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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2nd Grade Historical Society Field Trip

The 2nd graders kicked off their study of Arlington Heights with a trip to the Arlington Heights Historical Society. They got a chance to experience a little bit of what life was like in a log cabin, a covered wagon, a one-room school, and the Muller house.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Open House in the LMC

The Library Media Center Staff would like to thank the Olive-Mary Stitt Families who visited the LMC during Open House and sponsored new books for our library collection. Overall, families donated 114 books! Also, we had some students who won door prizes of copies of new books that had been signed by the authors. The winners were as follows: Nicholas S. of K-2 won The Awesome Book. Julianna M. from 2-1 won The Trouble With Chickens. The book, Found, was awarded to Anna K. in 5-4. 

Thank you to all of our families for your support!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Twig 10.25.13

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Thanks to our wonderful PTA Cultural Arts Committee, all of our students enjoyed a spooky performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Tuesday.

Friday, October 18, 2013

JESIE Chinese Delegation Visits OMS

Principals from Jiangsu Province in China visited with students and staff at OMS on Thursday. A few of our students had the opportunity to highlight some of their projects, which were created using various technology tools. The students then taught the visiting principals how to use the tools. It was a wonderful cross-cultural exchange of ideas!

Twig 10.18.13

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October Important Dates

Open House
Our Open House is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 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. Use the following link to learn more.

Library Media Center Open House

Once again, our 4th grade students will be delighting us with a musical performance. Please stop by the Commons at 7:00 PM (4-1 Muhr, 4-3 DeMille & 4-5 Christoforou) and 7:30 PM (4-2 Edstrom & 4-4 Grimm) to share in this musical celebration!

Our Halloween celebrations will be on Thursday, 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 12:50 PM. A lunch permission slip was sent home on Wednesday, October 16th. 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 28th.

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, 3-1 Yarbrough/Parker, 3-3 Stevens, & 3-5 Range) will parade around the Commons beginning at 1:30 PM. Students in our second lunch session (2nd, 4th, 3-2 Molnar, & 3-4 Helmann) 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 Thursday, 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!

Monday, October 14, 2013

FAQ on Head Lice

The following link will direct you to an annual letter from our nurses regarding head lice. The letter does not pertain to a particular situation at school, but rather it is an informational piece of literature. If you have any questions about the information contained in the letter, please feel free to contact one of our nurses.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Twig 10.11.13

Historical Reenactment 2013

Thanks to a generous donation from ABC/25, the fields at OMS were transformed into a Revolutionary War camp today. All District 25 5th grade students enjoyed the reenactment on a beautiful day. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ecology Club Brightens Up Olive!

Thanks to our Ecology Club, we have some new plantings. We can't wait to see what pops up!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Twig 10.4.13

5th Grade Team Building with the Principals!

We had a wonderful time today playing Curmudgeons as our 5th grade students worked together to cross "Curmudgeon River!"  We are so proud of the way our students worked together to get each classmate across the river.  It is clear that they give a HOOT and know how to make good choices and do their best.  Thank you 5th grade teachers for sharing your students with us today!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Coffee & Conversation With the Principals

Mrs. FitzPatrick & Mrs. Perri will again be hosting a series of informal coffee meetings for parents, the first of which will be Friday, November 1st, at 9:30 AM. The purpose of these meetings is to give parents a chance to informally ask questions and discuss topics with Mrs. FitzPatrick & Mrs. Perri, as well as others in the school community. In addition to time with the principals, each meeting will include a presentation from someone in our community. The following is a list of the topics that will be presented this year. We developed presentations based on a parent survey that we sent out last spring, asking for topics of interest. All meetings are on Fridays, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Each meeting will begin with an open Q & A period, followed by the presentation. Just prior to each coffee, we will send out an invite, asking parents to RSVP. Although you are always free to drop in, this gives us a better idea of how many people we should plan to accommodate. Come join us for a cup of coffee and some insightful discussion!

11/1/13 - What Are the Nutritional Benefits of a School Lunch? with Coletta Hines - Newell, Director of Food Services, Arlington Heights School District 25. Ever wonder why they are serving that for lunch? This presentation will explain the regulations that the school lunch program must follow and, if you pack a lunch for your child, it will help you understand what to put in the bag.

2/21/14 - Relational Aggression in Girls: Is My Daughter in Danger of Becoming a Mean Girl? with Mary Moore, OMS School Social Worker. Relational aggression in girls is a much talked about theme in the media. While many adults have heard of and learned to expect girls experiencing relational aggression during adolescence, some behaviors have become more common at the elementary level. What is "typical" behavior, and what are some of the red flags that may indicate a more serious issue?

4/11/13 - How Can I Best Help My Child When She/He Struggles in School? with Lynn Van Stee, OMS School Psychologist. A variety of research-based strategies for parents will be shared so that you can continue to partner with us in supporting your child.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lost & Found

Did you or your child lose something while at Olive? We have found quite a bit. Please come check out our lost & found display in the front hallway.

Give a HOOT September Winners

All of these students earned a HOOT ticket this month for displaying one of the HOOT behavior expectations. Their tickets were selected during our monthly drawing.
Stay tuned for our kindergarten winner!

                                                            Hooray for good choices
                                                            Our job is learning
                                                            Only kindness
                                                            Take time to do our best.

These students gave a HOOT and we do too!