NEW! Parent Voices Form

In an effort to give everyone a voice, Olive PTA is rolling out the ‘Parent Voices‘ form in which you can send over comments, questions, ideas or suggestions. These can be suggestions for speaker topics at meetings, comments on what you like or how to improve. This is even an opportunity to suggest a discussion on an issue that you feel might be of interest to the community. You can leave your contact information or submit anonymously. This is you school community, and we want to help make it the best it can be, so let us hear from you!

PTA Fair & Meeting

Please join us for our first PTA General meeting. Everyone is welcome.

September 26, 2018
6:45PM – 8PM

We will be highlighting several of our 2018/2019 fundraisers and programs as well as voting on our budget. Before the meeting we will be having our PTA Fair. We are excited to showcase and promote our various clubs and committees.

If you would like to learn more about all of the exciting opportunities your kids will have over the coming school year, please join us. Many committees will have tables set up with information to help you learn about their programs.

Picture Day is Friday, September 21st, 2018

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to bring your smile! Student pictures will be taken on Friday, September 21st. Please be on the lookout, order forms will come home next week. If you are interested in ordering online, please visit our OMS online order code is: 31032TB

Please note: Yearbooks are not included with picture packages and will be ordered separately later in the school year.

Please contact Nina Shamoon with any questions.

Library Media Center Volunteers Needed

Do you want to be involved at OMS? Then consider volunteering in the Library Media Center (LMC). It’s a fun way to get involved and doesn’t require too much of your time. Our wonderful volunteers have kicked off an amazing start to the year but we have a few slots remaining.

The available slots are as follows:
Tuesday – 9:00AM-10:30AM
Wednesday – 9:00AM-10:30AM
Thursday – 9:00AM-10:30AM
Friday – 9:00AM-10:30AM or 10:30AM-12:10PM

If you have a 3rd grader, there’s even a possibility that your shift would match your child’s class!
Please note: the current commitment would be for every other week.

If you are interested, please contact Nina Shamoon

OMS PTA Calendar

All PTA events will be posted on the Olive school calendar. We recommend that you subscribe to it from your home computer or cell phone. We will make changes and updates on this calendar as club dates and events are confirmed and let you know when any changes have been made. Please click here for a link to the calendar. It can also be found on the home page of the Olive PTA website.

Special thanks to Deborah Oiler (last year’s Calendar Chair and 1st VP) and Mary Beth Canty (our new Calendar Chair and 1st VP) for setting this up.

Room Reps Needed

We are currently placing Room Rep volunteers with classes and will be notifying parents of their placement via email by mid next week. Please click here to see the list of classrooms that still have open Room Rep positions. We would love to get these open spots filled!
Thanks to the many parents that volunteered to be Room Reps for your children’s classes for this school year.

Interested parties for classrooms in need should email PTA Room Rep Co-Chairs Colleen Bremer and Erin Wiggs by the end of the day Saturday.

In order to volunteer as a Room Rep, you will need to be a PTA member. Room Reps plan and attend the class parties (Halloween & Valentine’s Day) and provide communications to the parents regarding PTA events throughout the year. Don’t miss this wonderful chance to spend time in your child’s classroom!


Join the PTA Today!

Thank you to the 350 families who have already joined the OMS PTA for the 2018-2019 school year! Don’t miss out on being a part of the many exciting student, family and staff activities sponsored by the PTA throughout the school year. You will also receive access to our electronic directory app – DirectorySpot – which will allow you and your family to have contact info and class lists for OMS families and staff right on your phone or other electronic device.

Joining the OMS PTA is easy!
Go online to
Family Memberships are $12

Come to our PTA Fair and General Meeting on Wednesday, September, 26 at 6:30pm to learn more about the Olive PTA. All are welcome.

Contact PTA Membership Chair, Kate Halley, with any questions or if you prefer to pay in person.

LMC Volunteer Orientation Meeting

Thursday, August 23rd, 9:10 am

For all who have expressed an interest in volunteering in the LMC this year, there will be an orientation meeting on Thursday, August 23rd at 9:10 am in the LMC . We will review LMC procedures and discuss any changes. We hope to see you there! Please contact Nina Shamoon with any questions.

Camp Edwards Trip – a Success!

The 5th Graders enjoyed a beautiful day at Camp Edwards on Monday. Thanks to the 5th Grade Committee & the 5th grade teachers that helped organize this amazing trip. They enjoyed many outdoor team building activities including an opportunity to zip line. We appreciate the help of all the parent volunteers that helped chaperone.

Fabulous Field Day!

We are grateful to our gym teacher, Mrs. Pusateri, for organizing an amazing Field Day last week. Over fifty parents volunteered to help give our children an amazing day. Special thanks go to Stacy Riggs for organizing all of the volunteers and helping us with this event.

Did You Forget to Order a Yearbook?

2017-2018 yearbooks will be sent home with your child this week if you ordered one. But all students will be receiving an autograph sheet regardless if you purchased a yearbook or not.

If you would still like to purchase a 2017-2018 yearbook, please visit Enter passcode. 1014636724843184. Your yearbook will be delivered to your home.

5th Grade Recognition Breakfast

Thank you 5th Grade Committee for partnering with the school to put together such a memorable event for our 5th graders. It was a perfect send off. A great big round of applause for the team; Jeanne Cosgrove, Kim Lindberg, Deb Panos, Katie Starzyk, Heather Fiore, and Alexandra Fung.

OMS Congrats on a Job Well Done!

The Owl Way – Key Accomplishments 2017-2018

In August we raised enough money to create 1,200 meals for through our Ice Cream Social Fundraiser at Berry-Yo .

In September we saluted Community Helpers with huge cards signed by the entire school on the morning announcements. It was an incredibly exciting & moving experience for everyone!

In October we celebrated National Character week with millions of kids around the world. The “What’s Your Big Idea” banner was created by our kids, hung outside the LMC & generated inspiring conversations. Staff taught formal letter writing skills that were used to participate in Operation Gratitude. Those letters of thanks were embellished & delivered to be included in care packages for deployed military.

In November we piloted Warm the Nest with our partners, JOURNEYS & School District 59. OMS families donated a total of 513 pieces of winter gear which were sorted & bagged by 5th Grade volunteers and delivered to serve homeless families in suburban Cook County and children in school district 59. November perfectly illustrated how many hands working together can show OMS cares in a big way!

In December we collected a trunk load of pop tops to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Students viewed a personal testimony during their lunch hour of the impact RMH had in the life of a family in our Olive community. Ronald McDonald Charities helps to keep families together during illness, which greatly helps with healing.

In January students collected $452.39 in coins for Charity Waters, an organization that serves the 1 in 11 people on our planet that do not have access to clean drinking water. Students learned at lunch about the challenges kids and families face who do not have access to clean water. Our efforts raised awareness about the global water crisis and raised money to aid in the clean water project.

In February we joined a national campaign making Valentines for Veterans during indoor recess. Cards were delivered to veterans seeking treatment at North Chicago Veteran’s. Knowing that others are thinking about you and care about you, is the best kind of medicine for these heroes.

In March, our eat to benefit at Garibaldi’s for Pencils of Promise. A group that advocated for education for all. Together we raised enough money to educate eight children for a year.

In April we partnered with Ecology Club for the Share Your Soles event. Students collected 586 pairs of shoes of gently used footwear for this important organization that puts shoes on the soles of children and adults in the most impoverished areas of the world.

In May we will Fill the Nest with 337 bags of food donated to benefit Wheeling Township Pantry in partnership. This meaningful tradition will provide an exciting and meaningful finale to our year of service work; proof of what hands working together can accomplish!


The Owl Way – Christine Gilbert chairwoman

Back to School Bash- POSTPONED

Mother Nature isn’t quite cooperating this week. Due to forecasted thunderstorms, our Back to School Bash is postponed until Friday, September 7th at 6:30 pm. Fingers crossed for better weather to dance, dine & celebrate the first few weeks of school!

Grill Chasers & Riobamba Latin Cafe Food Trucks will be on hand & the ice cream man!


End of Year Survey – We Want to Hear from You!

What a year its been! We thank you for supporting the PTA through volunteering, participating in our fundraisers and attending our events and programs. We could not run without your robust support!

The PTA is member driven and we want to hear from you! Please consider filling out this short survey (3-5 minutes) by next Friday, June 8. Your feedback will help us improve for the future.

Here is a link to the survey. Contact us with any questions or concerns.

Thank you in advance,

Kelly Gabrione and Megan Puzen
PTA Co-Presidents

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

Continue reading

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.