The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ October 15 - October 19 ~


October 15 - 26 - BOOSTERTHON & FUN RUN! (details below)

October 19 - Boosterthon Fun Run Track 3, 9:30 a.m.

October 19 - National Box Tops Collection Deadline

October 26 - Boosterthon Fun Run Tracks 1, 2, & 4, starting at 9:30 a.m. (**grade specific times REVISED below)

October 26 - Spirit Day: TWIN DAY! Pick a friend and dress like twins

November 6 - Two hour delay (see below)

November 5 - Family Marathon Tracks 2 & 4 (Rain date: November 9th)

November 7 - Walk to School Wednesday

November 8 - PTA Meeting, 1 PM - Check front office for room location

November 14 - Family Marathon Tracks 1 & 3 (Rain date: November 15th)

November 29th - STEM Night (Details to come)


School Make-Up Days

Hurricane Florence Make-Up Reminder: Tracks 1, 2, and 3

Friday, October 19th (no longer an early release day)

**There will be no make-up day for the closure of school on October 11th due to Hurricane Michael.

For a complete rundown, please click here.

November 6th - Two Hour Delay

All WCPSS schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, November 6th for state and local elections.

The law requires that if local election officials ask to use a public school campus as a polling place, the request must be honored. Measures will be in place to ensure the safety of school campuses during the polling process. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Steidinger.


Don't forget to log those minutes of reading time through Friday, Nov. 16th. The Readvolution challenge features both individual and school-wide components, as well as goals for each. Students who achieve the goal of reading 20 minutes per day throughout the allotted time frame (for a total of 800 minutes) will receive TWO complimentary ticket vouchers to a Hurricanes home game!!

For complete details, click here! Then get to reading!


Volunteer Opportunities

Check out these ongoing volunteer opportunities. Pick a time that works for you! Thanks for your support of OCE!

Art By Me Volunteer Sign Up (dates from 10/10 - 12/4)

Boosterthon Volunteer Sign Up (10/19 or 10/26)


Boosterthon Fun Run!

We’re only days away from kicking off the Olive Chapel Fun Run!

We’ll start with a Pep Rally Monday October 15th for Tracks 1, 2, and 3 and another on Monday, October 22nd for Track 4, and then your family will have time to gather pledges. At the end, every student will participate in the Olive Chapel Fun Run (dates and times below)!

Last year we raised $31,000 for new collaborative furniture for the media center. This year, our goal is to raise $33,000 for Technology, and we need EVERYONE’S help! Please begin thinking about friends and family who could pledge your student for the Olive Chapel Fun Run. We want this to be fun and easy for everyone, so think of others who can support your student as they run laps to help our school. Look for a Pledgebook to come home on your track's Pep Rally Monday with more information.

And don’t forget to save the Fun Run Dates:

Friday, October 19th (track 3), 9:30 a.m. ALL GRADES

Friday, October 26th (tracks 1, 2, & 4)

  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Grades 4 and 5 **Time Change
  • 10:35 - 11:35 a.m. - Grades 2 and 3 **Time Change
  • 11:40 - 12:40 a.m. - Grades K and 1

All families are invited to come and cheer on your runner!

Thank you for supporting our children and school with this year's Fun Run!!

Box Tops Collection Deadline

The next national Box Tops collection deadline is Friday, October 19th. Send in those Box Tops to your teacher or drop them in the box in the school lobby. Don't forget to label them with your teacher's name because the class with the most Box Tops will win a $50 gift card to use in their classroom!


A is for Apple!

Olive Chapel has a new Cafeteria Manager this year - Mrs. Welch!

To support healthy eating at OCE, Mrs. Welch helped OCE participate in NC Crunch day by ordering yummy North Carolina apples. Clippers had the opportunity to CRUNCH their way through breakfast and lunch this past Wednesday, October 10th.

Stay tuned for more updates from Mrs Welch and what’s new in the Cafeteria!

New Crayola Color Cycle Program

OCE is now a Crayola ColorCycle School!

The OCE PTA is coordinating a new program in conjunction with Crayola called Crayola ColorCycle. This amazing program is 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 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.

Students and teachers all around OCE will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending in any used markers you may have around the house -- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included.

OCE will make it's first ColorCycle donation on Nov. 30. Drop-off boxes will be located around the school for your child to deposit their markers.

A special thank you to Ms. Abramo for bringing this program to our attention!

Kids Corps Club Hurricane Relief Project

The OCE Kids Corps Club will be hosting a #letthecoinsflo coin drive from October 1st to November 1st to support an elementary school in New Hanover county affected by Hurricane Florence. We will have a kindergarten/1st grade jar, 2nd/3rd grade jar, and 4th/5th grade jar.

Send in your coins and help a school in need!


LEGO club is a staff led BEFORE-school club for K, 1st and 2nd grade students only.

LEGO Club focuses on inspiring children to think creatively, reason systematically, and use their imagination to play. LEGO Club will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the library starting January 2nd. Students must be dropped off promptly at 8:00 a.m.

PLEASE REGISTER EACH CHILD INDIVIDUALLY. If you are interested, please fill out this registration form. There will be a $5 registration fee. You can send the fee into your child's teacher with your child's name on it. Make checks payable to OCE PTA or use this link for online payment.


If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Brittany Cabaleiro (2nd grade Track 1) at

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, October 18th, 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!


10/16 - Anne Barnes

10/18 - Jennifer Cowell

10/19 - Elaine Austin

10/19 - Ruthann Kelly

11/1 - Mary Decker

11/4 - Julie Abdella

11/4 - Kathryn Paxton

11/7 - Shelly Vaughn


Track 3 - October 1 - 19

Track 2 - October 22 - November 9


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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.