The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ March 25 - March 29, 2019 ~


March 25 - April 5 - Spring Book Fair

March 26 - Spring & Class Pictures, Tracks 2 & 4

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

April 3 - Walk to School Wednesday

April 9 - Spring & Class Pictures, Tracks 1 & 3

April 11 - PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m. (All parents welcome)


April 26 - School Spirit Day: Grade Color Wars

April 29 - SchoolKits (School Supplies for 2019-2020 school year) orders DUE (details below)

May 6 - Field Day, Tracks 1 & 2

May 9 - Kindergarten Orientation, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

May 10 - Spring Carnival! Detail to come!

May 13 - Field Day, Tracks 3 & 4

Carpool Update

Thank you for your survey responses. It looks like there was enough interest to schedule a larger community meeting, so stand by on dates and times as the PTA coordinates that.

Survey respondents offered constructive feedback that we will incorporate into the conversation. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughtful comments.

As a reminder, you can still help solve the delays by doing one of the following:

  • Take the bus in the morning - if you are not already registered for a Wake County Public Schools bus stop, here is the link to facilitate that process.
  • Walking isn't just for Wednesday - As the spring weather gets nicer, consider walking to school from your neighborhood or driving and parking at Kelly Road Park (NOT THE PUBLIX SHOPPING CENTER OR THE PHYSICAL THERAPY OFFICE ACROSS KELLY ROAD) and walk from Kelly Road Park.
  • Share the Ride - Coordinate with your neighbors and fill the available seats in your vehicle to cut down on the number of cars using carpool.

As always, if you have other comments or questions about this carpool issue, email the PTA at


Recycling Program Chair Needed

Wake county will be implementing a recycle program with bins in every classroom. Mr. Derr, our head custodian, will be coordinating the program at OCE and plans to involve 3rd-5th grade students to be part of the recycling group.

Mr. Derr has requested a parent to spearhead the program in order to coordinate the students and teachers.

The plan is for students to collect and empty the bins once a week and deliver the recycling to Mr. Derr in the receiving room. He will take care of the details from there. This program will start next school year in August/September, though there is an initial meeting with the head of the county recycling program on March 27th.

If you are interested in being a lead on this program here at OCE, please contact for more information.


Spring Book Fair Opens Monday!

The Book Fair starts on Monday! It will be open from 8:30-4:00 daily!

We desperately need volunteers to make it successful. Please consider volunteering for an open slot (or more!). All help is welcome, even if you can only do one 30 minute shift.

Special Book Fair events:

  • Grandparents Breakfast for Tracks 2 and 4 is Thursday, March 28 from 8-9. Visit the Book Fair after breakfast and before school.
  • New this year: The book fair will be open for families to visit together on Thursday, March 28 from 4:30-6pm!

Finally, avoid the hassle of sending cash or checks this year! There is a convenient way to pay for books by putting money on your child's e-wallet account. Here is a video clip explaining it. Look for instructions coming home on the back of your child's wish list.


Spring Cleaning Colorcycle Collection

Don't forget to send in your dried up markers for the ColorCycle program! All old, used markers can be sent to your child's teacher or the collection bin at the front office.

Crayola ColorCycle is an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

Order School Supply Kits NOW!

Order your school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year NOW!

Kits include the exact colors, quantities, and brands of school supplies your teachers have approved for class. Simply select your track and next year's grade and your supplies will be ready for you at the start of school in July.

Place your order by April 29, 2019.

Order online at

Enter our school’s account number 38010.

Questions? Contact Whitney Ludlow at

Food 4 Kids

Kids Corps is continuing to accept donations of food and Publix Gift Cards to fill the Food 4 Kids pantry. Every week, Food 4 Kids provides a backpack of nutritious breakfast/lunch food to our students who need a little help over the weekend. If you are able, please send in any of the following types of items:

Instant Oatmeal and/or Grits

Individual Size Box Cereal

2 Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese, 2 Cans of Soup/Stew

2 Cans of Meat (Tuna, Chicken, etc.)

1 Jar of Peanut Butter or Nut Butter & 1 Plastic Jar of Jelly/Jam

Small Bags of Pretzels and/or Goldfish

Granola and/or Cereal Bars

1 Can of Fruit, in juice not syrup

Pack of Individual Applesauce

100% Fruit Snacks or Fruit Strips

2 Cans of Vegetables (Green Beans, Peas, Carrots, Corn)

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

TGA Golf & Tennis

Spring II sessions start April 4th. Register now for TGA tennis and golf lessons at Olive Chapel Elementary!

Attached below is the spring flyer and you can register here.

In the Community

Crawfish Boil

The Knights of Columbus Council 7186 has been a supporter of our students with special needs. They will host a Crawfish Boil on Friday, April 12th that will raise funds for area organizations, including OCE.

Dine in and carry out options will be available but this is a pre-order event and orders will be due April 5th.

DETAILS ATTACHED in the flier below.

AFHS Summer Sports Camps

Apex Friendship High School will be offering a variety of sports summer camps in June and July for rising K through 8th graders. Check out the flier below for details and visit to register.


3/21 - Margot Henson

3/22 - Maile Logelin

3/23 - Katie Donaldson

3/26 - Teresa McCotter

4/3 - Rebecca Beech

4/4 - Brittany Cabaleiro

4/8 - Grace Flecha

4/10 - Jessica Boylan

4/11 - Christy Trybus

4/11 - Heidi Waller


Track 4 - March 4 - March 22

Track 3 - March 25 - April 12

Track 2 - April 15 - May 3

Track 1 - May 6 - May 24


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