Friday, September 23, 2016
This afternoon Mrs. FitzPatrick and Ms. Davis led our OMS 5th graders in a team building activity. Small groups of students had to work together to get from a sinking island to the mainland. All they had were a few enchanted lily pads to help them cross the Curmudgeon River! Dodging sharks, biting fish, water snakes and the curmudgeons (Mrs. FitzPatrick and Ms. Davis) we are happy to report all of our 5th graders made it safely to the mainland!
When turning right into the parking lot from Olive street please take turns with those cars trying to turn left. While we don't have an official stop sign we are hoping families will treat this busy intersection as an unofficial 3 way stop.
Please make sure all children are entering and exiting vehicles from the straight-away drop-off zone only. The curve is marked in yellow and has cones set up - this is not a safe area for students to enter/exit vehicles.
Thank you so much for assisting us in making a busy part of the day just a bit easier for all!
Dear Elementary School Parents:
One of the wonderful things about Arlington Heights School District 25 is the partnership between staff and parents. Together, we create amazing experiences for our students!
Two of the upcoming, traditional events we have in AHSD25 are our elementary school parades and classroom-based celebrations for Halloween. We are excited to see our students dressed up in their favorite costumes and excited to celebrate with them! This year, food will not be served during classroom celebrations. 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 and crafts and activities.
Halloween classroom parties will be on Monday, October 31, 2016. Following our classroom parties, the Village of Arlington Heights hosts Trick or Treat hours from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Please do thank our teachers, principals, and our PTA room parents for their work in creating fun, engaging Halloween events for our students! I know our students are going to have a great time!
I encourage you to also join the Village of Arlington Heights in Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 28th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Public Works building. This is a great event where our students can collect some Halloween goodies from local businesses and Arlington Heights organizations in a safe, indoor environment.
Thank you for partnering with AHSD25 to help our students have a healthy and enjoyable Halloween experience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (847) 758-4870.
Lori D. Bein, Ed.D.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As a part of your child’s Physical Education program, their class will be participating in the FitnessGram® assessment which measures health-related fitness for youth.
The FitnessGram health-related fitness assessment offers multiple tests to measure aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. We ask that you encourage your child to participate with his/her best effort and to the best of their ability. The FitnessGram assessment provides a measure of good health as opposed to athletic ability. Students will be assessed using the following test items:
- One-Mile Run (Grades 4-8)
- Push-Up (Grades 3-8)
- Curl-Up (Grades 3-8)
- Back-Saver Sit and Reach (Grades 3-8)
*Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade may participate in these activities in order to practice the skills involved.
A FitnessGram report will be provided for each student to take home. This report will include your child’s scores and information about whether or not they achieved the FitnessGram Healthy Fitness Zone®. The Healthy Fitness Zone is a research-based standard that represents the level of fitness needed for good health. The information on this private report will not be displayed or made public. For more information regarding the FitnessGram assessment, please refer to www.FitnessGram.net.
Additionally, all districts in Illinois are required to report the number of students that meet the FitnessGram Healthy Fitness Zone® and the number of students that are identified as Needs Improvement in grades 5 and 7 each year. Individual student scores are not reported to the state and are not made public. Student scores will never be used as a grade, but rather as data to help students set personal fitness goals.
If you have other questions, please contact Nick Filipowski, Fine Arts & Physical Education Coordinator, or your child’s physical education teacher.
Thank you for your support,
Fine Arts & Physical Education Coordinator(847) 228-2061
Wednesday, October 5th is International Walk to School Day. This event aims to encourage healthier habits, bring awareness to the environment, and promote safe routes to school. We hope many OMS families will join us on this day as well as consider this a preferred option for getting to and from school, weather permitting, throughout the school year. OMS teachers and staff will walk with students along each of these routes. Join us on one of the following walk-to-school routes! Starting time and place is indicated.
*In case of inclement weather, we will send a SchoolMessenger email around 8am indicating the event will be rescheduled to the rain date of Oct. 6th.
WEST side of Arlington Heights Road
Start at Euclid and Dunton 8:35 am
Walk north up Dunton to Olive
East on Olive to OMS
Start at Olive and Walnut at 8:40 am
Walk east to OMS
EAST of Arlington Heights Road
Start at Maude and Belmont at 8:35 am
Walk South on Belmont
Walk west on Olive to OMS
Start at Wilshire and Oakton at 8:35 am
Walk west on Oakton
North on Belmont to OMS
Start at Douglas & Euclid at 8:35 am
Head north on Douglas to OliveWest to OMS
Thursday, September 15, 2016
We know it is exciting to have a new playground after not having had one last year; however, the school playground is for use by OMS students only during the school day for recess, PE class, and other classroom activities where teachers may take them outside. Between the hours of 8:50 am and 3:35 pm we ask families to utilize Greens Park for younger siblings and kindergarteners that would like to play before and after their school day. After 3:35 pm, students that wish to play on the school playground must be accompanied by an adult as the playground is also used by our CAP program. We have also reached out to Mr. Kaye at Thomas Middle School to remind his students that our playground is closed until our students dismiss. Middle schoolers that are picking up siblings have been asked to wait in the front of the school. Thank you for your help to keep our play area safe and secure.
Recently Mrs. Yarbrough's third-grade class worked with Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Watanuki our Advanced Learning Facilitators on an engineering challenge. Students were asked to work together to create a prototype of a device that could be used to retrieve a toy from a toy box. Students planned, sketched, created, and offered feedback to one another to improve their project designs. At the end of the challenge, student groups presented and explained their prototype to their peers.
ABC/25 Foundation News!
The ABC/25 Foundation is an independent non-profit volunteer organization that raises funds for innovative learning initiatives that are not otherwise supported by District funds. Learn more at www.abc25.org.
YOU can help our school Earn $2,500 by becoming a member of the ABC/25 Foundation! If OMS has 25% of our school community join the Foundation our school will be awarded $2,500!
Did you know your $40 membership donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
New this year is a Yankee Candle Fundraiser that started September 1st. Proceeds from membership and fundraisers benefit Foundation teacher grant programs.
Last year the grant money we were awarded was used to purchase ELMO's (document cameras), Boogie Board writing tablets, Apps for Education, and Scholastic Reading materials to be shared by all grades.
Monday, September 12, 2016