The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ November 5 - November 9 ~


November 5 - Family Marathon Tracks 2 & 4, 2:30 p.m. (Rain date: November 9)

November 6 - Two hour delay (see below)

November 6 - ELECTION DAY! Make a plan to vote!

November 7 - Walk to School Wednesday

November 8 - PTA Meeting, 1 PM - Check front office for room location

November 12 - Veteran's Day: NO SCHOOL

November 14 - Family Marathon Tracks 1 & 3, 2:30 p.m. (Rain date: November 15)

November 20 - Spirit Day: Dress to Unimpress/Cozy Clothes Day


November 21 - 23 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break: NO SCHOOL

November 29 - STEM Night (Details to come)


November 6th - Two Hour Delay

All WCPSS schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, November 6th for state and local elections.

The law requires that if local election officials ask to use a public school campus as a polling place, the request must be honored. Measures will be in place to ensure the safety of school campuses during the polling process. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Steidinger.


Don't forget to log those minutes of reading time through Friday, Nov. 16th. The Readvolution challenge features both individual and school-wide components, as well as goals for each. Students who achieve the goal of reading 20 minutes per day throughout the allotted time frame (for a total of 800 minutes) will receive TWO complimentary ticket vouchers to a Hurricanes home game!!

For complete details, click here! Then get to reading!


Help Needed: Staff Appreciation Lunch

Our next early release day is coming up Tuesday, November 20th before the Thanksgiving break. Join our Staff Appreciation team in showing our staff and teachers how thankful you are for them by donating items for the upcoming luncheon! We need toppings for our baked potato bar, cash donations for the taters, and desserts.

Please check out the sign up here to see if you can send in an item or two. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

* NOTE: Donated items should be sent in disposable containers since the school will be closed for the holiday break and you will be unable to retrieve your containers.

WCPSS Volunteer Reactivation

Have you reactivated your WCPSS volunteer application this year? You need to renew it every year in order to be an approved volunteer for field trips and in the class room.

The deadline has been extended until November 15th. Simply stop by the school and complete the online form. The front office will direct you.

Thank you for your service to WCPSS schools!

Front Office Donations Thank You!

THANK YOU generous OCE families for answering the call to stock our front office with ice packs and hand sanitizer!

We will keep you posted on any new needs throughout the year.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check out these ongoing volunteer opportunities. Pick a time that works for you! Thanks for your support of OCE!

Art By Me Volunteer Sign Up (dates from 10/10 - 12/4)


Spirit Night: Save the Date CORRECTION

Our next Spirit Night is coming up! So mark your calendars and join us for a fun evening with your OCE family. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to OCE.

Where: Glory Days Grill, 1413 Kelly Road (in the Publix Pointe Shopping Center)

When: Wednesday, December 5th

Why: Good food, friends, no dishes to clean up, and it's a fundraiser for your school? That's a win-win-win-win!


Family Marathon

Our OCE Family Marathon is here!

Tracks 2 and 4 will be finishing their last 1.2 miles on Monday, November 5th (rain date is Friday, November 9th).

Tracks 1 and 3 will run on Wednesday, November 14th (rain date is Thursday, November 15th).

We will meet in the gym at 2:00 p.m. where the students will warm up and listen for instructions. Around 2:30 p.m. we will go outside to jog/run our last mile.

Please feel free to cheer or run with your child. And congratulations to all on such a wonderful accomplishment!

Walk to School Wednesday

Walk to School Wednesday is THIS Wednesday, November 7th!

For both the November and December walk to school events, we will be collecting donations for the Western Wake Crisis Ministry. Please bring toilet paper or boxed macaroni and cheese to help stock their food bank!

Finally, please send photos of your children walking to school to to be included in a future issue of the Beacon!

Fitness Photo Fun!

During the next several weeks we will practice Physical Fitness and its components

(cardio, strength, muscle endurance and flexibility) in PE and learn all about why it is so

important to stay physically fit.

Please send in a favorite photo of your student being physically active. They can bring it with them to PE class. We will place them on the PE bulletin board to see what the students at OCE are doing to stay fit.

Thank you! ~ Coach Roberts

Crayola Color Cycle Program

Don't forget to drop off your used markers, highlighters, and dry erase markers in the ColorCycle donation drop boxes at school before November 30th.

The Crayola ColorCycle program repurposes used markers rather than sending them to landfills.

Students and teachers all around OCE will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending in any used markers you may have around the house -- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included.


LEGO club is a staff led BEFORE-school club for K, 1st and 2nd grade students only.

LEGO Club focuses on inspiring children to think creatively, reason systematically, and use their imagination to play. LEGO Club will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the library starting January 2nd. Students must be dropped off promptly at 8:00 a.m.

PLEASE REGISTER EACH CHILD INDIVIDUALLY. If you are interested, please fill out this registration form. There will be a $5 registration fee. You can send the fee into your child's teacher with your child's name on it. Make checks payable to OCE PTA or use this link for online payment.


If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Brittany Cabaleiro (2nd grade Track 1) at


11/7 - Shelly Vaughn

11/17 - Christine Caslin

11/21 - Dr. Ruth Steidinger

11/24 - Christine Diaz

11/26 - Julia DeLaRosa

11/28 - Adam Carter


Track 2 - October 22 - November 9

Track 1 - November 12 - November 30

Track 4 - December 3 - December 21

Track 3 - January 2 - January 18


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