The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ October 8 - October 12 ~


October 8 - Wear Dr. Steidinger's favorite colors (Purple and/or Carolina Blue)

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

October 10 **Date Change from 10/11** - PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m.. Media Center

October 16 - 26 - BOOSTERTHON & FUN RUN! (details below)

October 19 - Boosterthon Fun Run Track 3, 9:30 a.m.

October 26 - Boosterthon Fun Run Tracks 1, 2, & 4, starting at 9:30 a.m. (grade specific times below)

November 6 - 2 hour delay due to elections


Congratulations to Dr. Steidinger for being a Wake County (WCPSS) Principal of the Year Finalist!

The staff honored Dr. Steidinger this morning during a breakfast celebration. The students lined the halls to cheer for her and to hold up their hand made congratulatory signs. The school was filled with pride!

As a school, we would like to congratulate her and show our appreciation in one more way. Please wear her favorite colors (Purple and/or Carolina Blue) on Monday, October 8th.

School Make-Up Days

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

Tracks 1, 2, and 3

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

For a complete rundown, please click here.

READvolution is Back!

For the second consecutive year, Wake County Public Schools has partnered with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring READvolution to all of our elementary schools, including OCE. This exciting partnership will support a community-wide literacy campaign around daily reading outside of school for elementary students.

This year, the READvolution time frame will be between Monday, Sept. 24th and Friday, Nov. 16th. The 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!


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.


NC State Fair

The NC State Fair runs October 11-21, 2018. Purchase your tickets online before Oct 11 here and OCE will earn $2 per adult ticket and $1 per child ticket. Use OCE code 523.

More information is here under "Tools for Schools."

Countdown to the Boosterthon Fun Run!

Parents: This year’s main fundraiser is the Olive Chapel Boosterthon Fun Run! Here is EVERYTHING you need to know.


The Boosterthon Fun Run is a two-week fundraising program.


The Fun Run will kick off with a pep rally at the school Monday, October 15th for tracks 1, 2, & 3 and Monday, October 22nd for track 4. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (around 30-35 laps) during the Fun Run.

The Fun Run will be:

Friday, October 19th (track 3), 9:30 a.m. ALL GRADES

Friday, October 26th (tracks 1, 2, & 4)

  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Grades 2 and 3
  • 10:35 - 11:35 a.m. - Grades 4 and 5
  • 11:40 - 12:40 a.m. - Grades K and 1

All families are invited to come and cheer on your runner!


Students will experience this year's amazing character theme, MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB!

Boosterthon’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M skills (Science, Technology,

Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they're teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, our students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.


Our goal is to raise $33,000 for Technology. The OCE PTA is working with the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power the run to make it easier, more profitable, and more fun! Donations to the Boosterthon Fun Run will go toward Technology and to the entire two-week experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors.


We are looking for a volunteers to help count laps and man water stations during the Fun Runs on October 19th and October 26th. This is a great way to see the run with the best seats in the house!


If you would like to help support the Fun Run but are unable to attend we are also in need of silly string donations. As a reward for the top students in each grade per track who raise the most in their Boosterthon Fun Run, we will be hosting a Silly String Battle with the OCE faculty! What kid wouldn't want to Silly String Battle with their principal? Silly string donations should be dropped off in the front office.

To donate silly string, please SIGN UP HERE!

Thank you for supporting our children and school with this year's Boosterthon Fun Run!!


Thank you to our amazing and dedicated Custodial Staff!

It's National Custodial Appreciation week and we just wanted to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to our hard working custodians. Thank you so much to Mr. Derr, Ms. Perez, Ms. Guillermo, and Mr. Bui.

Our first Walk to school Wednesday was a huge success!

The weather was perfect for the energized kids to get some steps in. Leith VW provided the tunes to pump everyone up, along with water, and color-change straws. Thank you Leith VW!

Students will be sporting orange pedometers to track their steps this year. We had our School Board representative, Lindsay Mahaffey join us, along with Jena Shouse from the town of Apex Planning Department. SRO Patel and the Apex PD kept us safe as we crossed the streets. Mrs Joyner’s class kicked off their research project and counted cars this week to compare how walking to school impacts our carpool line. Stay tuned for details on how those numbers turned out.

Our first graders won the Grade Challenge with the most walkers and 4 students from that grade won OCE water bottles. Let’s see what grade can get the most walkers next time! Thank you to all of you for your support and time this morning.

See you on November 7 for our next Walk to School Wednesday!

Kids Corps Club Hurricane Relief Project

The OCE Kids Corps Club will be hosting a #letthecoinsflo coin drive from October 1st to November 1st to support an elementary school in New Hanover county affected by Hurricane Florence. We will have a kindergarten/1st grade jar, 2nd/3rd grade jar, and 4th/5th grade jar.

Send in your coins and help a school in need!


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

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 - Rain Date Correction Tracks 2 & 4

Registration is now closed for the Family Marathon, but please note the rain date for Tracks 2 & 4 will now be November 9th.

If you have questions, please contact Coach Roberts at


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 3 - October 1 - 19

Track 2 - October 22 - November 9


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