One Book, One School

We are excited to announce that the One Book One School program has begun this week. Families are invited to read the book Wishtree together during the months of October and November.

We are very grateful for the support of our membership, because as a result of this generous support, Olive PTA was able to purchase a copy of the book for each family. The books were sent home with the youngest child of each family on Friday, October 12th.

Additionally, a reading schedule and letter explaining the program were tucked inside each book. For more information about the program, please visit the OMS LMC website:

District 37 Illinois PTA Awards Dinner

Our PTA took home a membership award along with the top award, Outstanding Honor Unit Award for 2018! This all happened at the District 37 Illinois PTA Awards Dinner on Monday evening.  PTA District 37 currently consists of 62 local PTA units in the northwest Chicago suburbs, including all of the District 25 schools. Thank you for all of your time, effort and contributions to make Olive PTA so successful!

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NEW ART CLUB Starting Tuesday, October 30th

Creative Olive students in grades 2-5 are invited to come to our first Art Club meeting. Art Club will meet the last Tuesday of each month from 3:35–4:45 pm. Each meeting will be an independent exploration of a wide variety of art experiences. Parent volunteers are welcome (no art experience required).

Sign up here. Space is limited.

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!

If you have not volunteered at school yet this year, please stop in the office to have your licence scanned. 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!!!

*Please note, a permission slip is required for your child to participate in the Halloween festivities at Olive-Mary Stitt.  Here is a link provided by the school administration to the necessary permission slip need for each child.  Due by Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Reflections Art Contest

UPDATE: Deadline Extended!!!  Submissions are now due Friday, November 2, 2018. 

What? – There are seven different categories: visual arts, photography, literature, dance choreography, film, music and special artist (for students meeting ADA definition of disability). In addition, children can enter into the Theme Search contest to select next years theme for Reflections .

When? – Submissions are due in to Olive by October 26th, 2018  November 2, 2018.

Where? – The Olive front office.

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

Contact Kim Hemminger or Leena Joshi with questions.

Entry rules and official entry form for the Reflections Contests

Entry Form for the Theme Search Contest

Rules for each category:

  1. Visual Arts Rules
  2. Special Artist Rules
  3. Photography Rules
  4. Film
  5. Literature Rules
  6. Dance Choreography Rules
  7. Music

October Box Top Challenge

Our annual Box Top challenge will take place from October 22nd – 26th. Box Tops can be found on items you use everyday from Ziploc bags to boxes of Kleenex and everything in between! Each one is worth 10 cents and they add up quickly! Any money that we collect goes right back to our school! If every child at Olive collected just 2 Box Tops per month for the whole school year, that would add up to over $1200!!

Just for clipping a label off of something that you were going to buy for your house anyway!

  1. Clip
  2. Save
  3. Send to School, in a baggie labeled with your child’s name, during our 2 Box Top Challenge weeks (October & February)…

It’s that easy! Oh and the 2 classrooms (K-2 & 3-5) that collect the most will get to vote on a class prize with their teacher! Sooooo….let’s get clipping! Clipping Box Tops is cool! Let’s earn $ for our school!

It’s Almost Time to “Warm the Nest”!

The Owl Way – “Warm the Nest” Coat Drive begins Monday, October 15 and ends Thursday, November 15.

Please begin to collect child/adult coats & winter gear for our October to November “Warm the Nest” service project. New or clean gently used items such as coats, snow-pants, boots, scarves, mittens, gloves, and hats will be accepted.

Beginning October 15, items can be placed in the large box marked “The Owl Way – Coat Drive” located in the commons. Let’s show how much OMS cares about those in need in our community! Please email Lianne Paterson or Amanda Noascono with any questions.

Upcoming Activity Nights – Mark Your Calendars!

The PTA’s Activity Nights are scheduled for 11/8 (Kindergarten and 1st Grade), 1/10 (4th and 5th grades) and 3/7 (2nd & 3rd grades). These events are free and will be held in the OMS Commons. The shows will be from 6:30-7:30. Unfortunately, due to size limitations, siblings in other grades are not permitted so please plan accordingly. Students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. More information regarding each show will be shared as we get closer to each event – please mark your calendars for now!

JUST JUMP Fundraiser

The Just Jump fundraiser was a huge success last year! The OMS PTA is happy to announce that this fundraiser will be the week of October 22nd! This fundraiser will engage all of the OMS students and their families. Students will be participating in JUST JUMP activities in their P.E. class during the week of October 22-26. To support the meaningful activities the PTA sponsors each year, 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. informational letter and
  2. sponsorship form and
  3. jump rope.

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

Just Jump Letter to Families 2018

Just Jump Donation Letter 2018-1

House Hop Appreciation

Thank you to those that made our House Hop a successful fundraiser this year! We appreciate the more than 150 people that attended! Thank you to Melissa Tuescher for helping get things started and recruiting hosts. Thank you Tiffany Brown for coordination help and Prabhath and Nilima Nannisetty for passing out invitations. Very special thank you to Jen Ortman for all the printing needs including name tags and invitations. Most of all thank you to our amazing hosts: David and Jessica Nienhueser, Laura and Brian Polese, Sarah and Trideep Das, Chris and Rachael Hooker, Satish and Yeulanda Degala, Jeff and Chavon Thune, Jon and Andrea Patrick, Brian and Megan Carlson, Mike and Kristin Johnson, Dan and Kate Glynn, Chris Jones and Mary Beth Canty, Bryan and Melanie Varrato, Michael and Sheraleen Thompson, Nate and Alicia Sather, Sankrant and Dimple Reddy, Mike and Karyn Paciorek, Mel and Becky Kleist, Bob and Carrie Donovan, Steve and Erin Sencion, Will and Jen Ortman, and Bill and Angie Frye.

With themes of Oktoberfest, Havana Nights, Red Carpet, Casino, 1/2 Way to St. Patrick’s Day and College Party, everyone was sure to have a great time!

If you are interested in hosting next year please reach out to Megan Kerpec at to get on the list. Thanks!

Chess Club Starting – Tuesday, October 23rd

Olive students in grades K-5 who are interested in chess are invited to join the Chess Club. All levels are welcome — from beginner to experienced player (we’ll teach you the rules!).

Chess Club will meet from 3:35 – 4:35 pm on the following dates (Tuesdays): October 23rd, November 13th, December 4th, January 8th & 29th, February 19th, and March 12th. Each meeting is an independent lesson; attend as many as you can. Parent volunteers are welcome during our meetings (no Chess experience required).

Sign up here. Space is limited.

PTA Membership Card

In previous years, all PTA members received paper PTA Membership cards. This year you will be receiving an email from “Olive PTA Dues” with a subject line of “Receipt of Parent/Guardian Dues” which will contain a link that will allow you to print off your PTA membership card. Expect the email in the upcoming weeks!

Reflections Art Contest

Are your kids creative? We have about 4 weeks left to submit your Reflections art piece!

Whether you are a painter, photographer, writer, singer, musician, or dancer you can participate in this contest. All Olive kids are eligible to enter. The submission is easy, just create your masterpiece, print out the submission form, and submit it through the Olive front office.  This year’s theme is Heroes Around Me.

Let’s see how many submissions we can get into Olive! Pieces will move on to District, Region, State, and Nation. All participants will receive recognition and be invited to a celebration in the spring!

Any questions… please ask!

Contact Kim Hemminger or Leena Joshi with questions.

NEW! Parent Voices Form

In an effort to give everyone a voice, Olive PTA is rolling out the ‘Parent Voices‘ form in which you can send over comments, questions, ideas or suggestions. These can be suggestions for speaker topics at meetings, comments on what you like or how to improve. This is even an opportunity to suggest a discussion on an issue that you feel might be of interest to the community. You can leave your contact information or submit anonymously. This is you school community, and we want to help make it the best it can be, so let us hear from you!

Teacher Conference Dinner – Supplies Needed!

As conferences approach, the PTA sponsors a special dinner to show our teachers how much we appreciate them. This years conference dinner theme is Campout of the Mighty Owl!

Help us create a fun and memorable dinner that will include sliders, mac and cheese, chili and baked potatoes. We need donations of food, drinks, paper products and decorations. We also need help setting up for and cleaning up after this important event!

Please sign up as you are able. This is a special event teachers really look forward to and we can’t do it without your help! If you have any questions, contact Sarah Wade or Diane Burda for more details.

Sign up here!

Amazon Smile

Calling all shoppers! Please consider supporting the PTA and start shopping at and .5% of your purchases will be contributed to the Olive-Mary Stitt PTA. offers the same selection and same prices as, so there is no cost to you, and a charitable donation to the PTA is made! AmazonPrime benefits apply. Click here to learn more: “About AmazonSmile“.

To sign up, it is simple! Log on to, select “Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers Olive-Mary Stitt PTA Inc” under charitable organization, and you are set.

Thank you for your support!

Chess Club Starting Soon!

Olive students in grades K-5 who are interested in chess are invited to join the Chess Club. All levels are welcome — from beginner to experienced player. (We’ll teach you the rules!) Chess Club will meet throughout the school year. Each meeting is an independent lesson; Attend as many as you can. Look for the sign up in the coming weeks. Contact Jonathan Patrick or Wayne Brown for more information or questions.

PTA Fair & Meeting

Please join us for our first PTA General meeting. Everyone is welcome.

September 26, 2018
6:45PM – 8PM

We will be highlighting several of our 2018/2019 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.

Picture Day is Friday, September 21st, 2018

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to bring your smile! Student pictures will be taken on Friday, September 21st. Please be on the lookout, order forms will come home next week. If you are interested in ordering online, please visit our OMS online order code is: 31032TB

Please note: Yearbooks are not included with picture packages and will be ordered separately later in the school year.

Please contact Nina Shamoon with any questions.

Fall Camp Fit Sign Up

Camp Fit is back this Fall and we are excited to bring back all the fun field games, running track and yoga in the courtyard. Camp Fit will be offered to 1st-5th graders on TUESDAYS starting September 11-September 25th (rain date October 2) immediately after school until 4:30 pm. Sign up today, Don’t delay- Space is limited.

Also, we need parent volunteers to help make this program a success. Please consider helping us out on Camp Fit days.


Library Media Center Volunteers Needed

Do you want to be involved at OMS? Then consider volunteering in the Library Media Center (LMC). It’s a fun way to get involved and doesn’t require too much of your time. Our wonderful volunteers have kicked off an amazing start to the year but we have a few slots remaining.

The available slots are as follows:
Tuesday – 9:00AM-10:30AM
Wednesday – 9:00AM-10:30AM
Thursday – 9:00AM-10:30AM
Friday – 9:00AM-10:30AM or 10:30AM-12:10PM

If you have a 3rd grader, there’s even a possibility that your shift would match your child’s class!
Please note: the current commitment would be for every other week.

If you are interested, please contact Nina Shamoon