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.

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!

Cub Scout Recruiting Night

Would you and your son like to get outdoors, make some new friends and participate in organized games and activities? No matter what grade your son is in, he is welcome to join Cub Scout Pack 169!

We have 50 years of history at OMS as a Cub Scout Pack. We have a fun summer planned and our traditional school-year program keeps the boys coming back for more! Come join us April 16 at 7:00PM in the Olive Commons!

Please see the Cub Scout Pack 169 flyer for details.

OMS Cub Scout Pack 169

On February 13, OMS Cub Scout Pack 169 celebrated our annual Blue and Gold Dinner. At this event we said goodbye to eight fifth grade boys who have crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. This is a milestone achievement for these scouts as it culminates five years of scouting activity at OMS. The scouts are Kyle Colacicco, Connor Durkin, Adi Roura, Matthew Sanchez, Kevin Sheehan, Jacob Siciliano, Will Suarez, and Jack Sullivan. One of the many things they learned during their journey is how to set a goal and achieve it, an important life skill. Special thanks also their adult leaders, Iram Sanchez and Tom Suarez, who help guide them through their Cub Scout journey.


Chess Club

Chess Club will resume at the end of January. Chess Club is for all levels — from beginner to experienced player (we’ll teach you the rules!). It is not necessary for students to come to all meetings since each meeting has an independent lesson. Chess Club meetings will be held from 3:35 – 4:35 PM in the LMC on the following dates: January 26, February 9, February 23, and March 9. If your student is interested please email Kathie Cates at to let us know!

Ecology Club Special Holiday Announcement

The Ecology Club Members would like to extend warm holiday wishes to the entire Olive Family! If you are looking forward to spending some quality time crafting or gift wrapping, don’t forget that our wonderful EcOWLogists, in partnership with Terracycle, are collecting empty glue sticks and bottles as well as empty tape dispensers and cores to gather points for the school! Drop off these items when classes resume by Agent O’s corner (right next to the elevator in the Commons). Here’s a couple of ideas for a few fun, easy and cheerful holiday crafts that are all made from recycled materials – our small way of saying ”Thank you for caring and choosing to be green!”

Take the Carton Challenge and win $250

Pledge to recycle more food and beverage cartons, and enter the Carton Council’s raffle for a chance to win $250 in gift cards at grocery stores in Chicago Metro. Learn more at The contest ends on November 26th!

All of your favorite food and beverage cartons can live on, long after their contents are gone. This includes cartons you use everyday – milk, orange juice, or creamer cartons that go into the refrigerator, along with non-refrigerated cartons like juice boxes, soup broth, soy milk and protein drinks. Recycled paper production creates 74% less air pollution than non-recycled paper.

Tree of Life

Last week, your Ecology Club spoke to the OMS students during lunch about the importance of recycling at school and at home. They showed the students how to prepare a totally waste-free lunch using a lunch box, cloth napkin, canteen and reusable containers. Finally, they dedicated a Tree of Life to celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15th! This tree, made of re-purposed cardboard paper rings, hangs in the Commons as a reminder to strive for reusing materials, rather than just throwing them out!Tree of Life

Club Pictures for Yearbook November 6th

All club pictures for this year’s yearbook will be Thursday, November 6th at 8:30 am in the Commons. Clubs that will be photographed that day include: Camp Fit, Yearbook Club, Music For Youth, Band, Service Learning Club, Morning Announcements, Ecology Club, Science Club, Chess Club, and Student Council.

In addition, Yearbook Club’s November meetings will be on Friday, November 7th and Friday, November 21st. Yearbook Club will not meet during December.

Have You Seen The Flower Boxes?

HAVE YOU SEEN THE FLOWER BOXES near the playground? Ecology Club strikes again….and this time….with the generous support of The Home Depot at Randhurst mall. The members of the Ecology Club painted the flower boxes a fresh shade of green. Two days later over Columbus Day weekend, they added soil, 18 perennial plants and topped it off with new mulch. All supplies were given to the Ecology Club by The Home Depot. What a wonderful sponsor. Check out the new look! Ecology Club meets on the First Friday of each month in the LMC until 4:45 p.m. Join us for more fun to come! Interested? Contact: Judi Schuch ( or Zhaneta Roura (

flower boxes Ecology Club

Junior Great Books

We are beginning to plan for our Junior Great Books session that begins in January. 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will read various folktales from different cultures as well as classic and modern fiction stories. The Junior Great Books Program is designed for all reading abilities. Please email Julie Siegel and Christa Svienty if you are interested in joining JGB this year. Here is the JGB Enrollment form. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Chess Club

The PTA will be sponsoring Chess Club this year for students to play chess and learn more about the game. All interested Olive students from grades K-5 are invited to join. Chess Club is for all levels — from beginner to experienced player (we’ll teach you the rules!). It is not necessary for students to come to all meetings since each meeting has an independent lesson. Chess Club will begin October 20th and we want to make sure we have your email address added to our list. Parents are welcome to volunteer to help out during our meetings (no Chess experience needed for Parents either). If you are able to help at any of the meetings, please indicate this in your email as well. Chess Club Dates are: October 20th, November 3rd & 17th, December 1st & 15th, January 26th, February 9th & 23rd, and March 9th. The meeting time will be 3:35 – 4:35pm. If your student is interested year please email Kathie Cates at to let us know!

Ecology Club

Do you care about our environment, are you passionate about reusing, reducing and recycling, are you eager to make a difference? If you answered YES to any of these, then you are welcome to become an EcOWLogist and join the Ecology Club here at Olive! Fill out the ECOLOGY CLUB permission slip and bring it to the office by Oct 2 – our first meeting is Friday Oct 3, right after school at the LMC! Club is open to students grades 3 through 5.

Yearbook Club

Yearbook Club is looking for all interested 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students for this years club. Our informational meeting will be held in the LMC on Friday, September 12th during lunch recess. Permission slips will be handed out then and are also available for download here: Yearbook Permission Slip. Space is limited to 24 students per recess session on a first come first serve basis. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to volunteer please contact Megan Hill.

OMS Science Club

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 19

Science Club is back with all new activities for Olive students to enjoy, including orienteering, problem solving with measuring tools, and electricity. Science Club meets after school and students must return the Fall 2014 Sessions Sign Up Sheet to participate. See the Science Club Fall 2014 announcement for more details about the Science Club and the Fall 2014 topics. For more information, contact Cynthia House at