The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ October 1 - October 5 ~


September 28 - FULL DAY (No longer an early release day due to Hurricane make-up days)

October 3 - Walk to School Wednesday (details below)

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 & FUN RUN! (details below)

October 19 - Boosterthon Fun Run Track 3, 9:30 a.m.

October 26 - Boosterthon Fun Run Tracks 1, 2, & 4, 9:30 a.m.


School Make-Up Days

REMINDER: WCPSS has scheduled the following days to make-up the time missed for Hurricane Florence:

Tracks 2, 3, and 4:

Friday, September 28th (no longer an early release day)

Tracks 1, 2, and 3

Friday, October 19th (no longer an early release day)

For a complete rundown, please click here.

READvolution is Back!

For the second consecutive year, Wake County Public Schools has partnered with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring READvolution to all of our elementary schools, including OCE. This exciting partnership will support a community-wide literacy campaign around daily reading outside of school for elementary students.

This year, the READvolution time frame will be between Monday, Sept. 24th and Friday, Nov. 16th. The challenge features both individual and school-wide components, as well as goals for each. Students who achieve the goal of reading 20 minutes per day throughout the allotted time frame (for a total of 800 minutes) will receive TWO complimentary ticket vouchers to a Hurricanes home game!!

For complete details, click here! Then get to reading!

Films for Florence

The Apex Friendship High School (AFHS) Key Club will be hosting an outdoor movie night to collect canned food items and monetary donations for Western Wake Crisis Ministry and Hurricane Florence victims.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 7:00 PM -- The Incredibles

Come out to see The Incredibles at Movie Night at the AFHS practice field! Admission is 3 cans/person for Western Wake Crisis Ministry or monetary donations for victims of Hurricane Florence. Bring your lawn chairs and movie snacks. Popcorn will be available for purchase.


Art By Me Help Needed

Interested in helping Ms. Brockway in the Art Room? We need some volunteers to help organize the completed artwork the kids create for the Art By Me fundraiser to send in as well as volunteers to help distribute the completed products when they return to the school.

Check out the sign up to see if you can help. Thank you!

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.


NC State Fair

The NC State Fair runs October 11-21, 2018. Purchase your tickets online between Aug 1 and Oct 11 here and OCE will earn $2 per adult ticket and $1 per child ticket. Use OCE code 523.

More information is here under "Tools for Schools."

Countdown to the Boosterthon Fun Run!

Parents: This year’s main fundraiser is the Olive Chapel Boosterthon Fun Run! Here is EVERYTHING you need to know.


The Boosterthon Fun Run is a two-week fundraising program.


The Fun Run will kick off with a pep rally at the school Monday, October 15th for tracks 1, 2, & 3 and Monday, October 22nd for track 4. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (around 30-35 laps) during the Fun Run.

The Fun Run will be on Friday, October 19th (track 3) and Friday, October 26th (tracks 1, 2, & 4). All families are invited to come and cheer on your runner!


Students will experience this year's amazing character theme, MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB!

Boosterthon’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M skills (Science, Technology,

Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they're teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, our students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.


Our goal is to raise $33,000 for Technology. The OCE PTA is working with the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power the run to make it easier, more profitable, and more fun! Donations to the Boosterthon Fun Run will go toward Technology and to the entire two-week experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors.


We are looking for a volunteers to help count laps and man water stations during the Fun Runs on October 19th and October 26th. This is a great way to see the run with the best seats in the house!


If you would like to help support the Fun Run but are unable to attend we are also in need of silly string donations. As a reward for the top students in each grade per track who raise the most in their Boosterthon Fun Run, we will be hosting a Silly String Battle with the OCE faculty! What kid wouldn't want to Silly String Battle with their principal? Silly string donations should be dropped off in the front office.

To donate silly string, please SIGN UP HERE!

Thank you for supporting our children and school with this year's Boosterthon Fun Run!!

Box Tops Report

Thank you to all the OCE teachers and families for getting those Box Tops in during National Box Tops Week! The following classes brought in the most Box Tops and may choose either board game day or costume day as their prize:

K- Davis

1- Hicks

2- O'Hare

3- Dysard


5- Hermanson

Please keep those Box Tops coming! The national deadline to submit Box Tops is Nov. 1. At this time, the class with the most Box Tops turned in will win a $50 gift card for class supplies, class fun, materials, etc...

Download a new collection sheet for the fall below.


Kids Corps Club Hurricane Relief Project

The OCE Kids Corps Club will be hosting a #letthecoinsflo coin drive from October 1st to November 1st to support an elementary school in New Hanover county affected by Hurricane Florence. We will have a kindergarten/1st grade jar, 2nd/3rd grade jar, and 4th/5th grade jar.

Send in your coins and help a school in need!

Walk to School Wednesday is Back!

Walk to School Wednesday is back on Wednesday, October 3rd!

This program is a way for students, their families, and their communities to spend time together walking to school once a month. Each neighborhood has a designated meeting spot to gather before making the journey to school. All groups arrive on the map in front of Olive Chapel where we will have backpack charms, a raffle, and lots more fun!

T-shirts will be available for $10. Each month different community helpers will join us as we focus on making healthy choices and staying active. Parents need to walk with their children - this is not a drop-off event. If your neighborhood is too far away or doesn’t have a safe route to OCE, please join our group at Kelly Road park at 8:25 and we will walk together!

Also this year, Mrs. Joyner’s 4th graders are conducting a Walk to School Wednesday research project to measure the impact of walking vs. carpooling to school. Stay tuned for updates on their research throughout the year!

Mark you calendar for the first Wednesday of every month and plan to join us. A big thank you to Leith VW for being a Walk to School Wednesday sponsor!

See you Wednesday!


LEGO club is a staff led BEFORE-school club for K, 1st and 2nd grade students only.

LEGO Club focuses on inspiring children to think creatively, reason systematically, and use their imagination to play. LEGO Club will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the library starting January 2nd. Students must be dropped off promptly at 8:00 a.m.

PLEASE REGISTER EACH CHILD INDIVIDUALLY. If you are interested, please fill out this registration form. There will be a $5 registration fee. You can send the fee into your child's teacher with your child's name on it. Make checks payable to OCE PTA or use this link for online payment.


If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Brittany Cabaleiro (2nd grade Track 1) at

OCE Annual Holiday Surprise Program

Reminder: Interest forms must be returned September 28th for Tracks 2, 3, and 4 and October 5th for Track 1.

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.

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

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


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 3 - October 1 - 19

Track 2 - October 22 - November 9


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Olive Chapel Elementary PTA

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