The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ May 4 - May 8, 2020 ~


April 27 - May 10 - Online Spring Book Fair

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

May 4th - May 8th - Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6th - Bike at Home Day (details below)

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

May 15th - Yearbook Orders Due

May 25 - NO SCHOOL, Holiday

Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week

Although OCE celebrated our teachers already, this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and with all the extra effort our teachers are putting forth during virtual learning, from new lessons to endless training, we did not want this week to go by unnoticed.

Let's celebrate our teachers virtually this week for National Teacher Appreciation Week!

Monday - Teachers are using Google Meet to meet with students during remote learning. Have your child create a thank you sign to hold up during your class Meet or help your student come up with some words of appreciation to share during the Meet.

Tuesday - Have your student create a video message and email it to their teacher.

Wednesday - Share what makes your child's teacher so special on social media and tag our school @OliveChapelElem with the hashtag #OCEstrong

Thursday - Email a thank you note or have your child create a card or picture and email it (or a photo of it) to their teacher.

Friday - PTA has you covered! All staff will be receiving a special surprise Friday! Staff, be on the lookout!!

Feel free to show your appreciation in these or any other way that means something to your family this week!

Bike at Home Day!

We can’t get together for our monthly Walk to School Wednesdays, but I imagine there have been a lot of Clippers walking and biking every day! May 6th is our annual Bike to School Wednesday, so let’s celebrate Bike at Home Day!

Here are a few ideas to get your ride off to a good start:

SAFETY: Protect your noggin with this Helmet Check video. Then get your bike ready with the ABC Quick check.

TIPS and TRICKS: REI has a cool video if you have someone learning to ride a bike in your home

CONNECT: If you’re interested in advocating for change in your community’s bike routes, the Pedestrian and Bike Information Center has a list of suggestions on their website. How about local road & sidewalk projects? Have you ever checked out the Town of Apex website?

GET OUT THERE: Share pictures of your family or a spot along your ride to social media with #BikeToSchoolDay and #OCEStrong and tag @OliveChapelElem

Last Week of the Online Book Fair

Don't forget to order some new books and support Olive Chapel with our online book fair!

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!

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

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.

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.

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...

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!

Virtual Spirit Days!

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

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!)


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.


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 - Mayela DeGuillermo


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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.