The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ February 11 - February 15, 2019 ~



February 11 - 15 - Staff Appreciation Week Tracks 2 & 4 (more details to come)

February 12 - 4th Grade Parent Math Workshop, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (details below)

February 13 - PTA Meeting, 1:00 p.m (see below)

February 15 - Early Release Day

February 16 - Silent Auction & Gala

February 18 - 22 - Staff Appreciation Week Tracks 1 & 3 (more details to come)

February 20 - Family Academy: Building Socio-Emotional Skills in Your Elementary School Child (see below for more details)

February 21 - Spirit Night: Moe's

February 22 - Spirit Day: Wear Red for Hearth Health

February 24 - Spirit Wear Orders Due

February 26 - Track 1 & 3 Club Pictures

February 28 - 4th Grade Parent Math Workshop, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (details below)

March 6 - Walk to School Wednesday

March 7 - 3rd Grade Parent Math Workshop, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (details to come)

March 8 - Spirit Day: Dr. Seuss Day (dress like a favorite Dr. Seuss character)


March 13 - Family Academy: Reading is Fundamental! (K-5) (details 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)

OCE Curriculum Nights

Based on feedback from the parent survey, OCE is bringing a series of Family Academy curriculum night presentations to parents. Child care is provided at all workshops. Two 4th grade math workshops have been added in February.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming presentations at OCE:

  • February 12, 2019, 6:30-8:00 p.m. - 4th Grade Parent Math Workshop There's a Fine Line Between Fractions and Decimals. Child care provided and free math kits to take home. See this informational flyer for more details and sign up here.

  • February 20, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Building Socio-Emotional Skills in Your Elementary School Child. In this workshop parents will learn how to attend to the socio-emotional development of their child while also setting appropriate limits and following through on consequences.

  • February 28, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - 4th Grade Parent Math Workshop There's a Fine Line Between Fractions and Decimals. Child care and free math kits to take home. See this informational flyer for more details and sign up here.

  • March 7, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - 3rd Grade Parent Math Workshop Details to come.

  • March 13, 2019 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Reading is Fundamental! (K-5) Reading is fundamental to function in today’s society and in developing a good self-image. One of the most effective approaches to help a child develop literacy skills is having a home environment that encourages reading in daily life. Parents will learn how to support the development of their child’s literacy at home.

Track Change Forms

If you'd like to request a track change, please use the form found here and return it to the office by Friday, February 15th.

PTA Meeting Day/Time Change

Our next PTA meeting will be February 13th at 1:00 p.m. This is a departure from our regular day/time, please make a note of it.

All are welcome to attend any PTA meeting at any time! We'd love to have you!


Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Weeks are here!!

February 11 - 15, Tracks 2 & 4

February 18 - 22, Tracks 1 & 3

If you would like to participate in Staff Appreciation Week, your child can bring in an item for their teacher AND special staff buddy (lists were sent home) on one day, two days, or as many days as you would like to participate. We want all teachers, administrators, specialists, office staff, ancillary staff, cafe and custodians to feel recognized for all they do every day for our children at OCE.

Below is a list of themes for each day and staff have lists of some of their favorite things in the front office you need inspiration. Thank you for all you do to support the staff here at OCE!

Monday - You Make us BLOOM - Send a flower (real, fake, hand drawn, get creative!)

Tuesday - We Are Huge FANS of You - Send your teacher some fan mail - write a note telling them how awesome they are or draw them a special picture.

Wednesday - SUPPLY Them With Thanks - Pick up a classroom supply that might be running low

Thursday - My Teacher is a TREAT - Treat your teacher to their favorite snack, beverage, or candy .

Friday - Thanks are in the CARDS - Bring a gift card to a favorite restaurant, store or somewhere they can treat themselves.

Spirit Wear

Did you miss your opportunity this fall to purchase spirit wear?

Due to popular demand, we have opened up sales for another round of t-shirt orders. T-shirts are $10 each. Get them while you can!

Also available this time are OCE tie-dye magnets! For just $5 you can show your support of OCE on your car or fridge with these fun magnets.

Orders due February 24th. Purchased items will be sent home with your student about two weeks later.



Silent Auction and Gala: Tickets, Vacation Raffle & How to Bid

Saturday, February 16th, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

MacGregor Downs Country Club

Music, dinner, dancing, dessert, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and the live auction.

Support OCE and help us purchase new laptops for our teachers.

Tickets only available until February 9

Get them here

And don't miss out on the exciting NEW RAFFLE this year! The $5,000 Vacation Raffle! The winner will received $5000 toward a vacation of your choice through Sunshine and Smiles Travel (locally owned). No expiration date. $100 PER TICKET, ONLY 75 TICKETS SOLD.

The drawing will take place at the gala the 16th, BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN! And you may buy multiple chances. Raffle tickets are available for purchase NOW here!

Bidding on all remaining items will open on Friday, February 15th whether you attend the auction or not. You can browse available auction items here and bid from home if you are unable to attend the auction.

Questions? Contact for more information.

Go Play Save Fundraiser Feedback

The Fundraising team would like some feedback on the Go Play Save fundraiser OCE typically participates in each August. Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey about the fundraiser.

Thank you!

Spirit Night: Moe's

Moe's Spirit Night

Thursday, February 21 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

700 W Williams St, Apex, NC 27502

A percentage of all OCE sales will be donated back to the school. Please bring and present the flyer below for OCE to receive credit.

Box Tops Update

Thank you OCE families for sending in your Box Tops! Every Box Top is cash for our school!

The following classes are the winter collection winners for each grade. Each class may pick PJ day (stay warm and cozy), board game day or extra recess:

Kindergarten - Davis

1st Grade - Newberger

2nd Grade - Abramo

3rd Grade - Carter

4th Grade - Barnes

5th Grade - Sullivan

Keep those Box Tops coming in. Our National Collection deadline is approaching and the class with the most Box Tops overall will win a $50 gift card!! Congrats again to the winners this January!


The KIds Heart Challenge is here!

If you haven't already, please register for our school team at or by searching Kids Heart Challenge in the app store on your mobile device.

Our students are learning all about what they can do to keep their hearts healthy, take their own health challenge and learn how they can help others by collecting donations for the American Heart Association. We are a healthy service-minded community.

Contact Coach Roberts with any questions.

News from the OCE School Counselors

Be on the lookout for more information on an upcoming week of RAK = Random Acts of Kindness, February 18 - 22. The school counselors will be doing activities with the children at OCE. We encourage families to talk with their kids about their RAK check-off sheet for showing kindness at home and at school.

You can keep up with the counselors and contact them through their website.

February Walk to School Wednesday

It's not often that our February Walk to School Event has such mild temperatures! It made for a beautiful Walk to School Wednesday. Thank you to Apex Fire Department, Officer Patel, Leith VW (if only every day could start with a dance party in front of a tie-dyed VW!) and all the Clippers who joined us for a beautiful Walk to School Wednesday!
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I Heart Math & Science Day

OCE will be hosting the first I Heart Math & Science Day at on February 14th!

This will be an exciting day for all students to dive into hands-on experiments and explore Math & Science programs. We want everyone to be involved! Make sure to follow the event

via Twitter.

You will have access to pictures, fun live videos, and a parent Math & Science Trivia Game! #IheartMathScienceDay

Food 4 Kids Donations Needed

The KidsCorps kids are working hard sorting food for the Food 4 Kids Program. They are still in need of more items so Backpack's can start going out next week. Please send in any of the following:

  • Instant Oatmeal and/or Grit
  • Individual Size Box Cereal
  • Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cans of Soup/Stew
  • Cans of Meat (Tuna, Chicken, etc.)
  • Jar of Peanut Butter or Nut Butter
  • Plastic Jar of Jelly/Jam
  • Small Bags of Pretzels and/or Goldfish
  • Granola and/or Cereal Bars
  • Can of Fruit, in juice not syrup
  • Pack of Individual Applesauce
  • 100% Fruit Snacks or Fruit Strips
  • Cans of Vegetables (Green Beans, Peas, Carrots, Corn)

Check out these Clippers hard at work for their community:

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OCE Kids Corps Food 4 Kids program provides 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. It is our hope these resources will support the health, behavior and achievement of every student that participates.

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.


2/17 - Christing Martin-Byers

2/18 - Alice Geiss

2/18 - Melissa Guy

2/22 - Chelsea Holmes

2/25 - Michelle Fink


Track 1 - February 11 - March 1

Track 4 - March 4 - March 22


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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.