Olive-Mary Stitt

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

Monday, October 20, 2014

PTA District 37 Meeting

The OMS PTA was well represented at this annual event and not only won an award for excellence, but also did quite well in the trivia competition!



Friday, October 17, 2014

Twig 10.17.14



Family Bingo Night: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! The PTA sponsored FAMILY BINGO NIGHT is coming up on Friday, November 14th from 7:00-8:30pm. This event is a fun-filled night for our Olive families. The kids can sit with their friends and families can get to know each other. Kids can win various prizes and EVERY Olive student will take home at least one prize. Admission is FREE! Please have each child bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to share with those in need in our community. Any questions? Please contact Jeanne Cosgrove at Jeanne.coz@me.com or Marni Hanson at marnihanson5@yahoo.com.

Ecology Club:  HAVE YOU SEEN THE FLOWER BOXES near the playground?  Ecology Club strikes again....and this time....with the generous support of The Home Depot at Randhurst mall.  The members of the Ecology Club painted the flower boxes a fresh shade of green.  Two days later over Columbus Day weekend, they added soil, 18 perennial plants and topped it off with new mulch.  All supplies were given to the Ecology Club by The Home Depot.  What a wonderful sponsor.  Check out the new look!  Ecology Club meets on the First Friday of each month in the LMC until 4:45 p.m.  Join us for more fun to come!  Interested? Contact:  Judi Schuch or Zhaneta Roura.  

Volunteer Opportunity:  The PTA is looking for a volunteer to work with Mrs. Brown, the LMC director, on organizing author visits for the kids.  Please contact Rebecca Linscott or Angie Frye  to volunteer or for more information.  

OMS Open House:  Our school open house is Wednesday, October 22 from 6:30 - 8pm.  With your child as your guide, you and your family will visit your child's classroom to see their work, see a 4th grade musical performance in the commons (at 7:00 and 7:30 pm) and stop by the LMC to purchase a book to add to the OMS Library's collection. (hardcover books $15, paperback $6)

Junior Great Books: Junior Great Books is an extracurricular reading program for all reading abilities. It is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The students read a short story or folktale each week at home and discuss the story during the recess portion of lunch. The groups meet for 9 weeks from January to just before Spring Break and the 10th week is a pizza party. Groups are small, typically broken out by grade and the discussion is led by parent volunteers. Please let Julie Siegel or Christa Svienty know if your child and/or you are interested in participating.  Click here for enrollment sheet.

Senate Bill 16:  There is a bill being considered by our Illinois Senate that will significantly impact educational funding for our school district.  Click here for more information on the bill and how to voice your opinion.

Chess Club:  The PTA will be sponsoring Chess Club this year for students to play chess and learn more about the game. All interested Olive students from grades K-5 are invited to join. Chess Club is for all levels — from beginner to experienced player (we'll teach you the rules!). It is not necessary for students to come to all meetings since each meeting has an independent lesson. Chess Club will begin October 20th and we want to make sure we have your email address added to our list.  Click here for more information.

Drop off/ Pick up Procedures:  Please review this document for current school drop of and pick up procedures. These procedures are to keep everyone safe. THANKS to all of our wonderful patrol volunteers for helping make this process run smoothly. 

Box Tops/Labels for Education:  It's time again for the box tops / labels for education class challenge! Please send in all non-expired box tops and labels with your kids from October 14th - 24th. There will be black shoeboxes in each room for collection. The top class in K-2 and 3-5 will get to choose their prize. Click here to see Box Top products.  Click here to see Labels for Education products. Any questions - ask Jen Greenwell at jen_greenwell@yahoo.com

ABC 25 Parking Spot and Priority Event Seating: Now is the chance to get your designated monthly parking spot and front row seating & parking for your child's class show! Click here to get raffle ticket forms.

Reflections Program: This year's Reflections Program has begun, with the thought-provoking theme of "The world would be a better place if.....".  For entry forms and rules, please visit our school's Reflections website at https://sites.google.com/site/olivemarystittreflections/ or see the attached flyer for more details. The OMS Reflections committee chairs are: Barbara Doulas and Jennifer Faley.

Directory Spot is here!! It's our amazing directory app for your smartphone. You also can access it from your home computer.  We are so excited, please click here for the letter and more information.

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.  Any questions please contact olivepta@gmail.com

Target Time

At our most recent School Improvement Day (October 10th), teachers had an opportunity to collaborate and discuss their students individual growth and all of the amazing things we are doing to support and enrich their academic needs.  As part of this discussion, we made the decision to rename our Tier 2 instructional time to Target Time.  Since this time of the day is focused on meeting the needs of all students, we felt that it was best represented by this new name.  Soon you will be hearing from your child's classroom teacher about what skill your child will be targeting to support their continued academic growth at OMS.




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween

Hallowee
Our Halloween celebrations will be on Friday, October 31st. Students that will be going home for lunch on this day will be dismissed from the back doors, by the Commons, at 12:10 PM. They may then return at 1:05 PM to their morning line-up locations. Students that stay at school for lunch will have an opportunity to change into their costumes at 12:40 PM. A lunch permission slip will be sent home on Friday, October 17th. Please indicate on this permission slip if your child will be going home or staying at school for lunch. Permission slips are due back at school no later than Monday, October 27th.

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.

If the weather cooperates, we will have our annual parade through the neighborhood, beginning at 1:30 PM. The parade route is as follows: Students exit OMS front doors and follow Olive Street sidewalk toward Greens Park, south on Douglas, west on Oakton, north on Belmont, then back to OMS through our playground area. Our kindergarten classes will be proudly leading the parade, followed by 1st through 5th grade students. Class parties will begin at the conclusion of the parade. If the weather decides to rain on our parade, we will move the fun indoors to the Commons. In this case, students in our first lunch session (1st, 5th, Range/Brown) will parade around the Commons beginning at 1:30 PM. Students in our second lunch session (2nd, 4th, Stevens/Molnar) will be a part of a costume parade beginning at 2:00 PM. Parents are welcome to congregate in the Commons to view these indoor parades, beginning at 1:30 PM.

We will have extra supervision in place on Friday, 10/31. We also ask that our parents be extra vigilant in 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. We want to make sure that all of our superheros, princesses, etc. have a safe and fun-filled day!


We are looking forward to a boo-tiful afternoon!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Twig 10.10. 2014

Twig 10.10.14

Advanced Learning Facilitator (ALF) Update: We'd like to thank Shannon Watanuki for attending our PTA meeting this week. She gave a great presentation on the ALF role. Please click here to see the OMS ALF blog. This is where you can see the ALF presentation and view future updates to the blog.  

Enrollment Meeting:  Please join our Superintendent, Dr Bein, for a meeting to discuss enrollment at Olive on Tuesday October 14 at 6:30 in the Commons.  Click here for more information and details.   

Junior Great Books: 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, please let Christa Svienty and Julie Siegel know if you are interested in signing up for Junior Great Books.

Reflections Workshop:  A Reflections workshop is set for Thursday, 10/16, in the LMC during lunch recess for students to learn more about the different types of projects they can do as well as brainstorm ideas about the theme "The World Would Be A Better Place If..." To sign up, send email with your child's name, class section, and recess shift to Barbara Doulas  and Jennifer Faley.

Senate Bill 16: Senate Bill 16 (School Funding Reform Act) proposes to RE-ALLOCATE existing funds from some areas to others which have less ability to pay. High poverty level school districts will benefit; however, some areas, including Dist. 25 and 214, will lose millions of dollars in IL state aid. IL Rep. David Harris will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Oct., 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm at the Mt. Prospect Public Library. Can't go? Click here for more information on how to be heard.

4th Grade Performance:  The fourth grade students will present two short informal music programs at Open House on October 22nd. Please feel free to stop by the commons to enjoy some singing.

Progressive Dinner: Please join us for a fun-filled evening with fellow OMS parents at the 3rd annual Progressive Dinner October 18, 2014. Please fill out and return this sign-up sheet with a check made payable to OMS PTA by 10/3/2014. Please let Angie Frye or Lindsey Campion know if you would like to be a host home. 

Chess Club:  The PTA will be sponsoring Chess Club this year for students to play chess and learn more about the game. All interested Olive students from grades K-5 are invited to join. Chess Club is for all levels — from beginner to experienced player (we'll teach you the rules!). It is not necessary for students to come to all meetings since each meeting has an independent lesson. Chess Club will begin October 20th and we want to make sure we have your email address added to our list.  Click here for more information.

Drop off/ Pick up Procedures:  Please review this document for current school drop of and pick up procedures. These procedures are to keep everyone safe. THANKS to all of our wonderful patrol volunteers for helping make this process run smoothly. 

Box Tops/Labels for Education:  It's time again for the box tops / labels for education class challenge! Please send in all non-expired box tops and labels with your kids from October 14th - 24th. There will be black shoeboxes in each room for collection. The top class in K-2 and 3-5 will get to choose their prize. Click here to see Box Top products.  Click here to see Labels for Education products. Any questions - ask Jen Greenwell at jen_greenwell@yahoo.com

ABC 25 Parking Spot and Priority Event Seating:  DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES! We are extending our Buy One Get One Free sale through October 15. Now is the chance to get your designated monthly parking spot and front row seating & parking for your child's class show! Click here to get raffle ticket forms.

Reflections Program: This year's Reflections Program has begun, with the thought-provoking theme of "The world would be a better place if.....".  For entry forms and rules, please visit our school's Reflections website at https://sites.google.com/site/olivemarystittreflections/ or see the attached flyer for more details. The OMS Reflections committee chairs are: Barbara Doulas and Jennifer Faley.

Directory Spot is here!! It's our amazing directory app for your smartphone. You also can access it from your home computer.  We are so excited, please click here for the letter and more information.

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.  Any questions please contact olivepta@gmail.com

Open House

Open House
Our Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. With your child as your guide, you and your family are invited to our classrooms to learn about the dynamic learning experiences that abound at OMS. The format of the evening is truly an open house, so feel free to join us anytime between 6:30 - 8:00 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to showcase his or her outstanding efforts so far this year. If you stop by our Library Media Center (LMC), you can help build our library collection by donating a book.

Don't miss the Fourth Grade Performances
The fourth grade students will be performing a short, informal music program during Open House.

Students in 4-1 (Mrs. Helmann), 4-3 (Mrs. Beck)
and 4-4 (Mrs. Grimm) will be performing at 7:00 p.m.

Students in 4-2 (Mrs. Yarbrough) and 4-5 (Mrs. Christoforou) will be performing at 7:30 p.m. 

Students should report directly to the stage area five minutes before their performance time.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Reenactment 2014

5th graders from across the district enjoyed a beautiful day at The American Colonial Experience and Beyond reenactment.





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AHFD Visits With 1st Grade

After one of our unannounced evacuation drills, AH firefighters stuck around to visit with our 1st grade students.



International Walk to School Day

We had great weather and a great turnout for our Walk to School Day this morning. Thanks to all of the families and staff that joined us for a fun and healthy way to get to school!