JUST JUMP – Thank You!

Dear OMS Families and Community,

Thank you for your support and generous donations to sponsor your children for the PTA’s JUST JUMP fundraising activity at school last week. This new fundraiser was a big success, raising over $6800 for the PTA. The money will be used to fund many of the PTA’s programs, clubs and activities for the students (such as Family Bingo Night next Friday night).

We also want to give a big thank you to our two P.E. teachers, Mrs. Pusateri and Mrs. LaRoe, who made this event successful and fun for all OMS students. The students had fun trying new jumping activities and should be very proud of their hard work.

Liz McDonnell and Becky Hany, Co-VPs of Fundraising

October Box Top Challenge

The Box Tops have been counted up and the classroom winners are……Mrs. Wilson 4-2 and Ms. Vittore 1-2! They will be able to vote with their teacher on a class reward. We will be receiving a check for our school for over $300, which is great, but let’s try to double that next time!

Now is a great time to start saving for the next challenge in February! Get everyone involved…grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, coworkers, even neighbors!

Remember, Box Tops are found on everyday items that you would buy at the grocery store like cereal, granola bars, snacks, Kleenex and much much more. If you want to know specifically, go to www.boxtops4education.com to check it out!

Cheeseburger in Paradise!

As conferences approach, the PTA sponsors a special dinner to show our teachers how much we appreciate them. This years conference dinner theme is Cheeseburger in Paradise! As Chicagoland begins to cool, let’s warm up our OMS staff with a Caribbean-inspired meal with the sounds of Jimmy Buffett.

Help us create a fun and memorable dinner that will include sliders, jerk chicken, pork, shrimp and more. We need donations of food, drinks, paper products and raffle prizes. We also need help setting up for this important event.

Please sign up as you are able. This is a special event teachers really look forward to and we can’t do it without your help! If you have any questions, contact Sarah Wade or Diane Burda for more details.

It’s Time to “Warm the Nest” at OMS!

The Owl Way – “Warm the Nest” Coat Drive begins Wednesday, November 1st and ends Tuesday, November 27th.

Please send in child/adult coats & winter gear for our November “Warm the Nest” service project. New or clean gently used items such as coats, snow-pants, boots, mittens, gloves, hats will be accepted. Our partner, Journeys The Road Home and The Community Cares Closet in School District 59 has indicated this as their greatest need right now.

Items can be placed in the large box marked “The Owl Way – Coat Drive” located in the commons. Let’s show how much OMS cares about those in need in our community! Please email Christine Gilbert with any questions.

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

If you child was absent or needs a retake. please have them bring their 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

It’s Not Too Late to Join Ecology Club!

Our Next Meeting Is November 2 After School

We still have room for anyone who would like to join Ecology Club and have lots of great programming lined up, starting with our exciting webinar on November 2. Andy Keller, founder and CEO of ChicoBag will be presenting for the group from ChicoBag’s California headquarters.

ChicoBag provides a wide range of products including compact reusable bags and other items to cut down on single use plastic and other single use items.

Register at this Google Docs link

Attention Halloween Party Volunteers

Please plan to check in and pick up your ID badge during the lunch hour on Tuesday, 10/31 before the parade starts. This will help eliminate the last minute rush to check in after the parade is over.

NOTE: A drivers license will be required for those who have not had their license scanned previously.

Family Bingo Night is TWO WEEKS AWAY, Fri, Nov 10th!

Please join your OMS PTA friends Friday, Nov 10th, from 7pm – 8:30pm for a fun-filled night of Bingo!

Admission is FREE; please have your children bring non-perishable food donations for those in need in our community. Kids can win prizes, families can have fun together, and we’re helping our community right before the holidays! Please contact Kristine Spina or Nina Shamoon with any questions.

We are still in need of volunteers for a few shifts. Please click here to sign up.

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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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.

  • Chess Club
  • Ecology Club
  • Music for Youth
  • Science Club
  • Student Council

We will not be taking a photo for Morning Announcements or Service Learning Club.
Contact Jeannie Glasstetter or Kate Halley with any questions. Thank you!

JUST JUMP Sponsorship and Schedule

Thank you to the many families who have supported this new fundraiser! Monetary donations are still being accepted until next Friday, October 27. Please return the sponsorship form to school via back pack mail. You can submit cash or checks made payable to “OMS PTA”. Please have your child wear their blue JUST JUMP t-shirt on the day they jump next week. The schedule is below by day and teacher. Thank you for your support! Please reach out with any questions: Liz McDonnell or Becky Hany.

Students should wear their JUST JUMP t-shirt on this day:
Tuesday, 10/24: Klimas, Martens AM/K-1

Wednesday, 10/25: Alberti, Christoforou, Helmann, Muhr, Nordman, Range, Vitorre

Thursday, 10/26: Beck, Fowler, Martens PM/K-4, Molnar, Mueller, Musich, Naughten, Pietrzak, Trantor, Wilson

Friday, 10/27: Brinati, Brown, Edstrom, Grimm, Netzel, Orlando, Stevens, Wilhelm, Yarbrough

Just Jump Letter to Families

Just Jump Sponsorship Form

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

Halloween Parties!

Halloween Parties
It’s that time of year to start getting ready for the OMS Halloween Classroom Parties.

The room reps are hard at work planning a great party for the kids. Look for the sign up genius link your room reps will be emailing to make your classroom party a success! You can also find your classroom sign up genius link once it’s available on the Olive PTA website under the “Volunteer” tab.

If you have not volunteered at school yet this year, please stop in the office to fill out a volunteer form. Once again, we will have a Halloween volunteer list that the office will use to print out the badges. If you are not on the office list, you will not be able to enter the building or classroom party.

Have a SPOOKtacular Party!!!

The Owl Way – October Happenings

This October, the Owl Way has many opportunities to promote kindness and helping others. The Owl Way Week will be October 17th-19th. Have your child wear their OMS spirit wear or Olive colors sometime during that week.

Children will receive a project called “What’s Your Big Idea?” This optional program gives flight to Owl Ideas on how to promote being kind and helping others. The “What’s Your Big Idea” banner will be hung outside the LMC. Plan on viewing the ideas outside the LMC during Open House.

Also this month, staff will teach formal letter writing skills benefiting Operation Gratitude. Completed letters will be shipped to Operations Gratitude and be included in care packages for deployed military.


Box Tops October Challenge: Monday, October 16th – Friday, October 20th

It’s finally starting to feel like fall so that means its time for our October Box Top Challenge! Let’s take a break from raking leaves so we can rake in the cash for Olive Mary-Stitt!

Please send in all of the Box Tops that you have been clipping and saving, anytime next week. At the end of the week, each classroom’s Box Tops will be counted and the top 2 classrooms will get to pick a class prize (PJ day, extra recess, etc.)

Save the Date on Your Family Calendars!

Family Bingo Night Is Friday, Nov 10th!

Spend a fun-filled evening with your family and friends! Come join us at Family Bingo Night: Friday, Nov 10th, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Admission is FREE and there will be lots of prizes to win!

Please have your children bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to share with those in need in our community.

We hope to see you all!

Any questions? Please contact Kristine Spina or Nina Shamoon.

Introducing JUST JUMP Fundraiser!

The OMS PTA is launching a new fundraiser this year called JUST JUMP which will engage all OMS students and their families. Students will be jumping for 10 minutes during P.E. class during the week of October 23-27. In order to support the meaningful activities the PTA sponsors each year, such as The Owl Way, Bingo Night, Activity Nights and many more, we are asking family members to sponsor their children with a monetary donation. All OMS students will have the opportunity to participate in JUST JUMP and sponsorship is optional.

Every OMS student will be coming home today with a JUST JUMP bag which includes the following:

1) JUST JUMP t-shirt (to be worn on the day your child jumps),
2) informational letter and
3) sponsorship form.

Please review the information and contact us with any questions: Liz McDonnell or Becky Hany. Thank you for your support to make this a successful new fundraiser for the OMS students!

just-jump-letter-to-familiesLetter to Families

just-jump-sponsorship-form Sponsorship Form

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.

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

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

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/.

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 https://www.treering.com.  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 support@treering.com.