Congratulations, Olive-Mary Stitt PTA!

Olive PTA received two awards at the District 37 Illinois PTA Awards Dinner on Monday night. We won the Honorable Mention Award and a membership award. PTA District 37 currently consists of 62 local PTA units in the northwest Chicago suburbs, including all of the District 25 schools.

We won these awards based on the collaboration of all of your volunteer efforts. This included trainings our board and committee chairs attended, membership numbers, and our PTA clubs and events in the 2016/2017 school year. We could not have won this award without the support and commitment of all of the Olive volunteers. Your time and service is so appreciated. Click here to see photos. Thank you for all that you do!

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Club Yearbook Photos – Thursday, November 2, 8:15AM

Club/Group photos for the OMS Yearbook will be taken on Thursday, November 2nd at 8:15am (picture retake day). Children who participate in any of the Clubs/Groups listed below are encouraged to come for the photo shoot.

Please drop your children off at the front door of the school by 8:15am. Parents do not need to stay, PTA volunteers will be present to direct students.

Ecology Club
Chess Club
Service Learning Club
Morning Announcements
Science Club
Music for Youth
Student Council
Contact Jeannie Glasstetter or Kate Halley with any questions. Thank you!

JUST JUMP Sponsorship and Schedule

Thank you to the many families who have supported this new fundraiser! Monetary donations are still being accepted until next Friday, October 27. Please return the sponsorship form to school via back pack mail. You can submit cash or checks made payable to “OMS PTA”. Please have your child wear their blue JUST JUMP t-shirt on the day they jump next week. The schedule is below by day and teacher. Thank you for your support! Please reach out with any questions: Liz McDonnell or Becky Hany.

Students should wear their JUST JUMP t-shirt on this day:
Tuesday, 10/24: Klimas, Martens AM/K-1

Wednesday, 10/25: Alberti, Christoforou, Helmann, Muhr, Nordman, Range, Vitorre

Thursday, 10/26: Beck, Martens PM/K-4, Molnar, Mueller, Musich, Naughten, Pietrzak, Trantor, Wilson

Friday, 10/27: Brinati, Brown, Edstrom, Fowler, Grimm, Netzel, Orlando, Stevens, Wilhelm, Yarbrough

Just Jump Letter to Families

Just Jump Sponsorship Form

Picture Re-Takes – Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Everyone should have received their student pictures. If you were absent or need a retake. please bring your picture packet or new order form to school on Thursday, 11/2/17. Retakes will begin promptly in the morning after announcements. Additional forms are available in the office. Please Note: PM Kindergarten retakes need to be done between 9:00-11:00 am.

Please contact Nina Shamoon with any questions

Halloween Parties!

Halloween Parties
It’s that time of year to start getting ready for the OMS Halloween Classroom Parties.

The room reps are hard at work planning a great party for the kids. Look for the sign up genius link your room reps will be emailing to make your classroom party a success! You can also find your classroom sign up genius link once it’s available on the Olive PTA website under the “Volunteer” tab.

If you have not volunteered at school yet this year, please stop in the office to fill out a volunteer form. Once again, we will have a Halloween volunteer list that the office will use to print out the badges. If you are not on the office list, you will not be able to enter the building or classroom party.

Have a SPOOKtacular Party!!!

The Owl Way – October Happenings

This October, the Owl Way has many opportunities to promote kindness and helping others. The Owl Way Week will be October 17th-19th. Have your child wear their OMS spirit wear or Olive colors sometime during that week.

Children will receive a project called “What’s Your Big Idea?” This optional program gives flight to Owl Ideas on how to promote being kind and helping others. The “What’s Your Big Idea” banner will be hung outside the LMC. Plan on viewing the ideas outside the LMC during Open House.

Also this month, staff will teach formal letter writing skills benefiting Operation Gratitude. Completed letters will be shipped to Operations Gratitude and be included in care packages for deployed military.


Box Tops October Challenge: Monday, October 16th – Friday, October 20th

It’s finally starting to feel like fall so that means its time for our October Box Top Challenge! Let’s take a break from raking leaves so we can rake in the cash for Olive Mary-Stitt!

Please send in all of the Box Tops that you have been clipping and saving, anytime next week. At the end of the week, each classroom’s Box Tops will be counted and the top 2 classrooms will get to pick a class prize (PJ day, extra recess, etc.)

Save the Date on Your Family Calendars!

Family Bingo Night Is Friday, Nov 10th!

Spend a fun-filled evening with your family and friends! Come join us at Family Bingo Night: Friday, Nov 10th, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Admission is FREE and there will be lots of prizes to win!

Please have your children bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to share with those in need in our community.

We hope to see you all!

Any questions? Please contact Kristine Spina or Nina Shamoon.

Introducing JUST JUMP Fundraiser!

The OMS PTA is launching a new fundraiser this year called JUST JUMP which will engage all OMS students and their families. Students will be jumping for 10 minutes during P.E. class during the week of October 23-27. In order to support the meaningful activities the PTA sponsors each year, such as The Owl Way, Bingo Night, Activity Nights and many more, we are asking family members to sponsor their children with a monetary donation. All OMS students will have the opportunity to participate in JUST JUMP and sponsorship is optional.

Every OMS student will be coming home today with a JUST JUMP bag which includes the following:

1) JUST JUMP t-shirt (to be worn on the day your child jumps),
2) informational letter and
3) sponsorship form.

Please review the information and contact us with any questions: Liz McDonnell or Becky Hany. Thank you for your support to make this a successful new fundraiser for the OMS students!

just-jump-letter-to-familiesLetter to Families

just-jump-sponsorship-form Sponsorship Form

Help Shape Your 2018/2019 Olive PTA

The Nominating Committee needs YOU!

Are you interested in recruiting next year’s Executive Committee? The Nominating Committee is a group of PTA members who find and nominate the following year’s Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee is the elected board that directs all of the PTA committees at our school. These people will be actively recruiting and soliciting potential nominees for the 2018/2019 Executive Committee. You need to be available to meet a few times as a group.

Please email Olive-Mary Stitt PTA if you are interested or have questions. Nominations for the Executive Board will be accepted at a later date.

Thank you for your support.

Volunteer Opportunities in the LMC!

Do you want to be involved at OMS? Then consider volunteering in the Library (LMC)! There are spots open Monday – Friday for both our morning shifts (9:00 – 10:30 or 10:30 – 12:10). If the morning doesn’t work for you, consider an afternoon shift (1:15-3:30), we’ve got Monday – Thursday spots available. The commitment is every other week. Hope to see you in the LMC. Please contact Nina Shamoon if interested.

Art Awareness Volunteers Needed

The Art Awareness program needs you!

Sections 1-4 (Alberti), 2-2(Wilhelm) and 2.5 (Mueller) are either completely vacant or in need of a second volunteer. This PTA program presents 3-5 art pieces during the school year in 30-45 min sessions. Email Erin Wiggs or Nina Shamoon with any questions. All presentation materials are provided through our website and materials in the LMC. Check out our website:

Save the Date – Family Bingo Night is Friday, November 10th!

The PTA sponsored FAMILY BINGO NIGHT is coming up Friday, November 10th from 7:00-8:30pm. This event is a fun-filled night for our OMS families. The kids can sit with their friends and families can get to know each other. Kids can win various prizes and EVERY OMS student will take home at least one prize. Admission is FREE! Please have each child bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to share with those in need in our community. Any questions? Please contact Kristine Spina or Nina Shamoon

One Book, One School

A Nest for CelesteWe are excited to announce that the One Book One School program will begin on Monday, October 2. Families are invited to read the book A Nest For Celeste together during the month of October.

We are very grateful to our PTA for generously purchasing a paperback copy of the book for each family. The books are being sent home with the youngest child of each family on Friday, September 29. In addition, each family will receive a reading schedule and letters explaining the program that have been tucked inside each book.

For more information about the program, please read the OMS Blog post for Friday, September 2 and visit the OMS LMC website: http://olivemarystitt

Yearbook – Now Available to Order

Olive-Mary Stitt is using TreeRing to make our yearbooks. Last year we made the switch to TreeRing for two reasons:

  • Custom Pages: Every student gets a one-of-a-kind printed copy of the yearbook, containing two free pages that they can customize with personal photos.
  • Buy a Book, Plant a Tree: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name whenever someone from our school purchases a yearbook. (And here’s a bonus: They print on recycled paper).

Our book this year will be forty-two pages, including the two free custom pages, printed fully in color. The cost is $13.00. Orders placed by September 30 receive a 15% discount.  October orders will receive a 10% discount.

In order to buy your book and start your custom pages, visit  If you had a TreeRing account last year, you can use the same password to log into your account. Please add any new children that did not attend last year. If you do not have a TreeRing account from last year you will need to create one. You’ll want to have our school passcode handy. That number is 1014636724843184.  Please purchase a yearbook for each child so they can each have a book to sign the last week of school.

We’re looking forward to a year full of great memories—and capturing them in the yearbook!


Please contact Kate Halley or Jeannie Glasstetter if you have questions.

P.S. If you run into any trouble at all while setting up your TreeRing account, they have a great support team. Please contact them at


The Owl Way Salutes Our Community Helpers

The Owl Way formerly known as Character Counts, kicks off September with a Salute to our Community Helpers. This program promotes good character and kindness at all grade levels. The Owl Way implements monthly service initiatives to promote good character traits such as being kind, responsible, honest, fair and helping others. On occasion, this PTA program partners with other clubs such as the Ecology Club and the 5th Grade Service Learning Club, to carry out monthly projects with the help of students, parents and staff. The Owl Way fosters a positive learning environment and breeds a culture of kindness. OMS has a strong tradition of raising global-minded students and is committed to fostering a passion for service learning in tomorrow’s leaders.

Activity Nights 2018 – Save the Dates!

Each winter, the PTA organizes grade-specific Activity Nights and brings in a great performer to entertain our kids. The 2018 Activity Nights have been confirmed. Please make a note of the following dates:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: January 19, 2018 @ 7-8pm
2nd and 3rd Grade: February 1, 2018 @ 7-8pm
4th and 5th Grade: February 23, 2018 @7-8pm

Mark your calendars so that your child(ren) can attend these fun, free events.

Join the OMS Ecology Club!

Calling all 3rd to 5th grade students: You are invited to join the OMS Ecology Club! We are an active, fun group that meets once a month. Our first meeting will be in October 5 at 3:45pm. Permission slip required. Submit your student’s completed permission form before the first meeting. Questions: Contact Regan Sonnabend or Megan Hill. Hope to see you then!

The permission slip is a Google form to be submitted online and is available at:

Directory Spot is Now Updated for 2017-2018!

We are excited to announce that the Olive-Mary Stitt PTA Directory App is now available! If you were a DirectorySpot user last year, then you don’t need to do anything, just log in (same username and password) and you will see the new data. Please make sure you have the latest version of DirectorySpot to see the new features (check the app store for any “updates”).
If you are a NEW user, you have been set up and can download DirectorySpot for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web.

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Help OMS Parents Stay Informed on District Happenings!

The OMS PTA used to have a SD25 School Board Rep, someone who would go to each of the SD25 School Board Meetings and then report back to the PTA. We’ve been unable to fill that position for a few years and are trying something new this year by allowing anyone to sign up to attend a single School Board Meeting and report back to the PTA with an email summary of what was discussed.

Please consider signing up for a meeting. This is an easy, low-commitment way to volunteer and help our school’s community stay informed.

Sign up via the Sign Up Genius link here:

PTA Fair & Meeting – Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm

Please join us for our first PTA General meeting.  Everyone is welcome.  We will be highlighting several of our 2017/2018 fundraisers and programs as well as voting on our budget. Before the meeting we will be having our PTA Fair.  We are excited to showcase and promote our various clubs and committees.  If you would like to learn more about all of the exciting opportunities your kids will have over the coming school year, please join us.  Many committees will have tables set up with information to help you learn about their programs.

Ecology Club details coming soon.

Calling all 3rd to 5th grade students: You are invited to join the OMS Ecology Club! We are an active, fun group that meets once a month. Our first meeting will be in early October. Stay tuned for the exact date! Permission slip required (forthcoming). Submit your student’s completed permission form before the first meeting to the OMS front office. Questions: Contact Regan Sonnabend or Megan Hill. Hope to see you then!

Update on School Supplies

We are still working with the vendor to receive the missing school supplies. The vendor is hopeful that we should have them by the end of the month. We apologize for the delay and doing everything we can to get the missing supplies.

Are You Interested in Having your Child Learn to Play the Violin or Cello?

Music for Youth is a parent-paid program, partially subsidized by District 25, that provides string instruction at your school. To learn about our program, please attend our parent information session on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00pm at Westgate Elementary School. Hear a short musical presentation by current students, learn about our program and meet our teachers. Registration materials will be available.

LMC Volunteers Needed

Do you want to be involved at OMS? Then consider volunteering in the Library Media Center (LMC)! We have several spots still available.

Monday – 9:00AM-10:30AM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Tuesday – 10:30AM-12:10PM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Wednesday – 9:00AM-10:30AM, 10:30AM-12:10PM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Thursday – 10:30AM-12:10PM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Friday – 10:30AM-12:10PM

The commitment can be either every week or every other depending on your availability. If you are interested, please contact Nina Shamoon

Reflections Art Contest – Submissions Due November 3rd, 2017

What? – Reflections is a PTA sponsored arts program that invites children to participate using their creative talents. There are six different categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Art.

When? – Submissions are due in to Olive by November 3rd.

Who? – All students from Pre-K through 12th grade may enter as many pieces as they would like.

Click Here for more information. Contact Kim Hemminger or Leena Joshi with questions.

You may find the Official Rules here, and click here for the Entry Form.