turn pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school with a free app. The more users we have, the better we will do. Please check it out at www.shoparoo.com. Click here for more information.

Thomas Spirtwear: Thomas Middle School is having their spring spirit wear sale. All orders need to be placed online by 3/13. This is a great gift for 5th graders moving to Thomas in the Fall. Click here to see the samples.

Target Takes Charge of Education: Do you have a Target RED card? Do you know that Target will donate 1% of your purchases to OMS? Click on the following link to sign up.

5 Essentials Survey - Please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. It only takes a few minutes. The survey must be completed by March 13, 2015, but we encourage you to complete this very important survey as soon as possible.

 Open Committee Chairs for next year (2015-2016) -  We have several volunteer committee chair opportunities for next year with our PTA.  It's our amazing volunteers who make our programs possible!! The openings are: Parent Patrol, Plant Sale and additional co-chair for Roller Skating Night.  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
 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Makers - WANTED!




We are ALL Makers!  Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Watanuki have been excitedly learning about the transformative Maker Movement in education. This philosophy stems from the belief that each and every person has the power to innovate and create. As we move toward offering more Maker experiences to our OMS students, we recognize that the success of our Maker activities begins with students seeing themselves as Makers. 

Here's where we need your help, parents. Snap a photo ( or send a photo you have) of your child and something, ANYTHING, he or she has made and e-mail it to swatanuki@sd25.org. Think crafts, play-doh creations, forts, cakes, Lego creations, art, tinker toy buildings, imaginary lands for ponies or action figures, or inventions. We will use these photos to create a bulletin board featuring Olive Makers. Hard copies of photos can be sent in, but will not be returned. 

Please send photos by Wednesday, April 1,2015. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mindset Book Discussion

Thank you to those who were able to join us for a discussion on the book Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck at the Principals' Coffee last Friday. Dr. Dweck contends that it is not our innate ability that determines our success; but, in fact, our mindset. People, elementary school children included, tend to display either a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset. Those with a Fixed Mindset see themselves as having a set group of traits and abilities and may shy away from challenge as a way to "protect" their special status as "smart" or "athletic" or " musical", On the other hand, those with a Growth Mindset see their current level of ability as merely a starting point and recognize that through effort intellect and abilities can grow and develop. People with a Growth Mindset are up for a challenge and see effort as necessary for success. On the contrary, those with a Fixed Mindset often see the need to put forth significant effort as a sign of deficit. Interested in learning a little more about Mindsets? Take a look at the short video clips below.





Friday, March 6, 2015

Twig 3.6.15

Twig 3.6.15




Kindergarten and First Grade Activity Night: Calling all Kindergarten and First Graders! Join us in the Commons on Friday, March 13 from 7-8pm for a fun-filled evening. Geoff Akins will be performing bubble magic. You won't want to miss this! All students must be accompanied by one adult and this event is open to kindergarten and first grade students only.  

Earth FairThe Ecology Club is proud to present our annual big event - Earth Fair. On Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30-8:00 pm, grab your family and join us at OMS to learn about recycling, play fun games, recycle spirit wear, win prizes, visit with outside vendors and be part of the GREEN action here at OMS. If you would like a table at the Earth Fair, want to volunteer at the Earth Fair or simply have questions, you may contact Judi Schuch or Zhaneta Roura. Don't miss this event!

Cub Scouts: On February 13, OMS Cub Scout Pack 169 celebrated our annual Blue and Gold Dinner. At this event we said goodbye to eight fifth grade boys who have crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. This is a milestone achievement for these scouts as it culminates five years of scouting activity at OMS. The scouts are Kyle Colacicco, Connor Durkin, Adi Roura, Matthew Sanchez, Kevin Sheehan, Jacob Siciliano, Will Suarez, and Jack Sullivan. One of the many things they learned during their journey is how to set a goal and achieve it, an important life skill. Special thanks also their adult leaders, Iram Sanchez and Tom Suarez, who help guide them through their Cub Scout journey.  Click here for a photo.  

Just Move It Challenge:  The JMI challenge is on Saturday April 11.   There is a 5K and a 1 mile walk.  This is a great family fun event that raises money for ABC25.   Please click here for more information and to sign up.  

PTA Meeting:  Thank you to those of you attended the February meeting.  Here are the minutes from that meeting.  Please join us on Wednesday March 11 at 7pm.  Here is the agenda for that meeting.  

Thomas Spirtwear: Thomas Middle School is having their spring spirit wear sale. All orders need to be placed online by 3/13. This is a great gift for 5th graders moving to Thomas in the Fall. Click here to see the samples.

Nominations: Olive Mary Stitt PTA is seeking nominations for officers to serve for the 2015-2016 school year.  If you or someone you know is interested, please use the box in the office to submit your nominations or use this link:  

Target Takes Charge of Education: Do you have a Target RED card? Do you know that Target will donate 1% of your purchases to OMS? Click on the following link to sign up.

5 Essentials Survey - Please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. It only takes a few minutes. The survey must be completed by March 13, 2015, but we encourage you to complete this very important survey as soon as possible.

ABC/25 Foundation - There are amazing grants that are given by this wonderful foundation each year to schools in our district. OMS is the recipient of so many of these each year. Click here to learn more about the ABC/25 Foundation. 


Open Committee Chairs for next year (2015-2016) -  We have several volunteer committee chair opportunities for next year with our PTA.  It's our amazing volunteers who make our programs possible!! The openings are; Chess Club, Parent Patrol, Calendar, Plant Sale and additional co-chair for Roller Skating Night.  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

ABC 25 Olive Owl Drawing

Once again, OMS teachers and staff are generously donating their time to offer some very fun activities as part of our efforts to raise money for the ABC/25 Foundation. The foundation works with all district schools to provide grants for cutting-edge teaching tools for our students. To enter the drawing, please place tickets and money in an envelope marked ABC 25 Drawing and send it to school with your student by TUESDAY, MARCH 17th. You may send in cash or checks made payable to ABC/25. Winners will be announced at the end of the school day on Friday, March 20th. You may print out additional tickets and enter as many as you like. Please cut all of the tickets before turning them into the school. Teachers will have all students fill out one free ticket at school, to ensure that every student has a chance to win.

Please use the link below to see all of the wonderful activities offered this year and to print out tickets.