The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ December 17 - December 21 ~



December 21 - Spirit Day: Holiday Sweater Day


December 24 - January 1 - Holiday Break: NO SCHOOL

January 9 - Walk to School Wednesday

January 9 - Clipper Coffee (see below)

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

January 10 - PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Conference Room


January 21 - Holiday: NO SCHOOL

January 25 - Spirit Day: Favorite Team Day

A Message from the NCPTA

NCPTA is delighted to present to your PTA the Blue Key Award for remitting your 2018-2019 membership dues to the State Office by October 15, 2018.

We commend you on a great start to your membership campaign this year and encourage you to continue throughout the year to build and increase your membership, which strengthens our collective voice for children!

We thank each of you for your service, leadership, and dedication. Together we will continue to make a difference in the lives of children.

Thanks, OCE families! It's not too late to join. You can join the OCE PTA here or through the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

Weather Make-Up Days

Track 2, 3, & 4 Inclement Weather Make Up Days from December 10th and 11th, 2018 are as follows:

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Saturday Make Up School Days start at 9:15 am and dismiss at 12:45 pm. These days are for core instruction and there will be no lunch served on these days. Students are encouraged to bring a snack for Saturday Make Up Days. Please contact your student's teacher for any specific questions you may have. Thank you!

To view more information, please visit the WCPSS site.


Clipper Coffee

New to Olive Chapel? Joined in the middle of the school year and playing catch-up on terms like Clipper Cash and Growth Mindset? Join a group of veteran parents for coffee and ask all your questions.

The group meets occasionally so check the sign-up and join us - our next meet-up is Wednesday, January 9th, 2019! Whether you're old or new, it's always nice to have a cup of coffee with fellow OCE parents.

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 NOW OPEN!

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 are now available! This event sold out last year, so don't wait too long to get your tickets. Make it a date night or grab some friends and buy a whole table!

Purchase tickets 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.

On December 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.

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.

Food 4 Kids is Coming!

The Olive Chapel Elementary Food 4 Kids program will provide a weekend supply of nutritious food for children when school lunch and breakfast is unavailable over the weekend. Each food bag will contain 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 snacks, and 1 can of vegetables and 1 can of fruit. 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.

The program will be run by KidsCorps and wonderful volunteers who will help pack back packs each week. The program will be funded through school food drives and community donations.

Be on the lookout for more information about our first Food 4 Kids Food Drive. KidsCorps looks forward to working with staff, teachers and you for your children!

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


12/12 - Lauren Sullivan

12/19 - Angela Johnson

12/19 - Denise Walsh

12/25 - Jennifer Bell

12/28 - Melissa Dickens

12/30 - Sandra Burnham


1/1 - Lien Ngoc Bui

1/8 - Rebacca McCarty

1/10 - Jessica Szasz

1/14 - Casey Lanier

1/27 - Rebecca Joyner

1/29 - Regina Norman

1/30 - Anne Sheehan

1/31 - Cynthia Coward


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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