Chess Club Starting – Tuesday, October 23rd

Olive students in grades K-5 who are interested in chess are invited to join the Chess Club. All levels are welcome — from beginner to experienced player (we’ll teach you the rules!).

Chess Club will meet from 3:35 – 4:35 pm on the following dates (Tuesdays): October 23rd, November 13th, December 4th, January 8th & 29th, February 19th, and March 12th. Each meeting is an independent lesson; attend as many as you can. Parent volunteers are welcome during our meetings (no Chess experience required).

Sign up here. Space is limited.

PTA Membership Card

In previous years, all PTA members received paper PTA Membership cards. This year you will be receiving an email from “Olive PTA Dues” with a subject line of “Receipt of Parent/Guardian Dues” which will contain a link that will allow you to print off your PTA membership card. Expect the email in the upcoming weeks!

Reflections Art Contest

Are your kids creative? We have about 4 weeks left to submit your Reflections art piece!

Whether you are a painter, photographer, writer, singer, musician, or dancer you can participate in this contest. All Olive kids are eligible to enter. The submission is easy, just create your masterpiece, print out the submission form, and submit it through the Olive front office.  This year’s theme is Heroes Around Me.

Let’s see how many submissions we can get into Olive! Pieces will move on to District, Region, State, and Nation. All participants will receive recognition and be invited to a celebration in the spring!

Any questions… please ask!

Contact Kim Hemminger or Leena Joshi with questions.

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!

Teacher Conference Dinner – Supplies Needed!

As conferences approach, the PTA sponsors a special dinner to show our teachers how much we appreciate them. This years conference dinner theme is Campout of the Mighty Owl!

Help us create a fun and memorable dinner that will include sliders, mac and cheese, chili and baked potatoes. We need donations of food, drinks, paper products and decorations. We also need help setting up for and cleaning up after 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.

Sign up here!

Amazon Smile

Calling all Amazon.com shoppers! Please consider supporting the PTA and start shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/ and .5% of your purchases will be contributed to the Olive-Mary Stitt PTA. Smile.Amazon.com offers the same selection and same prices as Amazon.com, so there is no cost to you, and a charitable donation to the PTA is made! AmazonPrime benefits apply. Click here to learn more: “About AmazonSmile“.

To sign up, it is simple! Log on to Smile.Amazon.com, select “Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers Olive-Mary Stitt PTA Inc” under charitable organization, and you are set.

Thank you for your support!

Chess Club Starting Soon!

Olive students in grades K-5 who are interested in chess are invited to join the Chess Club. All levels are welcome — from beginner to experienced player. (We’ll teach you the rules!) Chess Club will meet throughout the school year. Each meeting is an independent lesson; Attend as many as you can. Look for the sign up in the coming weeks. Contact Jonathan Patrick or Wayne Brown for more information or questions.

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 https://inter-state.com/ 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.

Fall Camp Fit Sign Up

Camp Fit is back this Fall and we are excited to bring back all the fun field games, running track and yoga in the courtyard. Camp Fit will be offered to 1st-5th graders on TUESDAYS starting September 11-September 25th (rain date October 2) immediately after school until 4:30 pm. Sign up today, Don’t delay- Space is limited.

Also, we need parent volunteers to help make this program a success. Please consider helping us out on Camp Fit days.

THANK YOU!

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!

 

Bike Rodeo – Wednesday, September 12th, 3:35pm – 4:45pm

Attention ALL 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The 2018 Bike Rodeo will be Wednesday, September 12th after school until 4:45 p.m. The rain date will be Wednesday, September 19th. Each year at Olive, we require that all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who would like to ride their bike to school (and have not participated in the past) participate in the Olive-Mary Stitt PTA Bike Rodeo. This rodeo is an introduction to biking rules and an opportunity for the children’s bikes and helmets to be checked for safety. Children may ride their bikes to school on the day of the Bike Rodeo and any day after their successful completion of the Bike Rodeo. Helmets are required for attendance.

Please click here to complete the registration form. Forms are  due by Monday, September 10th. We are still looking for parent volunteers, please sign up here!

Amazon Smile

Calling all Amazon.com shoppers! Please consider supporting the PTA and start shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/ and .5% of your purchases will be contributed to the Olive-Mary Stitt PTA. Smile.Amazon.com offers the same selection and same prices as Amazon.com, so there is no cost to you, and a charitable donation to the PTA is made! AmazonPrime benefits apply. Click here to learn more: “About AmazonSmile“.

To sign up, it is simple! Log on to Smile.Amazon.com, select “Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers Olive-Mary Stitt PTA Inc” under charitable organization, and you are set.

Thank you for your support!

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 7th. We will be posting more information soon on the TWIG.

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 https://sd25.revtrak.net/OMS-PTA/#/v/OMSES-PTA-Membership
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.

Bike Rodeo – Save the Date!

Attention ALL 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The 2018 Bike Rodeo will be Wednesday, September 12th from 3:35 until 4:45 p.m.

Each year at Olive, we require that all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who would like to ride their bike to school (and have not participated in the past) participate in the Olive-Mary Stitt PTA Bike Rodeo. This rodeo is an introduction to biking rules and an opportunity for the children’s bikes and helmets to be checked for safety. Children may ride their bikes to school on the day of the Bike Rodeo and any day after their successful completion of the Bike Rodeo. Helmets are required for attendance.

Stay tuned next week for the permission slip as well as a sign up genius for parent volunteers. Please contact Katie Stawicki or Julie Talbot with any questions.

Sign up Now for House Hop 2018

Please join us on Saturday, September 29th from 7pm-11pm for the 7th annual House Hop (formerly called progressive dinner.) Come mingle and enjoy drinks and hors-d’oeuvre with other OMS parents, and make new connections, all while having a great time and supporting the PTA! All OMS parents are welcome-come single, as a couple or with a friend.

You can register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-hop-2018-tickets-48859175108?aff=ebdssbdestsearch or you can print the registration form from the twig and pay via check with no processing fee. The deadline for purchasing tickets at $35 each is September 14th. Late registrations will be taken if space is available through September 21st and the fee is $40 per ticket. Space is limited, so please register ASAP.

If you have not attended this event, it is a lot of fun. You will pick up your house assignments at Olive just before the event. The first house is from 7:00-9:00 for food and drinks, then you move on to the second house at 9:00-11:00 to meet different people and continue the fun. We will also be scheduling an “after hours” at a local establishment if you want to keep the party going.

Please feel free to contact Megan Kerpec at megan.kerpec@yahoo.com with any questions.

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.