The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ April 27 - May 1, 2020 ~


April 27 - May 10 - Online Spring Book Fair

May 1 - Spirit Day - Principals Day (details below)

May 4th - Spirit Day - Star Wars Day (details below)

May 14th - Spirit Day - National Chicken Dance Day (details below)

May 25 - NO SCHOOL, Holiday

Open PTA Positions for 2020-21 School Year

The OCE PTA is still hard at work planning for next year. Interested in joining this passionate team of OCE parents? We have a variety of positions that can accommodate your time, skills, and schedule.

Below is a list of open positions:

Treasurer: Responsible for annual budget, monthly reports, and all deposits and expenses. Person should be detail oriented, available to pick up deposits from the school and/or deliver checks to the school or bank during school/bank hours.

VP of Fundraising: Responsible for overseeing the Fundraising events for the year and making sure Committee Chair(s) are in place and supported. (Some chairs are returning).

Go Play Save - Selling Go Play Save coupon books is returning this year. This fundraiser takes place at the beginning of the school year and requires someone able to come to the school to manage distribution as well as money/book collection. We know many of you missed this fundraiser last year, so if you are passionate about Go Play Save, please consider helping this year! We need to fill this position ASAP!

Movie and/or Bingo Night - Plan and execute 1-2 fun social evenings at the school to foster community spirit.

Apex Leadership Fun Run - This position works closely with the Fun Run company and the administration to make our Fun Run a success. The Fun Run takes place for two weeks in the fall and does require onsite time.

Silent Auction/Parent Spirit Night - The 2020-21 school year is slotted as an off-year for the Silent Auction, however, there has been some interest in a more casual parents-only event with raffle and auction basket items to take its place this year. A team of a few people would be great to make this idea a reality.

Carnival/Artapolooza - Our spring fundraiser. This year our committee chairs had put together a fun Artapolooza event that unfortunately did not come to pass due to the stay at home order. These parents are Sailing Up and will not be at OCE next year, but can provide their plans for next year to execute. Plans from previous carnivals are also available.

Staff Appreciation Clopening Breakfast and Teacher Workday Meals: Coordinates clopening breakfast the week between the end of one school year and beginning of the next as well as teacher workday meals with local vendors as well as onsite needs for set-up around 7am and clean-up around noon. Note: These take place on teacher workdays when school is closed.

Walk to School Wednesday: Advertise and oversee Walk to School Wednesday from October to June. Walk to School Wednesdays are the first Wednesday of each month. Provide prizes, organizes special guests, etc...

Grandparents Breakfast: Plan and oversee two grandparents breakfasts (2 tracks per event) that typically take place before school during the fall and spring book fair events. Organize with cafeteria staff, coordinate dates with book fair chair, and recruit/organize volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, and any planned activities.

Grant Writer: Research and apply for any grants for which the school may qualify.

Please contact for more information on any of these positions or to volunteer. Thank you - we couldn't do what we do without supportive people like you!

Online Book Fair - OPENS MONDAY!

The OCE Online Spring Book Fair will run from April 27 - May 10th. Parents can order through our specified site here and books will ship directly to your home.

OCE will earn 25% of the profits to use in Scholastic Dollars for our school.

Happy Reading!

Virtual Spirit Days!

Our Student Council has come up with a few upcoming days to celebrate our OCE spirit!

Friday, May 1st - Principals Day

Create a driveway/sidewalk chalk art, video, or poster shouting out Dr. Steidinger, Mrs. May, and Mr. Arce, our AMAZING OCE Administration. Tweet your creations to @OCE_StuCouncil and using #OCEStrong (or send it to your homeroom teacher to have it tweeted out!)

Monday, May 4th - Star Wars Day

Wear your favorite Star Wars T-shirt, Do your best Darth Vadar or Chewbacca impression and tweet it to @OCE_StuCouncil #OCEStrong (or send it to your homeroom teacher to have it tweeted out!)

Thursday, May 14th - National Chicken Dance Day

Shake your tail feathers and record a video to be tweeted out to @OCE_StuCouncil #OCEStrong

(or send it to your homeroom teacher to have it tweeted out!)

Yearbook Orders

Don't miss your shot at getting a yearbook to document this truly unique school year!

We will be ordering yearbooks online this year.

You can order your yearbook online here. Deadline is May 15, 2020

5th Grade Parents

WCPSS has put together some resources for helping your 5th graders transition to middle school - a big step without the added uncertainty surrounding our current situation. Click here for more information.


Thank You Video to Teachers

In case you missed the video sent on Friday for our teachers and staff, take a look below! Thank you to all the parents who sent pictures -- it was such a joy to see so many of our Clipper's smiling faces and I know our teachers and staff appreciated it, too.

Stay #OCEStrong

Thank You Teachers from OCE Families

No Fuss Fundraiser

You can continue to donate to the No Fuss Fundraiser!

Click here to donate with a credit card anytime this year. A link is also included at the bottom of this newsletter.

PLEASE NOTE, you will still be contacted about our other fundraisers, it will be your choice to participate.

100% of your donation goes to the OCE PTA.


4/3 - Rebecca Beech

4/4 - Brittany Cabaleiro

4/7 - Sandra Duguid

4/10 - Jessica Boylan

4/11 - Christy Trybus

4/17 - Dwayne Williams

4/21 - Travis Hines

4/30 - Jennifer Dunn

4/30 - Michelle Newberger


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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.