The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ December 3 - December 7 ~


December 4 - Clipper Coffee for new and veteran parents

December 5 - Walk to School Wednesday

December 5 - Spirit Night: Glory Days Bar & Grill (details below)

December 6 - Fall Chorus Concert, 6:00 p.m.

December 8 - Silent Auction and Gala Ticket Sales Open

December 13 - PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Media Center

December 21 - Spirit Day: Holiday Sweater Day


December 24 - January 1 - Holiday Break: NO SCHOOL

January 9 - Walk to School Wednesday

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


January 21 - Holiday: NO SCHOOL

Healthy Living at OCE


OCE welcomed a new cafeteria manager this year, Ms. Welch.

Ms. Welch is committed to providing healthy meals and snacks for our children as well as providing education on how to make good choices for healthy bodies. Come check out her bulletin board in the cafeteria where she highlights something new and seasonally appropriate often for the children.

Did you know about the Smart Snacks program? It is WCPSS policy that due to allergy concerns only store bought snacks can be shared for birthdays, parties, and other school events. Enter the Smart Snacks program from WCPSS Child Nutritional Services (CNS). CNS provides beverages and snacks that meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards in appropriate services sizes. Smart Snacks nutrition standards include:

  • Be "whole grain-rich;" or
  • Have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein; or
  • Be a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup of fruit and/or vegetable.

Options available for purchase through the cafeteria include:

  • Mozarella sticks
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Graham cracker options
  • Celebration Birthday Cupcakes
  • Nutri-grain bars
  • Muffins
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Rice Krispies Treats
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables (ranch dressing available upon request)
  • Juice Boxes
  • Waters

And more!

Take the headache out of bringing treats to school! If you are interested in ordering snacks for your child's class birthday or other celebration, contact Ms. Welch at for more information and pricing.

Other tips on making the most of the OCE cafeteria:

* Check out the monthly menu calendars for breakfast and lunch at the OCE website. December's menu is available here. Even better, come to the cafeteria and check out the choices available! Ms. Welch would be happy to talk with you about the substitutions and choices she's making to ensure healthy meals for our kids.

* Talk to your kids about making healthy choices in the lunch room.

* Use MySchoolBucks to pay for your child's meals, check balances and set spending limits. All you need is your child's school ID number to sign up.

If you have any additional questions about the available options at the OCE cafeteria, please contact Ms. Welch.


We all know we perform better after a good night's sleep. It's no different for our kids.

To ensure they are ready to learn every day, check out these resources provided by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation recommended by Coach Roberts. There are lists of bedtime snacks that promote a good night's rest as well as tips for establishing a good bedtime routine and recommendations on how much sleep your child needs. Don't forget the activity sheet for your kids so they can learn first hand how best to prepare for sleep, too!

Sweet dreams, Clippers!


Walk to School Wednesday: December 5

Walk to School Wednesday is December 5th! Here are a few updates:

More community helpers will be walking with us on the 5th including the Apex Fire Department, Town Council member Brett Gantt, Officer Patel and the Apex PD.

Let’s continue the giving spirit and bring donations for Western Wake Crisis Ministry’s food bank. Boxes of Mac 'n Cheese and toilet paper are especially welcome as well as lightweight to carry!

The first graders had the most walkers in BOTH October and November’s raffles.

Grab your friends and neighbors and we'll see you walking on the 5th!

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.


New Platinum Level Sponsor

We would like to recognize Carolina Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry for becoming an Olive Chapel Elementary Platinum sponsor.

From our sponsor: At Carolina Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry in Apex, Cary and Fuquay Varina, our top priority is to provide you and your family with the highest quality care in a friendly, fun, state-of-the-art environment with unmatched professional service. Our specialists and the entire team are proud to offer outstanding orthodontic and pediatric dental care in the greater area of RTP (Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Durham and Raleigh).

Check them out (their newest location will be opening on Kelly Road near OCE soon!) and be on the lookout for great items from Carolina Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry at the Silent Auction and Carnival later in the spring!

Glory Days Spirit Night

Our next Spirit Night is this coming Wednesday!

Be on the lookout for fliers in back packs this Friday (Monday for those tracked out) or print out the flier attached below. Fliers will need to be presented for OCE to receive our donation. And take-out orders count!

Where: Glory Days Grill, 1413 Kelly Road (in the Publix Pointe Shopping Center)

When: Wednesday, December 5th, 5:00 p.m. to closing

Why: Good food, friends, no dishes to clean up, and it's a fundraiser for your school? That's a win-win-win-win!

A special thank you to Glory Days for providing lunch to our Boosterthon teacher winners last week! We are lucky to have such a generous neighbor!

Save the Date: Silent Auction and Gala

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 will 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!


Fitness Photo Fun!

During the next several weeks we will practice Physical Fitness and its components

(cardio, strength, muscle endurance and flexibility) in PE and learn all about why it is so

important to stay physically fit.

Please send in a favorite photo of your student being physically active. They can bring it with them to PE class. We will place them on the PE bulletin board to see what the students at OCE are doing to stay fit.

Thank you! ~ Coach Roberts


12/3 - Stephanie Abramo

12/4 - Anthony Jenkins

12/5 - Debra Sonnhalter

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


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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.