The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ December 10 - December 14 ~


December 8 - Silent Auction and Gala Ticket Sales Open

December 13 - PTA Meeting, 1:00 p.m. (time change see below)

December 21 - Spirit Day: Holiday Sweater Day


December 24 - January 1 - Holiday Break: NO SCHOOL

January 9 - Walk to School Wednesday

January 9 - Open House for New Families, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (More info here)

January 10 - PTA Meeting, 1:00 p.m., Conference Room


January 21 - Holiday: NO SCHOOL

January 25 - Spirit Day: Favorite Team Day

STEM Night Thank You

A special thank you to Ms. Ferriera for the incredible STEM Night last Thursday! It was a wonderful evening of learning and fun.

Parents and their kids were able to participate in hands-on experiments: everything from making snow to directing robots through mazes to viewing Mars and the stars in the night sky. The evening was a huge success!

Thank you also to all the presenters, including:

Check out their links for more information on classes, camps, activities and more!

Below is just a sampling of the fun:


PTA Meeting Change

Due to a scheduling conflict, we need to change the time of December's PTA meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Reminder: next PTA meeting will be Thursday, December 13th at 1:00 p.m. in the conference room.

Thank you for your understanding!

Campus Beautification Projects

If you are handy with a paint brush, hammer and nails, or just willing to give a few hours of hard labor for a few campus beautification projects, please let us know so we can make some plans for a few future projects.

If you are interested, please reach out to Mandy Wagstaff at for more information.

Help Needed: Grandparents Breakfast

We are still looking for a parent coordinator for the Tracks 2 & 4 Grandparents Breakfast taking place on March 28th.

The task involves a little bit of coordination before and availability the morning of for set-up and clean-up. A team of volunteers will be recruited to assist in set-up/clean-up. It's an easy, one time position

If you are interested in helping with this position, please email for more information.


Silent Auction and Gala Ticket Sales Open December 8th!

The Silent Auction and Gala is coming! Save the date for Saturday, February 16th, 2019.

The adult's only event will be held at MacGregor Downs Country Club from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. and include music, dinner, dancing, dessert, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and a live auction.

Tickets go on sale December 8th! Grab some friends and buy a whole table! More information and the link for tickets can be found here.

Have services or items to donate for the auction? Is your company interested in sponsoring the gala? Check out the Auction website for a wish list of items and information on sponsorships.

As always, thank you for your support of OCE!

Tis the Season to Shop!

Don't forget to link those rewards cards during the busy holiday shopping season! It's like giving two gifts in one!

It's easy! There is a complete list HERE on our OCE PTA webpage complete with all you need to know to link OCE to your loyalty cards.

Loyalty programs that benefit OCE include:

  • Harris Teeter
  • Lowe's Foods
  • Publix
  • Office Max and Office Depot

So get out there and shop til you drop, Clippers!


"Wish Upon A Star" Parents Night Out

Apex Friendship High School’s Academy of Engineering (AoE) program and DECA chapter is partnering on a Community Service Project to raise money this holiday to grant children's wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The goal is to raise enough money in order to grant one child’s wish.

The next two Friday nights (December 8th and 15th) the group will be hosting a Parents Night Out. Get some shopping done or simply have a quiet dinner during this busy season while your kids are engaged in STEM activities and fun. All while helping Apex Friendship DECA and Academy of Engineering make someone's wish come true.

For more information check out the flyer below and/or visit here to register.

Staff Appreciation Elves

The Staff Appreciation elves have been hard at work delivering sugar rushes to our teachers and staff for the holidays! Check out the cute Kilwins goodies everyone received!

Thanks as always to our Staff Appreciation lead, Laurie Jendrasiak, for showering our teachers and staff with love on behalf of the PTA.

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12/12 - Lauren Sullivan

12/19 - Angela Johnson

12/19 - Denise Walsh

12/25 - Jennifer Bell

12/28 - Melissa Dickens

12/30 - Sandra Burnham


Track 4 - December 3 - December 21

Track 3 - January 2 - January 18

Track 2 - January 21 - February 8

Track 1 - February 11 - March 1


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