Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Thank You and Photos

We would like to extend a big thank you to all of the volunteers who made our Staff Appreciation week so special. Because of you the staff was able to enjoy fruit and refreshing flavored water drinks on Monday; a breakfast spread on Tuesday; a popcorn bar on Wednesday; a yummy dessert and coffee bar on Thursday and a catered luncheon on Friday to finish off the week.

We couldn’t have done it without all of your donations and time!

Mary Hoffman and Erica Williams

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PTA MEMBERSHIP – 2018/2019 School Year

Thank you for supporting the PTA this year! We encourage you to sign up for next year’s PTA membership when you complete your online school registration. We welcome alumni families that want to continue to support our programs. Please email us if you have questions or missed signing up during registration Please do not register off our website as the link is still for membership for this school year. Thank you!

Benefits include:
Access to Directory Spot App (online school directory)
Support to Olive PTA programs: Activity Nights, Author Visits, Bike Rodeo, Bingo Night, Birthday Books, Camp Fit, Chess Club, Earth Fair, Ecology Club, First Aid for Little People, Meet and Greet, Robert Crown Health Talks, Reflections, Staff Appreciation Week, 5th Grade Recognition and much more
Membership to IL PTA with discounts to many national retailers
Opportunities to volunteer and meet new people.

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Students recently came home with a brown bag for our annual OMS Owl Way Food Drive. Donations can be brought to classrooms Monday, May 14th through Friday, May 18th. This food drive project helps foster service learning and teach the importance of Caring and Helping Others. Working together, we raise awareness about the issue of hunger and inspire empathy for those facing it. As a collaborative school community with responsible students, we see this as an important opportunity to help others.

Summer is a critical time for the food pantry, because donations drop dramatically during summer. Your generosity will help to sustain the many families that depend on the food pantry this summer. The pantry is in need of all types of non-perishable foods. The pantry is in need of all types of non-perishable foods.

Pantry needs: beans (dry), beef stew, cereal, crackers, dry milk, flour, canned fruit, macaroni & cheese, canned meat, pasta, oil, soup, pasta sauce, sugar, vegetables, rice, facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towels.

Please no glass bottles or jars!

School Supplies – 2018/2019

It is that time of year to place your online order for 2018/2019 school year. This year you have 2 vendors to chose from:

1. Order pre-packaged kits online with 1st Day School Supplies. Online orders due by June 30, 2018. School supply kits will be in placed in your child’s classroom by the first day of school. Please click here to order online.

2. Order pre-package kits or individual items online with Yubbler. Online orders due by August 17, 2018. Items will be mailed to your home and you are responsible for bringing them to school by the first day. Click here for instructions. In the month of May, parents will receive a 15% discount. Please click here to order online.

Code: 15OFF (Enter the code in the code box on the donation option page.)

You are also welcome to purchase supplies on your own. OMS School Supplies 2018-19 lists

Please review and make sure you are ordering the correct grade for your child. Note: school supplies are notebooks, pencils, etc. requested by each grade. This is not the same as the annual school fee paid during registration.

If you have any questions, you can contact Kerri Grabowski

Field Day Sign up Link!

Field Day Sign up is here! We need YOU to help run the MANY fun activities planned for June 1st (rain date June 5th). Primary grades will be 9:15-11:45, Intermediate grades will be 12:15-3:15.

Volunteer slots fill up fast so click on the link, pick an activity, indicate if you are free for the rain date, and you are all set!

Thank you!

First Aid for Little People – Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help with our PTA sponsored program, First Aid for Little People. This is a program developed by the American Red Cross teaching children about various health and safety issues.

The topics include:

  • fire safety
  • water safety
  • first aid
  • poisoning
  • choking

We will have a firefighter teaching fire safety.

Following a brief presentation on the other topics, we will break the kids up into small groups and volunteer parents will review a specific topic with each group.

Co-Chairs Needed for Scholarship/Volunteer Recognition Needed

We are looking for 2 people to join the Scholarship/Volunteer Recognition Committee.

The Scholarship portion involves reading and grading essay submissions from high school and elementary children applying for the Arlington Heights Council of PTA’s Scholarships. It also involves planning the OMS PTA Volunteer Recognition event at the end of the school year.

For more information please contact Angie Frye at

5th Grade Track Meet – Wednesday, May 23

District 25 2018 5th Grade Track Meet is on Wednesday, May 23 from 4:15 – 6:00 pm at South Middle School.

This is a great way to experience an interscholastic event. Other than the Mile Run, all participates are placed in heats according to time/ability. All details and a permission slip are attached. Permission slips are due on Monday, May 14 and will also be available for students at school. Please email Mrs. Pusateri if you have any questions.

Track Meet 2018 permission slip.

Book Fair – Read a Message from the Co-Chairs

To all the amazing book fair volunteers,

A great big thank you for making the fair run so smoothly. Without you we could not have had such a successful event! A special thank you to Melanie Varrato and Nicole Arguelles for working side by side with us in preparation for next year, good luck to our new chairs!

Monica Hartman and Katie Starzyk

PTA Meeting, Wednesday, May 9th

Join us in the Commons!

Please join us in the school commons on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 for our last PTA meeting of the year. We will be voting in our new Executive Committee. Everyone is welcome!

We also have tables reserved at Jimmy D’s immediately following the meeting. The Wednesday night specials are great, it should be fun night of socializing!

Please contact

Volunteer Appreciation May 9th, 6:30 pm

We would like to honor and say thank you to all of our outstanding Committee Chairs, Room Reps and 5th Grade parents.

You should have received an Evite to attend a special Thank You night. If you did not receive the Evite, please accept our apologies and know that you are also invited.

Please contact Angie Frye with any questions.

Bring Small Electronics to Recycle to the Earth Fair

Recycling Avenue will have a table at Earth Fair and will be accepting small electronics for recycling. Bring your family’s old electronics to dispose of them in an eco-friendly way.

Electronic collection:
● desktop computers
● computer servers
● mp3 players
● digital & video camera
● LCD flat monitors
● printers
● game consoles
● cell phones/house phones
● GPS system
● wires computer parts
● laptops/notebooks
● radar detectors
● routers & modems

Staff Appreciation Week – Volunteers and Donations Needed

Please help us celebrate our Out Of This World OMS staff during Staff Appreciation Week April 30th – May 4th. We plan to honor them with special treats throughout the week, but we can’t make it happen without help from all of you! Please consider signing up to volunteer your time or make a needed donation by clicking the sign up links below. We appreciate your help in making this a special week! Please contact Erica Williams or Mary Hoffman with any questions.

Volunteers sign up

Donation sign up

Staff Appreciation Week – April 30th – May 4th

Please join us in showing the OMS staff that we think they are “Out Of This World”. All systems are go for Staff Appreciation Week and we are getting ready to launch. We have optional daily activities planned that we think the students will have fun with. Let’s celebrate the shining stars that they are!

Monday: Star Student – Write a “Hoot” for a staff member!
Tuesday: Starry Night – Pajama Day!
Wednesday: Lucky Star – Bring a staff member a special treat of Starburst, Eclipse Gum or Orbit Gum!
Thursday: Star Light Star Bright – Write or bring a poem for staff member!
Friday: Rock Star – Have fun dressing like a Rock Star!

Spring Camp Fit Sign Up

Camp Fit is back with new activities to keep your child active and healthy. Camp Fit will be offered Wednesdays starting May 2nd & ending May 23rd (rain date May 30th) from 3:35-4:30 at OMS. Our goal is to teach the kids how to have fun while being active with their friends.


Parents with younger siblings – feel free to bring them along to join in the fun. Sign up today, space is limited.


Nominees for PTA Executive Board

Thank you to all who submitted names for our PTA Executive Committee search!
We are excited about the candidates we have found! All of the nominees come into their position with a wonderful skill set. They bring leadership, knowledge, creativity and the love of Olive to the PTA Executive Board Team.

The Board Nominations are:

For President: Mrs. Megan Puzen
For Co-President: Mrs. Sarah Galla
For 1 st Vice President: Mrs. Mary Beth Canty
For 2 nd Vice President: Mrs. Becky Hany
For 2 nd Vice President: Mrs. Stacey Esposito
For 3 rd Vice President: Mr. Jonathan Patrick
For Treasurer: Mrs. Sarah Van Huis
For Secretary: Mrs. Liz Gabianelli

The nominees will be sworn into their position at the May 9th PTA meeting. Please come to the meeting to congratulate them and find out all the great things the PTA is doing for Olive!

2018/2019 Open Committee Positions

Do you want to get more involved at OMS? We have a few open committee chair positions to help you get started!

We are looking for co-chairs for Chess Club,, and new this year, Social Media Chair and Social Chair. We’d love for someone to start shadowing existing chairs ASAP so throw your hat in the ring! Click here for position details.

Reply to with any questions or to apply.

Eat-to-Benefit Results

The Owl Way would like to thank all the OMS families and staff that participated in our Garbaldi’s Eat-to-Benefit on 3/12. Today, Garbaldi’s cut a big check for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in developing countries.

By joining forces with Garbaldi’s, we raised enough money to educate eight children for a year!

Together we are making a difference by helping to increase global literacy rates.

4th Grade Girls: Linda Talk – Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm

Parents of 4th Grade Girls:

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018: The fourth grade girls will have the opportunity to attend the “Linda” program presented by the Robert Crown Health Education Center. This program has been developed to acquaint the girls with the physical development and personal hygiene associated with growing up. The program will be presented in the Commons at Olive-Mary Stitt School at 7:00 p.m. It will end by 8:30 p.m.

Every girl attending must be accompanied by a parent or an adult chaperone. A permission slip was sent home March 20th and must be returned to the office by Friday, April 6th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Klancnik.

Linda Permission Slip 2017-18

Excess Funds Suggestions?

Each year, PTA collects suggestions from the parent, teacher and school administration on how to spend any excess funds. Although we try to budget accordingly, this year we have had very successful PTA fundraisers and anticipate we will have extra money to spend. The actual amount of excess funds available will not be known until the end of June, and any chosen suggestions will be incorporated into the 2018-2019 PTA Budget.

Click here to submit your suggestions through our online form. Please submit your requests by April 18th.

When possible, links to websites, quotes, etc., should provide the exact amount your suggestion costs and where we would purchase it. An Excess Funds committee led by the PTA treasurer will evaluate the suggestions and vote on which ones to move forward, which will be presented at the PTA meeting on May 9th. If you have any questions, please contact

Thank you for your support!


Spring into Action: Sign up to Help at the Earth Fair; Wednesday, April 18th

The Earth Fair volunteer sign up form is live on Sign Up Genius now.

You do not have to be an Ecology Club member to assist with the Earth Fair. There will be exciting earth-conscious games and activities, outside vendors and giveaways. Click on this link and sign up today. Earth Fair is Wednesday, April 18th from 6:30-8:00 pm. Thanks in advance for you help. The kids are excited!

Contact Megan Hill or Regan Sonnabend with any questions.

OMS Parents Rocked the Decades and Trivia

Thank you to the nearly 140 parents who attended our Inaugural Olive Mary-Stitt Trivia Night! We truly appreciate you helping us bring this event to life and making it such a great success. Congratulations to Team Groupies for winning the Trivia Night Trophy. The Rock The Decades fashion for the evening was fantastic! Congratulations to Team 3’s Company, but 8 is Enough for winning Best Theme Table! Congratulations to all our Door Prize Winners!

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and judges, our amazing emcee, and to all our Door Prize Donors. We could not have done it without all your hard work and generosity.

We hope everyone truly enjoyed a night of laughter, memories and brain busting trivia!

Jen Rich, Bridget Stannis, and Daniella Wolff
Trivia Night Co-Chairs

See the pictures!

Cultural Arts In-School Performance – Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

On Tuesday March 13, students enjoyed a lively performance by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre: Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, adapted from the novel by Judy Blume. This musical transported students along with ten year-old Sheila on her summer vacation in the country, where through meeting new friends and facing old fears (like spiders, dogs, swimming, and big sisters), she learned to be more honest with herself and others, finding confidence and self-acceptance.

Be sure to ask your kids how they enjoyed the show! The Cultural Arts Committee is pleased to coordinate music, drama, and dance performances each year, through your continued support of the PTA.

Thank you!