The Olive Branch 8.27.21

What's Up At The Nest...

Principal's Message

We had a fantastic first full week at the nest! Thank you all for coming to Curriculum Night. We appreciate your support and investment in your child's school experience. If you missed our email, please click on the videos below for a message from the principals, the PTA president, and our specials teachers.

Principals Welcome and Staff Introductions

PTA Welcome

Specials Teachers Curriculum Night

We just wanted to share a reminder that the playground, blacktop, red top, and fields are closed to families and the public during school hours (8:50 am - 3:35 pm).

Also, dogs are not allowed on school property. We know our furry friends love to pick up their humans; however, they need to stay in the grassy area between the sidewalk and Olive Street. Thank you in advance for helping all of our students (and adults) feel safe.

Have a wonderful, safe weekend!

Erin, Julia and the OMS staff


Our first fire drill will be this Tuesday, August 31st. The Arlington Heights Fire Department will be present to observe the drill and evacuation.

During the school year, we practice many safety drills with our students. This year in collaboration with AHPD and AHFD our school-wide drills WILL be announced. At the time of a drill, our students and staff will hear an intercom message indicating that we will be holding a practice drill.

Once a year will conduct a “lockdown” safety drill with all students. The “lockdown” is one of the routine safety drills we practice throughout the year, along with evacuation drills, shelter-in-place drills, and a bus evacuation drill. Students are prepared for this drill prior to the “lockdown” so they are not unnecessarily alarmed, and it will be announced. Classroom teachers will review our emergency procedures with their students. Officer O'Leary from the Arlington Heights Police Department will also be in attendance during our practice drill.


If you are changing your child's transportation, PLEASE CALL the OMS office to let us know. The office places a call to teachers at 3:30 pm to notify them of any changes in transportation.

For our families that utilize the school bus, when we are not aware that children are being picked up (whether it is one day, or weekly on certain days) we are not able to send the bus until all registered bus riders are accounted for. This delays the bus and affects families that are expecting their children off the bus around a certain time frame. We appreciate your cooperation in getting students home in a safe and timely manner!


The crossing guard at Olive and Douglas, unfortunately, needs to give up his position and is retiring. His last day is Friday 8/27/21. At this time, there are no applicants for this crossing location. If you know of anyone that would be interested in being a crossing guard please have them reach out to me at or Laura Comastro our transportation specialist at

If your children cross at this intersection, please review with them how to safely cross the street.

The following locations in AH need a crossing guard! Apply Today and earn $18.89/hour!

Park and Highland -- South School -- 7:15 am - 7:45 am and 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Harvard and Maude -- Patton School -- 8:30 am - 9:00 am and 3:35 pm - 4:05 pm

Olive and Douglas -- Olive School -- 8:35 am - 9:05 am and 3:35 pm - 4:05 pm


Please note that students who choose to pack a meal from home are invited to take a bag with milk that will also contain a fruit, vegetable, and grain at no charge. If your child has food allergies or food intolerances, please work with them to identify what they can consume from this bag, should they decide to pick it up.

All of these bagged items will be wrapped. If a student chooses not to consume all items, those may be placed on a table in the eating area so as to not be wasted.

As a reminder, lunch is free this school year for all District 25 students.

Thank you,

District 25 Food Services

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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