First Aid For Little People: June 5th Volunteers Needed!!!

First Aid For Little People is a PTA sponsored program for our first and second graders. The program was developed by the American Red Cross and the purpose is to educate children on various health and safety topics.

The topics being reviewed include: fire and water safety, choking, first aid, and poisoning. We are looking for parent volunteers- see the attached sign up genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4dabaa2da4f49-first3

PTA Meeting and Volunteer Recognition, May 15, 6:30 p.m.

We would like to thank all of our dedicated OMS Committee Chairs, Room Reps, and LMC volunteers. Please join us on Thursday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the OMS commons as we thank you for all of your time and dedication to the students of OMS. You should had received an Evite to this event as well. In the event that you did not receive one, please know that you are invited.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Volunteer Recognition Co-Chairs, Regina Schneider or Holly Dunkel.

Following the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, please stay for our last PTA meeting of the school year at 7 p.m. At this meeting we will also be voting in our new Executive Committee for the 2019/2020 school year. After the meeting we are headed to Eddie’s downtown Arlington Heights for a casual get together. All are welcome, and we hope you can join us! Please contact olivepta@gmail.com with any questions.

2019/2020 PTA Registration, Volunteer Opportunities and School Supplies

Dear OMS Families:

Registration materials for the 2019/2020 school year were sent May 1.  When registering for school, please consider joining the PTA.  With your membership and participation this year, the PTA was able to fund and organize the following:

·      Activity nights for all grades

·      Bingo Night

·      Chess Club, Camp Fit, Art Club

·      Earth Fair

·      Skate Night

·      STEAM Night (in collaboration with OMS Staff)

·      The Owl Way

·      World of Work

These are just a few of over 30 programs and events. Your membership makes a significant impact on the experience not only for your child, but for all of the children and families at Olive-Mary Stitt.   If you have already registered for school and did not sign up for the PTA with your registration, you haven’t missed your chance! We will make a membership link available this summer.

PTA MEMBERSHIP

*Sign up during school registration

Membership includes:

•  Access to Directory Spot (online school directory) plus 2 app downloads per membership

•  Support to Olive PTA programs

•  Membership to IL PTA with discounts to many national retailers

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP – (2019-2020) 

• 2019-20 PTA Volunteer Opportunities

• NOTE:  You must be a PTA member to be a Room Representative and be available to attend PTA meetings.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – *TWO OPTIONS*

OPTION 1

  • Order pre-packaged kits online with 1st Day School Supplies.
  • ONLINE ORDER  DUE June 30th 
  • Use link above or search by zip code for Olive-Mary Stitt School 
  • School Supplies will be delivered directly to the child’s classroom
  • Option to add accessories like backpacks, lunch coolers, water bottles for additional charges

OPTION 2

  • Order pre-package kits or individual items online with Yubbler
  • ONLINE ORDER  DUE August 9th
  • Orders will receive a 15% discount during the month of May, 10% in June, and 5% in July. 
  • Registration with the site is required to receive a coupon code that has to be manually applied and is not automatically deducted
  • School supplies will be shipped to your home and you are responsible to bring them to school by the first day.
  • $25 minimum purchase 

You can also download the 2019/2020 School Supply List directly from the OMS PTA website and purchase supplies independently.

The success of the PTA is a direct result of all the hard work by our incredible volunteers.  It is also a great way to connect with new families, have fun, and strengthen our community. Please consider joining us, we’d love to have you!  As always, we greatly appreciate all of the time, dedication and commitment from our volunteers to help make Olive-Mary Stitt an amazing school and community.

With sincere thanks,

OMS PTA Executive Committee

Fill The Nest Food Drive Begins Monday, May 6

It’s that time of year! The Owl Way Fill the Nest food drive starts Monday, May 6 and ends on Thursday, May 23. Please consider joining us in collecting donations that benefit the Wheeling Food Pantry.

In recent years, Olive Mary Stitt donations have sustained the pantry’s stock for the entire summer, serving our local individuals and families. All students received a bag and list of items needed and can drop off any donations in the Commons near the Owl Way receptacle by Thursday, May 23.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

AHCPTA Chipotle Fundraiser – Saturday, May 4

Join us at Chipotle at 338 E. Rand Road in Arlington Heights (Northpoint Shopping Center) on Saturday, May 4th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm for a fundraiser to support Arlington Heights Council Of PTA Scholarship Fund. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Arlington Heights Council Of PTA Scholarship Fund. AHCPTA Scholarships are gifted annually to D25 students based on available funds. This year ten scholarships are being awarded on May 2nd to deserving college-bound high school seniors who have attended D25 schools. Also in the past, scholarships for summer programs have been awarded to current D25 students. AHCPTA is hoping funds will allow summer program scholarships to again be available in 2020. Consider donating to the 2020 Fund now: https://sd25.revtrak.net/PTA/AH-Council-Of-PTAs/.

Local Author Helps Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Last week, Olive-Mary Stitt, as a collaboration between the LMC and the PTA, welcomed Illinois Reads Program recommended author, Michelle Schaub, to help celebrate a favorite tradition of Poem in Your Pocket Day! Ms. Schaub’s book, Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day At the Farmer’s Market, was highlighted for her use of descriptive words inspiring the imagination to see a farmer’s market as a treasure hunt for things you just can’t find in a grocery store. She then connected the dots and likened poetry to a treasure hunt as well; looking for that perfect word to complete the poem. She engaged the kids right off the bat with her vegetable-filled green tights and kept them enthralled for her presentation spotlighting poetry. A great way to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day!

More about the Illinois Reads Program – http://illinoisreads.org/aboutillinoisreads.html

New PTA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Wants to Hear from You!

OMS is a welcoming school, with a diverse population of students and families from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and cultures. To better celebrate these differences and to support our efforts of inclusion, a PTA Diversity and Inclusion Committee has been formed and is currently planning for the 2019/2020 school year.

To help us finalize the OMS PTA Diversity and Inclusion Committee mission, programs and events for next school year, please take a few minutes to fill out the below survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQTG95D

Staff Appreciation Week – Volunteers and Donations Needed

Please help us celebrate our first class OMS staff during Staff Appreciation Week May 6th – 10th. We plan to honor them with special activities and treats throughout the week, including a breakfast and luncheon, but we can’t make it happen without help from 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 thanking our teachers and staff for Making a World of Difference! Please contact Erica Williams or Deb Oiler with any questions.

Staff Appreciation Donation Sign-Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044aadae2ca75-staff3

Staff Appreciation Volunteer Sign-Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044aadae2ca75-staff4

Staff Appreciation Week – May 6th – 10th

Please join us in celebrating our first class OMS staff during Staff Appreciation Week. We have a fun line-up of optional activities that we hope the students will have fun participating in to show this special group that they make a WORLD of difference. **Please pay attention to Friday, as there is a link to a list of each teacher’s favorite color.**

Monday: Words of kindness – write a note to your teacher to tell them something kind about them.
Tuesday: One flower – bring a flower to your teacher to brighten up their day.
Wednesday: Recite a joke to a staff member.
Thursday: Leave a mint on their desk to show them they are worth a mint.
Friday: Dress in your teachers favorite color.

*We will have extra flowers and mints available on Tuesday and Thursday*

Staff Appreciation Donation Sign-Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044aadae2ca75-staff3

Staff Appreciation Volunteer Sign-Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044aadae2ca75-staff4



#OwlsforRH- May 3

Because of her dedication, support and kindness, our very own Rachael Hooker was chosen as the Illinois PTA Outstanding PTA Volunteer of the Year!

She will be recognized at the Annual IL PTA Convention on May 4, 2019. To celebrate as a community, we will work together to spread kindness and good will on Friday, May 3. Each child will come home with a clothespin.

Please work with your child to decorate the clothespin and write a message of kindness. (Think Kindness Rocks, just clothespins!) Once complete, have your child “Pin” someone – a family member, a friend or (safely) someone who needs some cheer – as long as the message is kind! Be sure to take pictures and share the joy with the hashtag #OwlsforRH!

Last Call for Yearbook Orders and Custom Pages

All families who have not ordered yearbooks were emailed via DirectorySpot before spring break. Orders must be submitted by May 1st to guarantee delivery for the last day of school.

Every yearbook includes 2 optional custom pages that are due by May 1st. TreeRing has a great video (https://treering.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360013239092-Getting-Started-with-Creating-Custom-Pages) with detailed instructions on how to customize your yearbook.

If you would like financial assistance, please contact the front office or omsyearbookphotos@gmail.com.

Contact Kate Halley or Jeannie Glasstetter with any questions.

SPRING CAMP FIT SIGN UP

Camp Fit will be on Monday’s this Spring starting 4/29-5/13 (rain date 5/20) Please sign your child(ren) up if they are interested in participating in fun, active activities with their school friends after school.

WE CAN NOT MAKE THIS PROGRAM WORK IF WE DO NOT HAVE VOLUNTEERS. PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING US OUT.

Parents with younger siblings feel free to bring them along to join in the fun. All activities will be held outside this Spring in the field areas and running track. **Space is limited Sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScF9SGrKsYlIHVKekQrTZQA2f2MAQoeuCNyv5Wxa7nVYmZn8w/viewform

5th Grade Track Meet

The 5th Grade Track is on Wednesday, May 8 at South Middle School’s track starting at 4:15pm. Participants don’t need to be a track star to join this fun event and get a taste of what future interscholastic events may be like! All runners are placed in heats by their time except for the mile run.

Permission slips will include more information and must be turned in by FRIDAY, MAY 3.

Any questions, please email Mrs. Pusateri.

This event is sponsored and run by School District 25

Save the Earth – Crayola ColorCycle Coming to Olive

Beginning Monday, March 18 until Thursday, April 18, all around Olive, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded for the Crayola ColorCycle marker recycling program (https://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx). Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – eve non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located around the school for your child to deposit the markers.

STEAM Night

STEAM Night is coming!!!

This long anticipated event is finally just weeks away. Come ready to explore Newton’s laws, see how our Fire and Police use math everyday and how every company in the community needs some form of STEAM to do their jobs! Architects, therapists, doctors, inventors and more, we have plenty to share with all of you!

This is a FAMILY hands-on interactive event!!

Want to help volunteer? Sign up here.

FREE Parent Presentation – Preteen/Teen Anxiety April 11, 7:00 P.M.

Anxiety Parent Presentation- Preteen/Teen Anxiety is reaching epidemic proportions in our area, impacting nearly every student at some level! South PTA is proud to host Jennifer Zielinski, M.A, N.C.C, L.C.P.C. from F.A.I.R. Counseling, Inc. (Families and Adolescents In Recovery) who will give a Free Parent Presentation on Preteen/Teen Anxiety- Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. in South Middle School’s Multi-Purpose Room. Learn about hidden signs of anxiety, coping tips, and treatment options, as well as ask questions from the floor. Presentation will be primarily geared towards parents of 5th-8th graders. See flyer for details.

This FREE event is open to all 5th through 8th grade PARENTS in D25.
Please contact sms.pta.presidents@gmail.com with any questions.

Sign up to Volunteer at Earth Fair on April 16

The Earth Fair volunteer sign up form is live on Sign Up Genius now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4bacaa2aa13-olive

You do not have to be an Ecology Club member to assist with the Earth Fair. There will be exciting earth-conscious games and activities, outside vendors and giveaways. Please sign up today. Earth Fair is Tuesday, April 16th from 6:30-8:00 pm. Thanks in advance for you help. The kids are excited!

Contact Regan Sonnabend or Yeulanda Degala with any questions.

PTA Meeting Thursday, April 4, 2019 – Bring Your Best Ideas!

Please join us on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the OMS LMC for our PTA meeting. We will have a “Bring Your Best Ideas” initiative in which we encourage our membership (you) to share new ideas for committees, programs, events or whatever you feel would be a great addition for OMS PTA! Please submit your idea through the Parent Voices Form, and we will add it to the agenda.
Parent Voices Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcT7nbAeyJBrp3qh43v68SwN5cgdyQcAMBXCOJYziihl36-Q/viewform

Thank you, and hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact olivepta@gmail.com

Wine Tasting Event

Come join other Olive parents at a wine tasting social event at Vintages Wine Shop! It will be on Thursday, April 11th from 6-8PM. It will be a great way to socialize and meet new people at Olive. The cost of the event is $10 and it includes: a wine tasting and appetizers. You can use this link to pay online with a small processing fee: https://oliveschoolnightout.eventbrite.com (password is ‘Olive’) or you can print out this form and pay via check with no processing fee. We hope you can join us!

Please contact Becky Hany or Stacey Esposito with any questions.

Attention 5th Grade Parents Heading to Thomas!

The Thomas Middle School PTA Nominations Committee needs your input.

Do you know someone who would be interested in having a position on the TMS PTA Board?

Is it you?

We are filling the positions of Co-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Fill out the nomination form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6xe1UPanpb8kYcvv_GqxNY9p1aRGt1QNh6dQkZU03Our_dQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2sAP4KDwW8mwA6Qc-220B0qNaHISbu9N7-PD5qJKoDh_9W46MChEbPqWo

Lost and Found – Find Your Lost Items!

The PTA is partnering with the school to help reduce the overflowing amount of items in the lost and found, and to help reunite items with owners. There are many sweatshirts, shirts and jackets are resting on the lost and found hooks, as well as water bottles, hats and gloves. A PTA volunteer has graciously offered to take some photos and try to help parents/guardians find missing items.

For items missing, please fill out the form below.
Link to Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/FoRdG714JXyYxXyZ2

For specific questions regarding items, please contact our Lost and Found PTA Volunteer, Alice Dahl at (847) 632-9934 or drdahl1998@yahoo.com

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact olivepta@gmail.com.

South Middle School PTA Nominations Open!

South PTA Officer Nominations are OPEN- Do you want to make a difference at the local level? Please consider volunteering and putting your skills to work for a noble cause – Your Child and South Middle School. We are currently seeking nominees for SMS PTA Executive Committee Officer Positions- President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Qualified individuals must have a current 5th, 6th, or 7th grader Please see form for details.

Subscribe to South PTA Website: www.southpta.org Follow/Like South PTA On Facebook: (South Middle School PTA) Questions? Email sms.pta.presidents@gmail.com

Follow The Butterfly!

On Thursday February 28th, OMS students were delighted by songs and stories from around the world presented by the Chicago Folklore Ensemble as part of our PTA Cultural Arts Program. Each tale explored respecting the environment and living in harmony with its flora and fauna while introducing students to traditional music from Nigeria, Thailand, India, and the Amazon Rainforest.