Olive Elementary School

News from Mrs. Bush

ISTEP Part 1 Completed!

We are so proud of our 3rd-5th graders! They worked so hard last week to do their very best on the first part of ISTEP. A special thank you and congratulations to all 3rd and 4th graders, who had PERFECT ATTENDANCE for the whole grade level during the testing dates!

We kicked off testing with a children's comedian, Craig Tornquist. The theme was to do your best, stay relaxed, try something new and laugh.

Our testing season continues through the date windows listed below. Please try to have great attendance again during these dates.

IREAD3 (all 3rd graders) March 15

ISTEP Part 2 (3rd-5th) April 18- May 5

MyON Digital Library

Here is a WONDERFUL resource to use to support reading at home and your child’s reading growth. To celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday, the Indiana Department of Education is providing Hoosier families free access to myON Books, a digital library of thousands of books!

Here is a link to the information on the IDOE website: http://www.doe.in.gov/hoosierreaders/myon-books

Here are directions for accessing the books on a computer, laptop, iPad, or mobile device:

1. Go to https://www.myon.com/school/hoosier/

2. Enter the School Name: Hoosier Family of Readers

3. Enter the username read and password read.

4. Click the green Sign In button.

Once logged in, go to the purple “Project” tab at the top to see books grouped by suggested grade levels. If you click a book or go to the blue “i” button under a book, you’ll see the guided reading level that corresponds with the mClass TRC levels or the Lexile level. This can help you choose books your child may be able to read independently. If a book is too difficult for your child to read alone, then s/he can click the option (picture with the face at the bottom) to have the book read aloud to him/her.

You may also want to watch this motivating video of Indianapolis Colt’s Joe Reitz talking about reading https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ioBmrqjWDk&feature=youtu.be. You can also just search “Joe Reitz on reading” to find the video.

Have fun checking out myON Books!


New this year- All students who order by March 18 will have their yearbook personalized with their picture and name on the front cover. Order online today at ybpay.lifetouch.com ID Code 10748316

Facts about Lice

I would like to share some information with the school community about the NPUSC lice policy as well as facts about lice at Olive. As we all know, lice is a fairly common condition that children encounter, but is a nuisance for the family. It is a great practice for parents to check their child's head on a regular basis as well as watch for symptoms, so that it may be caught and treated early. We have been lucky as a school to not have a major problem with this. The facts are that only 9 cases have been reported or discovered this school year. That's not a major problem considering we have around 500 students. Regardless of the limited cases here at the school, it's a good time to review the practices and procedures.

When lice is discovered or reported to the school, the teacher is informed. The teacher then keeps an eye out for other students showing symptoms of lice. If students show symptoms, we check them individually. If more than one case in a classroom is discovered or reported, we may consider checking the class and/or communicating to the parents in the class of the situation. Luckily, we have not had the situation, in which more than one case in a classroom has been reported or discovered yet this year.

NPUSC practices a policy of "no live lice" as the criterion for return to school. The school Health Assistant will work with parents to explain treatment, return to school and other resources to assist in any way we can. Please report cases to the school, in the event that lice is discovered at home. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to call Mrs. Lenig, the Olive Health Assistant.


  • Keep collecting those Box Tops and Labels for Education. They are a great source of funding our numerous items and programs. Shoparoo is also a great way to help contribute. The best thing about all of these programs are...they're FREE! Thanks for your continuous support!
  • Students are not to arrive to school prior to 7:10 for breakfast and 7:20 for all others.
  • Read with your child everyday! It makes a world of difference in their reading success.

Upcoming Events

Mar. 11 School in Session

Mar. 14-18 IREAD3 Testing Window

Mar. 15 7 am-5:30 pm Kindergarten Registration

5:50-6:30 pm Kdg Round Up Mtg

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day- wear green

Mar. 18 6-10:00 pm Astro Camp Lock-in

Mar. 21 Hacienda Give Back Night

Mar. 24 No Tiger Time

Mar. 22 2-3 pm PTO Mtg


Mar. 28-30 Grandparents’ Day Lunches

Mar. 28-Apr. 1 Riley Hosp Drive and Spirit Week

Mar. 30-Apr. 1 No Tiger Time


Kindergarten Registration

Tuesday, March 15th, 7am-5:30pm

300 West Ben Street

New Carlisle, IN

Be sure to bring proof of residency, birth certificate and immunization records.

Kindergarten Round Up Meeting

Tuesday, March 15th, 5:30-6:30pm

300 West Ben Street

New Carlisle, IN

Informational Meeting. Bring the Kindergarten students to have some fun with the Kindergarten teachers.

Hacienda Give Back Night

Monday, March 21st, 10am-10pm

Portage Avenue

South Bend, IN