Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Thank You and Photos

We would like to extend a big thank you to all of the volunteers who made our Staff Appreciation week so special. Because of you the staff was able to enjoy fruit and refreshing flavored water drinks on Monday; a breakfast spread on Tuesday; a popcorn bar on Wednesday; a yummy dessert and coffee bar on Thursday and a catered luncheon on Friday to finish off the week.

We couldn’t have done it without all of your donations and time!

Mary Hoffman and Erica Williams

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PTA MEMBERSHIP – 2018/2019 School Year

Thank you for supporting the PTA this year! We encourage you to sign up for next year’s PTA membership when you complete your online school registration. We welcome alumni families that want to continue to support our programs. Please email us if you have questions or missed signing up during registration Please do not register off our website as the link is still for membership for this school year. Thank you!

Benefits include:
Access to Directory Spot App (online school directory)
Support to Olive PTA programs: Activity Nights, Author Visits, Bike Rodeo, Bingo Night, Birthday Books, Camp Fit, Chess Club, Earth Fair, Ecology Club, First Aid for Little People, Meet and Greet, Robert Crown Health Talks, Reflections, Staff Appreciation Week, 5th Grade Recognition and much more
Membership to IL PTA with discounts to many national retailers
Opportunities to volunteer and meet new people.

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Students recently came home with a brown bag for our annual OMS Owl Way Food Drive. Donations can be brought to classrooms Monday, May 14th through Friday, May 18th. This food drive project helps foster service learning and teach the importance of Caring and Helping Others. Working together, we raise awareness about the issue of hunger and inspire empathy for those facing it. As a collaborative school community with responsible students, we see this as an important opportunity to help others.

Summer is a critical time for the food pantry, because donations drop dramatically during summer. Your generosity will help to sustain the many families that depend on the food pantry this summer. The pantry is in need of all types of non-perishable foods. The pantry is in need of all types of non-perishable foods.

Pantry needs: beans (dry), beef stew, cereal, crackers, dry milk, flour, canned fruit, macaroni & cheese, canned meat, pasta, oil, soup, pasta sauce, sugar, vegetables, rice, facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towels.

Please no glass bottles or jars!

Thanks for Sharing Your Soles

The Owl Way & the Ecology Club would like to thank all the Olive families and staff that donated to the shoe drive.

A big thank you goes out to Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Klimas, and special volunteer 5th grade students who demonstrated fantastic teamwork as they sorted, counted and bagged shoes. 780 shoes were donated!

A Hoot goes out to Cari Klinkenborg and Sheryl Terril who donated their time to deliver those shoes to the “Share Your Soles” warehouse.

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School Supplies – 2018/2019

It is that time of year to place your online order for 2018/2019 school year. This year you have 2 vendors to chose from:

1. Order pre-packaged kits online with 1st Day School Supplies. Online orders due by June 30, 2018. School supply kits will be in placed in your child’s classroom by the first day of school. Please click here to order online.

2. Order pre-package kits or individual items online with Yubbler. Online orders due by August 17, 2018. Items will be mailed to your home and you are responsible for bringing them to school by the first day. Click here for instructions. In the month of May, parents will receive a 15% discount. Please click here to order online.

Code: 15OFF (Enter the code in the code box on the donation option page.)

You are also welcome to purchase supplies on your own. OMS School Supplies 2018-19 lists

Please review and make sure you are ordering the correct grade for your child. Note: school supplies are notebooks, pencils, etc. requested by each grade. This is not the same as the annual school fee paid during registration.

If you have any questions, you can contact Kerri Grabowski

Field Day Sign up Link!

Field Day Sign up is here! We need YOU to help run the MANY fun activities planned for June 1st (rain date June 5th). Primary grades will be 9:15-11:45, Intermediate grades will be 12:15-3:15.

Volunteer slots fill up fast so click on the link, pick an activity, indicate if you are free for the rain date, and you are all set!

Thank you!

Ecology Club

Ecology Club will hold its last meeting of the school year Thursday, May 3rd.

Ecology Club is a PTA sponsored club open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. The OMS Ecology Club brings a mix of activities to tech and inspire our young ecologists.

First Aid for Little People – Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help with our PTA sponsored program, First Aid for Little People. This is a program developed by the American Red Cross teaching children about various health and safety issues.

The topics include:

  • fire safety
  • water safety
  • first aid
  • poisoning
  • choking

We will have a firefighter teaching fire safety.

Following a brief presentation on the other topics, we will break the kids up into small groups and volunteer parents will review a specific topic with each group.

Co-Chairs Needed for Scholarship/Volunteer Recognition Needed

We are looking for 2 people to join the Scholarship/Volunteer Recognition Committee.

The Scholarship portion involves reading and grading essay submissions from high school and elementary children applying for the Arlington Heights Council of PTA’s Scholarships. It also involves planning the OMS PTA Volunteer Recognition event at the end of the school year.

For more information please contact Angie Frye at

Thank You, Thank You, Earth Fair Volunteers!

The Ecology Club would like to give a great big thank you to everyone who volunteered at the 2018 Earth Fair. Without the help OLIVE you, the Earth Fair would not be the fun and informative event we have all grown to love! Without amazing OMS volunteers this unique PTA event wouldn’t happen.

A special thank you to the Kurzynski family for creating the wonderful soil and worm education table. I hope everyone had a chance to learn about the soil under our feet last Wednesday night!

Mr. Demarco and Mrs. Pusateri thank you for heading up the famous trash to treasure station.Trash to Treasure is always a big hit!

Thank you second grade families without your recyclable contributions fair goers couldn’t create new treasures. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did!

Thank you OMS Ecology Club families for going above and beyond! Thank you Degala family, Roura family, Phillips family, Bersch family, Fung family, De Rosa family, Brown family, Lischett family, Schaner family, Mimi Hill, Ashley Linscott, Jake Linscott, Marks family, Balyeat family, Eichorn family, McDonnell family, Gryfakis family, Hany family, Wellner family, Wendle family, Coffey family, Kerpec family, Vander Klay family, Zaprianova family, Ciupeiu family, Stannis family, Gilbert family, PTA co presidents Kelly Gabrione and Megan Puzen. Principal Rebecca FitzPatrick, Vice Principal Erin Davis, The amazing OMS custodial staff Mr. Bob Sesterhenn, Mr. Jimmy Stewart, Mr. Duane Martin and Mr. John Quaranta.

5th Grade Track Meet – Wednesday, May 23

District 25 2018 5th Grade Track Meet is on Wednesday, May 23 from 4:15 – 6:00 pm at South Middle School.

This is a great way to experience an interscholastic event. Other than the Mile Run, all participates are placed in heats according to time/ability. All details and a permission slip are attached. Permission slips are due on Monday, May 14 and will also be available for students at school. Please email Mrs. Pusateri if you have any questions.

Track Meet 2018 permission slip.

Book Fair – Read a Message from the Co-Chairs

To all the amazing book fair volunteers,

A great big thank you for making the fair run so smoothly. Without you we could not have had such a successful event! A special thank you to Melanie Varrato and Nicole Arguelles for working side by side with us in preparation for next year, good luck to our new chairs!

Monica Hartman and Katie Starzyk

PTA Meeting, Wednesday, May 9th

Join us in the Commons!

Please join us in the school commons on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 for our last PTA meeting of the year. We will be voting in our new Executive Committee. Everyone is welcome!

We also have tables reserved at Jimmy D’s immediately following the meeting. The Wednesday night specials are great, it should be fun night of socializing!

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Volunteer Appreciation May 9th, 6:30 pm

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 Angie Frye with any questions.

Bring Small Electronics to Recycle to the Earth Fair

Recycling Avenue will have a table at Earth Fair and will be accepting small electronics for recycling. Bring your family’s old electronics to dispose of them in an eco-friendly way.

Electronic collection:
● desktop computers
● computer servers
● mp3 players
● digital & video camera
● LCD flat monitors
● printers
● game consoles
● cell phones/house phones
● GPS system
● wires computer parts
● laptops/notebooks
● radar detectors
● routers & modems

Staff Appreciation Week – Volunteers and Donations Needed

Please help us celebrate our Out Of This World OMS staff during Staff Appreciation Week April 30th – May 4th. We plan to honor them with special treats throughout the week, 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 making this a special week! Please contact Erica Williams or Mary Hoffman with any questions.

Volunteers sign up

Donation sign up

Staff Appreciation Week – April 30th – May 4th

Please join us in showing the OMS staff that we think they are “Out Of This World”. All systems are go for Staff Appreciation Week and we are getting ready to launch. We have optional daily activities planned that we think the students will have fun with. Let’s celebrate the shining stars that they are!

Monday: Star Student – Write a “Hoot” for a staff member!
Tuesday: Starry Night – Pajama Day!
Wednesday: Lucky Star – Bring a staff member a special treat of Starburst, Eclipse Gum or Orbit Gum!
Thursday: Star Light Star Bright – Write or bring a poem for staff member!
Friday: Rock Star – Have fun dressing like a Rock Star!

Spring Camp Fit Sign Up

Camp Fit is back with new activities to keep your child active and healthy. Camp Fit will be offered Wednesdays starting May 2nd & ending May 23rd (rain date May 30th) from 3:35-4:30 at OMS. Our goal is to teach the kids how to have fun while being active with their friends.


Parents with younger siblings – feel free to bring them along to join in the fun. Sign up today, space is limited.


Nominees for PTA Executive Board

Thank you to all who submitted names for our PTA Executive Committee search!
We are excited about the candidates we have found! All of the nominees come into their position with a wonderful skill set. They bring leadership, knowledge, creativity and the love of Olive to the PTA Executive Board Team.

The Board Nominations are:

For President: Mrs. Megan Puzen
For Co-President: Mrs. Sarah Galla
For 1 st Vice President: Mrs. Mary Beth Canty
For 2 nd Vice President: Mrs. Becky Hany
For 2 nd Vice President: Mrs. Stacey Esposito
For 3 rd Vice President: Mr. Jonathan Patrick
For Treasurer: Mrs. Sarah Van Huis
For Secretary: Mrs. Liz Gabianelli

The nominees will be sworn into their position at the May 9th PTA meeting. Please come to the meeting to congratulate them and find out all the great things the PTA is doing for Olive!

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,, 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 with any questions or to apply.

Spring Cleaning?

While we are all anxiously awaiting Spring here in Chicago, the Owl Way would like to remind you about our annual Shoe Drive.

Every April, in honor of Earth Day, we do a shoe drive to benefit “Share Your Soles”. This non-profit organization collects gently used footwear for children and adults in the most impoverished areas of the world.

Collection will run from April 16th-25th, including at the Earth Fair.

Both adult and child size shoes, in good/clean condition, will be accepted. The best way to recycle is to reuse, so during your spring cleaning, hold on to shoes that can be donated.

Share Your Soles Drop Site