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Friday, October 30, 2015

Olive-Mary Stitt PTA - Every child. One voice.
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The Olive Twig

October 30, 2015

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Sale

The sale will begin on Monday, November 2nd and run through Friday, November 13th. A brochure and order form will be coming home via backpack mail. Order pickup will be Wednesday, December 9th (3:30-5:30pm) in the Commons. For every tub of cookie dough sold, the PTA will make $6.40! Checks can be made payable to OMS PTA. Any questions, please email Sarah Klancnik  or Jolinta Voelker Thank you for participating.
 

Club Photos - Yearbook and MFY

Club pictures for Music for Youth and Yearbook Club will be taken on Thursday, 11/5. If your child is in Music for Youth or Yearbook Club they should come to school at 8:30am on Thursday, November 5th. All other clubs will take their own group pictures for the 2015/2016 Yearbook. Please contact Megan Hill or Erika Eng with any questions. Thank you! 


School Pictures - Retakes 11/5

Please bring your complete photo package back to school on Thursday, 11/5 if you plan on having a retake done.  If you were absent and need another order form, please stop into the front office to pick one up. Contact Lisa Roudabush with any questions.
 

District 214 Survey

Today is the last day to share your opinions on potential changes to the school calendar for District 214.  Please be sure and fill out the survey. The decisions made will directly affect the calendar at District 25 schools. Here is the linkThank you!
 

Safety Update for Walkers

As the construction gets rolling it is important for parents as well as students to follow the walking guidelines when entering and exiting the school. In order to keep everyone safe and away from construction vehicles please use only the north side of Olive street when crossing Arlington Heights Rd. Continue on the north side of Olive street until you can cross at Belmont with the crossing guard. Please do not cross at Olive and Pine, or anywhere there is not a crossing guard or cross walks, even if you are without your children. Parents need to exemplify following these procedures so that their children will too.
 

PTA Meeting - November 4th

Please join us for the next PTA meeting, November 4th at 7pm in the LMC. We will have Mrs Mary Moore, our school social worker, speaking to us about childhood anxiety. We look forward to seeing you there, everyone is welcome!!
 

Olive PTA got an Award!!

The Olive PTA received the award for Outstanding PTA at the District 37 Awards Dinner last week. District 37 is the district that encompasses all of the schools in the Northwest suburbs, including District 25, which is a lot of schools. We won this award based on our total volunteer hours, trainings our board and committee chairs attended, membership numbers, and our PTA clubs and events in the 2014/2015 school year. We could not have won this award without the support and commitment of all of the Olive volunteers. Your time and service is so appreciated, you are what makes Olive great! Thank you!! Check out the plaque in the office and then in the trophy case by the art room.
 

District 25 Just Move It Challenge

The District 25 Just Move It Challenge is April 16, 2016 and there are exciting new creative opportunities for the kids to get involved! We will be having a contest for the design on the official JMI T-Shirt. Keep an eye out for further information in the Twig!


Paper Directory Update

Thank you for your continued patience with the delay on the paper directory.  We are working through some issues with the printer but hope to have it resolved soon.  In the meantime, be sure to utilize the Directory Spot app on your smart phones, tablets and home computers.  


SD 25 is Looking for Substitute Teachers

Do you have a B.A. Degree and are looking for a job working with the kids in our district?  If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please click here for additional information.


ABC/25 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Please support Olive's chance to earn a $2500 grant from the ABC/25 Foundation! We need 25% of Olive families to join theABC/25 Foundation in order to receive the Membership Incentive Grant. One family membership counts toward all district schools that children in one family attend. Join ABC/25 today with a $40 donation. Click here to join ABC/25 or pick up a paper membership form in the school office.


Directory Spot

Directory Spot, our electronic directory, is up and running! Please click here for more information.

Upcoming Events..


11/2 - 11/13 Cookie Sale
11/4 PTA Meeting
11/5 Picture Retakes
11/13 Family Bingo Night
11/18 5th Grade Concert
 


Important Links


OMS CALENDAR

DISTRICT 25 E-FLYERS

TWIG SUBMISSION FORM

OMS BLOGSPOT


CONTACT THE PTA

 

CONNECT WITH US


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Congratulations OMS PTA

Congratulations to the OMS PTA for taking home top honors at the District 37 Awards Dinner! We always knew you were the best! OMS PTA rocks!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Be a D25 PAL

As part of the district's ongoing effort to bring greater awareness to food allergies and to highlight the Be A PAL and Protect A Life from Food Allergies initiative, the district is providing every student with a teal-colored "Be a D25 PAL" bracelet. The bracelets will be distributed to all students on Wednesday, October 28th. 

Dr. Bein sent the following letter to all families last week highlighting the different ways that students and families can be a D25 PAL to students with food allergies. As she notes in her letter, the Food Allergy & Research Education organization started the teal pumpkin project last year. The teal pumpkin project encourages families to display a teal painted pumpkin and provide non-food treats on Halloween. Every since then, teal has come to symbolize allergy awareness and supporting children with food allergies. We will be sharing information about how to be a D25 PAL and how to support the teal pumpkin project on Wednesday morning's announcements.


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.  Our total count of donated books was 102!  Also, we had some students who won autographed copies of new books.  The winners were as follows:  Quinton B. of 2-1 won Iggy Peck Architect, Grant Fuller from 3-3 won Stallions by Starlight, and Faith S. from 4-2 won Jack, The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Thank you to all of our families for your support!  We will use your donations to purchase additional materials for our library.

 



Friday, October 23, 2015

Crossing at Arlington Heights Rd. & Olive St.

For those of you that take this route, you may be aware that the district has been working to refine crossing at this intersection due to the south Olive Street sidewalk being closed due to construction. The crossing guard supervisor and some district administrators have been out to view traffic in this area and determined the safest way to get everyone to and from school is to have families only cross Olive Street in the north crosswalk and only cross Arlington Heights Road in the west crosswalk. The crossing guard will only cross families in these two crosswalks so he can adequately supervise those that are crossing and those that are waiting. We are asking that families, even those with adult supervision, not cross in the other two crosswalks during arrival and dismissal as this can distract cars from paying attention to the crossing guard. We appreciate this means some families will need to slightly alter their routes to school, but it is just for this year and it ensures safety for all. We are already seeing that many families have figured out their new routes. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support of our construction project!


Engineering Design Process in 3rd grade

During 3rd grade Target Time, one group worked on creating creatures with an internal skeletal system.


The Sound of Music Fills The Commons

The Olive Owl Concert Band has been working hard learning instrument assembly, good posture, and tone production. This week we are learning to play our first well-known song, Hot Cross Buns. In addition to their first song, we are discovering the correct way to start a note and learning all about half notes and quarter notes. We are working hard and having fun; it's a great time to be an Olive Owl!

Open House

Last night during Open House our OMS community celebrated the hard work of our students.  The halls were lined with projects both artistic and academic.  The evening was also filled with the voices of our 4th graders as they performed under the direction of Mrs. Privett.  Our staff was excited to welcome all of the families and friends that attended our event last night.  If you weren't able to attend please click on the link below for a video highlight.

https://drive.google.com/a/sd25.org/file/d/0BzzKMexvU1KmTFpRYktROG1CWkE/view?usp=sharing



Head Lice Information

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.




Twig 10.23.15

Olive-Mary Stitt PTA - Every child. One voice.
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The Olive Twig

October 23, 2015

Thank You to Our 2015 Progressive Dinner Hosts!

We'd like to send out a special thank you for the Olive families who opened up their homes and hosted the 4th annual Progressive Dinner. With 101 attendees, it was a huge success for our school and a fantastic evening of fun for the parents who participated! 

Dinner hosts included: 
Rachael & Chris Hooker / Pam & Roger Phillips
Kelly & Matt DeRosa / Ann & Brian Bullis
Christina & Mario Perez / Jennifer & Jay Hasche
Sophie & Paul Gryfakis / Colleen & Brian Bremer

Dessert hosts included: 
Tanis & Terry Kurzynski, 
Nilima & Prabhath Nanisetty / Tiffany & Wayne Brown
Monica & Scott Hartman / Katie & Ryan Starzyk 


School Pictures - Retakes 11/5

Pictures were distributed this week. If you plan on having a retake done, please bring your complete photo package back to school on Thursday, 11/5. If you were absent and need another order form, please stop into the front office to pick one up. Contact Lisa Roudabush with any questions.
 

SD 25 is Looking for Substitute Teachers

Do you have a B.A. Degree and are looking for a job working with the kids in our district?  If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please click here for additional information.
 

Halloween Parties

Classroom party planning is underway! 
 
We would like to remind you to think before you buy Halloween candy and trinkets. Is it nut free, store bought, allergy and classroom approved?

If you have yet to volunteer at school, please stop in the office to fill out a volunteer form. Once again, we will have a Halloween volunteer list that the office will use to print out the badges. If you are not on the office list, you will not be able to enter the building and classroom party.

Look for the sign up genius link your room reps will be emailing to make your classroom party a success! You can also find your classroom sign up genius link on the Olive PTA website under the Volunteer Sign-Up tab. 

Have a SPOOKtacular Party!!!

 

South Middle School Spirit Wear Sale

Attention 5th Grade Parents! South Middle School is having their annual spirit wear sale. Orders are being accepted now through October 30th. You may turn in your order form to South's Front Office. Please click here for the order form. This will be the only spirit wear sale that South Middle School will have this school year. Please contact Sarah Klancnik with any questions.


ABC/25 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Please support Olive's chance to earn a $2500 grant from the ABC/25 Foundation! We need 25% of Olive families to join theABC/25 Foundation in order to receive the Membership Incentive Grant. One family membership counts toward all district schools that children in one family attend. Join ABC/25 today with a $40 donation. Click here to join ABC/25 or pick up a paper membership form in the school office.


Directory Spot

Directory Spot, our electronic directory, is up and running! Please click here for more information.

Upcoming Events..


10/30 Halloween Parties
11/4 PTA Meeting
11/5 Picture Retakes
11/13 Family Bingo Night
11/18 5th Grade Concert
 


Important Links


OMS CALENDAR

DISTRICT 25 E-FLYERS

TWIG SUBMISSION FORM

OMS BLOGSPOT


CONTACT THE PTA

 

CONNECT WITH US


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303 E. Olive Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Twig 10.16.15

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October 16, 2015

Thank You - New Family Mentoring

We would like to send a big "Thank You" to Donna Harwood, Sophie Gryfakis & Brenda Larson for organizing a wonderful event for our new Olive families. The night was a big success and the PTA appreciates all of your hard work in putting this night together.


South Middle School Spirit Wear Sale

Attention 5th Grade Parents! South Middle School is having their annual spirit wear sale. Orders are being accepted now through October 30th. You may turn in your order form to South's Front Office. Please click here for the order form. This will be the only spirit wear sale that South Middle School will have this school year. Please contact Sarah Klancnik with any questions.
 

Box Tops/Labels for Education Challenge

It's October so you know what that means.... It's time for the Box Tops/Labels for Education Class Challenge! The challenge will run from October 13th thru October 23rd. Please send in all non-expired, trimmed box tops and labels, with your child, to school during that 2 week period. There will be black shoeboxes in each room for collection. The top class in K-2 and 3-5 will get to choose a prize. Any questions - please contact  Gina Groberski
 

Chess Club

Olive students in grades K-5 who are interested in chess are invited to join the Chess Club. All levels are welcome — from beginner to experienced player (we’ll teach you the rules!). Chess Club will meet in the LMC from 3:35 – 4:35 pm on the following dates: October 23rdNovember 13thDecember 11thJanuary 15th & 29thFebruary 12th & 26th, and March 11th. Each meeting is an independent lesson; attend as many as you can. Parent volunteers are welcome during our meetings (no Chess experience required). To sign up, email Stephanie Jennrich
 

Halloween Parties

Classroom party planning is underway! 
 
We would like to remind you to think before you buy Halloween candy and trinkets. Is it nut free, store bought, allergy and classroom approved?

If you have yet to volunteer at school, please stop in the office to fill out a volunteer form. Once again, we will have a Halloween volunteer list that the office will use to print out the badges. If you are not on the office list, you will not be able to enter the building and classroom party.

Look for the sign up genius link your room reps will be emailing to make your classroom party a success! You can also find your classroom sign up genius link on the Olive PTA website under the Volunteer Sign-Up tab. 

Have a SPOOKtacular Party!!!

 

PTA Reflections

LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLY is the theme for Reflections this year.  Tap the creativity of your child by participating this year. OMS students in K-5 are encouraged to submit individual original works of art in one of several categories. Click here to learn more and for submission forms. Submissions due to the office by Nov. 2nd. Any questions contact Norah Muenkel or Kelly DeRosa.


ABC/25 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Please support Olive's chance to earn a $2500 grant from the ABC/25 Foundation! We need 25% of Olive families to join theABC/25 Foundation in order to receive the Membership Incentive Grant. One family membership counts toward all district schools that children in one family attend. Join ABC/25 today with a $40 donation. Click here to join ABC/25 or pick up a paper membership form in the school office.

 

Hersey Basketball Girls Feeder Team Tryouts

Please click here for information on tryouts for the Hersey Feeder Basketball Team


Shoparoo

Easy Ongoing Fundraiser - We are excited to be partnering with a truly hassle-free fundraiser called Shoparoo! Turn pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school with a free app. The more users we have, the better we will do. Check it out at www.shoparoo.com.  Please click here for additional information.


Parent Patrol

Please consider volunteering for Parent Patrol from 8:40-9:05 two times a month. We need parent volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Please click here to sign up.


Directory Spot

Directory Spot, our electronic directory, is up and running! Please click here for more information.

Upcoming Events..


10/17 Progressive Dinner
10/19 - 10/23 National Character Counts Week
10/22 - Open House, 4th Grade Concert
10/30 Halloween Parties



Important Links


OMS CALENDAR

DISTRICT 25 E-FLYERS

TWIG SUBMISSION FORM

OMS BLOGSPOT


CONTACT THE PTA

 

CONNECT WITH US


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween 2015 A to Z

To help you get ready for this fun-filled day, we offer the following Halloween A to Z:

AM Kindergarten Halloween Plans
Kindergarten teachers will send out Halloween information via email to all families. AM Kindergarten students should be dressed in their costumes when they arrive at school. As a reminder, parents of AM Kindergarten students are welcome to congregate in the Commons beginning at 9:05 am for the AM Kindergarten parade. AM Classroom Room Reps. and Party Volunteers may begin decorating classrooms at 10 AM while the students visit other classrooms. Only parents on the volunteer list that have a visitor’s badge will be allowed to leave the Commons to help in the classroom. Volunteers – please make sure you leave plenty of time to pick up your visitor’s badge in the main office before you head down to the classroom.

Classroom Room Reps and Party Volunteers  
Just like last year, you may arrive anytime after 12:15 PM to begin setting up for the classroom parties. Please make sure that you leave yourself plenty of time to pick up your visitor’s badge in the front entryway before you head down to the classroom. We will have pre-printed badges for all volunteers that have previously had their licenses scanned. If you have not yet had your license scanned, our office staff will do this when you arrive. Only individuals that are on the volunteer list and have a visitor’s badge will be allowed access classrooms. We appreciate all that you have done to plan for a great day!

Costumes
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. 

Lunch 
Your child should have brought home a Halloween lunch permission slip today. Please indicate your child’s plans and return the form to your child’s classroom teacher by October 23rd.

Students that will be going home for lunch on this day will be dismissed from the front doors at 12:10 PM. They may then return at 1:05 PM and will line up outside the kindergarten door (PM kindergarten), in the gym (1st & 2nd grade), and in the commons (3rd-5th grade) 

Students that stay at school for lunch will have an opportunity eat and then change into their costumes at 12:40 PM. Food service will offer only the Zip Line lunch bag for lunch on Friday, October 30th due to the low Halloween participation. Two Zip Line choices will be available: a Yogurt or a Turkey/Ham & Cheese Wrap.The Smart Snack line will also be open.

Parade (Indoor) 
If it rains/snows or the temperatures are too cold, we will parade inside the Commons of our school. Parents of PM kindergarten, 1st & 2nd-grade students are welcome to congregate in the Commons to view the indoor parade, beginning at 1:30 PM. Parents of students in 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade are welcome to congregate in the Commons to view the indoor parade, beginning at 2:00 PM. Students in the first parade will enjoy their classroom parties immediately following their parade. Some classrooms in the second parade may begin their parties prior to the 2 PM parade and resume the festivities following the parade. We appreciate you understanding that we are not able to accommodate parents in the school prior to 1:30 PM, as our custodian will be cleaning the Commons after lunch. Also, so that every parent has an opportunity to see their child in the parade, we respectfully request that you only congregate in the Commons during your child’s parade.

Parade (Outdoor)
If the weather cooperates, we will have our annual parade through the neighborhood, beginning at 1:30 PM. We will exit the building through the front doors and head towards Thomas Middle School via the west side of Belmont Street. We will cross Belmont at Thomas Street and return to school via the east side of Belmont Street. In the event of rain, we will bring the parade indoors. If we have to move inside, an email will go out to families around 12:50 pm.

Party Food Policy
Classroom teachers will send a notice out to parents describing the “menu” for the party.
Per district policy, treat bags may not be sent home with students.

Safety & Supervision
We will have extra supervision in place on 10/30. We also ask that our parents be extra mindful of 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.

Zero
The chance that it is going to rain on our parade! :)

We know that our students are very much looking forward to this event. 
Thank you for helping to make this a great day for them!


Construction Update 10.16.15

What is new at the corner of Olive & Douglas?
We have hired a new crossing guard to assist at this location. The district is currently interviewing candidates and hopes to have a crossing guard at Douglas and Oakton very soon.

Will there always be someone directing traffic and the entrance/exit to the drop-off/pick-up area?
Yes, we currently have an Arlington Heights police officer assisting us. In the coming weeks, the police department will be training a traffic/crossing guard to assist us for the remainder of the year.

Why are there "No crossing signs" along Olive Street?
We have received many reports of parents and students crossing in the middle of Olive Street to get to parked cars in the N. Pine Avenue cul-de-sac. Olive Street during drop-off and pick-up is very busy. If you need to cross the street, please do so with our crossing guard. Please also remember that our students are watching what all of us do. If parents cross in the middle of the road, it becomes very difficult to tell our students not to do so.


Why do I have to cross the street so many times at the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Olive Street?
To ensure everyone's safety at this busy intersection, we ask that all students and families only cross with the crossing guard. Though this may result in some students crossing Olive with the crossing guard at Arlington Heights Road and then again at the main entrance of the school, it is the safest solution for this school year. We appreciate this may take an extra few minutes but hope that everyone understands the need to be safe.

Why can't the sidewalks in front of the construction entrances be opened during arrival and dismissal?
We could not guarantee that this construction entrance could be closed off to construction vehicles at certain times of the day.  Additionally, there may be some debris left at the construction entrance, and we prefer to keep students away from the area at all times. The vast majority of the construction traffic enters at Douglas, but some vehicles need to enter at the west side of the school to work on the classroom additions there. 

What is happening with the playground equipment?

To make way for the new gym and to allow construction equipment into the site, all of our playground equipment is being removed. The district is salvaging as many parts as possible from the main playground and hopes to disassemble and then reinstall the equipment from the back playground. In the coming weeks, we will get input from students, staff and parents regarding new equipment for our main playground.

Open House - 10/22, 6:30-8:00 pm

Our Open House is scheduled for Thursday, October 22nd, 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.  You can also see our beautiful book character mural and the updated computer lab.

Our fourth-grade students will be performing a short, informal music program during the Open House. Students in 4-1 (Mrs. Helmann) and 4-3 (Mrs. Beck) will be performing at 7:00 p.m. Students in 4-2 (Mrs. Christoforou) and 4-4 (Mrs. Grimm) will be performing at 7:30 p.m.


Target Time


At our most recent School Improvement Day on October 10th, teachers had an opportunity to collaborate and discuss their students' individual growth, as well as opportunities to support and enrich their academic needs. Soon you will be hearing from your child's classroom teacher about what skills will be reinforced and enriched during grade-level Target Time.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Planning For the Future Ceremony

The future looks bright at OMS...just listen to our students!


Friday, October 9, 2015

Here we go!

Our construction area became quite lively this week with the arrival of a construction crew trailer and a bulldozer. The dirt being piled high is from an area that will be used for retention.