Ecology Club

Ecology Club will hold its last meeting of the school year Thursday, May 3rd.

Ecology Club is a PTA sponsored club open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. The OMS Ecology Club brings a mix of activities to tech and inspire our young ecologists.

Thank You, Thank You, Earth Fair Volunteers!

The Ecology Club would like to give a great big thank you to everyone who volunteered at the 2018 Earth Fair. Without the help OLIVE you, the Earth Fair would not be the fun and informative event we have all grown to love! Without amazing OMS volunteers this unique PTA event wouldn’t happen.

A special thank you to the Kurzynski family for creating the wonderful soil and worm education table. I hope everyone had a chance to learn about the soil under our feet last Wednesday night!

Mr. Demarco and Mrs. Pusateri thank you for heading up the famous trash to treasure station.Trash to Treasure is always a big hit!

Thank you second grade families without your recyclable contributions fair goers couldn’t create new treasures. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did!

Thank you OMS Ecology Club families for going above and beyond! Thank you Degala family, Roura family, Phillips family, Bersch family, Fung family, De Rosa family, Brown family, Lischett family, Schaner family, Mimi Hill, Ashley Linscott, Jake Linscott, Marks family, Balyeat family, Eichorn family, McDonnell family, Gryfakis family, Hany family, Wellner family, Wendle family, Coffey family, Kerpec family, Vander Klay family, Zaprianova family, Ciupeiu family, Stannis family, Gilbert family, PTA co presidents Kelly Gabrione and Megan Puzen. Principal Rebecca FitzPatrick, Vice Principal Erin Davis, The amazing OMS custodial staff Mr. Bob Sesterhenn, Mr. Jimmy Stewart, Mr. Duane Martin and Mr. John Quaranta.

Ecology Club – Recap, Save the Date, Save Your Caps


January 2018: Ecology Club started off the new year with two wonderful speakers. Commissioner Debra Shore of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and Mary Allen of Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County spoke about water conservation and waste reduction. Check out our write up in the Daily Herald!
February’s meeting was hands on with a fun and educational presentation from Tim Barckholtz of ExxonMobil. The meetings focus, Carbon Capture. What is Carbon Capture?? Check out the links below and find out!

Save the Date

This year’s Earth Fair will be Wednesday, April 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm!
A sign up genius link will be posted in next weeks Twig.

Save Your Caps

This year the Ecology club is teaming up with artist (and former Olive Owl) Rachel Heatley Garrity to create a piece of artwork like no other. In order to make this project happen we need your help.
The Ecology Club is collecting clean plastic bottle caps to be used in this project. A collection container is located in the front office.

contact: Megan Hill

It’s Not Too Late to Join Ecology Club!

Our Next Meeting Is November 2 After School

We still have room for anyone who would like to join Ecology Club and have lots of great programming lined up, starting with our exciting webinar on November 2. Andy Keller, founder and CEO of ChicoBag will be presenting for the group from ChicoBag’s California headquarters.

ChicoBag provides a wide range of products including compact reusable bags and other items to cut down on single use plastic and other single use items.

Register at this Google Docs link

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:

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!

Ecology Club News!

Greetings, Olive families! The young ecowlogists at our school have been pretty busy these past few months accomplishing some amazing and meaningful things!

Watch the super fun and upbeat video they put together to share their passion about the environment and to remind their friends that living green every day is not as hard as you might think!

Stay tuned for the reveal of a special recycled pop art project they have been working on to celebrate America Recycles Day!

A very special thank you goes out to Diane Sharrow who visited the club this Dember. Ms Sharrow is a Senior Inspector with the Environmental Protection Agency with years and years of experience. She was happy to share with the students many interesting facts about her profession and her responsibilities and about the important role the EPA plays in keeping our air, water and communities safe and clean!

The Ecology Club wants to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season! We meet every first Friday of the month after school at the LMC. If you have any questions or would like to join, contact Judi Schuch or Zhaneta Roura.


Need to Recycle Old Electronics or Batteries?

Take household batteries and small electronics (monitors, laptops, MP3 players, video cameras, ebooks, cell phones) to the Village of Arlington Heights, 200 E. Sigwalt. These items then go to the Lions Club or Avenues to Independence, a company in Wheeling, IL that employs challenged adults to dismantle the electronics and recycle components parts. Do your part too! Message sponsored by your OMS Ecology Club.

Make a WASTE-FREE Lunch for your OMS Child on September 25th

Waste-free what? You heard it…a waste-free lunch. On Friday, September 25th, pack food in a re-useable lunch bag and a canteen you can wash and use again. Use containers and utensils that will wash and pack a cloth napkin. Buy in bulk and scrap the individual serving bags or the zip bags. Save those items for field trips and other occasions. Be smart and create less waste. Thank you!