Programs

Activity Nights – This committee plans three activity nights for OMS students, broken up by grade (K-1, 2-3, and 4-5). The Activity Nights are generally held in the winter or early spring and are similar to an assembly. Often times, an outside act is brought in to put on a show. Past Activity Nights have included shows about BMX bike riding, bubbles, reptiles, science, and music. Contact Christina Perez or Kris Persons for information.

Art Awareness – The Art Awareness program presents works of art in the classroom with the goal of teaching students how to look at and appreciate art. The lessons are designed to augment and enrich the District 25 curriculum in a creative and engaging way. Volunteers present 3 to 5 pieces of art throughout the school year using the information and materials provided. Here is the OMS Art Awareness website. Contact Nina Shamoon or Erin Wiggs for information.

Bingo Night – To plan and coordinate a family bingo night. The event is free of charge to OMS families. Each OMS family is asked to bring a non-perishable food item or personal care item to donate to the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. Prizes are provided to students and refreshments are served.Contact  Nina Shamoon or Kristine Spina for information.

Bike Rodeo/Safety – All 3rd graders and up are welcome to participate in Bike Rodeo each year. The event is held after school out on the blacktop in September. The students receive a safety lesson from the AH police department and then run thru many stations assessing their bike riding ability (stopping, riding slowly, weaving, turns, etc). All students also go through a helmet check for proper fit. Participation in the Bike Rodeo is required for students to be able to ride their bike to school on their own.Contact Katie Stawicki or Jake Stawicki for information.

Birthday Books – The Olive-Mary Stitt PTA celebrates each Olive student on their birthday by allowing them to pick out a book of their choice as a gift. The Birthday Books Committee orders books and keeps the book rack in the main office stocked with a selection of various reading levels, literary genres and subjects that are of interest to the students. We hope to encourage an enthusiasm of reading for fun. Contact Rachel Lehner for information.

Book Fair/Earth Day Fair – The Book Fair takes place in the Spring, usually in conjunction with our Earth Day Fair. The books are provided for sale by Anderson’s Book Fair Company. It is a great family event and a wonderful fundraiser for the Olive PTA. There are always many volunteer opportunities since this is a big event, so consider volunteering once the date is set. Contact Monica Hartman or Katie Starzyk for information.

Camp Fit – Our focus is on making exercise fun and helping kids understand the importance of being active. We also want to give them a variety of fitness activities to participate in so every child can enjoy being active and achieve a new personal goal. We play familiar PE games in order to create a fun club that kids want to participate in. Students improve their fitness goals and work to complete a 5K or more equivalent for running laps. We run a fall and spring session of Camp Fit.Contact Lindsey Campion or Jen Rich for information.

Character Counts – The Character Counts Committee implements monthly service initiatives to highlight the pillars of this national program:  Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship. Character Counts partners with other PTA & school programs, such Ecology Club & the 5th Grade Service Learning Club, to carry out monthly projects with the help of students, parents and staff. Character education fosters a positive learning environment and breeds a culture of kindness. OMS has a strong tradition of raising global-minded students and is committed to fostering a passion for service learning in tomorrow’s leaders. Click here to see the 2015/2016 Accomplishments. Contact Christine Gilbert for information.

Chess Club – Chess Club is a PTA sponsored activity in which students learn about chess and play the game for fun. Each meeting has a lesson on a new aspect of the game and allows time for students to play chess. We advocate practicing good sportsmanship, improving individual chess ability, and learning skills to help prepare for competition.  Our mission is to promote chess and make it accessible to the student body by encouraging newcomers unfamiliar with the game as well as welcoming back our seasoned chess players. Contact Jennifer Faley or Stephanie Jennrich for information.

Cultural Arts – The Cultural Arts Committee aims to enhance our students’ educational experience and cultural understanding through the performing arts. With teacher input, we plan professional drama, music, and dance performances. Typically shows occur during the school day and the committee strives to present two different assemblies each school year. Past performances have included The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by GreatWorks Theatre company, Trinity Irish Dancers, traditional Japanese drums provided by Tsukasa Taiko, and an ensemble from the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Contact Christine Wellner or Angie Frye for information.

Ecology Club – Ecology Club meets on the First Friday of each month after school in the LMC.  It’s a fun group that devotes all of its time to applying the 3R’s (reducing, recycling and reusing waste), appreciating nature and planning the Earth Fair for the school. We represent the environmental conscience of the school. This club is open to students in third through fifth grades (and younger siblings of those students). We welcome new participants all year long. For additional information, please contact Regan Sonnabend or Megan Hill.

Everybody Counts – “Everybody Counts” is a disability awareness program that usually occurs the first week in February. Each grade level curriculum teaches about a different disability. The goal is to teach understanding; to help everyone know the person behind the disability and to create a climate in which we all feel at ease with differences in each other. The grade level topics include: K – overview of vision, hearing and motor impairments, 1st – vision impairment, 2nd – hearing impairment, 3rd – cognitive impairment, 4th – motor impairment, and 5th – learning disabilities. The Committee Chairs work with the classroom teachers to schedule presentations, coordinate the volunteers needed to present the program to the students, and also schedule an “Open Bin” night for volunteers to peruse the materials. Classroom presentations run approx. 45 minutes and all materials are provided. Contact Sophie Gryfakis or Helen Boba for information.

Field Day – Field Day is organized by Mrs. Pusateri in the Springtime. It is a morning or afternoon (depending on grade), primarily outdoor, event that has several activity stations set-up from tug-o-war, to parachute balloon toss. It is meant to be a fun day for the kids. It takes lots of volunteers to run the many various stations. The Committee Chair for this event organizes the volunteers and assists Mrs. Pusateri in ordering supplies and helping set up. Contact Stacy Riggs for information.

Fifth Grade Committee – Contact Jeanne Cosgrove or Kim Lindberg for information.

Health/Info Courses – The Health Information Committee plans and coordinates a “First Aid for Little People” program every spring at Olive. The “First Aid for Little People” program is an American Red Cross First Aid Program designed for students in 1st and 2nd grade and is held in the LMC. There are 5 stations that students go through (fire safety, poison control, choking, basic first aid and water safety). Volunteers are a very important part of this program. The time commitment is minimal, only about one hour. Two volunteers are typically needed at each station and present the information to the students. All of the information is very basic and given to the volunteers ahead of time. This is a very fun program and the students take away such valuable information from it. Please consider volunteering your time! Contact Chris Bialko or Katie Zabor for information.

Holiday Storytime with the Principals – Contact Deb Oiler for information.

Kindergarten Family Mentoring – This Committee is an active part of connecting incoming kindergarten families with one another. This position coordinates the summer play-dates and t-shirts for the incoming class to wear. Contact Megan Kerpac and Norah Muenkel for information.

Meet & Greet/Ice Cream Social – The Meet & Greet Committee hosts the first event of the school year. During the event, children are asked to bring their school supplies to school and meet their teachers. It is also a good time for our OMS community to catch up after a long summer and enjoy a sweet treat together. Contact Rachael Hooker and Tanis Kurzynski for information.

New Family Mentoring – Our goal is to connect new Olive families that are entering grades 1-5 with existing Olive families to provide support, answer questions, and be a friendly new face at Olive. We host a New Mentor Family night in September each year, where these families can connect. Contact Brenda Larson or Sophie Gryfakis for information.

Reflections – Reflections is a National PTA program which welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Here at Olive-Mary Stitt, the Reflections committee will promote and manage the PTA Reflections Art Program by raising awareness of the program within the school, promoting participation by the Olive students, submitting entries to the district PTA, and recognizing all entrants. Contact Kim Hemminger or Leena Joshi for information. You may find the submission rules by clicking on the category  Dance Choreography, Film, LiteratureMusic Composition, Visual Art, Photography, or Special Artist. Click here to find the Official Rules, and here for the Entry Form.

Roller Skating Night – To plan and coordinate a family roller skating night. The event is free of charge to OMS families. Each OMS family is asked to bring a non-perishable food item or personal care item to donate to the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. Contact  Nina Shamoon or Kristine Spina for information.

Room Representatives – Please see the Room Representative Information Page for details. Contact Colleen Bremer or Megan Kerpec for information.

Scholarship & Volunteer Recognition – Our goal is to recognize a portion of  the hundreds of volunteers that benefit our Olive children each year. The PTA will make a donation in their honor to the local or state councils of the PTA. A reception is held in their honor each April or May. Contact Brenda Larson  or Angie Frye for information.

Staff Appreciation – Typically the first week in May, we as a PTA like to show our appreciation to an amazing staff with days of providing different food and activities. We culminate the week on Friday with a catered luncheon that the whole staff gets to sit and enjoy together in the gym. Contact Mary Hoffman or Erika Williams for information.

Yearbook Committee – The Yearbook Committee is made up of 1-2 people who work with TreeRing.com to produce the Yearbook. Activities include promoting Yearbook sales, facilitating the collection of group/club photos, facilitating the collection of candid photos, getting class pages to teachers for review, making sure the Yearbook is complete and ready to print on time, and distributing Yearbooks to students. Contact Kate Halley or Jeannie Glassetter for information.