The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ August 27 - August 31 ~


August 28th (6pm) & 30th (8am) - 5th Grade DC Trip Information Meetings (details to come from 5th grade team to 5th grade parents)

September 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

September 4 - 14 - BOOK FAIR

September 7 - Grandparents' Breakfast, Tracks 1 & 3

September 13 - PTA Meeting, 1:00 p.m., Conference Room

September 14 - Grandparents' Breakfast, Tracks 2 & 4

September 17 - 23 - National Box Tops Collection Week

September 19 - 20 - Spirit Night at Cici's Pizza!

September 28 - Early Release Day


Transportation Updates

Thank you for your continued help in staggering your carpool arrivals and, in particular, pick-ups. Back-ups on Kelly Road are an ongoing problem, so carpoolers are encouraged to continue staggering your pick-up times THROUGHOUT the school year. We hope you can build it in to your normal routine to help ease the congestion.

REMINDER: Keep in mind that traditional calendar schools start on Monday, August 27th. School buses may be delayed as the traditional buses and students learn their routes. Please be patient during this transition time and don't forget, you can monitor your child's bus with the Here Comes the Bus App.

PTA Membership

An OCE parent who recently attended her first PTA meeting commented, "I had no idea the PTA did so much!"

Be a part of this fantastic organization by becoming a member. It's that easy! Your membership allows the OCE PTA to keep operating, supporting OCE, and providing for our students.

Become a member today. Together we can make a difference in our school.

Click here to join!

WCPSS 2019-20 Enrollment Proposal

Draft 1 of the 2019-20 Student Enrollment Proposal was released on Aug. 21st by the Wake County Public School System Board. This is the beginning of a community discussion about the best ways to fill new schools opening in 2019 and to make the best use of existing school facilities.

To see if your family has been affected by these changes at the elementary, middle, or high school level, check here. WCPSS welcomes and encourages community feedback, so please use the resources on that page to contact the board with any questions or comments.

Grandparents Breakfast

We still need a few volunteers for the Annual Grandparents' Breakfast. Can you spare some time the morning of Sept. 7th or 14th? Please use this sign-up if you can help.

The Grandparents' Breakfast is an OCE tradition, allowing children to invite their grandparent(s) to join them for a before-school breakfast provided by OCE cafeteria staff and the PTA. Don't forget, the Book Fair will also open early for any grandparents who want to shop!

Tracks 1 & 3 - Friday, September 7th.

Tracks 2 & 4 - Friday, September 14th.


Box Tops: National Box Tops Week

National Box Tops Week is coming – September 17th - 23rd. Let’s ‘Stuff the Box’ and kick our new school year Box Tops collections into high gear!

Start collecting your Box Tops NOW! Ask friends, family members and neighbors to collect for you, too. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school.

Then, during National Box Tops Week, place your clipping sheets (attached below) or bags (marked with your teacher's name!) of Box Tops into the mail boxes located by the front office. You can also send them to your child’s teacher to place in the large collection box in the mail room. Additional collection sheets are also available at the front office mail box location.

Our first classroom winners for collecting the most Box Tops will also be awarded at the end of this collection drive. Thank you for supporting Box Tops.

Go, Play, Save!

Thank you to all students and parents who sold, purchased, or returned their books. We appreciate you!

If you have did not purchase the coupon book sent home with your child for this fundraiser, it must be returned to the school ASAP. Thank you!

Volunteer Book Fairies Needed!

The Enchanted Forest Fall Book Fair is coming!

We still need lots of help! Load-in and set-up will take place FRIDAY, August 31st. Slots are also available throughout the book fair run to help at the registers and to assist students making purchases.


If you have questions about volunteering for the Book Fair, please contact Aimee Feuer at

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Silent Auction

Last year's first ever OCE Silent Auction was not only a fun night out for OCE parents, it raised more than $20,000 for our school to use to purchase new technology for our students!

You won't want to miss this new OCE tradition!

Go ahead and mark your calendars for Saturday, February 16, 2019 at MacGregor Downs Country Club from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. There will be music, dinner, dessert, the silent auction bidding, 50:50 raffle, a live auction and dancing!

Stay tuned for more information on donating auction items and services as well as sponsorship opportunities.


OCE Family Marathon

The Family Marathon is an annual OCE event that encourages children to run/walk a full 26.2 mile marathon with family members at a rate that is fun and safe for their growing bodies. Families run/walk 25 miles at home over the coming months (keeping a log of distances) and then run the final 1.2 miles of the marathon distance on the track at OCE during a whole school celebration in November. Parents and siblings are encouraged to join.

Registration Due Date: All tracks -- October 1

Click here to register.

Other Important Family Marathon Dates:

Running Log Due Dates:

Tracks 1, 2, and 4 -- November 1

Track 3 -- Anytime between October 19 - November 13 (Track In Day)

Family Marathon Dates:

Tracks 2 and 4 -- November 6 (rain date - November 7)

Tracks 1 and 3 -- November 14 (rain date - November 15)

You can download other important information like running logs, training reflections and more here.

If you have questions, please contact Coach Roberts at

Landlubbers Running Club

Landlubbers, OCE's very own running club, is a parent and staff led after-school club for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders ONLY. Landlubbers will focus on using running as a way to remain heart healthy and fit and to have some FUN! We are gearing up for our fall session where our focus will mainly be building up running stamina and preparing for our 5k in the spring.

The club meets every Tuesday from 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. after school beginning September 4th.

Click here for more details and to join!

Golf and Tennis Lessons at OCE

TGA is offering golf and tennis lessons after school on the OCE campus this Fall. Download the flyer below for more information on pricing and how to sign up.


8/29 - Lisa Reynolds

8/31 - Misty Christensen

9/7 - Linda Bryant and Stacie York

9/10 - Sandra Fretz


Track 1 - August 20 - September 7

Track 4 (training with new Track 1 team) - September 6 - 7

Track 4 - September 8 - 28


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Olive Chapel Elementary PTA

OCE Vision: The Olive Chapel Elementary community will create a collaborative environment that ignites a passion for learning in all children so that they reach their full potential.