Olive Elementary School

December News from Mrs. Bush

Hoops for Heart

Last year, Olive participated in the Hoops for Heart event to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. Olive collected over $11,000. A few weeks ago, a representative from AHA came to Olive to award Mrs. Schroeder and Olive with a certificate and some other goodies because we were 4th in the state of Indiana for raising the most funds. Thank you, Olive Family, for your support for such a worthy cause that is so near and dear to our own hearts and thank you Mrs. Schroeder for providing such a wonderful experience for our students to learn about the importance of giving as well as heart health.

U93 Feature Teacher

Congratulations to Ms. Behm for being nominated and winning the U93 Feature Teacher of the Week a few weeks ago. Ric from U93 made a surprise visit to Olive to award her with numerous prizes as well as $100 dollars from Better World Books to be donated to a needy school of her choice. It is a well-deserved recognition.

Labels for Education and Box Tops for Education

Keep collecting those labels and Box Tops. We just received another Visa Card for $250 dollars. We also won $1000 in the spring from the Labels for Education sweepstakes. Thank you to Miss Stepniewski for being our Labels and Box Top for Education Director. Her hard work is greatly appreciated. Keep clipping those labels. The money comes in handy for a multitude of resources for students and classrooms.

$500 IRTF Grant

Mrs. Papai took the initiative to apply for a grant to help provide funds for materials for our Kindergarten Reading Remediation program. Just recently, Mrs. Papai has begun servicing Kindergarten students, and this funding will help pay for the needed materials to fully implement the program. It is hard work and initiative like this that help the continued growth of our students and school. Thank you to Mrs. Papai and the Indiana Retired Teachers Foundation for making this happen.

Reading Fair Fun

Olive Spell Bowl

Way to go, Olive! Ms. Behm and the Olive Spell Bowl team took 1st in our division and 1st overall at the area Spell Bowl competition. They also placed 11th overall in the state of Indiana. We are so proud of their hard work and determination.
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Important Reminders

  • Winter Weather! Please be sure to dress students appropriately for the colder temperatures. Recess will be held outside if the windchill is 15 degrees or above. They also need to have snow boots and snow pants to play in the snow and on snowy equipment. Otherwise, they are limited to staying on the cleared blacktop. Don't forget to send shoes with your students. They may not wear snow boots in the school building throughout the day.
  • Holiday Parties- Please remember our Wellness Policies when celebrating the Holiday Season. We cannot provide the students with unhealthy snacks, candy or beverages other than water. Please also remember that anyone planning to attend the Holiday Parties must have a Criminal History Background Check on file. Please do this prior to the day of the party. Also, please inform any family members other than yourselves who are planning to attend of these rules and policies.
  • Student Drop Off- Please do not drop students off at school prior to 7:10 am. We do not have staff on duty to supervise prior to this time. Thank you!

New Lunch Room Procedure

I have heard many concerns from parents about students not having enough time to eat their lunch. We changed the lunch schedule this year to only have one grade level at a time eating, which has increased their eating time by approximately ten minutes. However, I was still hearing the same concern. So, we have began a new procedure. Once all students have their lunch and are seated, we turn the lights off for five minutes. During this time, students are silent and only spend their time eating. After the five minutes, the lights are turned back on and the students can continue to socialize with their classmates. This has seemed to help tremendously and I have even heard positive feedback from the students! I think they enjoy the lull in the cafeteria.

Upcoming Events

12/10 5:30 pm 4th Grade Winter Program

12/17 Last Student Day

12/18-1/1 Winter Break

1/4 Students Return

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