The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ February 18 - February 22, 2019 ~


February 15 - EARLY DISMISSAL, 1:15 p.m.

February 16 - Silent Auction & Gala

February 18 - 22 - Staff Appreciation Week Tracks 1 & 3 (more details to come)

February 20 - Family Academy: Building Socio-Emotional Skills in Your Elementary School Child (see below for more details)

February 21 - Spirit Night: Moe's

February 22 - Spirit Day: Wear Red for Hearth Health

February 24 - Spirit Wear Orders Due

February 26 - Track 1 & 3 Club Pictures

February 28 - 4th Grade Parent Math Workshop, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (details below)

March 6 - Walk to School Wednesday

March 7 - 3rd Grade Parent Math Workshop, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (details to come)

March 8 - Spirit Day: Dr. Seuss Day (dress like a favorite Dr. Seuss character)


March 13 - Family Academy: Reading is Fundamental! (K-5) (details below)

March 14 - PTA Meeting, 1:00 p.m.

March 25 - April 5 - Spring Book Fair

March 28 - Grandparents Breakfast Tracks 2 & 4 (rescheduled from fall)

Most Loved Public School Awarded by Hulafrog

OCE won the Apex Cary Hulafrog Most Loved Award for public schools 2019!

Hulafrog is a local parent resource website. Earlier this winter, parents voted for their faves in a variety of categories in our local community.

You can check out all the parent favorites here!

OCE Curriculum Nights

Based on feedback from the parent survey, OCE is bringing a series of Family Academy curriculum night presentations to parents. Child care is provided at all workshops.

Check out these images from our first 4th grade Parent Workshop!

Join us for one or more of the following upcoming presentations at OCE (child care provided):

  • February 20, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Building Socio-Emotional Skills in Your Elementary School Child.

  • February 28, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - 4th Grade Parent Math Workshop There's a Fine Line Between Fractions and Decimals. See this informational flyer for more details and sign up here.

  • March 7, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - 3rd Grade Parent Math Workshop Details to come.

  • March 13, 2019 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Reading is Fundamental! (K-5)


Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week is here!! February 18 - 22, Tracks 1 & 3

If you would like to participate in Staff Appreciation Week, your child can bring in an item for their teacher AND special staff buddy (lists were sent home). Below is a list of themes for each day and staff have lists of some of their favorite things in the front office you need inspiration. Thank you for all you do to support the staff here at OCE!

Monday - You Make us BLOOM - Send a flower (real, fake, hand drawn, get creative!)

Tuesday - We Are Huge FANS of You - Send your teacher some fan mail - write a note telling them how awesome they are or draw them a special picture.

Wednesday - SUPPLY Them With Thanks - Pick up a classroom supply that might be running low

Thursday - My Teacher is a TREAT - Treat your teacher to their favorite snack, beverage, or candy .

Friday - Thanks are in the CARDS - Bring a gift card to a favorite restaurant, store or somewhere they can treat themselves.

Here is just a taste of how we treated our staff and teachers during the first week Staff Appreciation for Tracks 2 & 4:

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear Orders Due February 24th.

T-shirts are $10 each. OCE Magnets are $5 each.

Purchased items will be sent home with your student about two weeks later.



Silent Auction Bidding Opens Friday!

You don't have to be at the auction or an OCE parent to bid on this year's auction items.

Browse available auction items here.

To bid from home (Grandparents and Non-OCE friends can bid too!):

1) Create a bidpal account and click SIGN IN (top right corner) or click here

2) Bidding is open from noon on 2/15/19 to 9:30 PM on 2/16/19

3) If you win an item, we will contact you by phone or email the week after the auction to deliver your items

And don't forget your Raffle tickets! Anyone can buy a $5,000 Vacation Raffle ticket! The winner will receive $5000 toward a vacation of their choice through Sunshine and Smiles Travel (locally owned). No expiration date. $100 PER TICKET, ONLY 75 TICKETS SOLD. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN! And you may buy multiple chances. Raffle tickets are available for purchase NOW here!

Questions? Contact for more information.

Spirit Night: Moe's

Moe's Spirit Night

Thursday, February 21 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

700 W Williams St, Apex, NC 27502

A percentage of all OCE sales will be donated back to the school. Please bring and present the flyer below for OCE to receive credit.


Clipper Chorus Update

Chorus rehearsals began Wednesday, February 13, at 8:00 a.m. in the Music Room.

The Spring Concert is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 18, at 6 PM.

Concert Attire: Spring colors

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Williams.

The KIds Heart Challenge is here!

If you haven't already, please register for our school team at or by searching Kids Heart Challenge in the app store on your mobile device.

Our students are learning all about what they can do to keep their hearts healthy, take their own health challenge and learn how they can help others by collecting donations for the American Heart Association. We are a healthy service-minded community.

Click here for more information!

Contact Coach Roberts with any questions.

News from the OCE School Counselors

RAK = Random Acts of Kindness Week is coming February 18 - 22! The school counselors will be doing activities with the children at OCE. Be on the lookout for information coming home and talk with your kids about their RAK check-off sheet for showing kindness at home and at school.

You can keep up with the counselors and contact them through their website.

I Heart Math & Science Day

OCE will be hosting the first I Heart Math & Science Day at on February 14th!

This will be an exciting day for all students to dive into hands-on experiments and explore Math & Science programs. We want everyone to be involved! Make sure to follow the event

via Twitter.

You will have access to pictures, fun live videos, and a parent Math & Science Trivia Game! #IheartMathScienceDay

Food 4 Kids Donations Needed

Thank you for all your support of the KidsCorps Food 4 Kids Program!

The group will continue to collect food throughout the year to keep providing a weekend supply of nutritious food for children when school lunch and breakfast are unavailable over the weekend. All food is nonperishable and provided to children FREE of charge. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior and achievement of every student that participates.

Please continue to send in your nonperishables for the backpack program.

For more information or questions, please contact parent coordinator Whitney Ludlow at

TGA Golf & Tennis

TGA had an excellent fall tennis and golf season at Olive Chapel Elementary! They are looking forward to another great season in Spring 2019. Attached below is the spring flyer and you can register here.

Registration starts on January 1st. The first class will be on Thursday, February 21st.


2/17 - Christine Martin-Byers

2/18 - Alice Geiss

2/18 - Melissa Guy

2/22 - Chelsea Holmes

2/25 - Michelle Fink


Track 1 - February 11 - March 1

Track 4 - March 4 - March 22


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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.