The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ April 22 - April 26, 2019 ~



April 26 - School Spirit Day: Grade Color Wars

April 29 - SchoolKits (School Supplies for 2019-2020 school year) orders DUE (details below)

April 30 - Wear Red for Ed in advance of the May 1 Day of Action (see below)


May 3 - School Spirit Day: Star Wars Day (May the "Fourth" Be With You!)

May 6 - Field Day, Tracks 1 & 2

May 8 - Bike (and Walk) to School Wednesday!

May 8 - Kindergarten Orientation, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.*

May 9 - PTA Meeting, 1:00 p.m., ALL ARE WELCOME

May 10 - Spring Carnival! Details to come!

May 13 - Field Day, Tracks 3 & 4


* This is a date change - Kindergarten Orientation will now be held on WEDNESDAY, MAY 8th. Please make a note of it. *

May 1 Rally for Public Education

Reminder: Schools will be closed on Wednesday, May 1st so teachers may attend the Day for Action and Rally for Public Education in Raleigh.

Below is a rundown of the policy initiatives behind the Day of Action:

  1. Provide enough school librarians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other health professionals to meet national standards
  2. Provide $15 minimum wage for all school personnel, 5% raise for all ESPs (non-certified staff), teachers, admin, and a 5% cost of living adjustment for retirees.
  3. Close the coverage gap
  4. Reinstate state retiree health benefits eliminated by the General Assembly in 2017.
  5. Restore advanced degree compensation eliminated by the General Assembly in 2013.

If you would like to support our teachers in their Day of Action we ask that your students wear red on Tuesday, April 30th, let's turn our school Red for Ed!

You can also attend the rally in Raleigh on May 1st with your family and teachers.

Spirit Night: Texas Roadhouse

Our next Spirit Night is at Texas Roadhouse on Thursday, April 25. Check your child's weekly folder for a flyer and a coupon for a free kids meal that can be used at our event. You can also print out the flyer attached to this newsletter.


The OCE Student Council April Spirit Day is the annual Color Wars!

On Friday, April 26th, each grade is encouraged to wear their assigned color to see which grade has the most school spirit!

  • Kindergarten - ORANGE
  • 1st Grade - PURPLE
  • 2nd Grade - GREEN
  • 3rd Grade - YELLOW
  • 4th Grade - BLUE
  • 5th Grade - RED

2019-2020 School Supply Kit Orders DUE APRIL 29

Order your school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year NOW!

Simply select your child's track and next year's grade and your supplies will be ready for you at the start of school in July.

Place your order by April 29, 2019.

Order online at

Enter our school’s account number 38010.

Questions? Contact Whitney Ludlow at

Field Day Volunteers

Field Day is coming and we need parent volunteers to run the various stations. You can pick a morning or afternoon shift. If you are interested in helping, please contact your child's teacher. More details to follow.

Walk/Bike to School Wednesday

Our next Walk to School Wednesday has moved to Wednesday, May 8th.

In May, we encourage our Clippers to walk or BIKE to school! Stay tuned for details about this fun spring event!

The Carnival is Coming!

The OCE Spring Carnival is a family friendly event for OCE families and the surrounding community. Come enjoy games, bounce houses, food trucks, vendors, and more!!!

Friday, May 10th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Olive Chapel Elementary

We are again offering ticket pre-sales. No standing in line when you arrive - just pick up your reserved tickets at the pre-order table and head right in for the fun and games!

Order your tickets NOW here!

Game tickets will also be available for purchase on site. Concessions and food trucks will NOT accept game tickets, please bring cash for food and drink.

Stay tuned next week for information on our new raffle!

WCPSS Panorama Family Survey

WCPSS is conducting the Panorama Family Survey again this school year. The window for survey completion ends on Friday, May 3. This survey is important to our continued work around family engagement. Using this data, WCPSS school and district leaders will be able to assess where we stand relative to our goals in Vision 2020 and understand how to better align resources with identified areas for growth and improvement.

Parents/Guardians should have received an invitation to the survey via email. Click here for the OCE Survey.

If you have already completed the survey, thank you!

Food 4 Kids

Our Food 4 Kids program is going so well. The KidsCorps Club is filling more than 15 bags a week!! This is fantastic news, but it is depleting our pantry cabinet quickly. Publix Gift Cards are always welcome, but if you are interested in donating specific items, here is a list of current needs:

Canned Meats (Tuna, Chicken)

Beans (canned or dried)

Rice (small bags)

Soup or Ramen Noodles

Mac & Cheese

Individually bagged snacks (Goldfish, Pretzels, Raisins)

Thank you for continuing to support our OCE community.

In the Community

AFHS Movie: Screenagers!

Apex Friendship High School PTSA is hosting a viewing of the movie Screenagers on April 24th from 6:30-8:00pm. All local parents (children may come, too) are welcome. The event is free.

Check out the FB invitation for more information and to RSVP so AFHS can plan accordingly.

WCPSS Presents Letterland at Pullen Park

Raleigh’s Pullen Park will be transformed into Letterland on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to celebrate preschool and elementary school students in Wake County.

Letterland brings letters to life by turning them into colorful characters, each with their own personality and stories that go along with their sounds. Wake County elementary schools in grades Pre-K-2 and many preschool programs use the phonics program as part of their literacy instruction.

Click here for more information.

AFHS Summer Sports Camps

Apex Friendship High School will be offering a variety of sports summer camps in June and July for rising K through 8th graders. Check out the flier below for details and visit to register.


4/30 - Jennifer Dunn

4/30 - Michelle Newberger

5/5 - Linda De la Pena

5/7 - Pamela Duke

5/16 - Danielle Chaffee

5/17 - Michelle Burleson

5/22 - Sonia Ruiz

5/26 - Marie Jones

5/27 - Ashley Hicks

5/31 - Mayella DeGuillermo


Track 2 - April 15 - May 3

Track 1 - May 6 - May 24


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