The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ July 29 - August 2, 2019 ~


July 26 - Spirit Night: Sweet Spoons (details below)

August 2 - Kindergarten Meet the Teacher, Track 4 (details below)

August 8 - PTA Meeting, 11:00 a.m.

August 13 - OPEN HOUSE! Track 4, 6:00 p.m.

August 15 - Picture Day, Tracks 2 & 4

August 22 - Picture Day, Tracks 1 & 3

September 3 - NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY

Spirit Night THIS FRIDAY!!

Come out and enjoy some delicious frozen yogurt with your OCE friends this Friday!!

WHO: Calling all Clippers!

WHAT: OCE Spirit Night

WHEN: Friday, July 26th from 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sweet Spoons at the Haddon Hall Commons Shopping Center (772 W. Williams St.).

WHY: 15% of all sales will be donated to benefit Olive Chapel. Be sure to tell them you're from OCE!

**The class with the most participants will win a FroYo party!!!

Don't miss it! Flyer attached below.

Spotlight on Staff Appreciation

It all started with a cup of coffee.

Laurie Jendrasiak, the Staff Appreciation Committee chair, wanted to replace a table holding a microwave in the teacher's lounge with a painted hutch to create a coffee station for our teachers and staff. In true If You Give a Mouse a Cookie fashion, Laurie realized that the space, overcrowded with cast-off furniture and years of clutter, needed a full makeover.

The room received a new coat of paint, new furniture and NEW FLOORS!!!

A special thanks to Laurie for spearheading this project!! Her energy and can do attitude are unmatched. We also want to recognize Sarah Fallows, Melissa Timm, and Kathryn Broaddus for all the hard work they put into making this teachers lounge a place of calm and relaxation for our staff. Mr. Derr, our head custodian, also helped put a lot of muscle into the project and we couldn't have done it without his team's support.

We couldn't wait to share the before and after pictures with you!

(Before on the bottom and after up top (just imagine white cabinets - cabinet resurfacing will take place this fall). Not pictured is the rejuvenated mother's room for our nursing moms.)

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In addition to remodeling the teacher's lounge, the Staff Appreciation team also works hard all year round to make sure our teachers and staff feel the love. Breakfast was provided for Staff Development day during Clopening before the school year started and Laurie also delivered these special treats to everyone for their first week back to school!
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And new staff received a special gift, too!
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Want to help shower our teachers and staff with love this year? There are lots of ways you can help.

First up, stuffing the teacher's lounge with snacks! Sign up here to help us keep our teachers energized throughout the year with a special treat.

Next, keep your eyes peeled to the Beacon for additional ways you can support our Staff Appreciation Committee, or email if you have ideas or questions about this committee.

Track 4 KINDERGARTEN Meet the Teacher

Track 4 Kindergarten Meet the Teacher will be held on Friday, August 2nd from 2:00-2:45pm

The first FULL week of school for Kindergarten students on Track 4 will be on Monday, August 5th.

Spirit Wear

Need t-shirts or an awesome tie-dyed OCE car magnet to show your school spirit all over Apex?

Now is the time! We will only be placing one order for spirit wear this year! New shirt designs will be coming next year.

T-shirts and magnets are on sale now until August 23rd! Don't miss out on this great tie-dyed t-shirt.

Click here for more information on sizing, pricing, and to order.


Here is another quick reminder of the clubs available at OCE. All club information can be found on the OCE Website under the Students tab. Check for even more opportunities as new information becomes available.

Chess Club, 4th-5th Grade

For more information on Chess Club and to sign up, click here.

Landlubbers, 3rd-5th Grade

Click the club page for more information and use this link to sign your runner up. Club starts on Tuesday, August 20th.

Book Club, K-2nds Grade

Registration for OCE Book Club is now open for children in grades K-2. Click this link for meeting dates and registration. Registration for tracks 1,2, and 3 needs to be completed by July 30th and track 4 by August 9th.

Robotics/Coding Club

The application window is from July 6th through August 2nd. No exceptions. The application consist of two parts: the online form and the essay. Students that are already members from previous year only need to submit part 1. Notification email will be sent on August 16, 2019.

Garden Club

Click the Online Registration form from July 5th to August 2nd to register your child. Garden club will start meeting on August 9th

Girls Who Code

This club is dedicated to girls in 5th grade and we meet during lunch on Thursdays. Students that are interested in this club can talk to Ms. Ferreira to get registered. We will start our activities on August 1st.


7/5 - Katy Trainor

7/11 - Kelly O'Hare

7/15 - Erin May

7/16 - Cynthia Seder

7/26 - Marcia Ferreira

7/28 - Chelsea Drobb

7/28 - Kelly Rattinger


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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.