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

Friday, August 30, 2013

5th Grade Egg Drop

Our 5th grade students enjoyed creating containers for their eggs, hoping that when dropped the eggs would survive. We had one that survived a drop from the roof!

Twig 8.30.13

Monday, August 26, 2013

At OMS, we Give a Hoot!

At a morning assembly, we talked with our students about our behavioral 
and learning expectations. 
H - Hooray for good choices
O - Our job is learning
O - Only kindness
T - Take time to do our best

At OMS, we give a HOOT!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Have you seen Pete the Cat?

Our first grade friends are looking for clues, hoping to find our friend, Pete the Cat. Pete left clues in our music room, the gym, in the LMC, and all around the school. Pete had a great first week at school. As he likes to say, "It's all good!"





Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We are off to a great start!

OMS welcomed 568 bright, shiny faces to school this morning. As you can see, we are having a Hoot!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Meet & Greet

It was so wonderful to welcome all of our families back for another great year at OMS. Our event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new sign. Thank you to the PTA for this beautiful new addition to our entryway. A special note of thanks to Carrie Hill for her unwavering efforts to ensure that the sign became a reality.

Thank you to all of the PTA volunteers that helped out with our Meet & Greet. We look forward to seeing everyone for our first day of school!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Welcome Back Olive-Mary Stitt Families!

We hope that you and your children are enjoying a fun and restful summer vacation. It is hard to believe that in two weeks we will be back to school! In the meantime, we would like to share with you some important dates and fill you in on what has been happening at OMS over the summer.

Main Office Hours
The office is now open 8 am - 4 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8 am - noon on Friday. Especially around lunchtime, it is always best to call ahead to make sure that someone will be available when you arrive.

Important Dates
Monday, August 12: Class placement letters will be mailed from the district office.

Friday, August 16 at 8 am - 2 pm: School Supply Pick-up
All pre-ordered school supply kits may be picked up at this time. If you still need to purchase school supplies, you will find a list, by grade level, using the following link:
  Grade Level Supply Lists

Friday, August 16 at 10 am: New Student Tours
All 1st-5th grade students new to OMS are invited to tour the school with Mrs. FitzPatrick, Mrs. Perri and some teachers.

Tuesday, August 20 at 5 - 6:30 pm: Meet & Greet
Come meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and catch up with other OMS families. Teachers will be in their classrooms from 5-6 pm and then out on the blacktop from 6-6:30 pm. Students are invited to drop off their school supplies in the classrooms from 5-6 pm. Families that pre-ordered a pizza dinner from Garibaldi's may pick them up outside on the blacktop at anytime throughout the evening. The pizza dinners will consist of a slice of cheese or sausage pizza, a bottle of water, and a pack of Oreos. Unfortunately, there will not be pizza dinners available for purchase the night of the event. Please contact olivepta@gmail.com with any questions.

Wednesday, August 21: First Day of School 
Grades 1-5: 9:05 am to 3:35 pm
AM Kindergarten: 9:05 am to 11:50 pm
PM Kindergarten: 12:50 pm to 3:35 pm
PTA volunteers will be available to assist families on the first day of school. If you need assistance, please look for the helpful folks in the red aprons. If you will be driving your child to school, please allow yourself some extra time, as some of our new parents will be learning how to navigate the drop off line. If the weather is nice, please consider walking with your child to school.

Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30-8:30 pm: Curriculum Night for Parents
Curriculum Night is an important evening for parents to learn about their child's classroom, procedures, and curriculum. Additional information about the schedule for this evening will be shared soon.

Monday, September 2: Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 10 at 3:35 - 4:45 pm: Bike Rodeo
All 3rd grade students, and any 4th or 5th grade students that have not participated in the past, must attend the Bike Safety Rodeo if they plan to ride their bike to school without adult supervision. Additional details and the permission slip for this event will be posted soon.

Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 - 8 pm: PTA Open House Fair
As is the case for all PTA meetings, all OMS parents are invited to this first PTA meeting of the school year, which will be an informal open house fair held in our Commons. PTA committee representatives will be present to answer questions and share information about PTA events, spirit wear, and volunteer opportunities. If you have not done so already, please consider joining our PTA.

Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30-7:30 pm: New Family Activity Night
New families will be invited to this fun event by their mentor families.

A District 25 2013-2014 calendar may be viewed by Clicking HERE 

School Communication
We will continue to post all official school information, important dates, and fun pictures on the Olive-Mary Stitt Blog. You may access the blog at http://olive-marystitt.blogspot.com. Please consider making this one of your bookmarks so that you are up-to-date on everything OMS!

Anticipated Class Sections for 2013-2014 School Year
These anticipated sections are based on current enrollment projections, recognizing that teaching assignments and sections can change for a variety of reasons. Along with the district office, we are continuing to monitor our enrollment to note any fluctuations in anticipated class size.

Kindergarten (4 sections)
AM - Mrs. Klimas & Mrs. Tumpane
PM - Mrs. Martens & Mrs. Jones

1st Grade (4 sections)
Mrs. Brinati
Mrs. Nordman
Miss. Wrobel
Mrs. Vittore

2nd grade (5 sections)
Mrs. Jansson
Mrs. Wilhelm
Miss Musich
Mrs. Netzel
Mrs. Mueller

3rd Grade (5 sections)
Mrs. Yarbrough
Mrs. Molnar
Mrs. Stevens
Mrs. Helmann
Mrs. Range

4th Grade (5 sections)
Mrs. Muhr
Mr. Edstrom
Mrs. DeMille
Mrs. Grimm
Mrs. Christoforou

5th Grade (4 sections)
Mrs. Dunlop
Mrs. Fowler
Mrs. Tranter
Mrs. Watanuki

Our new kindergarten teacher, Amy Naughten, previously taught kindergarten and early childhood. She has also been a substitute teacher at OMS. Jodi Christoforou, our new fourth grade teacher, most recently taught at The Junior School and The American International School of Cyprus, although she started her career in Arlington Heights.  We are so excited to welcome both Karen and Jodi to the OMS community!

Summer Construction
If you have been by the school this summer, you may have noticed a few projects. Our playground was dug up and resurfaced with new wood chips to provide better drainage. Our front entryway is being transformed with a new sign (thank you PTA!) and grassy areas. To accommodate continued growth, a new classroom was created where the teacher's lounge was once located. The teacher's lounge has been moved to a space that was previously used for storage. The exit to our parking lot was re-graded to reduce the slope from the parking lot to the street. Our parking lot is scheduled to be seal coated next week, so please feel free to use the church parking lot during the time that it is closed. We are so excited about these enhancements to our building!

We look forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks. Enjoy the rest of your summer!