The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ November 12 - November 16 ~


November 12 - Veteran's Day: NO SCHOOL

November 14 - Family Marathon Tracks 1 & 3, 2:30 p.m. (Rain date: November 15)

November 20 - Spirit Day: Dress to Unimpress/Cozy Clothes Day


November 21 - 23 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break: NO SCHOOL

November 29 - STEM Night (Details below)

December 4 - Clipper Coffee for new and veteran parents

December 5 - Walk to School Wednesday

December 5 - Spirit Night: Glory Days Bar & Grill

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

December 21 - Spirit Day: Holiday Sweater Day


December 24 - January 1 - Holiday Break: NO SCHOOL

Set Sail for Success

The OCE teacher and teacher assistant of the year were announced this week!!

Congratulations to both of these wonderful and passionate teachers. We couldn't steer the ship without you!
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OCE Teacher of the Year: Marcia Ferreira

Whether it's teaching our kids STEM, leading the Garden and Coding & Robotics Clubs, or organizing OCE's first STEM night (coming later this month, see below), Marcia Ferreira is a committed, selfless, and compassionate educator and we are so lucky she is at our school!
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OCE Teacher Assistant of the Year: Elizabeth Hayes

We are lucky to have such a dedicated, hard working teacher assistant like Elizabeth Hayes on our OCE team!



Don't forget to log those minutes of reading time through Friday, Nov. 16th. The Readvolution 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!


Help Needed: Staff Appreciation Lunch

Our next early release day is coming up Tuesday, November 20th before the Thanksgiving break. Join our Staff Appreciation team in showing our staff and teachers how thankful you are for them by donating items for the upcoming luncheon! We need toppings for our baked potato bar, cash donations for the taters, and desserts.

Please check out the sign up here to see if you can send in an item or two. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

* NOTE: Donated items should be sent in disposable containers since the school will be closed for the holiday break and you will be unable to retrieve your containers.

WCPSS Volunteer Reactivation

Have you reactivated your WCPSS volunteer application this year? You need to renew it every year in order to be an approved volunteer for field trips and in the class room.

The deadline has been extended until November 15th. Simply stop by the school and complete the online form. The front office will direct you.

Thank you for your service to WCPSS schools!

Calling All Handy-Men and Women

The PTA would like to take on a Beautification Project to spruce up the cottages and their area of campus. We need one or two folks to spearhead the effort. This would include taking a look at the existing decks, ramps, and handrails to estimate repairs or if any places need replacing. We would also want a proposed plan for any needed paint/stain and other beautification efforts (Window boxes? Pots? Art work? Power washing? Sidewalk signage? You name it - we would love some new ideas!).

This would be a great way to get some dads involved ready to show off their skills! We have a grant writer happy to work with you to try and secure funds and supplies from some of the big box hardware stores and plenty of PTA parents ready to assist with getting the work done. In other words, if you haven't volunteered with the PTA before, you'd have lots of support.

If you are interested, please reach out to Mandy Wagstaff at for more information.


Art By Me Reminder

Order Art By Me as presents for your holiday shopping list and you will actually be giving two gifts - one to your friends and family and one to our art program! And who can resist that adorable art made by our creative students?

Orders were due for Track 2 on November 3rd (you can still make online orders, they just might not arrive at the same time).

Orders are due for Tracks 1, 3 and 4 on November 21st.

Boosterthon Fun Run Recap

Thank you to all the families, friends, neighbors, and businesses who donated to our Fun Run! We raised more than $36,000 in profit to use towards the purchase of technology! We couldn't have done it without you.

The top fundraising classes for each grade were:

Kindergarten - Burleson (Track 1)

1st Grade - Fretz (Track 1)

2nd Grade - Donaldson (Track 1)

3rd Grade - Fink (Track 1)

4th Grade - Montgomery (Track 3)

5th Grade - Christensen (Track 4)

And the top class for the entire school was Mrs. Donaldson's Track 1 2nd Grade class. They earned a Cici's pizza party and complementary lunch for Mrs. Donaldson.

Did your kiddos come home singing some awesome tunes from the carpool music? Keep the party going throughout the year with this Boosterthon playlist on Spotify.

Hang onto your hats because next October, Dr. Shock and the kids will be going back in time to 1873 for a Wild West themed Boosterthon!

Check out the graphic below with cool details about this year's fun run!

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Spirit Night: Save the Date

Our next Spirit Night is coming up! So mark your calendars and join us for a fun evening with your OCE family. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to OCE.

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

When: Wednesday, December 5th

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


STEM Night

OCE will be hosting its first STEM night on November 29!

STEM night will provide a unique opportunity for our students and community to explore the world of STEM by tinkering, experimenting, asking questions, and much more!

N.C. State STEM and R.T.N.N. students will be here performing hands-on activities with all families. Green Hope High and Apex High Robotics Teams will showcase their competitive robots. And we have a number of additional presenters from our community participating, eager to make this experience meaningful and exciting for all families.

The event will run from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at the school. This is a night you won't want to miss.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you can help with set-up and/or clean-up, please sign-up here. Kids are welcome to join you to help as well!

Cultural Arts Program: This One's for the Birds

Olive Chapel welcomed its second of four scheduled cultural arts programs this past week. Birdman Dave came to talk all about birds. He told our students about the purpose of feathers, bird behaviors, and his trip to the Amazon where he got his parrot, Belle. Belle flew around the gym and some students even had the opportunity to feed her.
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Family Marathon

Our OCE Family Marathon is here!

Tracks 1 and 3 will run on Wednesday, November 14th (rain date is Thursday, November 15th).

We will meet in the gym at 2:00 p.m. where the students will warm up and listen for instructions. Around 2:30 p.m. we will go outside to jog/run our last mile.

Check out these pictures (courtesy of Apex Deputy Fire Marshal David Dillon) from the Tracks 2 & 4 Marathon finish - The Apex Police and Apex Fire Departments, the Apex Friendship High School football team, and Wool E. Bull were all in attendance with our fellow students, teachers, and parents to cheer on and award our family marathon finishers!

Kids Corps Thank You!

Thank you to all who brought in their pennies for the Kids Corps fundraiser for Pine Valley Elementary School in Wilmington affected by Hurricane Florence. Kids Corps raised $601.10 in the #LettheCoinsFlo coin drive.

Great job, Clippers and Kids Corps!

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

Crayola Color Cycle Program

Don't forget to drop off your used markers, highlighters, and dry erase markers in the ColorCycle donation drop boxes at school before November 30th.

The Crayola ColorCycle program repurposes used markers rather than sending them to landfills.

Students and teachers all around OCE will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending in any used markers you may have around the house -- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included.


11/17 - Christine Caslin

11/21 - Dr. Ruth Steidinger

11/24 - Christine Diaz

11/26 - Julia DeLaRosa

11/28 - Adam Carter


Track 1 - November 12 - November 30

Track 4 - December 3 - December 21

Track 3 - January 2 - January 18


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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.