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.


House Hop 6th Annual Progressive Dinner

HOUSE-hop-info-sheetWe hope you can join us at this awesome Annual Event! Swoop from house to house as you enjoy an evening of laughter, hors d’oeuvers and drinks while you meet and reconnect with fellow Olive-Mary Stitt Parents.
If you have not attended before, we start by having you meet us at the school for house assignments, then off to your first house at 7:00 to enjoy and at 9:00 you travel to your second house. This is one of the Olive’s biggest fundraisers and a great time is had by all! You can now also sign up online! password: Olive The processing fee is 2.92 per ticket if purchased online.

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!

Picture Day – Monday, September 18, 2017

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to bring your smile! Student pictures will be taken on Monday, September 18, 2017. Order forms came home this week. Have you seen all of the backgrounds available? Please visit to view all 100 options!

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.

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!
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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.



Join us for some A-R-T-S-P-I-R-A-T-I-O-N!

An Instagram Inspired PTA Reflections Kick-Off Event. Mini-workshops hosted by experts in the arts! Leave with ideas for your own reflections project to submit at your school! All ages, K-8 invited. #artspiration #ptareflections #ilptaarts

10/2/2017 6-7:30pm South Middle School

Parents are asked to stay the first 30 minutes, for informational purposes.

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Volunteer Sign-Up Link:

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Bike Rodeo – Wednesday, September 13

Attention ALL 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

2017 Bike Rodeo, Wednesday, September 13th after school 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 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 for the permission slip and more information. 

These are due by Tuesday, September 12th. Please contact Katie Stawicki or Erin Fleming with any questions.

Rain Date is Wednesday, September 20.

Back to School Events

Back to School 2017 flyer

OMS Back to School Events

Friday, August 25th

Meet and Greet
2:20-3:20 pm
Olive-Mary Stitt School

OMS Administration and Staff invite you to school to meet your teacher, see your classroom and drop off your school supplies.

Rock the Nest DJ Event*!
OMS Playground

OMS PTA is hosting a rocking DJ on the blacktop next to the playground. Join friends to play and dance the afternoon away.

Dine and Earn Social*
JD’s Smokehouse, 286 W. Rand

OMS PTA invites you to JD’s BBQ for a Dine and Earn to socialize with friends and families from the OMS community. Please mention OMS when ordering and a portion of sales will be donated to the OMS PTA.

*NOTICE: This event is solely sponsored by the PTA. School staff may not be present and have no responsibility for the event. Please direct all inquiries or concerns to the sponsoring PTA.

Kindergarten Summer Play Dates

Calling all families with children starting Kindergarten in the fall at Olive.  We have scheduled three play dates over the summer. Kindergarten play dates are a good way for children and parents to meet before the school year begins. We know that summer is a busy time, but we hope that you can attend as many as possible. All of the play dates will be held at Greens Park, which is the park right next to Olive.

Wednesday, June 21st at 6:00 PM
Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 AM
Thursday, August 17th at 6:00 PM

If you have ordered a Class of 2023 Kindergarten T-shirt, they will be available for pick-up at the play dates.

Hope to see you there, thanks,
Norah Muenkel & Megan Kerpec
PTA Incoming Kindergarten Co-chairs

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

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.

Field Day was a Success

We are grateful to our gym teacher, Mrs. Pusateri, for organizing an amazing Field Day last week. Over fifty parents volunteered to help give our children an amazing day.  Special thanks go to Stacy Riggs for organizing all of the volunteers and helping us with this event.

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!

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

World of Work Comes to OMS Spring 2018

We are so excited to announce that “World of Work” comes to Olive-Mary Stitt spring 2018. The purpose of “World of Work” program is to provide the 5th grade students an opportunity for a “real world” work experience. This program would afford the 5th grade children to see the value hard work in different business settings. It would also allow them a window into the many steps involved in career aspirations. We will partner with local businesses and companies for the children to job shadow a few hours. Children will learn about career paths, job requirements, education and the importance of goals. The program will include a introduction to resume writing, beginner interviewing skills and a brown bag business lunch. This program must have enough chaperones to take flight, consider volunteering for “World of Work” PTA Program spring 2018.

End-of-School Gently Used School Supply Drive

Give the gift of learning this summer to the under served in our community. Character Counts is partnering with SCARCE an award-winning environmental education non-profit. They are dedicated to creating sustainable communities and hands-on education programs. Your donations will go directly into the hands of economically struggling school children. Please note that this is a ONE DAY ONLY event. The “End-of-School Gently Used School Supply Drive” will take place on THURSDAY, JUNE 8th from 3:20 – 4:30 pm at Greens Park, near Basketball court. Parents must accompany child donating items to this drive. Collecting gently used: pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, folders, scissors, paper, pens, glue, books, colored pencils and glue sticks.

Click here for more details.