Club Yearbook Photos – Thursday, November 2, 8:15AM

Club/Group photos for the OMS Yearbook will be taken on Thursday, November 2nd at 8:15am (picture retake day). Children who participate in any of the Clubs/Groups listed below are encouraged to come for the photo shoot.

Please drop your children off at the front door of the school by 8:15am. Parents do not need to stay, PTA volunteers will be present to direct students.

Ecology Club
Chess Club
Service Learning Club
Morning Announcements
Science Club
Music for Youth
Student Council
Contact Jeannie Glasstetter or Kate Halley with any questions. Thank you!

Picture Re-Takes – Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Everyone should have received their student pictures. If you were absent or need a retake. please bring your picture packet or new order form to school on Thursday, 11/2/17. Retakes will begin promptly in the morning after announcements. Additional forms are available in the office. Please Note: PM Kindergarten retakes need to be done between 9:00-11:00 am.

Please contact Nina Shamoon with any questions

One Book, One School

A Nest for CelesteWe are excited to announce that the One Book One School program will begin on Monday, October 2. Families are invited to read the book A Nest For Celeste together during the month of October.

We are very grateful to our PTA for generously purchasing a paperback copy of the book for each family. The books are being sent home with the youngest child of each family on Friday, September 29. In addition, each family will receive a reading schedule and letters explaining the program that have been tucked inside each book.

For more information about the program, please read the OMS Blog post for Friday, September 2 and visit the OMS LMC website: http://olivemarystitt lmc.weebly.com/.

Room Representatives 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 Megan Kerpec by the end of the day Monday.

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!

Bike Rodeo – New Date!

The Bike Rodeo has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 30 immediately after school. A new permission slip is attached to this edition of the TWIG. The bike rodeo permission slip with the new event date MUST be filled out and returned byTuesday, September 29 – permission slips that were submitted for the original event date are no longer valid.

The Bike Rodeo will consist of a short bike safety presentation from the A. H. police department followed by skill stations located in the loading zone. Participation in the Bike Rodeo is a prerequisite for all 3rd graders (and 4th and 5th graders who have not participated in the past) to be allowed to ride their bike to school without adult supervision. Please ensure that your child’s helmet is properly fitted prior to the Bike Rodeo.

First Aid for Little People

Please consider helping with Olive PTA’s First Aid for Little People. If you haven’t volunteered in the past, it is a first aid program for 1st/2nd graders. The kids rotate through five stations which are presented by parents. The program will be held in the LMC on June 2nd and 3rd. It will only take an hour of your time and we give you all the information you need to present. It is a very simple program and a great way for you to help your child’s class. Thank you! Please use this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044ea9ae2aa57-first3

Cultural Arts

The Cultural Arts committee would love to know if any OMS families have personal connections to or enjoyed with their kids any particular Chicago-area theater, music, or dance groups. We are looking to secure in-school performances for the 2015-16 school year and we welcome your input on the types of arts and cultural education you’d love to have your children experience! Please contact Christine Wellner (christine@wellner.org, 847.471.1404) to share your ideas.

Food Allergy Awareness Week

Being that this is Food Allergy Awareness Week, we shared basic allergy information on morning announcements.
Here are the key points:

  • 1 in 13 kids has a food allergy. That’s about two kids in every classroom. 
  • Food allergies are a serious medical condition, not a choice!
  • What is a Food Allergy? Some people’s bodies think that certain foods are harmful, even if other people can eat them every day.
  • If a person eats a food they’re allergic to, they can get very sick. This is called an “allergic reaction.”


How can I be a good friend to someone with a food allergy?
1. Know that food allergies are very serious.
2. Don’t share food.
3. Wash hands after eating.
4. Help all of your friends and classmates have fun together!
5. If a friend with food allergies feels sick, get help right away!

food allergy awareness

Directory Cover Contest

OMS Directory Cover Contest: ATTENTION all Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders! Help us design a new cover for the 2015-2016 Olive Directory. Entries are due to the school office no later than Thursday, May 21. Once all entries are received, 3rd and 4th graders will vote for their favorite cover.

Entries need to be on a horizontal piece of white 8 ½ x 11 paper and must include the following information:

1) Must say “Olive-Mary Stitt School Directory”
2) The phone number “847 398-4282”
3) The year “2015-2106” and
4) the child’s first and last name.
Drawings should be done in black marker.
Please contact Shannon Kersemeier at skersemeier@gmail.com or 847-894-8782 if you have any questions.

OMS Staff Appreciation Week

OMS Staff Appreciation Week is May 4th-8th. On Wednesday, May 6th please wear your OMS spirit wear or wear red to show the OMS staff how much you appreciate them! Also, if you want to write a special note to any staff member to show how grateful you are, please send them in during the week.

Camp Fit

Camp Fit will be starting soon. Sign up early as SPACE IS LIMITED!

Camp Fit is a 5 week program for OMS students in grades 1-5. We meet on Tuesdays in May and June from 3:45-4:45 PM. We will meet on May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2. Space for this session is limited.

In Camp Fit, students will participate in various activities:
*Running, Stretching and PE Games

Please use the following link to sign up: http://goo.gl/forms/pRvAR6gDrd

 

Linda Talk / 4th Grade Girls

Wednesday April 8, 2015: 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 30 and must be returned to the office by Tuesday April 7. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Renee Lubbe at rwlubbe@yahoo.com

Author Visit

Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders: Blue Balliet, author of the award winning book Chasing Vermeer, is coming to visit on April 7th! There is a an opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of one of her books and a special challenge/opportunity from Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Watanuki. Students who wish to purchase a personalized autographed book may do so by returning the book order form along with cash or a check (payable to Olive-Mary Stitt) by Tuesday, April 7th.

Reflections Projects Advanced to District Level

Congratulations to all Olive Reflections participants on the great show of talent with the projects submitted this year. The results are back from our IL NW-Cook Region PTA district 37; an additional congratulations goes out to students whose Reflections projects advanced at the District Level and will be going on to state:

– Timothy Boldt, grade 3, in Musical Composition for “Working Together”
– Elizabeth Doulas, grade 5, in Film for “A Dog-Lover’s World”

All student Reflections projects will be on display at the Cultural Arts Fair on March 4th at Thomas Middle School.

Everybody Counts

The “Everybody Counts” program is a curriculum for all grades at Olive which explores disability awareness. Each grade level curriculum teaches about a different disability. Classroom presentations will be scheduled during the week of February 2nd-6th and take about 45 minutes. We need 3-4 volunteers per class to present the program to the students. All materials will be provided and an “Open Bin” night is scheduled on Wednesday, January 28th from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Commons. You can sign up for any teacher or time slot that is convenient for you. Please consider signing up for one or more time slots. It takes many volunteers to make this program a success. Please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/805044EA9AE2AAA8-volunteer1/ or contact Amy Slowinske and Christine Gilbert.

Author visit book orders

Author Brad Herzog spoke with our first and second graders on Thursday, November 20 in the morning. He shared various facets of the writing life such as how he became a writer, how he gets his ideas, and how he does research to prepare to write his nonfiction books. He also collaborated with the students in the audience on creating a story to demonstrate how to creatively use imagination. If students would like to order an autographed copy of one of Mr. Herzog’s books, they can print the order form. These forms must be turned in by Tuesday, December 2.

Michael Talk

Parents of 5th Grade Boys: Tuesday December 9, 2014: The fifth grade boys will have the opportunity to attend the “Michael” program presented by the Robert Crown Health Education Center. This program has been developed to acquaint the boys 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 boy attending must be accompanied by a parent or an adult chaperone. A permission slip was sent home November 20 and must be returned to the office by Friday December 5th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Renee Lubbe at rwlubbe@yahoo.com.

Ecology Club update

Club members helped educate fellow students at lunch today about how America Recycles!  This is in celebration of America Recycles Day THIS Saturday, November 15th. They also will dedicate a “Tree of Life” made from re-purposed cardboard tubes which now hangs in the Commons. Parents & Kids….check out www.Iwanttoberecycled.org!  It’s an amazing site filled with info on how to recycled and keep this place clean – really clean. And don’t miss the America Recycles Expo THIS Saturday, Nov. 15 at Oakton Community College (1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines) from 10 am – 3 pm. Many Ecology Club members will be there wearing Olive spirit wear. The Ecology Club meets on the First Friday of every month in the LMC until 4:45 pm. Join us!

Character Counts

Character Counts program “Fill the Nest” canned food drive is next week, November 3-7. Your child should have brought home paper bags with a Fill the Nest flyer attached explaining what to bring. We also need volunteers to help load the food into cars on Friday for transport. Please stay after school on Friday to help out with this. It is a fun task and kids can help too.

Picture Retake Day, 11/6/14

Everyone should have received their student pictures. If you were absent or need a retake. please bring your picture packet or new order form to school next Thursday, 11/6/14. Retakes will begin promptly in the morning after announcements. Additional forms are available in the office. Please Note: PM Kindergarten retakes need to be done between 9:00-11:00 am.

Please contact Lisa Roudabush with any questions lisaroudabush@sbcglobal.net.

Reflections Workshop

A Reflections workshop is set for Thursday, 10/16, in the LMC during lunch recess for students to learn more about the different types of projects they can do as well as brainstorm ideas about the theme “The World Would Be A Better Place If…” To sign up, send an email with your child’s name, class section, and recess shift to Barbara Doulas at bdoulas@comcast.net and Jennifer Faley at jenniferfaley@yahoo.com.

Junior Great Books

We are beginning to plan for our Junior Great Books session that begins in January. 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will read various folktales from different cultures as well as classic and modern fiction stories. The Junior Great Books Program is designed for all reading abilities. Please email Julie Siegel and Christa Svienty if you are interested in joining JGB this year. Here is the JGB Enrollment form. Please let us know if you have any questions!