Olive-Mary Stitt

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kindergarteners Search for the Gingerbread Man

Ran, ran as fast as they could, but they still could not catch the Gingerbread Man!







Do You Code?

Thanks to Mrs. Seisser and the LMC staff, 3rd-5th students at OMS enjoyed an Hour of Code this week. Some things we overheard while they were working - I'm going to get this on my 2nd try, I'm on my 5th try, If we learn this we will be able to crack code, Isn't this hard!, Look at this...You can't envision this, First try! Got it on the first try! Collaboration and perseverance at their best!

To check out what they explored, please visit http://code.org/.








Favorite Holiday Read with Dr. Bein

3rd graders had the opportunity to listen to favorite holiday reads by a few special guests including Dr. Bein, who read Would You Rather? by John Burningham.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Buddy Foundation fundraiser

The OMS Service Learning Club students raised more that $400.00 for the Buddy Foundation by selling homemade crafts to our students during the lunch hour. What a great example of service at it's finest!  Those furry friends are lucky to have such caring Owls looking out for them!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Third Grade Concert

We are very proud of the singing talents of our third grade students at their winter concert!



Friday, December 12, 2014

Twig 12.12.14


Manna cards and Cookie Dough -  Thanks to everyone who participated in the Cookie Dough sales and the Manna card sales.  They were very successful and earned a little over $2000 for the Olive PTA.  A special thanks to Bridget Krafton, Sarah Klancnik and Brenda Larson for organizing these fundraisers. 

Holiday Storytime with the Principals:  This event will take place on December 19 during the school day.  Please keep an eye out for an email with opportunities to volunteer during the event and/or to bring supplies.

Michael Talk -  The Michael talk was on December 9 and was attended by a large portion of the 5th grade boys and dads.  It was a great night for all who participated.  Special thanks to Renee Lubbe and Matt Fink for organizing this event.  If you would like more information about The Robert Crown Michael program please visit their website. The Michael and Linda talks will occur for the 5th grade students during school on 1/23.

ABC/25 Scholarship Applications for high school seniors who attended a D25 school - The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs Scholarship Application is now available in the College Counseling Office at Buffalo Grove, Hersey, Rolling Meadows, Prospect and St. Viator high schools.  It is also available on the School District 25 website at sd25.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating Seniors who attended any District 25 schools for at least three years.  Applications are due February 28, 2015.  Please click here for more information and the applications

Open Committee Chairs for next year (2015-2016) -  We have several volunteer committee chair opportunities for next year with our PTA.  It's our amazing volunteers who make our programs possible!! The openings are;  Meet & Greet, Character Counts, Chess Club, Jr. Great Books, Parent Patrol, Reflections, Volunteer Coordinator, Calendar and Plant Sale.

Science Club:  Science Club returns in January and February with new activities for Olive first through fifth grade students to enjoy. Please follow the link to topic descriptions and permission form, which must be returned to the OMS office no later than December 17
OMS Recognition: Olive will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting at OMS on 12/18 at 7:30pm. The Fill the Nest video that Service Learning Club created will be shown. Click here to view it.

Citizen Observer Program and Metra Safety Poster Contest:  Officer Veenstra, our school school resource officer, has shared information with us regarding a Citizen Observation program.  Click here to learn more.  Also, the Metra is sponsoring a safety poster design contest, click here for more information and entry form.

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

Friday, December 5, 2014

TWIG 12.5.14

ABC/25 Front Row Seating & Parking and Monthly Parking raffle:  The 3rd grade performance is December 10th at 7pm.  Enter the raffle to qualify for front row seats and priority parking.  Click here to find and print out tickets and for pricing information.  

Manna Gift Card Fundraiser: Today is the last day to turn in Manna Order forms.  Its an easy way to shop for all those people on your list or yourself. Attached is the form where you will be able to choose from over 300 vendors. Print out the form, choose your options, make your check payable to OMS-PTA and send it into school. OMS-PTA will receive a % of sales. All orders need to be in the office by Friday, December 5. Pick up will be December 11.

Paper Directories:  The 2014-15 OMS Paper Directories have been delivered! If you would like additional copies, they are available from Brenda Lettieri in the main office for $5. If there are any corrections or additions to the directory, please contact Shannon Kersemeier at skersemeier@gmail.com. These changes will be posted in the TWIG. Thank you to everyone for your patience in getting this project completed and thank you to all OMS families who have joined the PTA! Your membership gives you access to the electronic DirectorySpot app and 1 copy of the paper directory. Please contact Shannon Kersemeier if you have not received your copy or if you are having difficulty accessing the app. (Thanks Shannon for all of your hard work on this!!!)

Michael Talk:  Parents of 5th grade boys: The Robert Crown Michael program will be presented Tuesday December 9 at 7:00 pm. This is a really great event for Dads and sons to attend together  Please click here for more information. To learn more about the specifics of the Robert Crown program and for their parent education, here's a link to their website.

Science Club:  Science Club returns in January and February with new activities for Olive first through fifth grade students to enjoy. Please follow the link to topic descriptions and permission form, which must be returned to the OMS office no later than Friday, December 19.

BINGO Night - Thanks to Marni Hanson, Jeanne Cosgrove and our many volunteers for coordinating and managing a terrific and fun BINGO night!!!

Citizen Observer Program and Metra Safety Poster Contest:  Officer Veenstra, our school school resource officer, has shared information with us regarding a Citizen Observation program.  Click here to learn more.  Also, the Metra is sponsoring a safety poster design contest, click here for more information and entry form.

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

Buddy Foundation Fundraiser

The Olive-Mary Stitt Service Learning Club will be holding a voluntary fundraiser during lunch on December 10th, 2014.  Service Learning Club members personally created crafts which will be sold for $1.00 each to students and staff.  100% of the funds raised will be donated to the Buddy Foundation, a non-for-profit Arlington Heights animal shelter.  You OMS student is welcome to participate by purchasing one of these crafts during their lunch period!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

From the Office Staff

Your warm wishes, greetings, and the love and support of our school are our holiday gifts. We, in the front office, truly appreciate all you do to make Olive-Mary Stitt a great place for students to be. In lieu of personal gifts, we would like to continue inviting you to donate to a charity of your choice or to the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. Gift cards are needed and best suited to serve the needy in our community. We are able to collect these in the front office until December 17th. We so value your modeling this spirit of giving to your children on our behalf.

D25 PARCC Update

Third through eighth grade students across school District 25 will take the PARCC standardized assessment in both English/language arts and math in March and again in May. The PARCC test is aligned to the new Illinois state standards and replaces ISAT, the previous state assessment. For the March session, grades 3 and 6 will take the computer-based version of the assessment while grades 4, 5, 7 and 8 will use the paper version. This is a new assessment and process for all of our staff and students and will require training and flexibility. We will continue to communicate updates with you as they develop. For additional information you can visit: http://www.parcconline.org/for-parents