Olive-Mary Stitt

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Friday, April 24, 2015

TWIG 4.24.15

Twig 4.24.15



THANK YOU BRENDA and JUDI!!! - With it being Administrative Assistant's Day this week, we wanted to give an Owl shout out (HOOT HOOT) to our fabulous OMS Administrative Assistants, Brenda Lettieri and Judi Campagna!!!!  They are so helpful with organizing our PTA events and they always have smiles on their faces! If you get a chance, please let them know how much you appreciate them! 

Book Fair - A BIG thank you to everyone who attended the Book Fair.  It was a great night!  Your efforts generated profits that will benefit future PTA programs.  A special thank you to the MANY volunteers that assisted during the fair.  We couldn't have done it without you!

Earth Fair - Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the Earth Fair on Wednesday evening.  To all of the Earth Fair Volunteers, OMS teachers and staff and Ecology Club member families.....THANK YOU.  You are a special bunch of very special people and you should all feel very proud of your passion to be environmentally conscious and your commitment to help out!  Please click here for a list of all of the amazing vendors that helped make this event a success.  

Erin's Law - Please take this opportunity to read the blog entry on Erin's Law which describes the presentation rollout for OMS. In January of 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law extending sexual abuse education to Illinois schools. “Erin’s Law” requires schools to provide child sexual prevention education for all students, early childhood through 12th grade, yearly. The opt out would is due today. Please click here for more information.  

Just Move It Challenge Participation Results -  Go Olive!!! Once again Olive won the student and staff participation award at the Just Move It challenge.  We had almost 20% of our students and 28% of our staff running or walking on that beautiful day.  Thank you to everyone who came out to run, walk or volunteer.  Click here for results from all of the district 25 schools.


ABC/25 End of Year Update: Thanks to Foundation Members and Community Members, the ABC/25 Foundation was able to fund $96,161.33 to our District 25 schools!!! Please take a look at this article to see funding breakdown. Olive received all school grants and membership grants among others.


Council of PTA Scholarship Recipients: Please click here to look at the PTA 2015 scholarship recipients. These are high school seniors who have attended a SD25 school. There are 2 former OMS students who received scholarships this year! They will be recognized at a breakfast with their parents, and a special SD25 teacher on May 20th. Congrats to all!! 


Staff Appreciation Week: On Wednesday, May 6th please wear your OMS spirit wear or wear red to show the OMS staff how much you appreciate them! Also, if you want to write a special note to any staff member to show how grateful you are, please send them in during the week.


SD25 5th Grade Track Meet:  The track meet will be held at Matthew Ives Memorial Track at South Middle School On Thursday, May 14 at 4:15 - 6:00pm. Click here for information and permission slips.  Permission slips are due by May 8.


Spring Camp Fit - Camp Fit will be starting soon. Sign up early as SPACE IS LIMITED!
Camp Fit is a 5 week program for OMS students in grades 1-5.  We meet on Tuesdays in May and June from 3:45-4:45 PM.  We will meet on May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2.  Space for this session is limited.  In Camp Fit, students will participate in various activities: Running, Stretching and PE Games. Please use the following link to sign up.


Rockin' with the Cops: Applications are being accepted for the annual Rockin' With The Cops Event on June 4, 2015 from 7-10 PM at Pioneer Park. This event is open to Arlington Heights Residents who are current 5th graders that also attend an Arlington Heights School. Click here for more information.

Excess Funds:  Do you have ideas about how we can spend our PTA excess funds?  Please submit ideas to Michelle Thompson or there is a box in the office.  

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

Assistant Principal For the Day


Hi this is Kasem. I had a great day being assistant principal. I read to one of my past classes. I also played a kickball game against my sister's class. I also got to teach a PE class. I also visited many classes.








Earth Day / Book Fair FUN!

We had a wonderful time Wednesday night at the Earth Day / Book Fair.  The turnout was fantastic, and even the Arlington Heights Mayor, Thomas Hayes, joined in the fun!  Thank you to all of the PTA parents who volunteered their time to make this event a huge success!

Thank you to everyone that signed up to help clean up a local park. The winner of the gardening basket is ticket # 838059.







Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Today we are celebrating two OMS VIPs - Brenda & Judi!







Author Visit

Blue Balliett, author of six books for young readers, visited OMS on Thursday.  In her presentation, she explained to the third, fourth, and fifth graders, that she likes to write about things that she is curious about or wonders about.  Students were especially interested in her description of her new novel, Pieces and Players, that tells the story of a very sensational art theft in which 13 items were stolen from a museum. Her fiction novel was based on a true art theft that took place 25 years ago.  A group of 17 students had a chance to personally meet with Mrs. Balliett before the school presentation.  They earned the opportunity by reading one of her books and writing a question for the author.  In that more personal setting, those students asked Mrs. Balliett their questions and learned a little more about her writing process.  


The LMC still has copies of Mrs. Balliett's autographed books for sale. They will be available until Thursday, April 30.  Order forms can be picked up in the LMC or downloaded from this link on the blog. 






Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Erin's Law Presentation Schedule for OMS

Olive-Mary Stitt School Social Worker, Mary Moore, will be presenting the important information pertaining to Erin's Law to all Olive-Mary Stitt students.  Below is the schedule for these presentations.  Also included is a link to the Arlington Heights District #25 parent presentation given by Assistant Superintendent, Aimee LeBlanc on April 15th. 


Olive- Mary Stitt Presentation Schedule:
Friday May 8: 9:15-10:00: First Grade
Monday May 11: 9:15-10:00: Second Grade
Tuesday May 12 9:15-10:00: Third Grade
Monday May 18 9:15-10:00: Fourth Grade
Tuesday May 26 9:15-10:00: Fifth Grade

Kindergarten presentations will be held in the classroom, times TBD


Click HERE to view the District #25 parent presentation

The following are links to the videos that will be shown during the student presentations:

5th Grade Video

3rd-4th Grade Video

K-2nd Grade Video - Joey Learns the Touching Rule (this video is copyrighted, so we are unable to link it)

Monday, April 20, 2015

MAKE A CHANGE FOR LOCAL TORNADO VICTIMS

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS SCHOOL DISTRICT 25 
JOINS TOGETHER TO

“MAKE A CHANGE 
FOR LOCAL TORNADO VICTIMS”


As you may be aware, 11 tornadoes were confirmed across Illinois on April 9th.  Six of the tornadoes across north central Illinois formed from one supercell thunderstorm. This included a strong tornado that was a long track EF-4 with maximum winds of 200 mph. This tornado began near Franklin Grove (Lee County), through the northwest side of Rochelle (Ogle County), across I-39, through Fairdale (DeKalb County), and ending south of Belvidere (far southern Boone County).  This tornado caused two fatalities in Fairdale, and a total of 22 injuries.  Many families lost their homes and were left to rebuild. All of this devastation took place just 60 miles from Arlington Heights!

Many of us watched with disbelief on that day and even the days that followed. We may have wondered if there was something we could do.   Well, there is.  Let’s all join together to “MAKE A CHANGE FOR LOCAL TORNADO VICTIMS.”

From April 27th - May 1st, Arlington Heights School District 25 will be collecting change to donate to our neighbors to the west.  Each day, students will have the opportunity to bring in change that will be collected for the week and then given to the McCormick Foundation who will see that 100% of the donations go to these victims.  We ask that children only bring in money collected from family members.  AHSD 25 never endorses children going door to door.


We hope that you will join us, as we join together to “MAKE A CHANGE FOR LOCAL TORNADO VICTIMS.”

Friday, April 17, 2015

TWIG 4.17.15

Twig 4.17.15


 
Just Move It Challenge! Thanks to all who came out last weekend to support ABC/25's and PTA Council's Just Move It Challenge!!! There were so many OMS staff and families present. We will get you the school participation results as soon as possible. If you would like race results, please click here.
 
Author Visit Rescheduled:  Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders: Blue Balliet, author of the award winning book Chasing Vermeer, is coming to visit on April 23rd! There is a an opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of one of her books and a special challenge/opportunity from Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Watanuki.  Please use this form to order a copy of the book
 
Rockin' with the Cops: Applications are being accepted for the annual Rockin' With The Cops Event on June 4, 2015 from 7-10 PM at Pioneer Park. This event is open to Arlington Heights Residents who are current 5th graders that also attend an Arlington Heights School. Click here for more information.
 
SD25 5th Grade Track Meet:  The track meet will be held at Matthew Ives Memorial Track at South Middle School On Thursday, May 14 at 4:15 - 6:00pm. Click here for information and permission slips.  Permission slips are due by May 8.
 
Spring Camp Fit - Camp Fit will be starting soon. Sign up early as SPACE IS LIMITED!
Camp Fit is a 5 week program for OMS students in grades 1-5.  We meet on Tuesdays in May and June from 3:45-4:45 PM.  We will meet on May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2.  Space for this session is limited.  In Camp Fit, students will participate in various activities: Running, Stretching and PE Games. Please use the following link to sign up.
 
OMS Book Fair: Please join us on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30-8:30 for the annual book Fair. 
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. Please drop your spirit wear donations in the office.  Sign up here to volunteer!!! Don't miss this event!
*Below are other opportunities related to the Earth Fair and/or Ecology:

* 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.

* Calling all 4th grade inventors: Make an invention out of recyclable rubbish! Vase, candle holder, tool? You name it. Turn your invention in to Ms. Brown's classroom (131) on the day of the Earth Fair, 4/22, and have it on display at the fair! Be creative and be part of the action at OMS!
 
* Attention 2nd Grade Families: Attention 2nd Grade families: You have been selected to help Mr. DeMarco with his Trash To Treasure station at the Earth Fair.  Click here for the flyer.
 
* Save the Monarch Butterfly: The monarch butterfly, perhaps the most iconic and beautiful butterfly in North America, is in trouble and it needs your help today! Get involved!  Click here for more information.
 
Excess Funds:  Do you have ideas about how we can spend our PTA excess funds?  Please submit ideas to Michelle Thompson or there is a box in the office.  
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

Erin's Law Presentation

Aimee LeBlanc, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, hosted a parent informational session on Erin's Law.


The presentation was recorded and will be available soon on the Arlington Heights District website. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Grade Color Day - Friday, April 24th!

I am excited to share that Kasem Q won the ABC 25 Olive drawing and will be the Assistant Principal for the 1/2 Day on Friday, April 24th.  He has declared this day to be GRADE COLOR DAY!  So show your spirit and wear your designated color!

Kindergarten – Yellow
First Grade – Blue
Second Grade – Green
Third Grade – Red
Fourth Grade Neon
Fifth Grade - Black