Olive-Mary Stitt

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Curmudgeon River

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!



         
         

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Reminders


Just a few reminders for Pick-Up and Drop-Off

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!

A Letter from Dr. Bein Regarding Halloween Parties

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.

Sincerely,

Lori D. Bein, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Fitness Gram Program News

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,

Nick Filipowski
Fine Arts & Physical Education Coordinator
(847) 228-2061

Walk to School Day is Coming Soon!

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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


Route 1
 Start at Euclid and Dunton 8:35 am
 Walk north up Dunton to Olive
 East on Olive to OMS
Route 2
 Start at Olive and Walnut at 8:40 am
 Walk east to OMS


EAST of Arlington Heights Road


Route 3
 Start at Maude and Belmont at 8:35 am
 Walk South on Belmont
 Walk west on Olive to OMS
Route 4
 Start at Wilshire and Oakton at 8:35 am
 Walk west on Oakton
   North on Belmont to OMS
Route 5
 Start at Douglas & Euclid at 8:35 am
 Head north on Douglas to Olive
 West to OMS

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September 23, 2016

Directory Spot is coming!

Trying to set up a playdate with a new friend? Curious who is in your child's class? Our online directory should be available with updated information soon! If you used Directory Spot last year your app will be automatically updated! If you are a new PTA member you will receive instructions on how to access Directory Spot once it goes live for this school year. Not a PTA member yet? You can sign up online by clicking here or contact Shannon Kersemeier with questions.


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 is Friday, September 30th after school until 4:45 pm in Room 110. At this meeting, we will take it outdoors to do some planting at OMS so bring your gardening gloves and be ready to dig in! Permission slip required.  Please click here.  Submit your student's completed permission form before the first meeting to the OMS front office. Questions: Contact Judi Schuch  or Zhaneta Roura. Hope to see you then!


Recycle It Or Not?
Sponsored by Your OMS Ecology Club

Paper towel wrappers, plastic shopping bags, bathroom tissue wrappers, shrink wrap from bulk orders....can you recycle this material? Yes, you can....but not in your curbside pick up. In your kitchen pantry, under the kitchen sink or next to the trash, set up a reusable bag and place all dry and clean plastic wrap into it. When your bag is full, take a trip to Target or Jewel and drop off your plastic wrap recyclables. This plastic wrap can be repurposed into patio decks, trash receptacles and many other useful products. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 

The 5th Annual Progressive Dinner

The 5th Annual Progressive Dinner is just a month away. This years Progressive Dinner will be held Saturday October 15th from 7-11pm. It is a fun parent night out and a great way to meet other OMS parents.We have wonderful families that volunteer to open up their homes for a night of fun! The cost for the event is $35 per person includes food and drinks. This is a PTA sponsored event so come out and support the OMS PTA.

To join the event, please CLICK HERE for the registration form and drop off in the front office at the school. Deadline is October 7th!

If you have any questions, please contact Kerri Grabowski (grabowski@ameritech.net) or Katie Stawicki (katiestawicki44@gmail.com)

 

Reflections Program - What is Your Story?

Does your child love art? This year’s National Reflection program theme is, "What Is Your Story?" OMS students in K-5 are encouraged to tell their story through dance, a short film, a poem or story, an original song, a photo or visual work of art.

Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like.  From the local PTA, projects advance through a judging system through council, district, region, state and national levels of the program.

Please CLICK HERE for the Rules and CLICK HERE for the Entry Form. Please return your submission to the school by November 4th. Any questions contact Kim Hemminger or Katie Fischer.
 

Waste Free Lunches Sponsored by: Your OMS Ecology Club

Please try to send Waste Free lunches from home each day. How? Easy! Use a reusable lunch box/bag, a cloth napkin (like you won't do laundry this week?) and a washable canteen to keep drinks cold. Sandwiches, chips, cookies, fruit and/or veggies can be placed in reusable Glad or Ziplock plastic containers (sold just down the aisle from the baggies and aluminum foil). Sandwiches don't get smashed at the bottom of the lunch bin; fruit stays firm and cookies stay whole! Have your kids help. They know what to do...we showed them at lunch!


Calling all Military Parents or Grandparents

The Character Counts Program will salute our military parents and grandparents on the morning announcements on Friday, September 30th at 9am. We welcome any parents/grandparents involved with the military in any way to contact Rachael Hooker to learn more.


ABC/25 Foundation

Help your school earn $2,500!

Become a member of ABC/25 Foundation! Please click here to join.

New this year -->Yankee Candle Fundraiser starts September 1st. Proceeds from membership and fundraisers benefit Foundation teacher grant programs.

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  Contact Liz Gabianelli or Megan Puzen with any questions.


Calling all Amazon.comShoppers!

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. Smile.Amazon.com offers the same selection and same prices as Amazon.com, so there is no cost to you, and a charitable donation to the PTA is made! AmazonPrime benefits apply. Click here to learn more:  "About AmazonSmile".  To sign up, it is simple! Log on to Smile.Amazon.com, select "Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers Olive-Mary Stitt PTA Inc" under charitable organization, and you are set. Thank you for your support!

 

PTA Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to help out with a program or event at school?  Please CLICK HERE to fill out the Volunteer Form and see all of the opportunities.

 

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 required for parents, everything is voluntary.


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 evening prior to the Friday you would like it to run. Thank you!


OMS PTA Calendar

Please CLICK HERE for a link to the calendar.


Have you found us on Facebook?

Friend us on Facebook to join the Olive PTA page.  CLICK HERE  to join!


District 25 E-Flyers

CLICK HERE to check out various community activities and events published on the district website.

Upcoming Events..


9/28 - Camp Fit, 3:35 - 4:45pm
10/3 - New Family Mentoring Night, 6:30 - 7:30pm
10/5 - Camp Fit, 3:35 - 4:45pm
10/7 - No School
10/10 - 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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Thursday, September 15, 2016

OMS Playground Reminder


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.

Engineering Fun at OMS

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.

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ABC 25 Foundation

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

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Last Day to Order Spiritwear!



Our OMS school spiritwear sale is here! Samples are displayed in the commons. Visit www.headsupapparel.com to check out all of this year's styles and order online. Sale ends TODAY, 9/16. Questions? Email Jo Voelker  or Liz McDonnell.


Picture Day - Monday 9/19

Don't forget to bring your smile!  Have you seen all of the backgrounds available?  CLICK HERE to view all 100 options!   Please note:  Yearbooks are not included with picture packages and will be ordered separately later in the school year.  Please contact Nina Shamoon with any questions.


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 is Friday, September 30th after school until 4:45 pm in Room 110. At this meeting, we will take it outdoors to do some planting at OMS so bring your gardening gloves and be ready to dig in! Permission slip required.  Please click here.  Submit your student's completed permission form before the first meeting to the OMS front office. Questions: Contact Judi Schuch  or Zhaneta Roura. Hope to see you then!


Directory Spot

Directory Spot is our online directory app that is included with your PTA membership.  We are working hard on getting this updated.  More information will come soon.


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 required for parents, everything is voluntary.


Reflections Program - What is Your Story?

Does your child love art? This year’s National Reflection program theme is, "What Is Your Story?" OMS students in K-5 are encouraged to tell their story through dance, a short film, a poem or story, an original song, a photo or visual work of art.

Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like.  From the local PTA, projects advance through a judging system through council, district, region, state and national levels of the program.

Please CLICK HERE for the Rules and CLICK HERE for the Entry Form. Please return your submission to the school by November 4th. Any questions contact Kim Hemminger or Katie Fischer.
 

Camp Fit is Back!

This after school activity is for students in 1st through 5th grade and will run for 4 weeks.  It begins on Wednesday, September 21st and ends on October 12th.  It will take place every Wednesday from 3:35-4:45.  Please click here for more information and to sign up.  Space is limited, sign up soon!  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lindsey Campion lindseycampion@yahoo.com or Becky Hany beckyhany@yahoo.com


Join us at the PTA Fair -Wednesday, 9/21 7:00pm

We are excited to have you attend our informational PTA Fair and General Meeting on Wednesday, 9/21 @ 7:00.   Everyone is welcome!  Various Committee Chairs will be sharing what their programs are all about. Come and meet other Olive parents and get to know your Principal too. 


The 5th Annual Progressive Dinner

The 5th Annual Progressive Dinner is just a month away. This years Progressive Dinner will be held Saturday October 15th from 7-11pm. It is a fun parent night out and a great way to meet other OMS parents.We have wonderful families that volunteer to open up their homes for a night of fun! The cost for the event is $35 per person includes food and drinks. This is a PTA sponsored event so come out and support the OMS PTA.

To join the event, please CLICK HERE for the registration form and drop off in the front office at the school. Deadline is October 7th!

If you have any questions, please contact Kerri Grabowski (grabowski@ameritech.net) or Katie Stawicki (katiestawicki44@gmail.com)


Waste Free Lunches Sponsored by: Your OMS Ecology Club

Please try to send Waste Free lunches from home each day. How? Easy! Use a reusable lunch box/bag, a cloth napkin (like you won't do laundry this week?) and a washable canteen to keep drinks cold. Sandwiches, chips, cookies, fruit and/or veggies can be placed in reusable Glad or Ziplock plastic containers (sold just down the aisle from the baggies and aluminum foil). Sandwiches don't get smashed at the bottom of the lunch bin; fruit stays firm and cookies stay whole! Have your kids help. They know what to do...we showed them at lunch!


Calling all Military Parents or Grandparents

The Character Counts Program will salute our military parents and grandparents on the morning announcements on Friday, September 30th at 9am. We welcome any parents/grandparents involved with the military in any way to contact Rachael Hooker to learn more.

 

ABC/25 Foundation

Help your school earn $2,500!

Become a member of ABC/25 Foundation! Please click here to join.

New this year -->Yankee Candle Fundraiser starts September 1st. Proceeds from membership and fundraisers benefit Foundation teacher grant programs.

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  Contact Michelle Manfredi with any questions.


PTA Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to help out with a program or event at school?  Please CLICK HERE to fill out the Volunteer Form and see all of the opportunities.

 

Calling all Amazon.comShoppers!

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. Smile.Amazon.com offers the same selection and same prices as Amazon.com, so there is no cost to you, and a charitable donation to the PTA is made! AmazonPrime benefits apply. Click here to learn more:  "About AmazonSmile".  To sign up, it is simple! Log on to Smile.Amazon.com, select "Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers Olive-Mary Stitt PTA Inc" under charitable organization, and you are set. Thank you for your support!


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 evening prior to the Friday you would like it to run. Thank you!


OMS PTA Calendar

Please CLICK HERE for a link to the calendar.


Have you found us on Facebook?

Friend us on Facebook to join the Olive PTA page.  CLICK HERE  to join!


District 25 E-Flyers

CLICK HERE to check out various community activities and events published on the district website.

Upcoming Events..


9/19 - Picture Day!
9/21 - Camp Fit, 3:35 - 4:45pm
9/21 - PTA Fair & Meeting,7:00pm
9/28 - Camp Fit, 3:35 - 4:45pm
10/3 - New Family Mentoring Night, 6:30 - 7:30pm
 


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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