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Friday, November 20, 2015

It's All About Art



Please click on the link below to see what our Olive Owls have been up to this trimester in the Art Room with Mr. DeMarco!

Just Move It, Move It!

When you hear the words "I'm bored!" next week, have your child work on designing an entry for the Just Move It Challenge T-shirt and Poster contest.  The design deadline is December 4, 2015.

Author/Illustrator Ethan Long Visits OMS!


Ethan Long, the author and illustrator of more than 70 children's books gave a presentation to students in grades K-2 on Tuesday, November 17.  He taught students some important skills about creating characters and stories, such as being responsible and learning to collaborate with others.  The audience had fun helping Mr. Long design a character named CooCoo, the dog.  It was amazing how fast Mr. Long could draw CooCoo in all sorts of different poses.  The audience counted down the seconds (10-20 total!) while Mr. Long made the drawings.  Students in Mrs. Wilhelm's second grade class had a special opportunity to work more closely with Mr. Long during their art class in Mr. DeMarco's room.  Please follow the link below to see more photos of the event and to watch a video showing Mr. Long teaching the second graders how to show emotions on a character by changing the shape of the eyes in a drawing.



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December 4, 2015

Cookie Dough Pickup - Wednesday, December 9th 3:30-5:30pm

If you placed an order for cookie dough, please come to the OMS Commons on Wednesday, December 9th between 3:30-5:30pm
 to pick up your order. All orders are frozen and must be picked up by 5:30 to decrease the risk of thawing! Please arrange to have someone pick your order up for you if you are not able to. Any questions, please contact Sarah Klancnik or Jo Voelker. Thank you for your participation!


OMS Spirit Wear Sample Sale

Attention Parents! Did you miss our spirit wear sale this fall or are you in need of a holiday present for your child? Our PTA is selling spirit wear samples at a reduced cost! We are also selling the popular Olive headbands and OMS car magnets. Please click here to see pictures of what is available. If you are interested in purchasing an item, please contact Sarah Klancnik. Thank you!

Thank you Conference Dinner Volunteers

Our annual conference dinner was a yummy success.  The teachers really enjoyed their Election Day themed meal.  It is a long few days of conferences for them and they love having this meal waiting for them.  Thank you to all those who donated food and especially to Judi Schuch and Sarah Wade for organizing it!  

Please click here to meet a few of our set up volunteers...Megan & Mimi Hill and Ryder Schuch. Deb Oiler (not pictured) was amazingly helpful too. Thank you all for making us proud.


Thank you Bingo Night Volunteers

Thank you all the volunteers who made Bingo Night a success.  It was a fun, family event and we could have done it without all of your help.  We were able to make a wonderful donation to the Wheeling Food Pantry with your canned goods donations.  A special thank you to Jeanne Cosgrove and Marni Hanson for organizing the event and to Tom Barnard for being a great emcee!


Holiday Storytime with the Principals

This event will take place on December18th during the school day. Please watch for an email from your room reps with opportunities to volunteer during the event and/or to donate a snack. Please contact Michele Bozikis or Becky Hany with any questions.


Attention 5th Grade Parents

The 5th grade committee needs your help! Please email a baby picture between the ages of 1-12 months for inclusion in a 5th grade slide show. You may send the scanned photo to oms5thgrade@gmail.com 
We will need these pictures ASAP!

In the subject line, please indicate your child's name. If you have any questions, please email Janelle Brown. Thank you in advance.

Upcoming Events..


12/9 - Cookie Dough Pick-up (3:30-5:30pm)
12/9 - 5th Grade Band Concert (7:00pm)
12/10 - 3rd Grade Music Concert (7:00pm)
12/18 - Holiday Storytime
12/21 - Winter vacation begins



Important Links


OMS CALENDAR

DISTRICT 25 E-FLYERS

TWIG SUBMISSION FORM

OMS BLOGSPOT


CONTACT THE PTA


CONNECT WITH US



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Science Club is Back!

Science Club is back for Olive students to enjoy:

Session 1: Waves and More (four weeks)
 light (photocells and optics), sound (music), and magnetism

Session 2: Bubbles (two weeks)
Speed of the bubble, and Zometool bubbles

Session 3: Chemistry of Life (two weeks)
DNA discovery, water and life

Science Club meets in the Fine Arts hallway from 3:45-4:45.  Students may enroll in either or both sessions. There is no charge to participate, however, you must register by completing the attached form and returning it to the Olive office no later than Wednesday, December 16. Each day is limited to twenty-four students and children are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis; sessions often fill up quickly so don’t delay! 

To ensure that we’re able to provide a safe and enjoyable activity there will be at least two adults present each day. Any days that do not have at least one adult volunteer helper will be cancelled. I will particularly need assistance for sessions 1 and 3 when I plan to have students move from station to station. Please consider signing up to help on one or more days as your schedule allows. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are also welcome. Don’t let the Olive students have all the fun! 

Science Club has been funded by generous grants and donations from BP, Northrop Grumman Corporation, the American Chemical Society, ABC 25, Educational Innovations, Barnes and Noble, Orochem Technologies Inc., and individuals interested in science education. You can review this fall’s and prior years’ activities online at scienceclubatoms@weebly.com. 


Questions? Contact Cynthia House at chouse@sd25.org.

Sign up form:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Lost & Found

When you are in for conferences, don't forget to stop by our lost & found area to see what might be missing from your house. All items still remaining at winter break will be donated.






Monday, November 16, 2015

Nonfiction November Contest

Nonfiction November Is Going On Now in the LMC

Students at Olive-Mary Stitt are busily reading nonfiction books and writing down facts to share with others during our Nonfiction November contest. Students turn in their fact forms to the LMC, and our staff checks them over and posts them onto the classroom tally posters hanging in the hall outside the LMC.  The classroom that reads the most nonfiction books during the month of November will win a prize.  Our fifth grade morning announcement helpers read some of the more interesting facts on the daily morning announcements.  The last turn-in day for fact forms will be on December 1.  We hope that all students will continue to read nonfiction books over Thanksgiving break and will write more facts to help their classes do well in the contest.  

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November 20, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving break.


Directories Are Here

Directories should have come home this week in your child's backpack! Didn't receive one? You may have never joined PTA...but it is not too late! Your $10 individual or $15 family membership supports all of our enrichment programming for all OMS students! Contact Shannon Kersemeier at skersemeier@gmail.com with questions. Need an extra copy? They can be purchased from Brenda Lettieri in the front office for $5. PTA membership cards are also attached. Please see http://www.pta.org/benefits for discounts available with your membership! If you have any additions or corrections to the directory (either paper or electronic) please let Shannon know!


OMS Teacher Conference Dinner - Support Needed

Alright OMS Families – Now is your chance to show off your culinary and baking talents! Every year, we serve up a themed dinner to the OMS Staff on the Monday of conferences. This year it’s on Monday, 11/23 at 4:15 pm in the LMC. Our theme, of course, is patriotic election! Dive into your inner red, white and blue. Please click here to sign up to bring an item or help at the event. It’s fast and a ton of fun! Contact Judi Schuch with any questions.


Attention 5th Grade Parents

The 5th grade committee needs your help! Please email a baby picture between the ages of 1-12 months for inclusion in a 5th grade slide show. You may send the scanned photo to oms5thgrade@gmail.com 
We will need these pictures soon!

In the subject line, please indicate your child's name. If you have any questions, please email Janelle Brown. Thank you in advance.


District 25 Just Move It! Challenge T-shirt and Poster Design Contest

The District 25 Just Move It! Challenge is April 16, 2016 and there are exciting new creative opportunities for the kids to get involved! This year, the kids of District 25 will have an opportunity to participate in a challenge to design the official JMI Race T-shirt and JMI Poster, which will be seen in the schools and local businesses! The deadline to submit your artwork for either the t-shirt, poster or both is December 4, 2015. There will be a folder in the OMS office where all submissions may be turned in. Please click here  for entry form and guidelines. For more information on the JMI Challenge itself, please visit jmichallenge.org.  Please contact Jen Rich or Bridget Stannis 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.

Upcoming Events..


11/23 - 11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences
11/23 - 11/27 No School
12/9 - Cookie Dough Pick-up (2:30-5:00pm)
12/10 - 3rd Grade Music Concert



Important Links


OMS CALENDAR

DISTRICT 25 E-FLYERS

TWIG SUBMISSION FORM

OMS BLOGSPOT


CONTACT THE PTA


CONNECT WITH US



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Friday, November 13, 2015

Cup Art Comes to Olive

The OMS student council felt that our construction fencing needed a little pick-me-up.  Students were encouraged to design cup art.  Once their designs were completed and approved they went to work during their lunch recess adding their decorative touches.




Just Move It Challenge! Design Contest


Did you know that each year the Arlington Heights Council of PTAs and the ABC/25 Foundation invites runners and walkers of all ages to participate in a fundraising event for education?  While the actual event isn't until Saturday, April 16, 2016, your child can get involved now!

This year District 25 students can participate in a contest to design the race t-shirt and poster!   The deadline for t-shirt and poster entries is December 4, 2015!  Please click the link below to access additional information on contest guidelines!

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November 13, 2015

Family Bingo Night - Tonight

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The PTA sponsored FAMILY BINGO NIGHT is TONIGHT, 11/13 from 7:00-8:30pm. This event is a fun-filled night for our Olive families. The kids can sit with their friends and families can get to know each other. Kids can win various prizes and EVERY Olive student will take home at least one prize. Admission is FREE! Please have each child bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to share with those in need in our community.  Contact Marni Hanson or Jeanne Cosgrove with any questions.

 

OMS Teacher Conference Dinner - Support Needed!

Alright OMS Families – Now is your chance to show off your culinary and baking talents! Every year, we serve up a themed dinner to the OMS Staff on the Monday of conferences. This year it’s on Monday, 11/23 at 4:15 pm in the LMC. Our theme, of course, is patriotic election! Dive into your inner red, white and blue. Please click here to sign up to bring an item or help at the event. It’s fast and a ton of fun! Contact Judi Schuch with any questions.


Attention 5th Grade Parents!

The 5th grade committee needs your help! Please email a baby picture between the ages of 1-12 months for inclusion in a 5th grade slide show. You may send the scanned photo to oms5thgrade@gmail.com 
We will need these pictures soon!

In the subject line, please indicate your child's name. If you have any questions, please email Janelle Brown. Thank you in advance.

District 214 Calendar Survey Results

Please click here to read about the results and some of the highlights from the Calendar survey taken last month.


District 25 Just Move It! Challenge T-shirt and Poster Design Contest

The District 25 Just Move It! Challenge is April 16, 2016 and there are exciting new creative opportunities for the kids to get involved! This year, the kids of District 25 will have an opportunity to participate in a challenge to design the official JMI Race T-shirt and JMI Poster, which will be seen in the schools and local businesses! The deadline to submit your artwork for either the t-shirt, poster or both is December 4, 2015. There will be a folder in the OMS office where all submissions may be turned in. Please click here  for entry form and guidelines. For more information on the JMI Challenge itself, please visit jmichallenge.org.  Please contact Jen Rich or Bridget Stannis 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.

Upcoming Events..


11/2 - 11/13 Cookie Sale
11/13 Family Bingo Night
11/18 5th Grade Concert
11/23 - 11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences
11/23 - 11/27 No School


Important Links


OMS CALENDAR

DISTRICT 25 E-FLYERS

TWIG SUBMISSION FORM

OMS BLOGSPOT


CONTACT THE PTA


CONNECT WITH US



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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Buddy Foundation Fundraiser




On Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 5th the students in the Service Learning Club took to the stage during lunch to sell handcrafted items.  The proceeds of the sale are being sent directly to the Buddy Foundation in Arlington Heights.  Mrs. Dunlop and Mrs. Tranter are pleased to announce the students raised $500.00 for the shelter!  There are many cats purring and doggie tails' wagging with this donation!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

Author Visit

Author/Illustrator Ethan Long will be visiting OMS on Nov. 17

Students in grades K-2 will get an opportunity to hear a presentation given by author/illustrator Ethan Long on Tuesday, November 17.  Here is an excerpt from his website:
One part author, two parts illustrator and a dash of stand up comedian, Ethan Long figures he has spent over 51,000 hours writing stories and drawing pictures for children, friends, family and clients. He is the author and/or illustrator of over 60 children’s books, including Tickle the Duck!Scribbles and InkOne Drowsy DragonChamelia, The Wing Wing Brothers, and Up, Tall and High, which won the 2013 Theodor Geisel Award. He is also the creator of the Emmy-nominated animated series Tasty Time with Zefronk which currently airs worldwide on Disney Channel.
Book order forms were sent home with students in those grades this week.  Please return the forms to the LMC by November 12 if you'd like to place an order.  Please click on the link below for a copy of the order form. 
Ethan Long will personalize the books for children on the day of his visit.  Our OMS students have been enjoying reading his books during class visits to the LMC. One favorite is Fright Club.  We look forward to welcoming Mr. Long to Olive-Mary Stitt!


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Family Bingo Night onFriday, Nov. 13

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The PTA sponsored FAMILY BINGO NIGHT is coming up on Friday, November 13th from 7:00-8:30pm. This event is a fun-filled night for our Olive families. The kids can sit with their friends and families can get to know each other. Kids can win various prizes and EVERY Olive student will take home at least one prize. Admission if FREE! Please have each child bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to share with those in need in our community.  Contact Marni Hanson or Jeanne Cosgrove with any questions.


Attention 5th Grade Parents!

The 5th grade committee needs your help! Please email a baby picture between the ages of 1-12 months for inclusion in a 5th grade slide show. You may send the scanned photo to oms5thgrade@gmail.com 
We will need these pictures soon!

In the subject line, please indicate your child's name. If you have any questions, please email Janelle Brown. Thank you in advance.
 

District 25 Just Move It! Challenge T-shirt and Poster Design Contest

The District 25 Just Move It! Challenge is April 16, 2016 and there are exciting new creative opportunities for the kids to get involved! This year, the kids of District 25 will have an opportunity to participate in a challenge to design the official JMI Race T-shirt and JMI Poster, which will be seen in the schools and local businesses! The deadline to submit your artwork for either the t-shirt, poster or both is December 4, 2015. There will be a folder in the OMS office where all submissions may be turned in. Please click here  for entry form and guidelines. For more information on the JMI Challenge itself, please visit jmichallenge.org.  Please contact Jen Rich or Bridget Stannis with any questions.


Yearbook Club Wants Your Photos!

The Yearbook Club is looking for photos taken at school events such as the Halloween parade/parties, activity nights, concerts etc. You can email pictures to omsyearbook2016@gmail.com. You may see one of your pictures featured in the 2016 OMS Yearbook. Please contact Megan Hill or Erika Eng with any questions. Thank you!


Parking Lot Updates

During our construction, as well as in years past, we have been given permission by The Orchard Church (across from Olive) to use their parking lot. We are utilizing it more this year, since our lot is not available for teacher parking as well as guest parking during the day. Since we are guests, we ask that everyone conduct themselves in a way that reflects the respectful and kind school that we are. Please make sure that you are using only marked parking spaces and that you are driving safely. If the front lot is full there is an additional lot on the east side of the church that can be used as well. Thank you for your cooperation!


Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Sale - Ends Next Friday

Have you ordered your cookies yet? Please turn in your order form by next Friday, 11/13. You will love to have individually portioned cookies in your freezer and ready to bake at any moment! 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.
 

OMS Teacher Conference Dinner - Support Needed!

Alright OMS Families - Now is your chance to show off your culinary and baking talents! Every year, we serve up a themed dinner to the OMS Staff on the Monday of conferences. This year it's on Monday, 11/23 at 4:15 pm in the LMC. Our theme, of course, is patriotic election! Dive into your inner red, white and blue. Look for a soon-to-come Sign Up Genius and salute your staff by signing up to bring an item or help at the event. It's fast and a ton of fun! Contact Judi Schuch with any questions.

Box Tops and Labels for Education

Thank you for collecting and turning in your box tops and labels during our fall challenge. We had a great challenge and the school will receive almost $900 from our box tops and we have turned in over 2,500 label points! It was a close race amongst the classes but the top classes were Mrs. Netzel's 2nd graders (2-4) and Mrs. Helmann's 4th graders (4-1). These classes will get to choose a prize to recognize their success. Thanks again, and keep clipping and saving in anticipation of our next challenge in February. 

Any questions....please contact Gina Groberski.
Also a great big THANK YOU the volunteers that helped clip, count, and sort all of the box tops that we received! Your help is greatly appreciated!
 

Character Counts Newsletter

The Character Counts Program is a national program that promotes the 6 pillars of character; trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Each month we highlight one of these pillars through the implementation of service projects. The goal of this program is to nurture global awareness and promote service learning for all students. Please click here if you missed the newsletter this week. It can also be found on the olivepta.com website under Programs.

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.


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.

Construction Update 11.6.15

Things are moving along with our construction project and continue to remain on schedule. This weekend, Com Ed will be transferring power to the new transformer that was installed on the east side of the building to replace the one that is in the area where our new gym will be located. As seen in the pictures below, grading work continues in the area between Greens Park and the school. A portion of this area will ultimately be used for water retention. Also, concrete foundations for our five new classrooms are beginning on the southwest side of the building. Exciting!

Looking forward to more great weather and to keeping the project on time. Our students have been so excited to watch the project unfold during recess. We are so excited about how things are taking shape!