The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ August 6 - August 10 ~


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 17th - Early Release Day! 1:15 p.m. dismissal

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

September 4 - 14th - BOOK FAIR

September 7th - Grandparents' Breakfast*, Tracks 1 & 3

September 13th - PTA Meeting, 1:00 p.m., Conference Room

September 14th - Grandparents' Breakfast*, Tracks 2 & 4

* Details to follow later this month.

SET SAIL FOR SUCCESS - Open House - Track 4

Track 4: You are invited to Open House on Thursday, August 16th! Parent involvement is key in our children's academic success, so please plan on joining us.

What you can expect:

  • This is a PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY event (YMCA childcare will be available for current OCE students only)
  • Teachers will meet parents as well as provide an overview of grade level curriculum
  • Learn how you can support your child and teacher this academic year
  • Two sessions for your convenience
  • Learn more about the OCE PTA at this special meeting

The schedule for open house will be as follows:

5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. - BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Parent Meeting for 4th and 5th grade parents only

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Session 1 (in your child's classroom)

6:35 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. - PTA General Meeting (Multipurpose Room)

6:55 p.m. - 7:25 p.m. - Session 2 (in your child's classroom)


School Volunteer WCPSS Background Check

Don't forget to register to be an approved WCPSS volunteer. Come to the school during regular operating hours and the front desk can direct you to the provided computers in the Media Center where you can fill out 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, you must resubmit your form each school year.

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!

Show Your Spirit!

Shirts are 100% cotton and available in both Youth (sizes XS-L) and Adult (S-XXL) sizes. T-shirts are $10 each.

Order your spirit wear here!

Orders due by Friday, August 24th. Online orders only.

Orders will be delivered in mid-September. Questions? Contact: Kelli Joyner at

Agenda Sales

There will be no more lobby agenda sales. If your child still needs an agenda, you may still purchase them in the front office.

Agendas are $5.

OCE Bus Updates

Did you know you can follow OCE bus route updates on Twitter (@OliveChapelBus)? Keep track of exactly when your child's bus arrives on campus in the afternoon and departs to begin its route.


Go, Play, Save! - Track 1 & 2 Due August 10th

Restaurants, attractions, services...there are coupons for nearly everything on your to do list in the Go Play Save book! The cost is $30 per book. 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.

If you are not purchasing your book, please send it back to the school ASAP.

Money from Home Reminder

Whether you're sending in your Go, Play, Save payment or cash for your child to purchase an agenda or books at the upcoming Book Fair, we want to make sure your dollars get to where they need to be, not crumpled and torn at the bottom of a back pack or lost somewhere between the bus and the classroom.

Did you know that if you ordered your school supplies through SchoolKidz, your packet included some handy envelopes for exactly this? The envelopes include spaces for your child's name, teacher's name, and the purpose of the money, so if it's lost, it can be easily routed to the right place. The envelopes should have been sent home with your child.



Last week, the school counselors provided information on their overall services. This week, they wanted to share a little more about the classroom lessons your students will receive when they have counseling as a special. Contact our counselors directly with questions or for more information.

The school counselors will be facilitating classroom lessons in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade during the 1st quarter. All of our classroom lessons support Social Emotional Learning.

Social Emotional learning includes self-management, self-awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness, which includes empathy and social justice with an emphasis on developing ongoing positive culturally-responsive relationships across the school.

Kindergarten students will begin with the program Emotional Literacy where they will learn about the different emotions and how to manage these emotions. By using the stories of Howard B. Wigglebottom by Howard Binkow, our first grade students will learn appropriate behaviors in managing their feelings and social interactions with their peers. The second grade students will be learning about small and big problems and practice using skills that will be taught in the program “Kelso’s Choices”. Each student will receive a “Kelso’s” wheel (image above) showing 9 skills to use when solving problems. Students will also learn how they can seek out help from grownups especially for the big problems.

During the 2nd quarter, the school counselors will be facilitating lessons in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Stay tuned for more information regarding these lessons.

Landlubbers Running Club

Landlubbers, OCE's very own running club, is a parent and staff led after-school club for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders ONLY. Landlubbers will focus on using running as a way to remain heart healthy and fit and to have some FUN! We are gearing up for our fall session where our focus will mainly be building up running stamina and preparing for our 5k in the spring.

The club meets every Tuesday from 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. after school beginning September 4th.

Click here for more details and to join!

Garden Club

The OCE Garden Club is for all grades K-5 and meets every Thursday from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting August 23rd, 2018.

Last year's Garden Club made our courtyard into an oasis of plants, benches, and even art! If you would like to participate in the Garden Club, please fill out the Google Registration Link.

Applications are due by August 17th, 2018.

Kids Corps

Kids Corps is a student led service club at Olive Chapel Elementary for our 4th and 5th grade students. Our club provides a service opportunity for students who want to be empowered to make a difference in the lives of others. We have been able to assist our community by organizing a Special Olympics at OCE, creating a Hurricane Relief coin drive, and donating needed items to the Wake County SPCA. The club meets Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Watch the video below to learn more about Kids Corps. The OCE Kids Corps website offers more information for parents as well as the application for this year's club. Applications are due August 22nd.

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.


8/10 - 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

Track 4 (training with new Track 1 team) - September 6 - 7

Track 4 - September 8 - 28


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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.