The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ March 11 - March 15, 2019 ~



March 13 - Family Academy: Reading is Fundamental! (K-5) (sign up below)

March 14 - PTA Meeting, 1:00 p.m.

March 25 - April 5 - Spring Book Fair

March 28 - Grandparents Breakfast Tracks 2 & 4 (rescheduled from fall)



The OCE PTA will be discussing the carpool situation at the next PTA meeting, next Thursday, March 14th at 1:00 p.m. (sign in at front office) and we invite ALL parents that are concerned about this issue and its impact to come to this meeting.

If the carpool situation continues, due to the Apex Barbecue bridge closer, further discussions will need to be addressed with Mayor Olive, the Town of Apex, and Apex PD. As a school and community, we need to work on this together, so Dr. Steidinger’s focus can continue to stay on our school and children.

If you are unable to attend this meeting but have questions or concerns, please email them to

Set Sail for Success: Middle School Registration

Attention fifth grade parents & guardians:

The school counselors have some information to pass along regarding Middle School (deep breath, they'll be ready and so will you!).

Below is a link to information on Wake County middle school programs:

And attached below is a parent letter with more detailed information on the registration process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school counselors.

OCE Curriculum Nights

Join us for one or more of the following upcoming presentations at OCE (child care provided):

  • March 13, 2019 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Reading is Fundamental! (K-5) - SIGN UP HERE!
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Grandparents' Breakfast Help Needed

The Grandparents' Breakfast for Tracks 2 & 4 is coming up. This event was rescheduled due to the hurricane in the fall. Many hands make fast set-up the night before and morning of. If you can help the evening of March 27th or the morning of the breakfast on March 28th, please email Rachel at

Thank you!


Silent Auction Update

Thank you to all parents, family members, staff, and community members who participated in this year's Silent Auction & Gala. The final total is in and the Auction raised:


This money will be used to update staff and student technology in the classroom.

A special thank you to our Auction organizers:

Amy Grubbs

Mandy Wagstaff

Jen Curtis-Maury

Deborah Jenkins

Jennifer Tea

Julie Peterson

And don't forget that we want to make fundraisers the most effective and least hassle for parents, so fill out this quick survey to have your say about this year's Auction & Gala.

Box Tops Update

Ms. Davis' Kindergarten class collected the most Box Tops leading up to the spring national submission deadline and has won a $50 gift card for the class! Congratulations!

Families can continue to submit Box Tops through their teacher or mail boxes by the front office. Please make sure to label your Box Tops with your teacher's name. Each Box Top is cash for our school!

Thank you to all volunteers for assisting in sorting and counting Box Tops as well. A new collection sheet is attached below.


Final Donations Due: Jump Rope for Heart

This is your last opportunity to collect donations for the American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart fundraisers our Clippers have been participating in! Final donations are due by Monday, March 11.

Click here for more information on the fundraiser.

Spring Cleaning Colorcycle Collection

While you're spring cleaning and realizing your old, dry markers are not sparking joy for you or your kids, don't dump them in the trash - send them in to the Crayola ColorCycle program! All old, used markers can be sent to your child's teacher or the collection bin at the front office.

Crayola ColorCycle is an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills! The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.

So let those old markers spark joy in a new way - donate them to Crayola ColorCycle!

Walk to School Wednesday

March brought us a cold, but at least dry, walk. Thank you to Mayor Olive and Officer Patel for walking with us.

Congratulations to the Kindergarteners for having the most walkers in March! Did you hear that the Town of Apex donated free bike helmets? If you didn’t get yours, Walk to School in April and pick one out. Then you’ll be ready for the March Bike to School day!

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Order School Supply Kits NOW!

Would you rather spend a summer day driving from store to store to purchase school supplies or get everything you need in one easy box? Great news, our supply kit program is back and the link to Order is LIVE!

Kits include the exact colors, quantities, and brands of school supplies your teachers have approved for class. Get your back-to-school shopping out of the way early and enjoy your summer track out days!

Simply place your order by April 29, 2019.

Order online at

Enter our school’s account number 38010.

Questions? Contact Whitney Ludlow at

Food 4 Kids & Publix

Publix will be running a BOGO (buy one get one) on Food 4 Kids items the 2nd Week of each month!

This month's sale will run 3/13-3/19 and the following items will be on SALE:

  • Kellogg’s Nutri Grain cereal bars
  • Hormel canned chicken breast
  • Green Giant assorted canned vegetables
  • Kraft Velveeta macaroni and cheese
  • Capri-Sun juice pouches

So grab a few extra items while they are on sale and send them in for Food For Kids! Don't forget to link OCE as your Publix Partner! Set up an account online, choose OCE under "My Publix Partners" and all those great BOGO items will fill the Kids Corps Food 4 Kids pantry as well as send a little extra change to OCE. It's a win-win for our school and community.

OCE's Kids Corps will continue to collect food throughout the year to keep providing a weekend supply of nutritious food for children when school lunch and breakfast are unavailable over the weekend. All food is nonperishable and provided to children FREE of charge.

For more information or questions, please contact parent coordinator Whitney Ludlow at

TGA Golf & Tennis

TGA had an excellent fall tennis and golf season at Olive Chapel Elementary! They are looking forward to another great season in Spring 2019. Attached below is the spring flyer and you can register here.

Registration starts on January 1st. The first class will be on Thursday, February 21st.


3/21 - Margot Henson

3/22 - Maile Logelin

3/23 - Katie Donaldson

3/26 - Teresa McCotter


Track 4 - March 4 - March 22


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To submit to the Beacon, please email

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.