The Olive Branch 10.9.20

What's Up At The Nest...

Principal's Message

Dear OMS families,

We are so excited to welcome back our kindergarten, first grade, and fifth-grade hybrid students next week. Mondays will remain remote for all students. Our teachers have been preparing their classrooms for our returning owls, and the energy in the building feels like the first week of school again! Hoot, hoot, hooray!

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to our PTA who "Stocked the Lounge" for our staff during our Hybrid Learning Planning Days. The kindness and generosity are incredibly appreciated. See the photos below! (Can you spot Mrs. Kappelman?)

In continued collaboration,

Erin, Julia, and the OMS Staff

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Arrival and Dismissal

Please see the attached building map for the door your child will enter/exit when he or she returns to school for our Hybrid model. Doors will open at 8:50 and students will enter the building. First grade will enter/exit door 20, Grades 3 and 4 will enter/exit at the main entrance Door 1, Kindergarten and Grades 2 & 5 will enter/exit Door 7, and bus riders will enter/exit through Door 19.
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Around the School with Ms. Davis

Please watch the following video with your children. Ms. Davis highlights a few new things students will see when coming to school during our hybrid learning days. Visit the drinking fountains, handwashing station in the commons, playground, nurse's office, and more. Just a sneak peek into what we will be teaching our students in the coming weeks.

Around the School

Back to School D25 Video

Another (much better video) produced by Mr. Harris showing students what they can expect. Please note, OMS students will NOT be lining up on the playground before school.

Out and About in D25

Hand Washing Review

When students return to school, handwashing will be necessary and frequent. Please click here to watch a handwashing review with your children.

Medications for 20-21 School Year

For all students who selected the Hybrid Plan:

Medication for This School Year

As we are set to begin Hybrid In-Person Learning, it is important to note that all medication requests must be renewed each school year. All medication administered at school (including over-the-counter medication) requires a completed Medication Administration Form with physician and parent signature. We cannot accept medication without an updated medication form.

  • Asthma inhalers

All inhaler requests require a parent signature and a photocopy of the prescription label from the inhaler box placed on the Asthma Inhaler Permission Form. In addition, legislation directs school districts to request an Asthma Action Plan for all students with asthma.

  • Food Allergy Emergency Medication

All food allergy emergency medication requests (epinephrine and antihistamines) must be renewed each school year. Required forms include Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan, Lunch Table Preference Form, and the Annual Severe Allergy Survey.

Please provide medication as ordered by your physician (i.e. if the provider orders liquid, provide liquid form) and please check expiration dates of medication. No expired medication will be accepted.

Please submit all medication(s) and completed form(s) for this school year to the Olive Health Office on:

  • Monday, October 5th 8:15am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-3:45pm
  • Tuesday, October 6th 8:15am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-3:45pm
  • Wednesday, October 7th 8:15am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-3:45pm
  • Thursday, October 8th 8:15am-1:00 pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at or call me at 847-398-4283.

Hybrid FAQ's

We continue to update our FAQ document. All updated questions are dated and noted in blue. We also did our best to add in questions and answers from our OMS Town Hall. Keep your questions coming!

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Ms. Erin Davis, Principal

Mrs. Julia Pemberton, Assistant Principal