Volunteer Opportunities in the LMC!

Do you want to be involved at OMS? Then consider volunteering in the Library (LMC)! There are spots open Monday – Friday for both our morning shifts (9:00 – 10:30 or 10:30 – 12:10). If the morning doesn’t work for you, consider an afternoon shift (1:15-3:30), we’ve got Monday – Thursday spots available. The commitment is every other week. Hope to see you in the LMC. Please contact Nina Shamoon if interested.

Art Awareness Volunteers Needed

The Art Awareness program needs you!

Sections 1-4 (Alberti), 2-2(Wilhelm) and 2.5 (Mueller) are either completely vacant or in need of a second volunteer. This PTA program presents 3-5 art pieces during the school year in 30-45 min sessions. Email Erin Wiggs or Nina Shamoon with any questions. All presentation materials are provided through our website and materials in the LMC. Check out our website: https://sites.google.com/view/omsartawareness

Camp Edwards Trip

The 5th Graders enjoyed a beautiful day at Camp Edwards on Tuesday. Thanks to the 5th Grade Committee & the 5th grade teacher 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.

5th Grade Breakfast

Thank you 5th Grade Committee for putting together such a memorable event for our 5th graders.  It was a perfect send off.  A great big round of applause for the team; Brenda Larson, Christina Perez, Michele Bozikis, Becky Hany, Carrie Loch, and Sherri Tader.

You Planted a Tree!

TreeRing Corporation, in partnership with Trees for the Future, is proud to plant 618 trees in honor of Olive-Mary Stitt’s yearbook purchases this year.

This grove of trees is being planted by local families in countries devastated by deforestation and global climate change. These fast-growing, permanent trees protect fragile ecosystems and assure that families can continue to live in harmony with the natural resources of their lands. Each year these trees will replace many tons of pollution from the atmosphere with life giving oxygen.

Yearbooks are coming home today. Enjoy!

PTA Membership – 2017/2018 School Year

Thanks everyone for supporting the PTA this past year. We encourage you to sign up for next year’s PTA membership when you complete your online school registration. There will be an option to purchase an Individual or Family membership. 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 olivepta@gmail.com.   Thank you!

Benefits include:

  • Access to Directory Spot App (online school directory and calendar)
  • Support to Olive PTA programs: Activity Nights, Art Awareness, Author Visits, Bike Rodeo, Bingo Night, Birthday Books, Camp Fit, Character Counts, Chess Club, Earth Fair, Ecology Club, First Aid for Little People,  Meet and Greet, Robert Crown Health Talks, Reflections, Teacher 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

FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – June 2nd

Primary: 9:00-11:45
Intermediate: 12:00-3:15
Lunch Help: Primary 12:15-12:45
Lunch Help: Intermediate 11:30-12:00

We need your help to pull off the best day of the year! Field Day is fun day filled with all kinds of activities Mrs. Pusateri thinks up for the kids. Open the Sign up Genius and pick a time and activity. We have 52 volunteer spots available and they usually fill up fast. Please indicate if you are available on the rain date as well. Contact Stacy Riggs with any additional questions.

Field Day Sign Up Genius

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Students will be coming home with a brown bag for our annual OMS Character Counts Food Drive. Donations can be brought to classrooms Monday, May 8th through Friday, May 12th. This food drive project helps students understand the ‘Character Counts’ pillars of Caring and Citizenship. 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 471 families that depend on the food pantry this summer. 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!

List of Most Needed Items

PLEASE NOTE: There will NOT be a human chain after school (5/12) this year!
The third and fourth graders will load bags onto the truck during morning recess. This change is at the request of the Township, so that they have ample time to receive donations and get them into the pantry.

We thank the fifth grade Service Learning Club for helping with tagging the bags, delivering bags to classrooms and maintaining the incoming donations.

OMS Recognized by Keep America Beautiful, DC

On Arbor Day, Keep America Beautiful featured Olive-Mary Stitt and its Plastic Film Drive initiated by the Ecology Club last fall. In the weeks leading up to America Recycles Day, OMS students collected bagel bags, dry cleaning bags, plastic shopping bags, packing pillows and shrink wrap from paper towels, water bottles and tissue packs. All of this material was then taken to Jewel on Rand Rd for transfer, meltdown and reuse. Many families continue to collect this material at home and bring it to Jewel, Target, Trader Joe’s and Best Buy for proper recycling. Great job OMS families!

School Supplies 2017/2018

It is that time of year to place your online order for 2017/2018 school year. Online orders due by June 11, 2017. School supply kits will be in placed in your child’s classroom by the first day of school.

Please click here for the attached flier with instructions how to order your supplies and prices. 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 Grabovski or Nilima Nanisetty.

School Supply Order Form

School Supply List

Volunteer Recognition – May 11th 6:30 pm

You volunteers are what makes Olive such an amazing school! We would like to invite you to a dessert reception in your honor. If you have served as a committee chair, room representative, or volunteered in any way, please join us. We would also like to thank our 5th grade parents and invite them to this event. Please stay afterwards for the installation of the new PTA executive committee and then join us for drinks after… look for more info on that in the next Twig. Thank you!

Thanks for Sharing your Soles

Character Counts & the Ecology Club would like to thank all the Olive families and staff that donated to the shoe drive. The 5th grade Service Learning Club demonstrated fantastic teamwork as they sorted, counted and bagged shoes. Updated total: 872 shoes were donated! A Hoot goes out to Katie Murray who donated her time to deliver those shoes to the “Share your Soles” Warehouse on Monday.

Staff Appreciation Week – Volunteers and Donations Needed

Please help us celebrate our star studded cast of OMS teachers and staff during Staff Appreciation Week May 1st- 5th. We plan to honor them with special treats throughout the week but can’t make it happen without help from their biggest fans, all of you! Please consider signing up to volunteer your time or make a needed donation. We appreciate your help in making this a special week!

4 Days and Counting!

Please be sure to order your OMS Yearbooks by April 25th. Go to TreeRing.com and enter school passcode 1014636724843184. The cost is $13.00 per book.

Each yearbook comes with 2 complementary custom pages. You and your children can personalize by uploading pictures to create a lasting memory of the 2016/2017 school year. Customization must be done and set to “”Print Ready”” by April 25th.

Remember to purchase a Yearbook for EACH of your children. Kids love to sign each others Yearbooks at the end of the school year. This will be your only opportunity to purchase Yearbooks as we will not have extra copies printed.

Any questions, please contact Erika Eng (erikaeng@gmail.com) or Megan Hill (meganhill6@me.com).”

Staff Appreciation Week – May 1st – 5th

Help us roll out the red carpet to honor the stars of OMS during Staff Appreciation Week. We have a star worthy line-up of optional activities that we hope the students will have fun with.

Monday: VIP – Tell a staff member what makes them “shine”

Tuesday: Behind the Scenes – Wear your teachers favorite color!

Wednesday: Swag Day – Show your teacher that going the “extra” mile makes them “pop”ular by bringing a bag of microwave popcorn and/or a pack of Extra gum.

Thursday: Fan Mail – Compliment our staff with a homemade card!

Friday: Be a Star – Wear your favorite sunglasses!

11 Days and Counting!

Please be sure to order your OMS Yearbooks by April 25th. Go to TreeRing.com and enter school passcode 1014636724843184. The cost is $13.00 per book.

Each yearbook comes with 2 complementary custom pages. You and your children can personalize by uploading pictures to create a lasting memory of 2016/2017 school year. Customization must be done and set to “Print Ready” by April 25th.

Remember to purchase a Yearbook for EACH of your children. Kids love to sign each others Yearbooks at the end of the school year. This will be your only opportunity to purchase Yearbooks as we will not have extra copies printed.

Any questions, please contact Erika Eng (erikaeng@gmail.com) or Megan Hill (meganhill6@me.com).

District 25 5th Grade Track Meet – Wednesday, May 10th 4:15 – 6:00pm

District 25’s annual 5th Grade Track Meet will be held at South Middle School’s Track on Wednesday, May 10th starting at 4:15 pm. Students can sign up to participate in 2 of the following events: 50 yd, 100 yd, 200 yd, or mile run, plus an optional four-man relay team. With the exception of the mile run, students will be placed in heats by their times.

Students need not be track stars to participate just a willingness to try their best, have some FUN, and see what it’s like to experience an interscholastic event. Permission slips are due to Mrs. Pusateri by MAY 1. Questions or concerns email Mrs. Pusateri.