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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Give a HOOT Video

Check out the latest from Wise Ideas Productions...
Our Character School Improvement Committee shared this with our students during morning announcements as a way to remind them about our Give a HOOT expectations.

Hooray for good choice
Our job is learning
Only kindness
Take time to do our best

Second Grade Musical - Many Cultures, One World!

Thank you to Mrs. Petricca and the Second Grade Students for putting on a wonderful show celebrating the many diverse cultures of the world.  Your dancing, singing, and musical instrument talents amazed us!  You even inspired your parents to sing along....Way to Go!

Book Buddies

Ask almost any fifth grade or kindergarten student about one of their favorite times of day and they will likely say, "Book Buddies!" Check out some of our fifth grade students reading about animal friends with their kindergarten buddies.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How Can I Best Help My Child When He or She Struggles with School Work?

At our Coffee & Conversation with the Principals last Friday, Lynn Van Stee, our school psychologist, presented a number of research based strategies for parents to use when assisting their children with school work. The following PowerPoint movie provides a number of helpful suggestions, including websites, strategies, and apps.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Olive Owl Drawing 2014

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 MONDAY, APRIL 21st. You may send in cash or checks made payable to ABC/25. Winners will be announced at the end of the school day on Tuesday, April 22nd. You may print out additional tickets and enter as many as you like. Please cut all of the tickets before turning them in to 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.

Olive Owl Drawing Activities & Tickets

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Peace, Love & Olive

Today's Student Council school spirit day brought out the greatest fashions from the 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's. Looking groovy!


March Give a HOOT Winners

We enjoyed another fun lunch/recess with the principals for our March HOOT winners. All of these students displayed one of our behavioral expectations. We look forward to reading in our kindergarten winners' classrooms!

Hooray for good choices
Our job is learning
Only kindness
Take time to do our best

These students gave a HOOT and we do too!

Friday, April 4, 2014

5Essentials Survey

Parents, we need your help...

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, UChicagoImpact will administer the second annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey, a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From now through April 25, teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. This second annual survey will also be an important chance for schools to reflect progress since last year’s inaugural statewide implementation.  All parents are encouraged to take this optional survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes.

This survey is based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago. This framework identifies how school performance on five factors or “essentials” can indicate important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Prior research has shown that schools strong on three or more of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains than schools weak on three or more of the Essentials. Those 5Essentials are:

                Effective Leaders
                Collaborative Teachers
                Involved Families
                Supportive Environment
                Ambitious Instruction

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 30 percent of parents at Olive-Mary Stitt respond to the survey.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ by April 25, 2014.

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