The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ August 13 - August 17 ~


August 15th - Fall Pictures, Tracks 2 & 4

August 16th - Open House for Track 4, 6:00 p.m.

August 17th - Early Release Day! 1:15 p.m. dismissal

August 23rd - Fall Pictures, Tracks 1 & 3

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 - 14th - BOOK FAIR (see details below)

September 7th - Grandparents' Breakfast*, Tracks 1 & 3

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

September 14th - Grandparents' Breakfast*, Tracks 2 & 4

September 28th - Early Release Day

* Details to follow later this month.

Captain's Log - Carpool

It appears that we are back to having problems with cars backing up on Kelly Road during carpool. I am asking carpool families to consider staggering your arrival time for drop-off in the morning and, more importantly, during afternoon dismissal to avoid long back-ups in Kelly Road.

Arrival is from 8:45 - 9:10. You may queue up at any point during this window.

For dismissal, rather than a large number of cars queuing up at 3:45, if you could stagger your arrival to the school to 3:50, 3:55, or even 4:00, that would help alleviate the congestion. We ask that you build this new time into your carpool routine moving forward.

As I have mentioned earlier, if we cannot remedy this, we will have to move to double stacking our carpool lane (using both inbound lanes in the school driveway). This will close off the parking lot to all visitors as soon as people begin to arrive for carpool, which for us is usually around 3:20 in the afternoon and as early as 8:30 in the morning. Captain Stephens of the Apex Police Department would prefer we double stack, but I would like to avoid this as I believe it will only create another set of problems for our families trying to get into our school for after school conferences and other activities.

I am hoping you can make this shift as you did before to help alleviate the congestion on Kelly Road. Thank you for your assistance.

~ Dr. Steidinger

SET SAIL FOR SUCCESS - Open House - Track 4

Track 4: You are invited to Open House on Thursday, August 16th! Parent involvement is key in our children's academic success, so please plan on joining us.

What you can expect:

  • This is a PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY event (YMCA childcare will be available for current OCE students only)
  • Teachers will meet parents as well as provide an overview of grade level curriculum
  • Learn how you can support your child and teacher this academic year
  • Two sessions for your convenience
  • Learn more about the OCE PTA at this special meeting

The schedule for open house will be as follows:

5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. - BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Parent Meeting for 4th and 5th grade parents only

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Session 1 (in your child's classroom)

6:35 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. - PTA General Meeting (Multipurpose Room)

6:55 p.m. - 7:25 p.m. - Session 2 (in your child's classroom)


School Volunteer WCPSS Background Check

Don't forget to register to be an approved WCPSS volunteer. Computers are available in the front office for you to fill out the necessary online forms. Track 4 parents will also have an opportunity to sign up during Open House.

YOU MUST SIGN UP EVERY YEAR! If you were an approved volunteer last year, you must resubmit your form each school year.

Join the PTA

It's not too late to join the PTA!

Did you know that joining has its rewards? Becoming a member of the OCE PTA automatically makes you a member of the NCPTA, which partners with businesses to offer you special discounts and opportunities. Check them out here!

Then click here to join!

And teachers, we're aiming for 100% participation! We are getting so close! If you haven't joined yet, it's not too late. Claim your teacher reward by joining ASAP!

Colorful Clippers!

Order your spirit wear here!

Orders due by Friday, August 24th. Online orders only.

Shirts are 100% cotton and available in both Youth (sizes XS-L) and Adult (S-XXL) sizes. T-shirts are $10 each.

Orders will be delivered in mid-September. Contact: Kelli Joyner at with questions.

Agenda Sales

There will be no more lobby agenda sales. If your child still needs an agenda, you may purchase them in the front office.

Agendas are $5.

Staff Appreciation

Our Staff Appreciation Chairperson, Laurie Jendrasiak, has been busy making our staff feel welcome during these hectic early days of the new school year. Check out some of the recent treats she has delivered to our teachers and staff on behalf of the PTA!


Go, Play, Save!

Tracks 1 & 2 should have returned their order money and/or unpurchased books to the school by Friday, August 10th. If you have not returned your orders or books, please send those in ASAP.

Tracks 3 & 4 orders are due August 22nd.

The Book Fair is Coming!

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon!

The money raised from book fair sales goes directly back into a Scholastic account for our school that Ms. Lanier uses to purchase new books. She was able to purchase over $10,000 of books at the end of last year.

Our teachers have already begun signing up for preview and purchase times for their classes. The sale will run from Tuesday, September 4th through Friday the 14th and we could really use your help.

Sign up to join us in the Media Center. You will help the younger students write out their Wish Lists during preview days and help with sales at the registers. We especially need help during our special Grandparents' Breakfast hours (7:45 -8:45 a.m.) on the two Fridays of our book fair.

The Book Fair is an exciting reading event and a great way to volunteer for our school.

Click here to sign up.


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!

Garden Club

The OCE Garden Club is for all grades K-5 and meets every Thursday from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting August 23rd, 2018.

Last year's Garden Club made our courtyard into an oasis of plants, benches, and even art! If you would like to participate in the Garden Club, please fill out the Google Registration Link.

Applications are due by August 17th, 2018.

Kids Corps

Kids Corps is a student led service club at Olive Chapel Elementary for our 4th and 5th grade students. Our club provides a service opportunity for students who want to be empowered to make a difference in the lives of others. We have been able to assist our community by organizing a Special Olympics at OCE, creating a Hurricane Relief coin drive, and donating needed items to the Wake County SPCA. The club meets Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The OCE Kids Corps website offers more information for parents as well as the application for this year's club. Applications are due August 22nd.

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.


8/10 - Soha Nasrallah

8/13 - Carli Combs

8/23 - Lori Young

8/29 - Lisa Reynolds

8/31 - Misty Christensen

9/7 - Linda Bryant and Stacie York

9/10 - Sandra Fretz


Track 2 - July 27 - August 17

Track 1 (training with new Track 2 team) - August 16 - 17

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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