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Friday, April 28, 2017

New! Playground Buddy Benches

You may have noticed new red benches on our Main and West playgrounds.  These benches have a very special purpose, they are called "Buddy Benches".  "The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground."  Mrs. FitzPatrick and Ms. Davis taught the students the meaning of the buddy bench during lunch.  Please take a moment to watch the video below created by our own Olive Owls with the help of Mrs. Siesser and Mrs. Watanuki.


Poem In Your Pocket Day

The entire OMS population celebrated Poem In Your Pocket Day sponsored by the LMC on Thursday, April 27.  Every student carried several copies of a favorite poem written by either a published poet or the student himself/herself.  During designated trading times during the day, announcements were made to encourage students to share their poems.  Grade level classes took the opportunity to meet with other classes to exchange and share their poems.  

At lunch, students were entertained by Julie Jurgens, the children’s librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  Ms. Jurgens recited some poetry and encouraged students to share theirs with a bigger audience as well. She invited students up to the stage to read aloud the poems in their pockets.  

If you'd like to see more photos of the event, please follow this link to the LMC website.



Newspaper Needed

The Olive art room is seeking newspaper! 

Please send unwanted newspaper with your child to school. Large sheets of newspaper work best as they cover tables quickly. Thank you on behalf of Mr. DeMarco and Olive our artists!



Thank you Mrs. Campagna & Mrs. Lettieri!

We cannot possibly thank our administrative professionals enough for all they do! If you have a moment, please let them know how much you appreciate them! Happy Administrative Professionals Day to the best in the world!

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April 28, 2017

Staff Appreciation Week - May 1st - 5th

Help us roll out the red carpet to honor the stars of OMS during Staff Appreciation Week. We have a star worthy line-up of optional activities that we hope the students will have fun with.  

Monday: VIP - Tell a staff member what makes them "shine"!

Tuesday: Behind the Scenes - Wear your teachers favorite color!

Wednesday: Swag Day - Show our staff that going the "extra" mile makes them "pop"ular by bringing a bag of microwave popcorn and/or a pack of Extra gum.

Thursday: Fan Mail - Compliment our staff with a homemade card!

Friday: Be a Star - Wear your favorite sunglasses!


Staff Appreciation Week - Volunteers Needed

Thank you to everyone that has helped fill all of the needs for donations.  We are still in need of a few people to supervise in the lunchroom and on the playground over the lunch hour.   Please consider signing up to volunteer your time by clicking the sign up link below. We appreciate your help in making this a special week! Please contact Erica Williams and Mary Hoffman with any questions.

OMS Luncheon Help


First Aid for Little People - Volunteers Needed

First Aid for Little People is a program for our first and second graders coordinated by the PTA. We are still in need of a few more volunteers. You do not need to have a student in the class to volunteer your time. We appreciate your help. Please Click Here to sign up.  Contact Chris Bialko with any questions.


Volunteer Thank You Night - May 11th at 6:30

We would like to honor and say thank you to all of our outstanding Committee Chairs, Room Reps and 5th Grade parents. You should have received an Evite to attend a special Thank You night. If you did not receive the Evite, please accept our apologies and know that you are also invited. Please contact Brenda Larson with any questions.


PTA Meeting - May 11th at 7:00

Please join us in the school commons at 7:00 for our last PTA meeting of the year. We will be voting in our new Executive Committee. Everyone is welcome! We would like to invite you to celebrate a great year at OMS following the meeting at Jimmy D's.  Please contact  Lisa Roudabush  or Kelly Gabrione with any questions.


Thanks for Sharing your Soles

Character Counts & the Ecology Club would like to thank all the Olive families and staff that donated to the shoe drive. On Wednesday the 5th grade Service Learning Club demonstrated fantastic teamwork as they sorted, counted and bagged shoes. 578 shoes were donated! A Hoot goes out to Katie Murray who will donate her time to deliver those shoes to the "Share your Soles" Warehouse on Monday.


District 25 5th Grade Track Meet - Wednesday, May 104:15-6:00pm

District 25's annual 5th Grade Track Meet will be held at South Middle School's Track on Wednesday, May 10thstarting at 4:15 pm. Students can sign up to participate in 2 of the following events: 50 yd, 100 yd, 200 yd, or mile run, plus an optional four-man relay team. With the exception of the mile run, students will be placed in heats by their times. Students need not be track stars to participate just a willingness to try their best, have some FUN, and see what it's like to experience an interscholastic event. Permission slips are due to Mrs Pusateri by MAY 1. Questions or concerns email Mrs PusateriClick Here to receive the permission slip.


Scholarship Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following students selected to receive the Arlington Heights Council of PTA's 2017 Scholarship award. Each student will receive a gift of $1,000. Click Here to see the complete list of award recipients.


Yearbook Co-Chair Needed

We are still in search of 1 or 2 people to take over this committee.  Please click here for a list of responsibilities. If you are interested in chairing this committee, please email olivepta@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events..


4/28 - Camp Fit, 3:35-4:45pm
5/1 - 5/5 - Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
5/5 - Camp Fit, 3:35-4:45pm
5/8 - 5th grade Band Concert (Hersey), 7-8pm
 


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, April 21, 2017

ROCKIN WITH THE COPS 2017

Applications are now being taken for the 2017 Rockin With the Cops, June 08, 2017 from 7-10 PM, at Pioneer Park, 500 S. Fernandez, AH.  Applications can be obtained at www.vah.com and can only be turned in at the Arlington Heights Police Department main desk, 200 E. Sigwalt St., AH.

Assistant Principal for 1/2 Day

On Monday, April 17th, Mr. Andrew experienced what it is like to be an Assistant Principal.  He started his day welcoming students exiting their vehicles in the loading zone.  He then made an appearance on morning announcements reminding students to take their time and do their best on MAP testing this week.  It was a busy morning, boxing up materials for UPS and calling UPS to pick them up.  Later, it was off to read to our kindergarteners and have an extra special recess with his 4th-grade class.  Before lunch recess, Mr. Andrew completed a field inspection and determined it was too soggy to open the far field.  He also dropped some extra HOOT tickets off to Mrs. Grimm's class and caught a first grader exceeding expectations and awarded a HOOT ticket!  During lunch, Mr. Andrew joined Ms. Davis in addressing the student council members and the letter they previously submitted with ideas for improving OMS.  Finally, it was time to enjoy a working lunch with a few of his friends in Ms. Davis' office.








Principal for 1/2 Day, Mr. Conner

A message from our Principal for 1/2 Day, Mr. Martin:

my schedule: 
drop-off line
announcements
get iPad and radio 

Playing Pokemon Moon cards with my friends! 

game recess in Miss Brown's class (thanks Miss Brown!)
Radioing into the office!

Facilities inspections - inspecting the elevator

Assist kindergarten (thanks Mrs. Klimas!)

My favorite 2nd-grade teacher in her PJ's

Read a story in Miss Musich's room (thanks miss Musich!)

write this blog post
recess

lunch with friends on the stage 

end 
thank you for making this a great pajama day!
And thank you Mrs. FitzPatrick!

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April 21, 2017

LAST CALL FOR YEARBOOK ORDERS

4 Days and Counting - Deadline: Tuesday, April 25

Final Days to Purchase and Customize Your Yearbook

100 kids still have not ordered a yearbook!

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

Each yearbook comes with 2 complimentary custom pages. You and your children can personalize by uploading pictures to create a lasting memory of 2016/2017 school year. Customization must be done and set to ""Print Ready"" by April 25th.

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.

Any questions, please contact Erika Eng or Megan Hill.


Staff Appreciation Week - May 1st - 5th

Help us roll out the red carpet to honor the stars of OMS during Staff Appreciation Week. We have a star worthy line-up of optional activities that we hope the students will have fun with.  

Monday: VIP - Tell a staff member what makes them "shine"!

Tuesday: Behind the Scenes - Wear your teachers favorite color!

Wednesday: Swag Day - Show our staff that going the "extra" mile makes them "pop"ular by bringing a bag of microwave popcorn and/or a pack of Extra gum.

Thursday: Fan Mail - Compliment our staff with a homemade card!

Friday: Be a Star - Wear your favorite sunglasses!


Staff Appreciation Week - Volunteers and Donations Needed

Please help us celebrate our star studded cast of OMS teachers and staff during Staff Appreciation Week May 1st- 5th. We plan to honor them with special treats throughout the week but can't make it happen without help from their biggest fans, all of you! Please consider signing up to volunteer your time or make a needed donation by clicking the sign up links below. We appreciate your help in making this a special week! Please contact Erica Williams and Mary Hoffman with any questions. 

OMS Luncheon Help

Staff Appreciation Donations 2017


Spring Camp Fit - Starts Friday, 4/28

Attention OMS 1st-5th graders- please join us on Friday's starting April 28th for an after school activity filled with running, stretching, and various active games. Camp Fit will be held April 28thMay 5thMay 12th & May 19th this year from 3:35-4:45 pm in the OMS gym, field and running track. Please sign your child up using the attached Google form as soon as you can so we can coordinate enough volunteers to make this a great event. Thank you!! Please contact Lindsey Campion with any questions.


Thank You Corner

Thank you everyone for making our Book Fair and Earth Fair a huge success. We could not have done this without the help of our amazing volunteers.  Special thanks to PTA Ecology Club Co-Chairs, Judi Schuch and Zhaneta Roura, for organizing the Earth Fair. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped with this event: parents, children, outside vendors and staff. 

The Anderson Book Fair is one of the PTA's biggest fundraising events. We appreciate your support. Many thanks to Book Fair Co-Chairs, Monica Hartman and Katie Starzyk, for transforming the gym and all of your work organizing this event. We also appreciate the many Book Fair volunteers.  Thank you!

 

Share Your Soles - Shoe Drive

This April Character Counts and the Ecology Club are partnering together for a CARING & GREEN cause. Recycle your clean, gently used shoes and help transform a life. Shoes help to prevent disease, help with transportation to work, school or to collect water.

Sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, boots, rain boots, crocs, cleats....we take them all! Shoes get sorted by climate at the Share your Soles warehouse in Historic Pullman. After sorting and cleaning the shoes will be shipped around the world. Donate today & help make a difference! Shoe drop containers are to the right of stage in Commons. http://shareyoursoles.org/about/

Please contact Character Counts Co-Chair, Christine Gilbert, with any questions.

 

District 25 5th Grade Track Meet - Wednesday, May 104:15-6:00pm

District 25's annual 5th Grade Track Meet will be held at South Middle School's Track on Wednesday, May 10thstarting at 4:15 pm. Students can sign up to participate in 2 of the following events: 50 yd, 100 yd, 200 yd, or mile run, plus an optional four-man relay team. With the exception of the mile run, students will be placed in heats by their times. Students need not be track stars to participate just a willingness to try their best, have some FUN, and see what it's like to experience an interscholastic event. Permission slips are due to Mrs Pusateri by MAY 1. Questions or concerns email Mrs PusateriClick Here to receive the permission slip.

 

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!


2017/2018 Committee Chair Openings

Do you want to get more involved in the PTA?  We have opportunities available 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

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.

Upcoming Events..


4/22 - JMI Challenge, 8:00am
4/25 - Final Day to Order/Customize Yearbooks
4/28 - Camp Fit, 3:35-4:45pm
5/1 - 5/5 - Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
5/5 - Camp Fit, 3:35-4:45pm
 


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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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Two Authors Visit OMS on the Same Day!


















Students in grades 3 through 5 welcomed author/illustrator Peter Brown on Monday, April 10.  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.   Students were excited to meet him since many of them had enjoyed hearing the read aloud of Wild Robot. The students loved hearing about the adventures of Roz, the robot who had to adapt to her new home on an island full of animals. Mr. Brown explained how he came up with the idea for his novel, researched information about robots and animals, and created the art work to accompany the words in the book. Mr. Brown even created a Roz drawing for our students!

The OMS library media center was a bustling place on the afternoon of April 10.  Kwame Alexander got the students in grades K, 1, and 2 chanting after him to repeat lines from one of his picture books.  He also read some of the poems from his book, Animal Ark.  The students were especially excited to hear about Mr. Alexander's poetry since they had written their own animal haiku poems during library lessons the week before his visit.  Mr. Alexander enjoyed viewing the children's work.  Musical accompaniment was provided by a guitar-playing, Mr. Randy. 


Unsigned copies of Animal Ark by Kwame Alexander may still be purchased through the LMC until Thursday, April 20.  Electronic copies of the order form are available on the LMC website. This book of poetry is inspiring all of us to get excited about our up-coming Poem-In-Your Pocket Day on April 27!



Allergy Awareness T-Shirts! on sale now!


May 14-19 is Allergy Awareness week!  For the second year in a row, District 25 will participate in events during Allergy Awareness Week to raise awareness of those who have allergies within our school community.  Last year, we participated in the #tealtakeover and encouraged both staff and students to wear teal to show their support.  This year, families have the option to purchase Allergy Awareness Week t-shirts as a part of the celebration. The shirts feature a design, shown above, by one of our very own staff members! If you are interested in purchasing a shirt for your child, please use this link. Shirts must be paid for at the time of order (credit cards only this year!)  and will be delivered to the buildings at just prior to Allergy Awareness Week. The shirts cost $8.30. Orders must be in by Friday, April 21, 2017.