The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ July 30 - August 3 ~


August 2nd - Kindergarten Meet the Teacher, Track 4, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

August 8th - Boosterthon Volunteer Interest Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Conference Room

August 9th - PTA Meeting, 6pm, Media Center, All are welcome!

August 15th* - Fall Pictures, Tracks 2 & 4

August 16th - Open House for Track 4, 6:00 p.m.

August 23rd - Fall Pictures, Tracks 1 & 3

August 28th (6pm) & 30th (8am) - 5th Grade DC Trip Information Meetings (details to come from 5th grade team to 5th grade parents)

September 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

* This is a correction. The school calendar previously had picture day listed as August, 14th, but pictures for Tracks 2 & 4 will take place Wednesday, August 15th.


Olive Chapel Elementary's goal is to create a learning environment steeped in the growth mindset. So, what is a mindset?

"Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities."

~ From Mindset Online, Carol Dweck's website

For even more information on the research behind the Growth Mindset by researcher Carol Dweck, take a look at her book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (yes, this is an Amazon Smile link - don't forget to link your Amazon Smile account to OCE so the school receives a portion of the proceeds. The book is also available at the Eva Perry Library).


School Volunteer WCPSS Background Check

To be an official volunteer in the classroom or to attend field trips, you must be a WCPSS approved volunteer. But don't panic, it's easy!

If you missed the opportunity to sign up during Open House for Tracks 1, 2, and 3, simply drop in the school during regular operating hours and check in at the front desk. They will direct you to the computers in the Media Center where you can submit your form. It should take less than five minutes to enter your information.

YOU MUST SIGN UP EVERY YEAR! If you were an approved volunteer last year, the process is even faster. Come in BEFORE November 15th and you will only need to answer a couple of questions on the form. (After November 15th you'll need to submit a completely new form and the county will need to pay for an additional background check).

Join the PTA

Have you joined the PTA yet? What are you waiting for?

The PTA is a valuable asset to the school and your children’s education. The PTA, through its fundraisers, financially supports the school and staff allowing for better opportunities for your children’s academic experience. Money raised from the PTA brings technology and equipment, cultural programs, staff training, teacher grants, school supplies, and staff lunches/breakfasts to our school.

Click here to join!

We've Got Spirit...Wear!

Show your Clipper Spirit in this bright new look!

Don't miss your opportunity to purchase the new 2018-19 OCE T-Shirt. Shirts are 100% cotton and available in both Youth (sizes XS-L) and Adult (S-XXL) sizes.

T-shirts are $10 each. Orders due by Friday, August 24th.

Order your spirit wear here!

Online orders only this year. Orders will be delivered in mid-September. Questions? Contact: Kelli Joyner at


Go, Play, Save!

The Go, Play, Save fundraiser has begun!!

Students in Tracks 1, 2, and 3 should have received their coupon books and selling information. Track 4 will receive their books when they track back in.

Now is the time to sell book orders to your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family. The books also make great gifts! In addition to the Greater Raleigh area, coupon books are available for Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte and the Triad -- these additional books would be great to have on hand for day trips during Track Outs!

The cost is $30 per book - most pay for themselves in only one or two uses. Checks should be made payable to OCE PTA or use this link to pay with a credit card. You can also forward that link to friends and family to help support our school.

Orders are due August 10 for Tracks 1 & 2 and August 22nd for Tracks 3 & 4.



OCE is so lucky to have two great school counselors on board: Ms. Geiss and Ms. Martin-Byers. Attached is a welcome letter explaining the services the counselors can provide for your student and your family as well as some of the topics they will address in class time with our students. You can also find additional information on their website.

Please take a look at the letter below and take advantage of this wonderful resource.

Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Track 4

Kindergarten students participate in staggered entry the first week of school. After all assessments have been completed during staggered entry, you will receive a call on that Thursday afternoon of your designated staggered entry week letting you know who your child's kindergarten teacher will be for the 2018-19 school year.

Kindergarten Meet the Teacher for Track 4 will be held August 2nd from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.

First full week for kindergartners on Track 4 begins August 3rd. Staggered entry info can be found here.

Track 4 Agenda Sales

Agendas will be on sale in the lobby BEFORE school from July 27th to August 1st for $5 each. If you need to buy an agenda after August 1st, you may purchase them in the front office.



Is your little song bird ready for the big stage? Join the Clipper Chorus! This before school activity is open to 4th and 5th grade students. Additional details and the online sign-up form can be found here!

Golf and Tennis Lessons at OCE

TGA is offering golf and tennis lessons after school on the OCE campus this Fall. Download the flyer below for more information on pricing and how to sign up.


8/4 - Melissa Malamutt

8/5 - Mary Kipp

8/10 - Soha Nasrallah

8/13 - Carli Combs

8/23 - Lori Young

8/29 - Lisa Reynolds

8/31 - Misty Christensen


Track 2 - July 27 - August 17

Track 1 (training with new Track 2 team) - August 16 - 17

Track 1 - August 20 - September 7


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Olive Chapel Elementary PTA

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.