Congratulations, Olive-Mary Stitt PTA!

Olive PTA received two awards at the District 37 Illinois PTA Awards Dinner on Monday night. We won the Honorable Mention Award and a membership award. PTA District 37 currently consists of 62 local PTA units in the northwest Chicago suburbs, including all of the District 25 schools.

We won these awards based on the collaboration of all of your volunteer efforts. This included trainings our board and committee chairs attended, membership numbers, and our PTA clubs and events in the 2016/2017 school year. We could not have won this award without the support and commitment of all of the Olive volunteers. Your time and service is so appreciated. Click here to see photos. Thank you for all that you do!

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Help Shape Your 2018/2019 Olive PTA

The Nominating Committee needs YOU!

Are you interested in recruiting next year’s Executive Committee? The Nominating Committee is a group of PTA members who find and nominate the following year’s Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee is the elected board that directs all of the PTA committees at our school. These people will be actively recruiting and soliciting potential nominees for the 2018/2019 Executive Committee. You need to be available to meet a few times as a group.

Please email Olive-Mary Stitt PTA if you are interested or have questions. Nominations for the Executive Board will be accepted at a later date.

Thank you for your support.

Save the Date – Family Bingo Night is Friday, November 10th!

The PTA sponsored FAMILY BINGO NIGHT is coming up Friday, November 10th from 7:00-8:30pm. This event is a fun-filled night for our OMS families. The kids can sit with their friends and families can get to know each other. Kids can win various prizes and EVERY OMS student will take home at least one prize. Admission is FREE! Please have each child bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to share with those in need in our community. Any questions? Please contact Kristine Spina or Nina Shamoon

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  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


Activity Nights 2018 – Save the Dates!

Each winter, the PTA organizes grade-specific Activity Nights and brings in a great performer to entertain our kids. The 2018 Activity Nights have been confirmed. Please make a note of the following dates:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: January 19, 2018 @ 7-8pm
2nd and 3rd Grade: February 1, 2018 @ 7-8pm
4th and 5th Grade: February 23, 2018 @7-8pm

Mark your calendars so that your child(ren) can attend these fun, free events.

Directory Spot is Now Updated for 2017-2018!

We are excited to announce that the Olive-Mary Stitt PTA Directory App is now available! If you were a DirectorySpot user last year, then you don’t need to do anything, just log in (same username and password) and you will see the new data. Please make sure you have the latest version of DirectorySpot to see the new features (check the app store for any “updates”).
If you are a NEW user, you have been set up and can download DirectorySpot for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web.

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Help OMS Parents Stay Informed on District Happenings!

The OMS PTA used to have a SD25 School Board Rep, someone who would go to each of the SD25 School Board Meetings and then report back to the PTA. We’ve been unable to fill that position for a few years and are trying something new this year by allowing anyone to sign up to attend a single School Board Meeting and report back to the PTA with an email summary of what was discussed.

Please consider signing up for a meeting. This is an easy, low-commitment way to volunteer and help our school’s community stay informed.

Sign up via the Sign Up Genius link here:

PTA Fair & Meeting – Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm

Please join us for our first PTA General meeting.  Everyone is welcome.  We will be highlighting several of our 2017/2018 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.

Update on School Supplies

We are still working with the vendor to receive the missing school supplies. The vendor is hopeful that we should have them by the end of the month. We apologize for the delay and doing everything we can to get the missing supplies.

LMC Volunteers Needed

Do you want to be involved at OMS? Then consider volunteering in the Library Media Center (LMC)! We have several spots still available.

Monday – 9:00AM-10:30AM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Tuesday – 10:30AM-12:10PM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Wednesday – 9:00AM-10:30AM, 10:30AM-12:10PM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Thursday – 10:30AM-12:10PM or 1:15PM-3:30PM
Friday – 10:30AM-12:10PM

The commitment can be either every week or every other depending on your availability. If you are interested, please contact Nina Shamoon

OMS Owls Salute Community Helpers

Olive PTA promotes good character and kindness with monthly service initiatives. This September, OMS Owls will salute our Community Helpers. Our community is enriched by the caring efforts of many. Next week during recess, your child will have an opportunity to sign thank you cards for these everyday heroes. These special helpers will be honored later this month. Continue to follow the Olive Branch and Twig for more details.

Join the OMS PTA today!

Thank you to the over 500 OMS PTA members who have already joined for the 2017-2018 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. We hope to have this ready to go later this fall. Stay tuned to the Twig for more updates. Learn more about the OMS PTA on our website:

Joining the OMS PTA is easy!
Go online to
Individual Memberships are $10 and Family Memberships are $15

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

Spirit Wear Sneak Peak


Stop by the PTA table at curriculum night and check out some samples of Olive’s spirit wear! We have a variety of shirts, shorts and sweatshirts that your children would love to wear. We will begin to sell the items on Friday, September 8th. We will be posting more information soon on the TWIG.

Thank you Corner

Special thanks to the following PTA committee chairs who worked behind the scenes to help us throughout the year.

Art Awareness: Kristin Meek and Megan Puzen
Birthday Books: Rachel Lehner
Hospitality: Lindsey Campion
LMC: Nina Shamoon & Diana McNeill
Membership: Shannon Kersemeier
Publicity: Stacy Riggs
Room Rep Coordinators: Colleen Bremer & Megan Kerpac
Volunteer Coordinator: Norah Muenkel
Website Editor: Erika and Brian Eng

Join the PTA

Did you forget to join the PTA? Don’t worry, its not too late! Membership  benefits include this weekly newsletter and access to Directory Spot (our online directory which includes the OMS calendar). Most importantly it helps to support all of the programs your children participate in throughout the school year. Click here to join. Please email any questions to