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 Book Fair, 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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to the Reflections Participants!

Congratulations, and thank you to all the kids who participated in the OMS PTA Reflections Art Contest. All students moved up from School to Council. We will report back when we have the results for the students who moved on to Region, and then State! You all did a great job. We had a record number of entries, and they were all beautiful and creative.

Congratulations to:

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

 

 

OMS Holiday Story Time – December 22nd

OMS Holiday Story Time:

Kindness Rocks at our annual holiday story time this year! On December 22nd Mrs. FitzPatrick and Ms. Davis will be reading the students a story about kindness. After the story is read, students will brainstorm and determine what word they want to write on their rock and then decorate it. A temporary rock garden at school will be created for all of the rocks to be located and people to see! This is a collaborative effort with the Student Council and the PTA and we are very excited!

In order to make this event a success we need help from you!

Please click on the SignUp Genius link to help out.

December Pop – Top Collection

The Owl Way wants to remind you to send in your pop tops December 1st through January 8th. This Pop-Top drive benefits the Ronald McDonald House.

What is the Ronald McDonald House? RMHC cares for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion, and a sense of community. RMHC keeps families of hospitalized children together in a “home away from home.”

Please place closed zip lock bags into The Owl Way Mailbox in the commons, which is next to the stage. Collect at Work, Home, community events, even pop top helps to keep families close.

New PTA Communication Method – DirectorySpot

Please note that the PTA has started to use DirectorySpot as its primary email communication method. Rooms Reps and PTA Presidents will now email updates using this easy platform (ex, Olive Mary Stitt PTA using DirecorySpot) so please make sure to check junk mail if you are missing emails.

Teacher Conference Dinner Thank You

Thank you so much to everyone that donated food, drinks, supplies, raffle prizes and time to make the teacher conference dinner a huge success. The teachers were incredibly excited and appreciative of this special event.
If you have not done so, please be sure to pick up your coolers, pans and serving utensils.

Thank you to all the OMS families that contributed, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank You for a Fun Family Bingo Night!

Thank you to all the volunteers and OMS families who made Bingo Night a success. It was a fun, family event and we couldn’t have done it without all of your help! We were able to make a wonderful donation to the Wheeling Food Pantry with all your items!

A special thank you to our emcee, Joe Spina!

Ladies’ Night Out – Nov 30th

Come join other Olive moms at a wine tasting at Vintages Wine Shop! It will be on Nov. 30th from 6-8pm. It will be a great way to socialize and meet new people at Olive. The cost of the event is $20 and it includes: a wine tasting, appetizers and a raffle. You can use this link to pay online with a small processing fee: https://oliveptaladiesnightout.eventbrite.com (password is ‘Olive’) or you can print out this form and pay via check with no processing fee. Plan on stocking up on your wine and beer for the holiday season! 15% of all purchases during the event will be donated back to the OMS PTA. We hope you can join us!
Please feel free to contact Becky Hany at beckyhany@yahoo.com or Liz McDonnell at mcdonnell.elizabeth@gmail.com with any questions.

Item Drop Off – Teacher Conference Dinner – 11/20

The teacher conference dinner is just a few days away! Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to provide items for this special teacher dinner.

Please drop off perishable food, drinks and hot items between 3:15-3:45 on Monday, November 20th. If dropping off a hot item, please consider including a way to keep it warm. We will provide extension cords.

If you have not done so, please drop off non-perishable items to Sarah Wade’s house. The decorating team needs time to set everything up on Monday morning, so we need all non- perishable items early.

Thank you for your help and support, we couldn’t do it without you! If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Wade or Diane Burda

Attention Parents of Fifth Grade Boys

Tuesday, December 5th: The fifth grade boys will have the opportunity to attend the “Michael” program presented by the Robert Crown Health Education Center. This program is being offered by the PTA so that parents have the opportunity to hear the presentation with their child before it is presented in school.

It has been developed to acquaint the boys with the physical development and personal hygiene associated with growing up. The program will be presented in the Commons at Olive-Mary Stitt School at 7:00pm. It will end by 8:30pm. Every boy attending must be accompanied by a parent or an adult chaperon. A permission slip was sent home November 17th and must be returned to the office by December 1st. Please click here for a copy of the permission slip and details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Klancnik.

Last Day to Order Your Yearbooks!

November is the last opportunity to purchase a 2017-2018 yearbook!

Yearbook signing is a school-wide activity on the last day of class. We don’t want any students to be left out of the fun!

If you have not already purchased a yearbook for each of your Olive students, please take a moment to visit the TreeRing.com website to do so. If you prefer to purchase from your phone, you will need to download the TreeRing Yearbooks App from your app store.

A 5% discount will automatically be applied to all yearbooks purchased during the month of November, reducing the price to $12.35. If you are in need of financial assistance from the PTA, please contact the Olive Front Office staff.

The personalized pages can be completed at any time before May 1st.

To register as a new user online:
Go to https://www.treering.com/validate
Enter the Olive school passcode: 1014636724843184

To register as a new user on the app:
Select “Create an Account” from the home screen
Enter the Olive school passcode: 1014636724843184

Please contact Kate Halley or Jeannie Glasstetter with any questions.

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PTA Budget Update

When the PTA completes its annual budget in July, it does so knowing that two things are true – predicting the future isn’t always flawless, and no two years are identical. The budget process is pretty simple – the PTA takes budget requests from committee chairs, combines those expenses with operational obligations, and then balances our expected expenses with planned income and fundraising. Any surplus income goes through the excess funds process each year, and how we spend surplus money is voted on in the spring meetings.

This year our fundraising chairs wanted to do something new – to step away from traditional sales based fundraising and toward community building activities. The Executive Committee all agreed these new events – Just Jump and the Trivia Night to be held in the spring – were a welcome exciting change. We were also aware these activities were unknowns.

As we happily noted last week, Just Jump exceeded our expectations. This year’s House Hop was so successful; the hosts welcomed 50 people per house instead of the estimated 30. Because of these successes, the lower than average participation in some of the other ongoing fundraising activities are covered. We have built in flexibility with other planned events, and – more importantly – we are able to cover our expenses as they occur without concern.

We still need to raise an additional $3,700 to meet our budgeted obligations this year. Our fundraising team expects to meet this goal. Which is why when we received an $1,100 check from the school supplies supplier – unexpectedly – the school supplies committee brought up the idea of getting it back into the classrooms right away, this year, so the teachers who were inconvenienced by the school supply company’s delivery delay this fall could benefit from this unexpected money. At the end of the school year, any further budget surplus would go through the excess funds process. Please email ideas for this $1,100 to olivetreasurer@gmail.com before December 5; any ideas will be brought to the PTA Executive Committee and teachers for review, the voted on at the January 31 meeting.

Thank you all for your generosity this fall and we look forward to seeing your ideas.

Ladies’ Night Out – Nov 30th!

Come join other Olive moms at a wine tasting at Vintages Wine Shop! It will be on Nov. 30th from 6-8pm. It will be a great way to socialize and meet new people at Olive. The cost of the event is $20 and it includes: a wine tasting, appetizers and a raffle. You can use this link to pay online with a small processing fee: https://oliveptaladiesnightout.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 free free to contact Becky Hany or Liz McDonnell with any questions or concerns.

PTA Wine Tasting – Ladies Night ticket form

2018/2019 PTA Nominating Committee

The following PTA members were elected to the 2018/2019 PTA Nominating Committee:

Helen Boba, Yeulanda Degala, Kelly DeRosa, Megan Kerpec, Deborah Oiler, Jen Ortman,and Sarah Wakefield

Nominations will be requested later in the year for open 2018/2019 PTA Exec Committee positions:

Co-President
2nd Co-VP, Ways & Means
3rd VP, Legislative

Look for more information in the Twig later this year on how to submit nominations.

FAMILY BINGO NIGHT IS THIS WEEK!

Please join your OMS family friends for Friday, Nov 10th, from 7pm – 8:30pm for a fun-filled night of Family Bingo, hosted by the OMS PTA!

Admission is FREE; please have your children bring non-perishable food donations for those in need in our community. Kids can win prizes, families can have fun together, and we’re helping our community right before the holidays!

We need volunteers – please sign up here to help!

Please contact Kristine Spina or Nina Shamoon with any questions.

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