The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ September 17 - September 21 ~


September 17 - 23 - National Box Tops Collection Week

September 19 - 20 - Spirit Night at Cici's Pizza!

September 19 - Spirit Day: Dress like a pirate

September 28 - Early Release Day

October 3 - Walk to School Wednesday

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

October 11 - PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m.. Media Center

October 16 - 26 - BOOSTERTHON! Details to come!

October 19 - Early Release Day

Hurricane Florence School Closings

As you should have been notified by Wake County Public Schools, school will be canceled on Thursday, September 13th and Friday, September 14th due to Hurricane Florence.

Make-up days for Tracks 2, 3 and 4 will be next Saturday, September 22nd (make-up for Friday) and Saturday, December 8th (make-up for Thursday).

Any new updates on school closings will be distributed through the School Messenger system.

Stay safe, Clippers!

Captain's Log

Here is a recap of a few recent announcements from Dr. Steidinger:

Officer Patel

We are fortunate that our Apex Police Department, with the support of the Apex Town Council's funding, is providing a school resource officer for the elementary schools in Apex. The Town of Apex is committed to creating positive relations with the Apex Police Department and believes that the presence of an officer at schools contributes to building these positive relationships. They are excited to announce the selection of Officer Krunal Patel as a new elementary school resource officer. Officer Patel has a passion for youth and will be a great asset to our school. Officer Patel’s role in the school will be to engage the students in a positive atmosphere, work in partnership with the staff on school issues, be active in a participating in school program, facilitate campaigns for things like anti-bullying and be a resource for parents. Officer Patel will spend one day a week at each elementary school in the Apex area. Please say hello when you see him at OCE.

Welcome Our New Head Custodian, Mr. Derr

As you know, Ruth Hall, our previous head custodian retired. While we cannot replace Ms. Hall, we have been very fortunate in securing a wonderful new head custodian, Mr. Ryan Derr. Mr. Derr comes to us from Lee County. He is the father of two daughters and has already made his mark here at Olive Chapel.


Keep up the great work on staggered pick-up times at dismissal! We appreciate your cooperation and assistance with this issue.

Parent Survey

As a follow-up to the Panorama Parent survey sent to you by Wake County in the spring, we'd like to find out more about how we can do a better job of being a welcoming and engaging place for all students and families. Your participation in this survey is very much appreciated and your opinions are valued. Please click here to provide your feedback.

Thank you!


Grandparents Breakfast - Tracks 2 & 4

Due to school being closed on Friday, Grandparents' Breakfast for tracks 2 and 4 will be moved to a date in March to coincide with the Spring Book Fair. Stay tuned for more information later in the year. Thank you for your understanding! We can't wait to meet all the grandparents in the Spring!

Early Release Lunch Donations Needed

We still need your help to fill out the Fiesta themed lunch for our staff on our next early release day, September 28th. We need help with sides, condiments, drinks, desserts, and cash donations for the meat that will be ordered from a local restaurant.

Sign up here and note what day your item is needed at school.

Thank you! The staff so appreciate the lunch to fuel their meetings after a busy morning of teaching.

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.


Book Fair - Open Until Monday at Noon

Our Enchanted Forest Fall Book Fair has nearly reached its Happily Ever After!

NOTE: Due to school being closed on Thursday and Friday, the Book Fair will be open until noon on Monday, September 17th. We will also need some extra hands to pack up the book fair Monday afternoon. Please check the sign-up here if you can help.

If you did miss something, were not able to find what you wanted at the fair, or are unable to shop on Monday, our online sales will continue for another week. Shop using this link until September 24th. Online orders will be delivered for free to the school after the fair has ended.

The PTA and Book Fair committee would like to send a great big thank you to all of the parents who came in to volunteer throughout the duration of the Fair. We couldn't have done it without your help!

We would also like to thank the teachers who made the time to bring their classes in to preview and purchase at the fair. The total amount of sales will be added up and about 50% of it will be added to our account so that Ms. Lanier can purchase new books for our school library.

We also wanted to let our school community know that Publix donated the plastic bags used at our Book Fair. We are thankful for their support of our Book Fair and throughout the year. A special thank you also to the OCE family who donated reusable bags which we used during the Grandparents' breakfast.

Thank you, thank you! We hope you and your children enjoy all the great books purchased during the fair. See you again in the Spring!

Cici's Spirit Night: 9/19 & 9/20

After hunkering down for Hurricane Florence, we're all going to need a night out! Join your OCE friends and family at Cici's Pizza at Beaver Creek Commons Wednesday and Thursday September 19th and 20th from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Cici's will be donating a portion of the proceeds of OCE meals to the school! A flyer will be sent home with your students that must be presented at the time of purchase.

Box Tops: National Box Tops Week Is HERE!

National Box Tops Week is here! Through September 23rd, send those Box Tops in.

So get to clipping all those tops from your cereal and granola bars as you empty your pantry during the storm. You can use the clipping sheets (attached below) or use plastic bags (marked with your teacher's name!). Box Tops can be delivered to the mail boxes located by the front office or to your child’s teacher.

Our first classroom winners for collecting the most Box Tops will also be awarded at the end of this collection drive. Thank you for supporting Box Tops.


Ahoy - Spirit Day is Upon Us!

The first OCE Spirit Day is here!!

Wednesday, September 19th, the Student Council would like to invite your little Clippers to dress like a Pirate for National Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Parents and teachers, feel free to send in pictures of your dressed up students (please be sure they have signed media releases) to and we will feature a few in next week's issue!

OCE Annual Holiday Surprise Program

Holiday Surprise is a gift-giving program coordinated to ensure that all Olive Chapel Elementary students have a happy holiday season. The goal of the Holiday Surprise program is to assist families who attend Olive Chapel Elementary School with gifts for their children during the holiday season.

Interest forms will be sent home with all students on track 2, 3 and 4 no later than Monday, September 17th and will need to be returned by Friday, September 28th. Interest forms will be sent home with track 1 students on Monday, October 1st and will need to be returned by Friday, October 5th.

Please direct all questions to Alice Geiss at; (919)387-4440 x24381 or Christine Martin Byers at; (919)387-4440x24382.

DATE CORRECTION - 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

Don't forget to register for the OCE Family Marathon!

Registration Due Date: All tracks -- October 1

Click here to register.

Family Marathon Dates:

Tracks 2 and 4 -- November 5* (rain date - November 7)

Tracks 1 and 3 -- November 14 (rain date - November 15)

You can download other important information like running logs, training reflections and more here.

If you have questions, please contact Coach Roberts at

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.


9/15 - Patricia Almeida

9/23 - Karen Davis

9/26 - Dawn McPherson

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 4 - September 8 - 28

Track 3 - October 1 - 19

Track 2 - October 22 - November 9


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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.