The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ September 24 - September 28 ~


**SATURDAY, September 22 - Tracks 2, 3, and 4, Hurricane Make-Up Day**

October 3 - Walk to School Wednesday

October 10 - Clipper Coffee for new to OCE parents at Panera

October 11 - PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m.. Media Center

October 16 - 26 - BOOSTERTHON! Details to come!

School Make-Up Days

WCPSS has scheduled the following days to make-up the time missed for Hurricane Florence:

Tracks 2, 3, and 4:

Saturday, September 22nd (half-day)

Friday, September 28th (no longer an early release day)

Tracks 1, 2, and 3

Friday, October 19th (no longer an early release day)

Saturday Make Up School Days start at 9:15 a.m. and dismiss at 12:45 p.m. These days are for core instruction and there will be no lunch served on these days. Students are encourage to bring a snack. Please contact your student's teacher with any specific questions you may have.

For a complete rundown, please click here.


Fiesta Friday!

Even though September 28th is now a full day of school, our Staff Appreciation team still plans on providing a Fiesta themed lunch for our teachers to enjoy during their lunch breaks. We still have spots available for sides, condiments, drinks, desserts, as well as cash donations for the meat that will be ordered from a local restaurant.

Sign up here and note what day your item is needed at school.

Art By Me Help Needed

Interested in helping Ms. Brockway in the Art Room? We need some volunteers to help organize the completed artwork the kids create for the Art By Me fundraiser to send in as well as volunteers to help distribute the completed products when they return to the school.

Check out the sign up to see if you can help. Thank you!

Clipper Coffee Kick-Off

Are you new to OCE? Want to find out more about the school, the community, and meet other OCE parents?

You are invited to join us as we kick off a periodic Clipper Coffee for new families to meet up with each other and ask questions of veteran OCE parents. New and veteran parents are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 10th at 9:15 at Panera. Please sign up here at attend.


Book Fair Last Minute Reminder

The book fair is all packed up and ready to go!

You can still shop for a few more days! Online sales end Monday, September 24th. Shop using this link. Online orders will be delivered for free to the school and distributed to your child's classroom.

Congratulations to Mrs. Barnes! She won the teacher book recommendation raffle (participating teacher's recommended books available at the fair for a chance to win) and received two books off her wish list for winning!

We did have one casualty due to the storm - our large outdoor Book Fair sign was damaged. We will use some of our Scholastic Dollars to buy a new one before our next fair in the spring.

Thanks again to all who volunteered some of your time and who purchased books! We loved seeing so many Clippers excited about reading!

Publix Partner Cards Update

Did you know you no longer need those little green key cards for OCE to earn a portion of your Publix purchase? All you need to do is enter your phone number at check out!

To link your phone number to OCE for Publix purchases, all you need to do is create an account (if you don't already have one for digital coupons) at Once you have an account, simply go to the "My Settings" tab under "My Account" and find the "My Publix Partner" box at the bottom of the page. There, you will be able to select Olive Chapel as your Partner. Finally, simply enter your phone number on the card payment keypad at check out and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to OCE.

To date, the Publix Partner program has raised more than $745 for OCE!


Spirit Day: Dress Like A Pirate!

Our Clippers had a lot of fun dressing like a Pirate for Spirit Day this past Wednesday. Check out some of the fun below:

Cultural Arts Assembly

OCE also had it's first Cultural Arts assembly this past week with world-renowned storyteller, Donna Washington. Donna performed two sessions, one for grades K-2 and another for grades 3-5.

Donna tells multicultural folktales to introduce students to different cultures, learn story structure, boost vocabulary, and enhance pre-reading skills. She uses dynamic language, energetic expressions and vocal pyrotechnics to bring these stories to life. The students loved her!

Our next Cultural Arts Assemblies will be:

November 7 - Birdman Dave

February 20 - Black Box Dance

April 3 - Bright Star Theater

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Attention 4th & 5th Graders: Chess Club is Coming!

The OCE Chess Club is back!

Chess Club meets on Thursdays after school until 4:30 p.m. and follows the Track 3 schedule. Click here for more information and interested 4th and 5th graders should sign up with this form.

If you have any questions about Chess Club, please contact Ms. Chaffee at

OCE Annual Holiday Surprise Program

Holiday Surprise is a gift-giving program coordinated to ensure that all Olive Chapel Elementary students have a happy holiday season. The goal of the Holiday Surprise program is to assist families who attend Olive Chapel Elementary School with gifts for their children during the holiday season.

Interest forms will be sent home with all students on track 2, 3 and 4 no later than Monday, September 17th and will need to be returned by Friday, September 28th. Interest forms will be sent home with track 1 students on Monday, October 1st and will need to be returned by Friday, October 5th.

Please direct all questions to Alice Geiss at; (919)387-4440 x24381 or Christine Martin Byers at; (919)387-4440x24382.

Wellness Committee Invitation

Coach Roberts and Ms. Fretz would like to invite any parents who are interested in joining the Wellness Committee to attend the next meeting on Thursday, October 18th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Art Room.

The Olive Chapel Wellness Committee's mission is to work collaboratively with community resources, parents, and school staff to foster positive life-long health habits, well being and to implement wellness initiatives. Hope to see you there!

OCE Family Marathon

Don't forget to register for the OCE Family Marathon!

Registration Due Date: All tracks -- October 1

Click here to register.

Family Marathon Dates:

Tracks 2 and 4 -- November 5* (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

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.


9/26 - Dawn McPherson

10/12 - Catherine Scala

10/13 - Kimberly Hesen

10/16 - Anne Barnes

10/18 - Jennifer Cowell

10/19 - Elaine Austin

10/19 - Ruthann Kelly


Track 4 - September 8 - 28

Track 3 - October 1 - 19

Track 2 - October 22 - November 9


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