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.

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.

JUST JUMP – Thank You!

Dear OMS Families and Community,

Thank you for your support and generous donations to sponsor your children for the PTA’s JUST JUMP fundraising activity at school last week. This new fundraiser was a big success, raising over $6800 for the PTA. The money will be used to fund many of the PTA’s programs, clubs and activities for the students (such as Family Bingo Night next Friday night).

We also want to give a big thank you to our two P.E. teachers, Mrs. Pusateri and Mrs. LaRoe, who made this event successful and fun for all OMS students. The students had fun trying new jumping activities and should be very proud of their hard work.

Sincerely,
Liz McDonnell and Becky Hany, Co-VPs of Fundraising

October Box Top Challenge

The Box Tops have been counted up and the classroom winners are……Mrs. Wilson 4-2 and Ms. Vittore 1-2! They will be able to vote with their teacher on a class reward. We will be receiving a check for our school for over $300, which is great, but let’s try to double that next time!

Now is a great time to start saving for the next challenge in February! Get everyone involved…grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, coworkers, even neighbors!

Remember, Box Tops are found on everyday items that you would buy at the grocery store like cereal, granola bars, snacks, Kleenex and much much more. If you want to know specifically, go to www.boxtops4education.com to check it out!

JUST JUMP Sponsorship and Schedule

Thank you to the many families who have supported this new fundraiser! Monetary donations are still being accepted until next Friday, October 27. Please return the sponsorship form to school via back pack mail. You can submit cash or checks made payable to “OMS PTA”. Please have your child wear their blue JUST JUMP t-shirt on the day they jump next week. The schedule is below by day and teacher. Thank you for your support! Please reach out with any questions: Liz McDonnell or Becky Hany.

Students should wear their JUST JUMP t-shirt on this day:
Tuesday, 10/24: Klimas, Martens AM/K-1

Wednesday, 10/25: Alberti, Christoforou, Helmann, Muhr, Nordman, Range, Vitorre

Thursday, 10/26: Beck, Fowler, Martens PM/K-4, Molnar, Mueller, Musich, Naughten, Pietrzak, Trantor, Wilson

Friday, 10/27: Brinati, Brown, Edstrom, Grimm, Netzel, Orlando, Stevens, Wilhelm, Yarbrough

Just Jump Letter to Families

Just Jump Sponsorship Form

Box Tops October Challenge: Monday, October 16th – Friday, October 20th

It’s finally starting to feel like fall so that means its time for our October Box Top Challenge! Let’s take a break from raking leaves so we can rake in the cash for Olive Mary-Stitt!

Please send in all of the Box Tops that you have been clipping and saving, anytime next week. At the end of the week, each classroom’s Box Tops will be counted and the top 2 classrooms will get to pick a class prize (PJ day, extra recess, etc.)

Introducing JUST JUMP Fundraiser!

The OMS PTA is launching a new fundraiser this year called JUST JUMP which will engage all OMS students and their families. Students will be jumping for 10 minutes during P.E. class during the week of October 23-27. In order to support the meaningful activities the PTA sponsors each year, such as The Owl Way, Bingo Night, Activity Nights and many more, 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) JUST JUMP t-shirt (to be worn on the day your child jumps),
2) informational letter and
3) sponsorship form.

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

just-jump-letter-to-familiesLetter to Families


just-jump-sponsorship-form Sponsorship Form

Yearbook – Now Available to Order

Olive-Mary Stitt is using TreeRing to make our yearbooks. Last year we made the switch to TreeRing for two reasons:

  • Custom Pages: Every student gets a one-of-a-kind printed copy of the yearbook, containing two free pages that they can customize with personal photos.
  • Buy a Book, Plant a Tree: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name whenever someone from our school purchases a yearbook. (And here’s a bonus: They print on recycled paper).

Our book this year will be forty-two pages, including the two free custom pages, printed fully in color. The cost is $13.00. Orders placed by September 30 receive a 15% discount.  October orders will receive a 10% discount.

In order to buy your book and start your custom pages, visit https://www.treering.com.  If you had a TreeRing account last year, you can use the same password to log into your account. Please add any new children that did not attend last year. If you do not have a TreeRing account from last year you will need to create one. You’ll want to have our school passcode handy. That number is 1014636724843184.  Please purchase a yearbook for each child so they can each have a book to sign the last week of school.

We’re looking forward to a year full of great memories—and capturing them in the yearbook!

 

Please contact Kate Halley or Jeannie Glasstetter if you have questions.

P.S. If you run into any trouble at all while setting up your TreeRing account, they have a great support team. Please contact them at support@treering.com.

Olive-Yearbook-Flyer

WHOOO’S WHO?

House Hop 6th Annual Progressive Dinner

HOUSE-hop-info-sheetWe hope you can join us at this awesome Annual Event! Swoop from house to house as you enjoy an evening of laughter, hors d’oeuvers and drinks while you meet and reconnect with fellow Olive-Mary Stitt Parents.
If you have not attended before, we start by having you meet us at the school for house assignments, then off to your first house at 7:00 to enjoy and at 9:00 you travel to your second house. This is one of the Olive’s biggest fundraisers and a great time is had by all! You can now also sign up online! https://househop.eventbrite.com password: Olive The processing fee is 2.92 per ticket if purchased online.

4th Annual Progressive Dinner

Please join us on Saturday, October 17, 2015 for our 4th annual Progressive Dinner. Enjoy food and drinks as you meet new OMS parents and reconnect with others. Come with a friend, spouse or yourself. Please use this form to register for the event. RSVP BY OCTOBER 2, 2015 by returning form to main office or backpack mail.

Please contact Kerri Grabowski at grabowski@ameritech.net or Katie Stawicki at katiestawicki44@gmail.com  with any questions.

Spirit Wear Sale

Olive PTA Spirit Wear Sale begins today and runs through September 18th. There are a lot of items to choose from! Be sure to visit our online store at http://www.headsupapparel.com/collections/olive-mary-stitt-2015. Orders will be taken online only and your items will be delivered to your child’s classroom early-mid October. Samples will be on display in the OMS Commons and also at Curriculum Night (September 2nd). Please click here for our product descriptions. For more information, please contact Sarah Klancnik – klancnik@comcast.net or Jolinta Voelker – jolintavoelker@yahoo.com.

Book Fair

A BIG thank you to everyone who attended the Book Fair. It was a great night! Your efforts generated profits that will benefit future PTA programs. A special thank you to the MANY volunteers that assisted during the fair. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Book Fair

Please join us on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30-8:30 for the annual book Fair. There will be a great selection of books from Anderson’s Book Fair Company. A portion of the sales will go towards future PTA programs. Your child will have an opportunity to preview the book fair and make wish lists during the school day. You will also be able to donate books to your child’s classroom. In conjunction with Earth Day and the Earth Fair, please consider donating gently used books which will be given to Andrea’s Angels.

Just Move It Challenge

The Just Move It Challenge is this Saturday April 11th. We are in desperate need of volunteers. We need lots of people to make this event as fun and safe as it can be. Thank you!

Sign up here for the race: www.jmichallenge.org
Sign up here to volunteer:
Sign up here to volunteer in a leadership role:
Registration closes on April 8th at 8pm.

Rebecca Linscott & Angie Frye

Co-Presidents OMS PTA

Book Fair

Please join us on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30-8:30 for the annual book Fair. There will be a great selection of books from Anderson’s Book Fair Company. A portion of the sales will go towards future PTA programs. Your child will have an opportunity to preview the book fair and make wish lists during the school day. You will also be able to donate books to your child’s classroom. In conjunction with Earth Day and the Earth Fair, please consider donating gently used books which will be given to Andrea’s Angels.

Shoparoo Fundraiser

This year we are excited to be partnering with a truly hassle-free fundraiser called Shoparoo! Nationwide, over 10,000 schools are already earning hundreds and even thousands through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year! Shoparoo is fundraising made easy: turn pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school with this free app. Yep, it’s that simple. No more cutting labels, selling door to door, or time-consuming coordinating. Just shop, snap, earn. See the Shoparoo flyer for more information. Thank you!

Just Move It Challenge

The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs and the ABC/25 Foundation invite everyone to join in the 5K Run/Walk and/or 1 mile Run/Walk on Saturday, April 11 at South Middle School. Thanks to the past support of our community and local businesses last year, we were able to raise $23,000 that will benefit the teachers and students of District 25. We had almost 1000 participants in attendance representing 9 schools in which over 500 of the runners were students. All proceeds will go to the Scholarship and Grant Fund, benefiting the education of School District 25 students. Please visit the JMI website or click on the JMI Kickoff flyer for important event information and registration. OMS won the participation trophy last year…let’s do it again! See you April 11!

Mary Stitt 90th Birthday Celebration

Please be our guest and join us to celebrate Mary Stitt’s 90th birthday. Free Open Skate Night at Orbit Roller Rink in Palatine, Illinois on Thursday, April 9th from 6:30 – 9:00pm. This event is a birthday celebration and fundraiser to benefit Rotary’s Polio Foundation. Cash and check donations will be accepted at the door. Entry to the rink is free and skate rental is also free for the first 100 guests.

Plant Sale – Order deadline: February 27th!

Think spring and support the PTA and its many programs by purchasing a plant or two. PTA needs your help to continue to fund the many fun and enriching clubs, programs and special events your child enjoys year after year. Not only will your order support the PTA, but you will love the beautiful plants and flowers you receive! Here is the plant order form due by February 27th. Please contact Beth Buchen or Stephanie Levinsky with any questions. Thank you for your support!

Culver’s Night – PTA Fundraiser

Enjoy a night off from cooking! On Tuesday, February 17th from 4-10 pm, Culver’s Restaurant in Arlington Heights will be donating a percentage of all dine-in and carry-out sales to our PTA. Just mention Olive PTA when placing your order. Banana Creme Pie is the Flavor of the Day! Culver’s is located at 2060 Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights. Thank you for your participation!

Box Tops / Labels for Education

It’s time again for Box Tops and Labels for Education collection! Our class challenge will run Feb. 9 – 20th. There will be a black shoebox in each classroom for the kids to drop them in. The winning class in K-2 and 3-5 will get to choose their reward. Contact Jen Greenwell with any questions.

ABC/25 Parking – Seating Raffle for February

Want a chance to win your own front row parking spot and priority seating for the First Grade concert February 12? Submit a raffle ticket for Event #1 by Tuesday, February 10. Front row parking for the month of February is due by Thursday, January 29. Winners will be notified by email. Enter more than once to increase your chances! Winners will be notified by email. Questions? Contact Amy Woolsey or Sharon Hanssen.