The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ September 10 - September 14 ~


September 4 - 14 - BOOK FAIR

September 13 - PTA Meeting, 1:00 p.m., Conference Room

September 14 - Grandparents' Breakfast, Tracks 2 & 4, 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

September 17 - 23 - National Box Tops Collection Week

September 19 - 20 - Spirit Night at Cici's Pizza!

September 19 - Spirit Day: Dress like a pirate

September 28 - Early Release Day

October 3 - Walk to School Wednesday

October 16 - 26 - BOOSTERTHON! Details to come!

October 19 - Early Release Day


Grandparents Breakfast - Tracks 2 & 4

Thanks to all the Grandparents and helpers we saw this morning at OCE!

We are STILL in need a few volunteers for next Friday's Grandparents' Breakfast for Tracks 2 & 4. Please use this sign-up if you can help.

Breakfast for will be from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. in the cafeteria on Friday, Sept. 14th. Stop by the book fair on your way to or after breakfast!

Early Release Lunch Donations Needed

We still need your help to fill out the Fiesta themed lunch for our staff on our next early release day, September 28th. We need help with sides, condiments, drinks, desserts, and cash donations for the meat that will be ordered from a local restaurant.

Sign up here and note what day your item is needed at school.

Thank you! The staff so appreciate the lunch to fuel their meetings after a busy morning of teaching.

Staff Appreciation Snacks

We asked and you answered the call! Only a few weeks are left, so if you'd like to add your contribution to the teachers lounge snack bins this year, act now!

Sign up for one of the remaining slots here!

As a reminder, bins are provided in the lounge for you to fill with whatever treats you'd like: candy, gum, small apples/oranges, small packages of snacks, popcorn, etc.

Thank you for your support and quick response!

Technology Specials Volunteers

Ms. Johnson, OCE's Technology specials teacher, is working with our first graders on a special project. She needs parent volunteers to help during 1st grade specials time (from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) over the next few weeks. The teacher corresponding to each slot is listed in the sign up.

Volunteers must be comfortable using Chromebooks and willing to learn a new program called Book Creator (additional details listed in the sign-up). She needs assistance working with small student groups in order to guide the process of student learning using this platform.

Clipper Coffee Kick-Off

The PTA has created a Quick Links page for new families, but it is a great reference for everyone! You can access it here or bookmark

We are also starting up a periodic Clipper Coffee for new families to meet up with each other and ask questions of veteran OCE parents. If you'd like to join us for coffee to welcome new parents, please sign up here.


Book Fair Reminders

The Book Fair is officially open until September 14th! Come and see us!

A few reminders:

  • We still need volunteers next week. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
  • Want to avoid sending cash in with your students? eWallet is a new feature of this year's Book Fair. Watch a video to learn more about eWallet then sign-up here.
  • You can round up your child's total to the nearest dollar to donate to the school's "All for Books" fund for students who can't afford a book.
  • Books make great holiday gifts. Get ahead and do your holiday shopping at our book fair!
  • No time to make it to the Book Fair? No problem! You can shop our fair online!
  • Funds raised at the book fair are invested directly back into our media center.

If you have questions about the Book Fair, please contact Amie Feuer at

Cici's Spirit Night

Mark your calendars and join your OCE friends and families at Cici's Pizza at Beaver Creek Commons on September 19th and 20th from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Cici's will be donating a portion of the proceeds of OCE meals to the school! A flyer will be sent home with your students that most be presented at the time of purchase.

Box Tops: National Box Tops Week September 17 - 23

Keep collecting those box tops and send them to school during National Box Tops Week September 17 - 23.

You can use the clipping sheets (attached below) or use plastic bags (marked with your teacher's name!). Box Tops can be delivered to the mail boxes located by the front office or to your child’s teacher.

Our first classroom winners for collecting the most Box Tops will also be awarded at the end of this collection drive. Thank you for supporting Box Tops.


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, September 27th, 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!

Spirit Days

The OCE Student Council has decided on this year's Spirit Days! Watch for reminders in the calendar above throughout the year. Spirit days are an opportunity for students to dress up and express their school spirit through creative expression. We look forward to seeing your child's school spirit this year!

Here is a rundown of the Spirit Days planned for this year.

September 19th: Dress like a Pirate to celebrate "Talk like a Pirate Day"

October 26th: Twin Day - Plan with a friend and dress alike

November 20th: Dress to unimpress - PJ day anyone?!

December 21st: Holiday Sweater Day

January 25th: Favorite Team Jersey Day

February 22nd: OCE Spirit Day

March 8th: Dr. Seuss Day

April 26th: Color Wars - Each grade will have an assigned color! Which grade will have the most OCE Spirit this year?!?

May 4th: Star Wars Day

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

Golf and Tennis Lessons at OCE

TGA is offering golf and tennis lessons after school on the OCE campus this Fall. Download the flyer below for more information on pricing and how to sign up.


9/7 - Linda Bryant and Stacie York

9/10 - Sandra Fretz

9/14 - Ciara Garrison and Maria Massey

9/15 - Patricia Almeida

9/23 - Karen Davis

9/26 - Dawn McPherson


Track 4 (training with new Track 1 team) - September 6 - 7

Track 4 - September 8 - 28

Track 3 - October 1 - 19

Track 2 - October 22 - November 9


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