Ecology Club – Recap, Save the Date, Save Your Caps

Recap

January 2018: Ecology Club started off the new year with two wonderful speakers. Commissioner Debra Shore of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and Mary Allen of Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County spoke about water conservation and waste reduction. Check out our write up in the Daily Herald!
February’s meeting was hands on with a fun and educational presentation from Tim Barckholtz of ExxonMobil. The meetings focus, Carbon Capture. What is Carbon Capture?? Check out the links below and find out!
https://energyfactor.exxonmobil.com/news/fuel-cell-site/
https://energyfactor.exxonmobil.com/perspectives/digging-deep-fuel-cell-research/
http://www.energyfactor.com/

Save the Date

This year’s Earth Fair will be Wednesday, April 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm!
A sign up genius link will be posted in next weeks Twig.

Save Your Caps

This year the Ecology club is teaming up with artist (and former Olive Owl) Rachel Heatley Garrity to create a piece of artwork like no other. In order to make this project happen we need your help.
The Ecology Club is collecting clean plastic bottle caps to be used in this project. A collection container is located in the front office.

Questions?
contact: Megan Hill meganhill6@me.com

Trivia Night – REGISTER TODAY

By now you know that Olive Mary-Stitt PTA is planning one brain busting evening of Trivia on Saturday, March 10, but have you heard we have a great emcee and a few generous raffle prizes?

Brian Paruch, or as many may know him as “Whip” from Eric in the Morning with Melissa and Whip, will be running the evening as our emcee!

We have secured some delicious, creative and beautiful raffle prizes from Woodcrafters DIY Studio, E+O Food and Drink, and Stella & Dot. Every attendee receives 1 free raffle ticket.

Click the link below for even more details on this entertaining PARENT’S NIGHT OUT and then register today!

Trivia Night Flyer and Registration Forms

Valentines for Veterans – Delivered

The Owl Way – would like to thank Mr. Jerry Leland a Marine Veteran & Olive dad for delivering all of the OMS Valentines to the Captain James Lovell VA hospital for our “Valentines for Veterans” project.

Mr. Leland drove through the very snowy conditions on Friday 2/9/18, so that hospitalized veterans would have the cards in time for Valentine’s Day. These colorful and thoughtful Valentine cards will provide these heroes with hope and healing.

Valentine's for Vets delivery

4th and 5th Grade Activity Night – Friday, February 23rd

The PTA’s 4th & 5th Grade Activity Night is coming up soon on Friday, February 23rd.

It will be held in the OMS Commons. The doors will open at 6:45 and the show will start promptly at 7 and end by 8 PM. This event is free to all OMS 4th & 5th grade students.

Unfortunately, due to size limitations, siblings in other grades are not permitted. Students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Our oldest Owls will be entertained by magician Scott Green. Check out his website for more details on the show: http://www.thegreatscott.com/

Any questions, feel free to contact Christina Perez or Kris Persons.

Volunteers Needed to Make World of Work Day a Success!

“World of Work” comes to Olive-Mary Stitt Friday, March 2, 2018. The purpose of “World of Work” program is to provide the 5th grade students an opportunity for a “real world” work experience.

This program must have enough chaperones to take flight.

This program would allow the 5th grade students to see the value hard work in different business settings. We will partner with local businesses and companies for the children to job shadow a few hours, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM is our approximate window. Examples: Berry-yo, AH Memorial Library, Sweet T’s, AH public works, Runner’s High n’ Tri, A La Mode.

Are you a local business owner? Would you like your business to participate? Does your company participate in student learning programs? Additional space will be provided by Arlington Heights Library.

Use this form to sign up.

Please consider volunteering to help launch this new program! Email Christine Gilbert at misses_duck@hotmail.com for more details.

PTA SPOTLIGHT Leaders Award

On May 6, 2018, the Illinois PTA will be hosting the 5th annual SPOTLIGHT event, where they will recognize students for their contributions to the Arts and their community. We will celebrate those students with artwork that advanced to the State level of the Reflections Program, our scholarship winners and our

OUTSTANDING YOUTH SERVICE LEADERS

There is no doubt that the students in our communities are volunteering and making a difference! The Outstanding Youth Service Leaders Award provides an opportunity to recognize them for their selfless contributions. But we need to know who they are.

Submit Your Nominees by February 15, 2018

The Outstanding Youth Service Leaders awards will be presented at the Illinois PTA SPOTLIGHT, a children’s celebration of art and community event. The selected student(s) will be celebrated during the recognition ceremony. Each winner will be presented with a plaque by the Illinois PTA State President or his appointed representative. Email olivepta@gmail.com with questions.

A.C.E. It 25

Last week the District 25 PTA Council approved a new committee called “A.C.E. it 25” (All Children Excel). The committee will focus on supporting children with special needs and their families. Goals of the committee are to promote disability awareness, facilitate inclusion at PTA functions and create a parent support network.

The PTA general membership voted on Maribeth Cassidy as our liaison. Please reach out to her with any questions.

 

Last Call for 5th Graders’ Baby Photos!!!

Attention 5th grade parents! If you have not yet sent in a baby picture of your 5th grader, please do so as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, February 9.

We’ve received pictures for about half of the 5th grade class, so we still need many more to complete our slide show!

Please send the pictures to oms5thgrade@gmail.com, though if you have any questions, you can email Alex Fung directly at alexandra.v.fung@gmail.com. Thank you!

Coins for Charity Water Counted!

The Owl Way is excited to announce that we broke the record for our annual charity water coin collection.

Our grand total was $452.39, much higher than the previous years. What a fantastic way to start 2018!

Caring hearts and outstretched wings ready to help those in need. Your contributions will impact lives greatly. Clean water access means less disease, healthier children and more girls get to go to school instead of collecting water.

Thanks for being global thinkers with a passion for service learning.

Trivia Night – Registration Now Open

Game Time! Form your teams and register now for Olive Mary-Stitt’s PTA Trivia Night on Saturday, March 10th! If you don’t have a team, please still register and we will help you find a team!

Need more details on this brain busting PARENTS-ONLY event? Please click below for all the details and the registration form. The registration form and full payment can be turned into the OMS Front Office. Registration deadline is February 23!

Trivia Night Flyer and Registration

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Rich at jenrich54@comcast.net

2018/2019 Open Committee Positions

Do you want to get more involved at OMS? We have a few open committee chair positions to help you get started! We are looking for co-chairs for Chess Club, Cultural Arts, Staff Appreciation, Book Fair, Linda/Michael Talks, Activity Nights and new this year, Social Media Chair and Social Chair.

We’d love for someone to start shadowing existing chairs ASAP so throw your hat in the ring! Click here for position details. Reply to olivepta@gmail.com with any questions or to apply.

February Box Top Challenge

It’s February so you know what that means….

It’s time for our 2nd Box Tops for Education Class Challenge this year! The challenge will run from February 12th thru February 16th.

Each box top turned in means 10¢ for our school. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot but they add up fast! In October we earned $325!

Please send in all non-expired, trimmed box tops, with your child, to school anytime during that week. There will be a bag 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.

5th Grade Pennants & Banner

5th Grade Parents – the next time you are at Olive, be sure to check out the pennants and 5th Grade banner that are now hanging in the Commons. Each 5th grader has their own pennant. It is a special way to recognize them as they start their last few months at OMS.

A huge thank you to Heather Fiore and 5th Grade Committee for all of your efforts to make the pennants and banner and get them hung in the Commons.

2nd & 3rd Grade Activity Night – Coming at You on Thursday, February 1!

The PTA’s 2nd & 3rd Grade Activity Night is just a few days away on Thursday, February 1. It will be held in the OMS Commons. The doors will open at 6:45pm, with the show starting promptly at 7pm and ending by 8pm.

This event is free to all OMS second and third grade students. Unfortunately, due to size limitations, siblings in other grades are not permitted. Students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Our middle-grades will be entertained by the Super U Challenge, a game-show like event that encourages respecting others and making good choices. We’ve been told that slime is also involved! Check out their website for more details on the show: http://superuchallenge.com/school_assembly_show/.

Any questions, feel free to contact Christina Perez or Kris Persons.

PTA Scholarships Available

The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs has created THREE different scholarships that provide opportunities for students in elementary and middle grades as well as graduating seniors. Below are the links for each of the scholarship applications. Please note, all applications are due on or before February 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Donna Ekl and Nicole Barbieri at sd25scholarship@gmail.com.

One of the new scholarships is for elementary aged students (grades K-7).! Pass on the other links to friends with graduating seniors who attended a district 25 school for at least 3 years.

SD25 Achievement Scholarship Application (Application is for graduating high school seniors)

SD25 Power of Courage Scholarship Application (Application is for graduating high school seniors)

SD25 Elementary Summer Scholarship Application (Application is for students in grades K-7 only)

5 More Volunteers Needed to Make World of Work Day a Success!

“World of Work” comes to Olive-Mary Stitt Friday, March 2, 2018. The purpose of “World of Work” program is to provide the 5th grade students an opportunity for a “real world” work experience.

This program must have enough chaperones to take flight.

This program would allow the 5th grade students to see the value hard work in different business settings. We will partner with local businesses and companies for the children to job shadow a few hours, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM is our approximate window. Examples: Berry-yo, AH Memorial Library, Sweet T’s, AH public works, Runner’s High n’ Tri, A La Mode.

Are you a local business owner? Would you like your business to participate? Does your company participate in student learning programs? Additional space will be provided by Arlington Heights Library.

Use this form to sign up.

Please consider volunteering to help launch this new program! Email Christine Gilbert at misses_duck@hotmail.com for more details.

2018/2019 Open Committee Positions

Do you want to get more involved at OMS? We have a few open committee chair positions to help you get started!

We are looking for co-chairs for Chess Club, Cultural Arts, Staff Appreciation,  Linda/Michael Talks, School Supplies, Activity Nights and new this year, Social Media Chair and Social Chair.

We’d love for someone to start shadowing existing chairs ASAP so throw your hat in the ring!

Click here for position details. Reply to olivepta@gmail.com with any questions or to apply.

8 More Volunteers Needed to Make World of Work Day a Success!

“World of Work” comes to Olive-Mary Stitt Friday, March 2, 2018. The purpose of “World of Work” program is to provide the 5th grade students an opportunity for a “real world” work experience.

This program must have enough chaperones to take flight.

This program would allow the 5th grade students to see the value hard work in different business settings. We will partner with local businesses and companies for the children to job shadow a few hours, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM is our approximate window. Examples: Berry-yo, AH Memorial Library, Sweet T’s, AH public works, Runner’s High n’ Tri, A La Mode.

Are you a local business owner? Would you like your business to participate? Does your company participate in student learning programs? Additional space will be provided by Arlington Heights Library.

Please consider volunteering to help launch this new program! Email Christine Gilbert for more details. Use this form to sign up.

Coins for Clean Water!

The Owl Way will be collecting coins all month long to benefit Charity Waters, where 100% of your money brings clean water to people in need. Your spare change will help Charity: Water, a non-profit organization. Please talk with your kids about clean water issues this month & encourage them to contribute what they can! Teachers will have jars in each classroom to collect coins.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” -Helen Keller

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Reflections Art Contest Reception for All Participants

Congratulations to our participants: Jacob Boba, Elise Brown, Caroline Brown, Charlotte DeRosa, Vivienne DeRosa, Etta Fischer, Owen Fischer, Christian Fung, Sophia Marie, Fung Torres, Joe Grabowski, Serena Joseph, Devin Joseph, Varun Joshi, Uma Joshi, Alyssa Kowols, Ume Moss, Kai Moss, Avi Nanisetty, Lila Nanisetty, Helena Vincent, Paige Wilhelm

We are excited to announce the Reflections Reception – All participants are welcome!

WHAT: 2017 Reflections Participation Celebration!
DATE: Wed, Jan 24th
TIME: 7 PM
LOCATION: Windsor Commons – 1315 E Miner St, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

So mark your calendar and save the date!

Artwork not advancing to State will be available for students to take home at the end of the evening.

2017 Reflections Celebration

The Kindergarten & First Grade Activity Night is Nearly Here!

The PTA’s Kindergarten and 1st Grade Activity Night is just a few days away on Friday, January 19. It will be held in the OMS Commons. The doors will open at 6:45 and the show will start promptly at 7 and end by 8pm. This event is free to all OMS kindergarten and first grade students. Unfortunately, due to size limitations, siblings in other grades are not permitted. Students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Our youngest Owls will be entertained by Chris Fascione and his Juggling/Funny Stories show. Check out his website for more details on the show: http://chrisfascione.com/programs.html. Any questions, feel free to contact Christina Perez or Kris Persons.

PTA Needs You!

The OMS PTA needs your suggestions to help fill the vacancies for the 2018/2019 Executive Committee Board. The open positions are Co-President, Co-2nd Vice President (Ways and Means) and 3rd Vice President (Legislative). These positions all have a 2 year term. Please click here for a description of these positions. Feel free to nominate yourself or a friend. Click here for the nominating form.

OMS Day at the Movies – Save the Date!

Save the date to join your OMS friends for a private viewing of Paddington 2 on Monday, January 22 (no school that day)! All OMS families are welcome.

The movie will be shown at 10:00am at Paragon Movie Theatre at 53 S. Evergreen. Tickets are $6 each, and snack packs will be available for $4. Tickets will only be sold through the Paragon Box Office, starting January 5. Space is limited and tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. This is a fun social event for the families of OMS, planned by the PTA (not a fundraiser). See you at the movies! If you have any questions, please contact Liz McDonnell.

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Family Roller Skating Night – Save the Date!

The PTA-sponsored Family Roller Skating Night is Thursday, January 18th from 6:30-9:00pm. Come for a fun-filled evening with your family to the Orbit Skate Center in Palatine.

Admission is FREE! Bring $ for rentals and snacks. Please bring a non-perishable food item OR personal essential item to donate to the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. Any questions please contact Kristine Spina or Nina Shamoon.