The Olive Branch 12.4.20

What's Up At The Nest...

Principal's Message

Dear OMS families,

The temperatures are starting to drop outdoors, but it's nice and warm at the nest! Students completed another wonderful week of learning, both at home and at school. We thank you, as always, for your ongoing support. Have a wonderful weekend!

In continued collaboration,

Erin, Julia, and the OMS Staff

P.S. A huge thank you to our PTA Beautification/Ecology Committee Chairs (Nancy Weber and Diane Beardmore) for our beautiful winter planters.

Tuesday, December 8th = Monday Specials Schedule

Tuesday, December 8th is a "Monday Specials Schedule"

In other words - kids will attend school in-person on Tuesday. For those students that have Art, PE, Music, or LMC on Monday they will have those specials again on Tuesday. All other aspects of our day will be considered a regular Tuesday. Please check with your classroom teacher for the daily schedule.

Why are there so many greyed out boxes on the report card?

The 1st trimester elementary report cards for the 2020-21 school year have been modified to account for the remote and hybrid learning environments. The beginning of this school year has included a later start date, an increased focus on students’ social-emotional well-being, the navigation of new technologies at home and school, and a bulk of student learning taking place remotely. Therefore, the district needed to pare down some grade-level standards for the 1st trimester. The standards that were not able to be sufficiently assessed during the first trimester are noted with grey boxes on the report cards. These greyed boxes are in addition to other standards that are not typically assessed during the different trimesters. While instruction was provided on all of the 1st trimester standards, teachers will continue to work on all subject areas and will report out on these standards in a future trimester.

Read to Succeed Tickets Extended

Unused tickets earned during the 2020 season will be valid through August 31, 2021.

Thank you for your participation in Read to Succeed. We know that this has been a trying year and because of this, we have extended unused 2020 Read to Succeed tickets through August 31, 2021.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to send us a note.


The Six Flags Read to Succeed Team

Holiday Books - Around the World

Each year the OMS Principals celebrate the upcoming holidays by reading stories to our students and doing a service project. This year we will continue this tradition but it will look a little different. Details will be shared soon. As we were searching for a book to read, we reached out to our PTA Every Owl Counts Committee for book recommendations. We hope that you will find time to check some of these books out from the library or find them online to read with your children. If you have a book that you read with your child that highlights your family's culture please let us know. We would love to continue to add to our list!


Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman


Amma, Tell Me About Diwali! by Bhakti Mathur


Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko

The Story of Hanukkah by David Adler

Oscar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon

Mexican Traditions:

The Legend of the Poinsettia or The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola

Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico by Marie Hall Ets

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto


Seven Spools of Thread by Angela Shelf Medearis

Together for Kwanzaa by Juwanda Ford


The Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

Humphreys First Christmas by Carol Heyer

Night Tree by Eve Bunting

Japanese Traditions:

Tree of Cranes by Allen Say

Olive - Volunteers Needed for Lunch/Recess Supervision

As we continue to invite more students back to the nest we will need help supervising our students during the lunch/recess hour. If you are available during the day and interested in potentially joining us Tuesday-Friday from 12:15 - 1:15 please email Please indicated in the subject line: Volunteer!
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How can we help?

We know that times are tough for many families and we are here to help and support you and your children. If your family is in need of support for your children (backpacks, school supplies, lunch boxes, etc.) please reach out to our school social worker Mr. Gasca , Ms. Davis, or Mrs. Pemberton

Food Distribution Continues

Food distribution will continue for all Arlington Heights residents with children 18 and under! Details are below (*notes a change has been made):

  • Day: Every Wednesday
  • Times: *9:30 am – 10:30 am* & 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Where: Thomas Middle School ONLY
  • Who: All Arlington Heights families with students age 18 and under
  • Important Notes: *Neighbors or friends are allowed to come pick up meal bags for you from Thomas Middle School.*

Click Here for additional information.

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Questions? Please reach out to your OMS teacher or your administrative team.

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Ms. Erin Davis, Principal

Mrs. Julia Pemberton, Assistant Principal