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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

OMS Summer Office Hours 2018

The OMS office will be open tomorrow and Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - noon. The office will reopen on Friday, August 3rd, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you plan to stop by during the lunch hour, please call ahead of time as our office staff typically takes their lunch around 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

As we reflect on the past school year, we are reminded of all the ways in which OMS is such a wonderful community. Thank you to our families for volunteering countless hours and for celebrating our students by attending our events including concerts, PTA activities, classroom parties, field day, and the last day of school send-off for our 5th grade students. Thank you to our staff for your dedication to all of our students. Last, but certainly not least, thank you to our students for making OMS such a wonderful place to learn and grow. During your time away from the nest this summer, we hope you take time to enjoy family and friends.

We look forward to welcoming you back in August!

Becky & Erin

P.S. (OMS Owls) - Keep reading and keyboarding! ;)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

5th Grade Film Festival

Let’s celebrate our budding film producers here at Olive! All of our fifth graders participated in the District 25 Film Festival. Fifth graders across the district have been working hard this past month to create book trailers to advertise their favorite books.  They have been finding photos, writing text, and matching music to the theme of their books. Once the trailers were finished, they were submitted to the judges. The first step was to get chosen by the fifth graders at another school. Our partner school was Dryden. The fifth graders at Dryden chose the top 3 from each Olive class.  The winning video in each fifth-grade class was sent to the district office where a team of administrators watched the videos and chose the winning trailer to represent each building.  Congratulations to our building winner Dara Z. from 5-1 for her trailer on A Night Divided.

To view all student trailers from Olive-Mary Stitt and the district, please visit the Student Projects page of the OMS LMC website. https://olivemarystittlmc.weebly.com/student-projects.html

Here are the Olive runners-up and Oscar winners by class:
5-1 Oscar winner: Dara Z. for A Night Divided
Runners-up: Kasia K. for The Dog With Golden Eyes, Savanna J. for Rain Reign, and Ty D. for Because of Mr. Terupt

5-2 Oscar winner: Jack H. for The Crossover
Runners-up: Reese I. for Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race and Emily W. for El Deafo

5-3 Oscar winner: Grace F. for The Son of Neptune
Runners-up: Kora B. for Rules and Isabella M. for A Night Divided

5-4 Oscar winner: Gretchen C. for Reign, Rain

Runners-up: Makaila C. for The Hate U Give and Logan B. for The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A.C.E. It 25 - Play Date at the Park

Summer Reading

We hope that all of our OMS students will find great books to read over the summer! The librarians of District 25 have partnered with the Arlington Heights Public Library to put together a summer reading program that includes lists of recommended books for students in each grade level. We encourage our students to sign up for the AHML program. If they do, they can also participate in our own OMS summer reading challenge. Keep reading to learn about that challenge.

Here is a link to the AHML reading list that accompanies the summer reading program.

Ms. Jurgens from AHML visited OMS on Monday and told students about the AHML summer reading program. She also read aloud a book titled, The Hello, Goodbye Window illustrated by Chris Raschka, the AHML artist-in-residence for the summer. We would love for our students to create their own hello, goodbye windows to display at OMS in August. A letter and window template were sent home with students earlier this week to explain the program. Students are invited to decorate their windows. Here are some ideas for decorating the windows:

Draw or print a picture of who lives inside your house. Don’t forget your pets!
Draw the cover of a favorite book you read this summer. 
Draw or take a photo of a favorite activity that you do inside your house. 
Another idea would be to draw what magical things you see when you look out your window.

Visit the OMS LMC website summer reading page to learn more about this window challenge. There is a place to download a new copy of the window poster if yours gets misplaced. Please bring your finished window posters to the LMC when school opens again in August. Keep reading!

3rd Trimester Art Update

Here's Mr. DeMarco's recap of events in the art room during the last trimester of school! 

TWIG 06.08.18

The Olive Twig

June 8, 2018


We made it! This is the last Twig of the 2017/2018 school year. We wish you all a sunny, healthy, warm and safe summer filled with bare feet, popsicles, swimming and all the fun summer things. We'll see you again in August. Mark our 8/24 Back to School Bash (info under Trending) on your calendar. Food trucks and friends- it's sure to be a great start to school!




  • PTA Volunteer Hours - Go to the online form to log your hours.


    To all of you! Our membership is strong and the amount that parents volunteer is astounding. We can't stress how much ALL OF YOU made this job easier. A big, huge shout out to our OMS PTA Members!


     8/20 - School Meet & Greet
     8/21 - First Day of School Year 2018/2019
     8/24 - Back to School Bash

    Friday, June 1, 2018

    2018-2019 Save the Dates

    Please mark your calendars to join us on these important dates to kick off the 2018-2019 school year:

    Meet and Greet - Monday, August 20th from 2:20 - 3:20 pm

    1st Day of School - Tuesday, August 21st (full day)

    Curriculum Night - Thursday, August 30th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Summer Keyboarding Challenge

    It's time for the 4th Annual District Summer Keyboarding Challenge! 

    All the elementary schools will be competing for the coveted Golden Keyboard currently held by Ivy Hill. 

    Please encourage your child(ren) to log into typingtraining.com and log minutes toward OMS's total. For more information, please click on Summer Keyboarding Challenge.

    Last Day of School Information 2018

    June 8th, 2018 will be our last day of school for the 2017-2018 year.  Where did the time go?  We like to celebrate the amazing year we have had with a number of fun activities.  On the last day of school students will attend an end of year assembly and may participate in extended recess, a rousing game of all-school bingo presented on Olive-TV, and signing of yearbooks or autograph sheets (generously purchased for all students by the PTA).

    At the end the day, we will send off our 5th-grade students in style with a human tunnel. This has become a tradition at OMS, and we are hoping parents can join us! At approximately 3:35 pm we will dismiss our 5th-grade students through a human tunnel of kindergarten through 4th-grade students. The tunnel will be set up beginning near the front doors and wrapping around to the playground.

    In the map below, you will see the route of the tunnel, along with an area for parents to watch, and grade level reunification areas.

    TWIG 06.01.18

    The Olive Twig

    June 1, 2018


    Another great year is almost over at OMS! And what a year its been! We didn't want to get into summer mode without checking in with our members first. Your feedback and opinions are so important to us. We would really appreciate people taking a brief survey to let us know what we are doing right and what we can improve on for next year. Thank you! One week to go!




    • Check Spam Folders for Directory Spot Emails - details here.
    • PTA Volunteer Hours - Go to the online form to log your hours.


    Thanks to Christine Wellner for getting one more Cultural Arts performance before year end. All of our kids enjoyed a trip Around the World with Percussion with members of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Christine planned vibrant and unique events all year long. Thanks for keeping our kids cultured, Christine!


     6/04 - 5th Grade Camp Edwards Field Trip
     6/08 - Last day of school
     8/21 - First Day of School Year 2018/2019