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Friday, October 13, 2017

Open House

Please join us for our Open House on Thursday, October 26th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  As a special treat, our 4th-grade students will be performing in the commons at 6:45 - 7:15 pm (Grimm, Range & Stevens) and 7:15 - 7:45 pm  (Beck & Wilson).

Open House is a time for your child to show you all of the hard work they have put into the last few months of school. They will be able to show you the spaces within their classrooms and around the building that they enjoy each and every day. The hallways will be lined with student work so there will be a lot to see. This evening is specifically designed for your child to take the lead.  Teachers will be available in the classrooms to welcome you; however, this is not a time for conferencing. We value your child's privacy in regards to how they are doing both academically and socially and request specific questions be emailed or asked during our upcoming parent/teacher conferences.

HELP for HOBBY in HOUSTON Thank you!

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity our community has shown during our HELP for HOBBY in HOUSTON Fundraiser. It has been especially wonderful to hear about all of the jobs our students are doing at home to earn some of the money. We have had some great conversations about helping other people that we don't even know personally, drawing on the message from our interactive read alouds with the book We're All Wonders...


OMS families raised $3103.73 and Thomas Middle School raised $3103.48 for a grand total of
$6207.21! 
Wow, well-done OMS &TMS! 
#owlsforothers

Halloween A to Z ~ 2017

Halloween A to Z ~ 2017

To help you get ready for this fun-filled day on Tuesday, 10/31, 
we offer the following Halloween A to Z:


AM Kindergarten Halloween Plans
Kindergarten teachers will send out Halloween information via email to all families. AM kindergarten students should be dressed in their costumes when they arrive at school. As a reminder, parents of AM kindergarten students are welcome to congregate in the Commons beginning at 9:05 am for the AM kindergarten parade at 9:10 am. AM classroom room reps. and party volunteers may begin decorating classrooms at 10:00 am while the students visit other classrooms. Only parents on the volunteer list that have a visitor’s badge will be allowed to leave the commons to help in the classroom. Volunteers, please make sure you leave plenty of time to pick up your visitor’s badge in the main office before you head down to the classroom.

Classroom Room Reps and Party Volunteers (PM Kindergarten & 1st-5th Grades)
Just like last year, you may arrive anytime after 12:15 pm to begin setting up for the classroom parties. Please make sure that you leave yourself plenty of time to pick up your visitor’s badge in the front entryway before you head down to the classroom. We will have pre-printed badges for all volunteers that have previously had their licenses scanned. If you have not yet had your license scanned, our office staff will do this when you arrive. Only individuals that are on the volunteer list and have a visitor’s badge will be allowed access to classrooms. We appreciate all that you have done to plan for a great day!

Costumes
Please help your child choose a costume responsibly, understanding that we wish to promote safety while having fun. Please be sure that students do not bring weapons (real or fake) to school or wear costumes that include blood or depict violence. Please also exercise caution in selecting a mask, as students will not be able to wear them during the parties and may be asked to remove them if they make walking in the parade unsafe. 

Lunch (1st-5th)
Students going home for lunch on this day will be dismissed from the front doors at 12:10 pm. Parents do not need to come into the office to sign their child out as the Halloween permission slip will serve as the sign-out. Students must return to school no later than 1:10 pm. To ensure proper supervision, students may not exit cars until 1:05 pm. They may line up outside their regular arrival doors (PM kindergarten, 2nd & 5th at door 7 and 1st, 3rd, & 4th at the front doors) to wait for the doors to open at 1:10 pm.

Students that stay at school for lunch will have an opportunity to eat and then change into their costumes at 12:40 pm. Food service will offer only the Zip Line lunch bag for lunch on Tuesday, 10/31 due to the low Halloween lunch participation. The only two lunch options on 10/31 will be 1) yogurt, string cheese, bagel stuffed w/cream cheese, fruit, two vegetable choices, & milk or 2) turkey and cheese deli sandwich, fruit, two vegetable choices, & milk.

Parade (Indoor) 
If it rains/snows or the temperatures are too cold, we will parade inside the commons of our school. Parents of PM kindergarten, 1st & 2nd-grade students are welcome to congregate in the commons to view the indoor parade, beginning at 1:30 pm. Parents of students in 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade are welcome to congregate in the commons to view the indoor parade, beginning at 2:00 pm. Students in the first parade will enjoy their classroom parties immediately following their parade. Some classrooms in the second parade may begin their parties prior to the 2:00 pm parade and resume the festivities following the parade. We appreciate you understanding that we are not able to accommodate parents in the school prior to 1:30 pm as our custodian will be cleaning the commons after lunch. Also, so that every parent has an opportunity to see their child in the parade, we respectfully request that you only congregate in the commons during your child’s parade.

Parade (Outdoor)
If the weather cooperates, we will have our annual parade, beginning at 1:30 pm. This year we will not be crossing intersections.  Instead, we will exit the building through the front doors and walk on the sidewalk of Olive Street towards Douglas.  We will turn right at the stop sign to walk along Douglas Street near Greens Park. We will turn right and walk along the tree line to return to OMS.  In the event of rain, we will bring the parade indoors. If we have to move inside, an email will go out to families around 12:50 pm.

Party Food Policy
Food will not be served during classroom celebrations. Also per the district, please do not send any food items to school for distribution to students. Our Halloween parades and classroom parties will focus on the fun of celebrating together through holiday games, crafts and activities.  

Permission Slip
The following are links to a Google Forms Halloween Permission Slip. All classroom teachers will also email families these links. AM & PM kindergarten parents will be asked to indicate their child's parade/party plans. 1st - 5th grade parents will also be asked to indicate their child's Halloween lunch plans on the permission slip. Please complete a separate form for EACH of your children as this is how you give permission for EACH of them to participate in activities on Halloween. Please respond to this form by Tuesday, October 24th.




Safety & Supervision
We will have extra supervision in place on 10/31. We also ask that our parents be extra mindful of all safety procedures around our school on this day, as extra traffic, excited students, and rushed parents can result in a very dynamic parking lot. Thank you in advance for your respect of the dismissal procedures at lunch and at the end of the day.

Zero
The chance that it is going to rain on our parade! :)

We know that our students are very much looking forward to this event. 

Thank you for helping to make this a great day for them!

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Nest for Celeste - One Book One School





I hope that all of our families are sharing A Nest For Celeste together at home. Some of our students have already created reading nests and have sent in photos to be included in a slideshow to be aired at lunch in the future.  If you would like to send in a photo of your child reading A Nest For Celeste, please email it to omslmc@sd25.org.  Remember to include your child’s name and teacher name in the subject line. Also, if you are on Twitter, we’d love to see you tweet some family photos. Please include the hashtag #1book1olive so that we can find each other’s posts.


At school, our students have been busily searching for Celeste the mouse by following scavenger hunt clues.  So far, they have discovered her by the elevator and just outside the art room. 


Students in grades 1 and 2 have learned some background information about John James Audubon, the famous painter of birds, during their library time this week. If your family would like to learn more about Mr. Audubon, please follow this link to read an encyclopedia article about him: http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3754343

Walk to School Day

On Monday, Oct. 2nd many OMS students and families joined our staff in celebrating National Walk to School Day.  Thank you for making our morning bright!




Thursday, October 12, 2017

Letter from School Nurse

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October 13, 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

We have some exciting news to share! The OMS PTA is launching a brand new fundraiser during the week of October 23-27 called JUST JUMP. This very fun in school event will engage all OMS students and their families and we can't wait to see the kids JUST JUMP (for 10 minutes during P.E. class)! Find out all the details and what to expect here.

TRENDING AT OMS THIS WEEK

  • Chess Club Starting Friday, October 20 - sign up and get more information here.
  • Box Tops October Class Challenge - Collection Week is next week (10/17 to 10/20) 
  • The Owl Way - October Happenings
  • Help Shape Your 2018/2019 Olive PTA - The Nominating Committee NEEDS your help
  • Halloween Party Planning has Begun. - Learn more here.
  • Family Bingo Night is Friday, November 10thSave the Date!

HURRY! LAST CALL

  • Reflections Art Contest - 3 weeks left to submit! Find out all the program details here.

THINGS TO KNOW

  • Yearbook Sales Have Started - 10% off All Orders Placed in October!
  • YOU (yes, you!) Can Help OMS Parents Stay Informed on District Happenings - here's how.
  • Directory Spot is Now Updated for 2017-2018! Check it out here.
  • September PTA Meeting Minutes - Click here to view. 
  • PTA Volunteer Hours - Go to the online form to log your hours.
  • OMS PTA Meeting - Thursday, November 2
  • You Can Still Join the PTA!
  • All PTA Events Can be Found on the OMS PTA Calendar.

Upcoming Events


10/14 - Progressive Dinner 7pm-11pm
10/16 - The Owl Way Week
10/16 - School Improvement Day (Staff Only) - No School
10/17-10/20 - Box Top Collection
10/23-10/27 - Just Jump Week 
10/26 - OMS Open House 
10/26 - Fourth Grade Open House Concert
10/31 - Halloween Parade / Classroom parties
 


Important Links


OMS CALENDAR

DISTRICT 25 E-FLYERS

TWIG SUBMISSION FORM

OMS BLOGSPOT


CONTACT THE PTA

JOIN THE PTA

 

CONNECT WITH US


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Friday, October 6, 2017

Thank you Community Helpers

Each September the PTA Owl Way Committee helps our students recognize someone special in our community.  This year our students signed cards of thanks to present to our bus drivers, crossing guards, and recess supervisors. 

Thank you to the families and students that helped make the day of some very special community helpers!

Team Building at OMS

Each year Mrs. FitzPatrick and Ms. Davis host team building activities for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students.  The focus of each activity is working together to solve a problem.  Students are encouraged to get to know their teammates, communicate both verbally and silently, and listen to each other.

Please click here to see our slideshow!

TWIG 10.06.17

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October 6, 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Happy Friday, Olive Parents! Welcome to the new Twig format. We've streamlined all the important information for simpler, shorter, easier reading. All the details are still listed on our website and you can easily click within a bulleted topic to find out more information. We'll have 4 weekly sections: Trending, Last Call (highlighting event/program deadlines), Things to Know and Shout Outs (recognizing our volunteers!).

Questions? Concerns? Recommendations on making this even better? Don't hesitate to reach out to us at olivepta@gmail.com!

Thanks,
Kelly Gabrione and Megan Puzen
 

TRENDING AT OMS THIS WEEK

  • Sign up for the WHOOO'S WHO? House Hop ends today! Don't miss your chance to attend this annual parent favorite. Learn all about the fun night out and how to sign up here.
  • Yearbook Sales Have Started - 10% off All Orders Placed in October!
  • Chess Club Starting Friday, October 20 - more information here.
  • Art Awareness Volunteers Needed - Sign up here.
  • Family Bingo Night is Friday, November 10thSave the Date!

HURRY! LAST CALL

  • Reflections Art Contest - 4 weeks left to submit! Find out all the program details here.

THINGS TO KNOW

  • LMC Volunteers Still Needed. Click here for more info.
  • Keep Clipping Box Tops - Collection Week is 10/16 to 10/20.
  • Join the Ecology Club - Permission form and more information here.
  • Introducing The Owl Way! Here's the scoop.
  • YOU (yes, you!) Can Help OMS Parents Stay Informed on District Happenings - here's how.
  • PTA Volunteer Opportunities Available - Click here to fill out the volunteer form and get involved.
  • Directory Spot is Now Updated for 2017-2018! Check it out here.
  • Activity Nights 2018 - Save These Dates.
  • Support the PTA by Shopping Amazon Smile.
  • You Can Still Join the PTA!
  • All PTA Events Can be Found on the OMS PTA Calendar.

SHOUT OUTS

  • We welcomed 16 families at this week's New Family Activity Night. Thank you to our hospitable ambassadors, Sophie Gryfikas and Brenda Larson, for organizing a friendly and fun night!

Upcoming Events


10/9 - Columbus Day - No School
10/14 - Progressive Dinner 7pm-8pm
10/16 - The Owl Way Week
10/16 - School Improvement Day (Staff Only) - No School


Important Links


OMS CALENDAR

DISTRICT 25 E-FLYERS

TWIG SUBMISSION FORM

OMS BLOGSPOT


CONTACT THE PTA

JOIN THE PTA

 

CONNECT WITH US


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September HOOT Winners

We had so much fun playing fruit salad with our September HOOT winners!



Friday, September 29, 2017

Read with Us!

One Book One School Event Starts October 2!
The whole school community (families and staff of OMS) will begin reading A Nest For Celeste on October 2. A paperback copy of the book was sent home today with the youngest child in each family. Enclosed within the book is a packet that includes the reading schedule and letters explaining how the program will work and how to send in photos of your children and families reading. The official start day for reading the book will be October 2, but if you are excited to start, of course, you may begin this weekend.Please try not to read beyond the pages designated for Week 1. We plan to discuss and celebrate this book at OMS over the next five weeks. Author/Illustrator, Henry Cole, will spend the day with us on November 10.

Mrs. Brown, the LMC Director, introduced students to the One Book One School program at an all-school assembly at the end of the day on Friday. Here is a copy of the presentation: https://goo.gl/zjzi3q

If you would like more information about the One Book One School program, please visit the LMC website: http://olivemarystittlmc.weebly.com/
There, you will find links to discussion questions, the reading schedule and more. OMS staff members and other district employees and administrators, as well as former Olive students, and even the mayor of Arlington Heights have recorded their voices reading each chapter of A Nest For Celeste. So, if you find that you don’t have time to read some of the chapters as a family, please help your child visit the LMC website in order to listen to the chapters being read aloud. If you have any additional questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Brown at nabrown@sd25.org.  

Here is a statement by Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian of Illinois about the importance of family reading time:

“Time spent reading together is one of the most valuable gifts a family can share because early reading sets young people on the path to lifelong learning.”

Lunchtime Movies

As a follow-up to a previous blog post on lunchtime rewards, our school currently owns the following movies which have been approved to show.

Monsters, Inc
Descendants
Monsters University
The Little Mermaid II ~ Return to the Sea
A Bug's Life
The Muppets Take Manhattan
Finding Nemo
Mary Poppins
Mulan
Mulan II
Charlotte's Web
Toy Story 3
Toy Story That Time Forgot


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September 29, 2017

One Book, One School

We are excited to announce that the One Book One School program will begin on Monday, October 2. Families are invited to read the book A Nest For Celeste together during the month of October. We are very grateful to our PTA for generously purchasing a paperback copy of the book for each family. The books are being sent home with the youngest child of each family on Friday, September 29. In addition, each family will receive a reading schedule and letters explaining the program that have been tucked inside each book. For more information about the program, please read the OMS Blog post for Friday, September 29 and visit the OMS LMC website: http://olivemarystittlmc.weebly.com/.
 

Directory Spot is Now Updated for 2017-2018!

Directory Spot is the online school directory for Olive. It is available to all PTA members. Click here for more information. Contact Kate Halley with questions.
 

Yearbook - Now Available to Order

Olive-Mary Stitt is using TreeRing to make our yearbooks. Last year we made the switch to TreeRing for two reasons:
  • Custom Pages: Every student gets a one-of-a-kind printed copy of the yearbook, containing two free pages that they can customize with personal photos.
  • Buy a Book, Plant a Tree: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name whenever someone from our school purchases a yearbook. (And here’s a bonus: They print on recycled paper).
Our book this year will be forty-two pages, including the two free custom pages, printed fully in color. The cost is $13.00. Orders placed by September 30 receive a 15% discount.  October orders will receive a 10% discount.

In order to buy your book and start your custom pages, visit https://www.treering.com.  If you had a TreeRing account last year, you can use the same password to log into your account. Please add any new children that did not attend last year. If you do not have a TreeRing account from last year you will need to create one.  You’ll want to have our school passcode handy. That number is 1014636724843184.  Please purchase a yearbook for each child so they can each have a book to sign the last week of school.                    

We’re looking forward to a year full of great memories—and capturing them in the yearbook!

Please contact Kate Halley or Jeannie Glasstetter if you have questions.

P.S. If you run into any trouble at all while setting up your TreeRing account, they have a great support team. Please contact them at support@treering.com.
 

Join the OMS Ecology Club!

Calling all 3rd to 5th grade students: You are invited to join the OMS Ecology Club! We are an active, fun group that meets once a month. Our first meeting will be in October 5 at 3:45pm. Permission slip required. Submit your student’s completed permission form before the first meeting. Questions: Contact Regan Sonnabend or Megan Hill. Hope to see you then!
Click here to submit the online permission slip.
 

WHOOO'S WHO? House Hop

Saturday, October 14

6th Annual Progressive Dinner

We hope you can join us at this awesome PTA Annual Event! Swoop from house to house as you enjoy an evening of laughter, hors d'oeuvers and drinks while you meet and reconnect with fellow Olive-Mary Stitt Parents.

If you have not attended before, we start by having you meet us at the school for house assignments, then off to your first house at 7:00pm to enjoy and at 9:00pm you travel to your second house. This is one of Olive PTA's biggest fundraisers and a great time is had by all!

Click here for the sign up form. Please return it with a check to the Olive office.

You can now also sign up online!
https://househop.eventbrite.com   password: Olive
The processing fee is 2.92 per ticket if purchased online.

Contact Jen Ortman or Melissa Teuscher if you have questions.

Chess Club Starting!

Friday, October 20

Olive students in grades K-5 who are interested in chess are invited to join the Chess Club. All levels are welcome — from beginner to experienced player (we’ll teach you the rules!). Chess Club will meet from 3:35 – 4:35 pm on the following dates: October 20thNovember 10thDecember 8thJanuary 12thFebruary 2nd & 23rd, and March 16th. Each meeting is an independent lesson; attend as many as you can. Parent volunteers are welcome during our meetings (no Chess experience required). Look for the sign up in next week's Twig. Contact Stephanie Jennrich or Jennifer Faley with any questions.
 

The Owl Way Salutes our Community Helpers

The Owl Way formerly known as Character Counts, kicked off September with a Salute to our Community Helpers. This program promotes good character and kindness at all grade levels. The Owl Way implements monthly service initiatives to promote good character traits such as being kind, responsible, honest, fair and helping others. On occasion, this PTA program partners with other clubs such as the Ecology Club and the 5th Grade Service Learning Club, to carry out monthly projects with the help of students, parents and staff. The Owl Way fosters a positive learning environment and breeds a culture of kindness. OMS has a strong tradition of raising global-minded students and is committed to fostering a passion for service learning in tomorrow’s leaders. Click here to see a video.

 

Help OMS Parents Stay Informed on District Happenings

The OMS PTA used to have a SD25 School Board Rep, someone who would go to each of the SD25 School Board Meetings and then report back to the PTA.  We've been unable to fill that position and we are trying something new this year by allowing anyone to sign up to attend a single School Board Meeting and report back to the PTA with an email summary of what was discussed.  Please consider signing up for a meeting.  This is an easy, low-commitment way to volunteer and help our school's community stay informed.  Sign up via Sign Up Genius here.
 

LMC Volunteers Needed

Consider volunteering in the Library Media Center (LMC)! We have several spots still available.

Monday - 9:00AM-10:30AM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Tuesday - 10:30AM-12:10PM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Wednesday – 9:00AM-10:30AM10:30AM-12:10PM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Thursday – 10:30AM-12:10PM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Friday - 10:30AM-12:10PM

The commitment can be either every week or every other depending on your availability. If you are interested, please contact Nina Shamoon.
 

PTA Volunteer Opportunities

There are many more volunteer opportunities at school! Please CLICK HERE to fill out the Volunteer Form and see all of the opportunities.
 

Reflections Art Contest - 5 weeks left to submit

Are your kids creative? We have 6 weeks left to submit your Reflections art piece!

Whether you are a painter, photographer, writer, singer, musician, or dancer you can participate in this contest. All Olive kids are eligible to enter. The submission is easy, just create your masterpiece, print out the submission form, and submit it through the Olive front office.

Let's see how many submissions we can get into Olive! Pieces will move on to District, Region, State, and Nation. All participants will receive recognition and be invited to a celebration in the spring!

Any questions? Please ask!

Click here for more information. Contact Kim Hemmingeror Leena Joshi with questions.
 

Activity Nights 2018 - Save the Dates!

Each winter, the PTA organizes grade-specific Activity Nights and brings in a great performer to entertain our kids.  The 2018 Activity Nights have been confirmed.  Please make a note of the following dates:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: January 19, 20187-8pm
2nd and 3rd Grade: February 1, 20187-8pm
4th and 5th Grade:  February 23, 20187-8pm

Mark your calendars so that your child(ren) can attend these fun, free events.
 

Twig Submission Form

Does your club or committee want to promote or share something in the Twig? Please click here to submit your information by the Wednesday at 12 pm prior to the Friday you would like it to run. Thank you!
 

Have you Joined the PTA?

Please click here to join the PTA.  Your membership helps support all of the wonderful activities and programs your children will participate in this school year!  There is no time commitment.
 

Amazon Smile

Calling all Amazon.com shoppers! Please consider supporting the PTA and start shopping at www.Smile.Amazon.com and .5% of your purchases will be contributed to the Olive-Mary Stitt PTA. Click here to learn more about Amazon Smile.
 

OMS PTA Calendar

All PTA events will be posted on the Olive school calendar. Please click here for a link to the calendar. It can also be found on the home page of the Olive PTA website.

Upcoming Events


10/2 - Walk to School Day
10/2 - PTA Artspiration, 6:00-7:30pm
10/3 - New Family Activity Night
10/9 - Columbus Day - No School


Important Links


OMS CALENDAR

DISTRICT 25 E-FLYERS

TWIG SUBMISSION FORM

OMS BLOGSPOT


CONTACT THE PTA

JOIN THE PTA

 

CONNECT WITH US


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