Olive-Mary Stitt

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Just Move it! Challenge Pre-Registration Deadline Friday, April 7th!



The ABC/25 Foundation invites runners and walkers of ALL ages and abilities to participate in a 5k and 1 mile Run/Walk on Saturday April 22nd that combines fitness and fun for the entire family!
Entry fees increase after Friday April 7th and only the participants who register by this date will be guaranteed a race t-shirt.
Don’t want to run or walk? Volunteer! We need over 75 volunteers to make race day successful. You can help and still be a part of the fun!
Registration, Volunteering, and Event Details: http://www.jmichallenge.org

RUN, WALK, DONATE OR HELP!  Just Move it!

Contact your school representative, Bridget Stannis {bridgetstannis@gmail.com} with questions or suggestions.
*All proceeds go to the Scholarship and Grant Fund, benefiting the education of School District 25 students through the ABC/25 Foundation Grant selection.

ABC 25 Drawing Winners Announced!

On Thursday, March 23rd the winners of the ABC 25 Drawing were announced.  Students who had their names drawn brought home certificates indicating the prize they won.  After spring break the OMS staff members sponsoring each activity will contact students and parents to arrange a date and time.  Congratulations to all of the winners and a HUGE thank you to all of the students and families that purchased tickets this year.

District 25 Camp Lit!

This summer D25 will offer a new summer school literacy experience for our students.  D25 LitCamp will help prevent the Summer Reading Slide!
LitCamp is...
a breakthrough summer literacy program that combines innovative, research-based reading and writing lessons with an engaging and interactive summer camp approach.
Find out more by clicking on the link below!

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March 24, 2017

Happy Spring Break

Have a safe and wonderful spring break! We look forward to seeing all of you back at school in April.


Yearbook Order Deadline - April 25

We still have over 200 kids that have not purchased a yearbook! Please CLICK HERE to log into Treering and make your purchase. Enter school passcode 1014636724843184. The cost is $13.00 per book.

Remember to purchase a Yearbook for EACH of your children. Kids love to sign each others Yearbooks at the end of the school year. This will be your only opportunity to purchase Yearbooks as we will not have extra copies printed. You are able to customize two pages this year so order early to give you time to download photos. Deadline for customizing is April 25th. Any questions, please contact Erika Eng or Megan Hill.


Attention Parents of 4th Grade Girls:

On Wednesday, April 12th, the fourth grade girls will have the opportunity to attend the “Linda” program presented by the Robert Crown Health Education Center. This program has been developed to acquaint the girls with the physical development and personal hygiene associated with growing up. The program will be presented in the Commons at Olive-Mary Stitt School at 7:00 p.m. It will end by 8:30 p.m.

Every girl attending must be accompanied by a parent or an adult chaperone. A permission slip was sent home March 22nd and must be returned to the office by Friday, April 7th.

Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the permission slip. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Klancnik.


The Best Way to RECYCLE is to REUSE! KIDS Clothing Drive

Olive 4th Grade Girl Scout Troop #40683 has teamed up with the OMS Earth Fair and will host a ONE-NIGHT ONLY KIDS CLOTHING DRIVE. CLICK HERE for the flyer. Girls will collect gently used and CLEAN clothing for School District 59's Community Cares Closet. All donations are to be brought to the Girl Scout Table in the Gym during the Earth Fair (4/19/17) from 6:30-8:00pm. Children cannot do their best in school until their basic needs are met. With your donation- We can make a BIG difference in our community! Please contact Christine Gilbert with any questions.


Excess Funds Suggestions?

At this time of year, the PTA collects suggestions from the parent, teacher and school administration on how to spend our potential excess funds. Although we try and budget accordingly, there may be a chance our PTA fundraisers are more successful than we anticipate and we have extra money to spend. Since the PTA is a non profit organization we must close our fiscal year with a zero balance. Click Here to submit your suggestions through our online form. Please have your requests submitted by April 24th.

If available, please provide documentation of the exact amount your suggestion would cost and where we can purchase it.  An Excess Funds committee led by the PTA treasurer will evaluate the suggestions and vote on which ones to move forward with.  This will be reported and voted on at the last PTA meeting on May 11th.  Thank you for your support!


Character Counts March Fundraiser Results

On Monday, March 13th, Garibaldi’s Pizza & Olive-Mary Stitt joined together in a Character Counts fundraiser benefiting PENCILS OF PROMISE. This non-profit organization that believes every child should have access to quality education. PENCILS OF PROMISE create schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all. Many thanks to all of the OMS families and teachers that took the time to support this worthy cause. Together we raised two hundred dollars, which will help educate eight students for a year. What a fantastic way to be global thinkers with big caring hearts! Thanks to our Character Counts Co-Chairs, Christine Gilbert and Rachael Hooker, for organizing this event.


Thank You Corner

At Olive-Mary Stitt we have many PTA sponsored programs and clubs, and we couldn't do any of it without our amazing volunteers!  We would like to send out personal thank you's to some of the people who made our most recent activities a success.

Chess Club wrapped up another successful year at Olive last week. The club's mission is to promote chess and make it accessible to the student body by encouraging newcomers unfamiliar with the game as well as welcoming back our seasoned chess players. Many thanks to Jennifer Faley and Stephanie Jennrich for Co-Chairing this committee.  We look forward to having you both back next year to lead our aspiring chess players.


PTA Meeting: Save The Date - Tuesday, April 11, 7:00pm

We are excited to welcome back guest speaker, Mary Moore, our very special OMS Social Worker.  She will be discussing "Tips for Raising a Confident Child."  Please mark your calendars.  Everyone is welcome!


Yearbook Photos

If you have taken any great pictures at school activities this year please remember you can upload them to one of the shared folders on TreeRing.com. You will need to have already set up an account with school passcode 1014636724843184. There are folders set-up for every teacher and for various clubs and activities. If you share your photos other parents can use them on their custom pages. Please contact Erika Eng or Megan Hill  with any questions. Thank you!


2017/2018 Committee Chair Openings

Do you want to get more involved in the PTA?  We have several opportunities for next year.  It's never to soon to sign up and shadow the current committee chairs this year.  If you are interested in chairing any of the following committees, please email olivepta@gmail.com.  
Click here to view the descriptions of committees on our PTA website. 
  • Yearbook Chair or Co-Chairs 
  • Cultural Arts Co-Chair
 

Attention 5th Grade Parents - Slide Show Photos Needed

Help celebrate and memorialize the 5th grade class' time at OMS by submitting photos to be included in the end-of-year slide show. We're looking for fun photos representing school activities and events through the years — class parties, programs, PTA events, first/last day of school, etc. Group shots are great to get as many kids as possible included. (Please no photos from birthday parties, vacations, etc.) Send your photos in .jpeg format to oms5thgrade@gmail.com by March 31. Please contact Carrie Loch with any questions.


OMS PTA Bylaws

Please click here to find a copy of the updated bylaws for Olive-Mary Stitt PTA. We will be voting on the updated bylaws at our general meeting on April 11th. Please contact Deborah Oiler, PTA First Vice President, with any questions or concerns.  Thank you!


2017/2018 Executive Committee Slate Posted

Please take a moment and click here to read the proposed slate of the 2017/2018 executive committee. This will be reported and voted on at the last PTA meeting on May 11th.  We hope you can attend.


The ABC/25 Foundation Needs YOU!

The Foundation Board has openings for the 2017-2018 school year: President (or 2 Co-Presidents) and Vice President. To learn more contact abc25president@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events..


3/27 - 3/31 - Spring Break
4/3 - Classes Resume
4/11 - PTA Meeting, 7pm
4/12 - Linda Talk (4th grade girls), 7-8pm
4/14 - 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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Friday, March 17, 2017

Science Club wraps up its 10th year!

With our new space, the science club was able to use a classroom this year instead of the hallway!  Mrs. House, her volunteers, and science club members enjoyed having ample space for their projects and experiments.  Their projects included topics such as parachutes and floating, forensic investigating, generating electricity using wind turbines...and that is just a few of the topics they covered.



Pencils, Crayons, Markers! Look what's happening in the art room!

Click the link to find out more about the happenings in Mr. DeMarco's art class!

Olive-Mary Stitt will host two authors in the same day!

               

Students in grade 3 through 5 will welcome author/illustrator Peter Brown on Monday, April 10 at 11:00.  Peter has written and illustrated many New York Times’ best selling children’s books such as Wild Robot, Creepy Carrots, and Children Make Terrible Pets.   Currently, classroom teachers in these three grades are reading aloud some of Wild Robot, Peter’s first novel. So far, the students love hearing about the adventures of Roz, the robot who must adapt to her new home on an island full of animals.

Our younger students in grades K, 1, and 2 will also welcome an author on Monday, April 10 in the afternoon.  They will celebrate animals and poetry with Newbery Award-winning author, Kwame Alexander.  He will share his book Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures. Mr. Alexander wrote the poetry to match the beautiful nature photography created by National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore.

If students are interested in purchasing books by these authors, the LMC will provide order forms.  Paper copies of the forms will be sent home soon.  You may print your own copy of the order forms by visiting the Author Visits page on the LMC website.

                         


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March 17, 2017

Thomas Middle School Spirit Wear Sale - Ends Sunday, March 19

Attention all 5th grade parents! Thomas Middle School is having their spring spirit wear sale. All orders can be placed online at www.HeadsUpApparel.comClick here for the flyer and information. The sale will run March 3 - 19. All orders will be delivered to your child's classroom at Olive.  Search for the school (Thomas Spring 2017) and note "Olive" in the school section under homeroom when you place your order.


Plant Sale Ends Monday, March 20

Are you dreaming of sunshine and warm weather? Then now is the time to start planning your flower beds and gardens! The annual PTA plant sale is taking orders beginning Friday, March 3rd through Monday, March 20th. Plants will, once again, be custom grown for each order by Tom's Farm Market in Huntley, IL. This year we will have a wide variety of flowers and plants, as well as an assortment of vegetables to start your garden. Click here for the order form, and click here for a beautiful picture guide of the plants we will be offering and ideas to get you started! Please contact Kim Lindberg or Lonnie Sommer with any further questions or concerns.


40 Days and Counting!

Please be sure to order your OMS Yearbooks by April 25, 2017. Go to TreeRing.com and enter school passcode 1014636724843184. The cost is $13.00 per book.

Remember to purchase a Yearbook for EACH of your children. Kids love to sign each others Yearbooks at the end of the school year. This will be your only opportunity to purchase Yearbooks as we will not have extra copies printed. You are able to customize two pages this year so order early to give you time to download photos. Any questions, please contact Erika Eng or Megan Hill.


Yearbook Photos

If you have taken any great pictures at school activities this year please remember you can upload them to one of the shared folders on TreeRing.com. You will need to have already set up an account with school passcode 1014636724843184. There are folders set-up for every teacher and for various clubs and activities. If you share your photos other parents can use them on their custom pages and they might even make it into the Yearbook.

Right now, we could really use current 5th grade photos (5th grade folder) and playground photos (Playground folder) for the Yearbook. If you prefer, you can also send photos directly to the Yearbook Committee at omsyearbook@gmail.com. Please contact Erika Eng or Megan Hill  with any questions. Thank you!


Cultural Arts Co-Chair Needed

Do you want to get more involved in the PTA but don't know how?  Maybe you want to be on a committee, but aren't exactly sure what they are about.  We can help!  Each week we will highlight a different committee in need of volunteers in order to give you a deeper understanding of the position and the time commitment it requires.  This week we are focusing on the Cultural Arts Committee.

The Cultural Arts Committee aims to enhance our students educational experience and cultural understanding through the performing arts. With teacher input, we plan professional drama, music, and dance performances. Typically shows occur during the school day and the committee strives to present two different assemblies each school year. Past performances have included The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by GreatWorks Theatre company, Trinity Irish Dancers, traditional Japanese drums provided by Tsukasa Taiko, an ensemble from the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Mandala Arts South Asian dance, The Tales of Olympus by American Eagle Productions and Honest Abe by Face To Face Productions.  Make an impact on our kids through the arts! Contact olivepta@gmail.com to learn more.

Other open Committee Chair positions are: Yearbook Co-Chairs. Click here to view the descriptions of committees on our PTA website. 


PTA Meeting: Save The Date - Tuesday, April 11, 7:00pm

We are excited to welcome back guest speaker, Mary Moore, our very special OMS Social Worker.  She will be discussing "Tips for Raising a Confident Child."  Please mark your calendars.  Everyone is welcome!


Congratulations to the Illinois PTA 2016/2017 Reflections Winners!

The results are in and the winners have been announced, for the PTA Reflections Contest. Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Reflections Winners!

Click here for a list of this years Reflections winners! Thank you to those students who participated: Vivienne DeRosa, Charlotte DeRosa, Owen Fischer, Etta Fischer, Carson Phillips, Ryder Schuch, Gwennie Gilbert. We look forward to seeing more submissions in the fall.


Attention 5th Grade Parents - Slide Show Photos Needed

Help celebrate and memorialize the 5th grade class' time at OMS by submitting photos to be included in the end-of-year slide show. We're looking for fun photos representing school activities and events through the years — class parties, programs, PTA events, first/last day of school, etc. Group shots are great to get as many kids as possible included. (Please no photos from birthday parties, vacations, etc.) Send your photos in .jpeg format to oms5thgrade@gmail.com by March 31. Please contact Carrie Loch with any questions.


BOOKS ROCK! BOOK FAIR - Wednesday, April 19

Save the date for the Book Fair on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30pm. With our new larger common area, we have room for more books! We need volunteers for set-up, the Book Fair and tear-down. Please let us know if you can volunteer your time for one of our PTA's largest fund raiser. Contact Katie Starzyk if interested in volunteering.


Thank You Corner

At Olive-Mary Stitt we have many programs and clubs, and we couldn't do any of it without our amazing volunteers!  We would like to send out personal thank you's to some of the people who made our most recent activities a success.

PTA Activity Night Co-Chairs Jen Hasche, Christina Perez and Kris Persons planned three successful activity nights. This year our entertainment acts included BMX bike riding, Bubble Wonders and a game show performance by Brian Wismer.  Each of these activity nights were a big hit with the kids. We appreciate all of your hard work making them a success.

Thanks to everyone who attended the PTA sponsored Wine Tasting Event at Vintages last week. We had 75 people attend this new fundraiser to help raise money for our PTA programs. Special thanks go out to Liz McDonnell who organized and promoted this successful event.


OMS PTA Bylaws

Please click here to find a copy of the updated bylaws for Olive-Mary Stitt PTA. We will be voting on the updated bylaws at our general meeting on April 11th. Please contact Deborah Oiler, PTA First Vice President, with any questions or concerns.  Thank you!


The ABC/25 Foundation Needs YOU!

The Foundation Board has openings for the 2017-2018 school year: President (or 2 Co-Presidents) and Vice President. To learn more contact abc25president@gmail.com.


2017/2018 Executive Committee Slate Posted

Please take a moment and click here to read the proposed slate of the 2017/2018 executive committee. We will be voting on this at the next PTA general meeting April 11th. We hope you can attend.


ABC/25 Foundation Supports Our School!

Congratulations to the following Olive teachers who were awarded Foundation Teacher Grants:

Marsha Magnino- Apps for Education
Cynthia House- Microscopes for Science Club
Shannon Watanuki- Fun and Games and Learning,too!, The Domino Effect, Ozobots- Colorful Coding Bots for All Learners
Shannon Watanuki and Julie Nelson- Individual Engineering Toolboxes
Brenda Stevens- Let's Create
Nancy Brown- Large Screen Display Monitors for the LMC Lab
Meribeth Seisser- Bee a Learner in Our Hive
Alinda Wilhelm, Rebecca FitzPatrick- Enhancing Student Learning with an Active Learning Space

Teachers have been recognized with candy filled light bulbs to remind our District 25 Community that "bright ideas" pursued can impact the learning in our classrooms. Teachers will also be recognized at the March 16th School Board meeting.​

The Membership Incentive Grant of $2,500 our school received in the fall will fund two picnic tables on the new patio.

Your Support of ABC/25 Foundation fundraisers such as the Just Move it! Challenge, Membership Drive, and Yankee Candle have made these grants possible. Thank you.

Upcoming Events..


3/20 - Plant Sale Ends
3/24 - No School, Conferences
3/27 - 3/31 - Spring Break
4/3 - Classes Resume
 


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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Friday, March 10, 2017

Will YOU be a winner???

Did you know your child has a chance to win a special prize to spend time with friends and OMS staff members?  Students can be Principal for a Half Day, have a Pizza Lunch Party with 2nd-grade teachers, or even get a Ride To School in an Arlington Heights police car and these are just a few of the opportunities being offered as prizes!

Now is your chance to print and purchase tickets(click here) for the ABC 25 Foundation Raffle.

Support the ABC 25 FOUNDATION! Buy tickets for a chance to win an OLIVE PRIZE created by our very own staff! Times and dates agreed upon between SPONSOR and WINNERS!
(Each OMS student will receive ONE FREE TICKET for a chance to win!)


TICKETS    $1 EACH


Tickets may be purchased by sending an envelope marked ABC 25 RAFFLE to school with your child by Friday, March 17th.   (Winners announced Thursday, March 23rd.)
Use the ticket sheet attached, but additional tickets can be printed from the OMS Blog!

Get your FREE T-shirt!

Have you signed up for the Just Move It Challenge yet?  If not, now is the time!  Runners and walkers of ALL AGES and ALL ABILITIES are welcome to sign up for this District 25 fundraising event hosted by the ABC 25 Foundation!  Last year there were almost 1000 participants from 9 schools!

If you sign up before April 7, you get a FREE t-shirt to wear while you run!

There are many ways to register but please note that if you are paying by CREDIT CARD, you must register online.  You can REGISTER HERE!
Fees:
On or Before
4/7/17
After
4/7/17
Adults 5K/1 Mile
$25
$30
Youth (17 & under) 5K/1 Mile
$15
$20
District 25 Staff 5K/1 Mile
$20
$25
Registration fee provides timing in one race. ALL fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Questions, click here!