2nd & 3rd Grade Activity Night – Save the Date: March 7

Save the Date: 2nd & 3rd Grade Activity Night is Thursday, March 7 (6:30-7:30pm), featuring a fun scientist who will perform entertaining experiments during his show “Getting Excited about Science”. More info here: https://getscience.net

The event is free and no pre-registration is required. Students need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Unfortunately, due to size limitations siblings are not permitted, so please plan accordingly.

D25 PTA Scholarship – Due March 3!

The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs has created TWO different scholarships that provide opportunities for and graduating senior students. Below are the links for each of the scholarship applications. Please note, all applications are due on or before March 3, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

SD25 Achievement Scholarship Application (Application is for graduating high school seniors)

SD25 Power of Courage Scholarship Application (Application is for graduating high school seniors)

This scholarship is open to any student who spent 3 years in a District 25 school, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 5.0 scale) who plans on attending a post-secondary school as a full or part time student. Applications are reviewed anonymously and recipients are selected on the basis of efforts in the classroom, school and community involvement.

If you have any questions, please email Ann Williams.

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PTA Committees Need You!

Committee Chair Open Positions
Do you have a special talent? Or do you have an interest in one of the committees at OMS? Well, we need you! We are currently filling open positions for Committee Chairs. Each committee requires at least two co-chairs to lead the committee. The current number needed is indicated in parenthesis by each title. Take a look a the list below, and if something catches your eye, check out the Procedure Guide at the bottom of the post to get a detailed description of the committee and position. If you are interested in a specific committee or have any questions, please email olivepta@gmail.com and let us know!

Conference Dinner (1)

Ecology Club & Beautification (2)

First Aid for Little People (1)

Liaison – Thomas (1)

Liaison – South (1)

New Family Mentoring (2)

Owl Way (1)

Scholarship (1)

Trivia Night (1)

World of Work (2)

Procedure Guide Link: https://omspta.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/2018procedureguide.pdf

World of Work – Friday, March 15

The World of Work program provides our 5th grade students an opportunity for ‘real world’ work experience through partnerships with local businesses. We are looking for a few more volunteers to chaperone this event. You do not have to have a child in 5th grade to chaperone!

Email olivepta@gmail.com if interested!

Dates for Polar Vortex Cancellations

Rescheduled Dates From Polar Vortex
Due to the severe weather conditions last week, the PTA, in conjunction with OMS Administration, unfortunately had to cancel a few events. Below are the next dates and/or rescheduled dates for the following events:

  • Chess Club – Tuesday, February 19, 3:45 p.m.
  • Art Club – Tuesday, February 26, 3:45 p.m.
  • STEAM Night – Wednesday, April 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

PTA Council Reflections Participation Celebration!

Mark your calendars for our PTA’s Council Celebration of all SD25 Students who participated in the “Heroes Around Me” Reflections Art Program!

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, February 6th, at Windsor Elementary School in the Commons to celebrate creativity and recognize local students!

Please RSVP via the following link – https://goo.gl/forms/nTfPsiSy92jH94RP2

We look forward to seeing everyone on Feb 6th at 7 p.m.  Please note, artwork will be on display and certificates will be handed out starting at 7:15 p.m. Students are welcome to take their artwork home with them at the end of the evening.

The Owl Way: Remarkable Guest Speaker – Tuesday, February 12th 9:30 am

As part of our Everybody Counts initiative, The Owl Way Committee has invited U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey medalist Brody Roybal to share his story with students. Brody’s positivity, kindness, talent and perseverance are sure to be inspirational! Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and of course: admire those Paralympic medals Brody won with the U.S.Paralympic Sled Hockey Team in Sochi (2014) and PyeongChang (2018).

Help Needed for OMS Lost and Found!

We are looking for an individual (or individuals) to help sort, organize and help find homes for the overflowing lost and found. The school has asked for our assistance to help these lost items find their home. Ideally we would have someone now (February) get started to decrease the overflow, and then again someone near the end of the year (May) prior to school ending for the summer.

Let us know and send an email to olivepta@gmail.com if you think you (and maybe a friend or two) are interested in helping our lost items become found!

Good Vibes Fitness and Health with Molly

Hi, I’m Molly Siegel, an Olive parent and fitness and health enthusiast. I am a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I am known for my positivity and growth mindset. I love working with people and encouraging my clients and group class participants to live their best lives.

I’m looking forward to sharing my fitness story and sharing my forever growing knowledge about health and all things fitness. I’ll share tips that have helped me throughout the years and offer recommendations of programs, books and podcasts that I find inspirational. Please come with questions!

PTA meeting is Thursday, February 7th, in the OMS Commons. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. and speaker presentation follows general business meeting. All are welcome. Please feel free to email olivepta@gmail.com with questions.

Congratulations to Reflections Participants

Congratulations to the Reflections participants who have moved on to Region! All Reflections pieces moved from Local Council. 14 pieces have moved on to Region! We will keep you posted on those that move on to State.
Congratulations to the following Region participants:

  • Adelaide Galla – Visual Art, World of Heroes
  • Charlotte DeRosa – Literature, True Heroes
  • Vivienne DeRosa – Literature, Heros Every Day
  • Devin Joseph – Literature, Heroes Around Me: Book 2 of Silliness and Laughs
  • Varun Joshi – Literature, Hurricane Matthew
  • Vivienne DeRosa – Photo, Not Just Play
  • Madelyn Eidle – Photo, My Hero, Annie
  • Laina Halley – Photo, In the Shadows of the Heroes
  • Serena Joseph – Photo, Saving Zebras
  • Vivienne DeRosa – Film, Real Friends
  • Charlotte DeRosa – Dance, Be a Believer
  • Vivienne DeRosa – Dance, We Are All Warriors
  • Vivienne DeRosa – Music, Heroes Every Day
  • Carson Holt – Music, Infinity War

PTA Meeting: Thursday, February 7, 7:00pm

Come join us Thursday, February 7th for the first PTA meeting of 2019! Our Nominating Committee will be voted in and we will also have a guest speaker, fitness expert and trainer, Molly Siegel (who also happens to be an Olive parent)!

Meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the OMS Commons, and all are welcome.

PTA Executive Board 2019/2020 – We Need You!

Olive Mary Stitt PTA is seeking nominations for officers to serve for the 2019-2020 school year. Executive positions for nomination include:

  • Co-President
  • 1st Vice President
  • 2nd Vice President (Ways & Means)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Each term is for two years.

If you or someone you know is interested in serving Olive Mary Stitt in one of the above positions, please complete this nomination form.

You may also complete this form to submit nominations.

Trivia Night 2019 – Saturday 2nd, February, 7:00PM

Time to put OMS Parents to the test! Who will be the smartest of them all? Join us for Trivia Night on Saturday, February 2nd to find out! The ADULT-ONLY evening will include a generous raffle table, brain-busting trivia, and prizes. There will be a cash bar and you may bring your own food, decorations and tableware. You are also encouraged to dress up and decorate your table in your favorite theme, whether it be sports, television show, movie, or decade! This is optional, but there will be a prize for the best theme table! Grab your team of 8, pick your team name and register today! Deadline is Friday, January 18, but SPACE IS LIMITED.

This event is SOLD OUT!

February Box Top Challenge

It’s 2019 so you know what that means…. It’s almost time for our February Box Tops for Education Challenge!

The challenge will run from Monday, February 11th
thru Friday, February 15th.

Each box top turned in means 10¢ for our school. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot but they add up fast! In October we earned over $500!

Please send in all non-expired, trimmed box tops, with your child, to school anytime during that week. There will be a bag in each room for collection. The top class in K-2 and 3-5 will get to choose a prize.

Any questions – please contact Gina Groberski

Calendar Reminders

Dear Parents: just a reminder – here are the planned “no school” days:

  • Monday, January 21st – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
  • Monday, February 18th – President’s Day
  • Thursday, March 21st – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, March 22nd – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 25-29th – Spring Break

2019/2020 Kindergarten Mentoring Chairs Needed

Do you want to be part of the team that welcomes our littlest Owls? Then step up to co-chair the 2019/2020 Kindergarten Mentoring Committee! The description is below. Contact olivepta@gmail.com if interested.


  • In early January, committee should meet to discuss upcoming Incoming Kindergarten registration that is usually the 1st week of February. Discuss playdate dates for May, June, July, and August, class t-shirt order and any other business. Develop forms for the February meeting to be included in all the packets (sign up form and class t-shirt order form). Talk to the school office about making a brief presentation at the meeting in February to welcome.
  • Establish an email list from the interest form completed by the parents. Communicate with incoming Kindergarten families reminding them about upcoming playdates, screening days, and form due dates, and offer to answer any questions that they might have.
  • Design a class t-shirt with the incoming class year on it. Find a place to get the t-shirts and coordinate the order.
  • Coordinate approximately 4 playdates.

PTA Council Reflections Participation Celebration!

Mark your calendars for our PTA’s Council Celebration of all SD25 Students who participated in the “Heroes Around Me” Reflections Art Program!

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, January 30th February 6th*, to celebrate creativity and recognize local students!

*Due to weather concerns, this event has been postponed until Wednesday, February 6th at Windsor Elementary School in the Commons.
Please RSVP via the following link – https://goo.gl/forms/nTfPsiSy92jH94RP2

We look forward to seeing everyone on Jan 30th @ 7 PM! Feb 6th at 7 p.m.  Please note, artwork will be on display and certificates will be handed out starting at 7:15 p.m. Students are welcome to take their artwork home with them at the end of the evening.

Class Pictures

For those of you who ordered class photos, please know that there was an error in printing and we had to have them all reprinted. They should be arriving soon.

Thank you for your patience.

Support the AHC-PTAs – Donate to the Scholarship Fund!

Support the AHC-PTA Scholarship Fund!

The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs (AHCPTAs) together with its nine school Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) in School District 25 (SD25), uses donations and the money it raises each year to help college-bound local seniors pay for college-related costs. Scholarships are available to worthy students through an application and blind selection process. The amount of scholarships awarded each year depends solely on the amount received through local sponsorships and the support of our SD25 PTAs. Donations $500 or greater will receive an invitation to the Scholarship Award Event.

Donations are tax deductible! ACHPTAs is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Thank you for your generosity. Every donation helps give the gift of education!

Link to donation page: https://sd25.revtrak.net/PTA/AH-Council-Of-PTAs/?fbclid=IwAR2GB6AejWfRpCeFs8uAsES_D3Y9GGcGLV_tDGLNcnqGsFIZfkZ6PYxcCM4


STEAM Night is coming to OMS!

A fun, hands on, interactive night for ALL (young and old) to explore the world of Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math! Local businesses and community members will be present to show how STEAM is in our everyday lives.

The 4th Grade concert will be held during the night as well! This event is open to all OMS families but to help us with our supply counts for some of our stations please let us know if you think you will be attending.

This is just for a rough head count nothing more. Attendance survey: https://docs.google.com/

Class Teacher Gift PTA Policy

Since Mary Stitt was principal (or even before her!), OMS parents have been extremely generous towards teachers and staff during the holiday season. We think this is wonderful!

As a PTA we’ve been asked to follow a few guidelines:

  • As a liability safeguard, the PTA Room Reps will not collect money for classrooms. This policy changed in 2017. If you can believe it, many districts experience PTA theft so the IL PTA directed us to remove involvement from this money collecting activity.
  • Parents (just not PTA Room Reps, taking away the formal PTA process) are welcome to collect for the class! Please keep in mind that not everyone can or will contribute to the gift.
  • You may choose to purchase a gift for you child’s teacher independent of a class gift, and that is an equally generous option.
  • Gifting of any kind, any time throughout the school year, is entirely OPTIONAL.

We hope this answers some questions. Please feel free to reach out to us at olivepta@gmail.com anytime.