Welcome to the Beacon!


October 01, 2017

October 2nd - October 6th

Important Dates: 

  • Oct. 4th:   Walk to School Wednesday - Join Mayor Lance Olive!
  • Oct. 10th & 11th:   OCE Spirit Night, Cici's Pizza, Apex 
  • Oct. 12th:    Wellness Committee Meeting, 4:00 p.m., Art Room; PTA Meeting,                        1:00 p.m., Clipper Commons
  • Oct. 16th - 27th:  Scholastic Book Fair, Media Center 
  • Oct. 16th - 27th:  Boosterthon Fun Run ( MORE INFO BELOW! )
    • ​Oct. 20th - Fun Run (Track 3)
    • Oct. 27th - Fun Run (Tracks 1, 2 & 4)
  • Oct. 18th:   Track 1 Fall Picture Make-Ups
  • Oct. 20th:   Grandparents Breakfast Track 1 & 3, 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Oct. 20th:   Boosterthon Fun Run Track 3
  • Oct. 27th:  Grandparents Breakfast Tracks 2 & 4, 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Oct. 27th:  Boosterthon Fun Run Tracks 1,2 and 4
  • Oct. 27th:  School Spirit Day: Dress to UN-Impress
  • Oct. 27th: Deadline to donate to Kids Core Hurricane Coin Relief (info below)
  • Nov. 1st:  Walk to School Wednesday
  • Nov. 9th:  Lego Club registration closes


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          Safety Patrol:

                Track 1:          October 2 - October 20   

               Track 4:          October 23 - November 10  

               Track 1:          November 13 - November 30


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Staff Birthdays:

Oct. 12th:                Catherine Scala

Oct. 16th:                Anne Carmella Barnes   

Oct. 18th:                Jennifer Cowell

Oct. 19th:               Elaine Austin

Oct. 19th:               Ruthann Kelly

Oct. 24th:               Dianne Vetter


It's Boosterthon Fun Run Time!

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That's right! It's time for OCE's main 2017 - 2018 fundraiser - the OCE Boosterthon Fun Run!
What's that? It's a super fun program where our students gather pledges for every lap they run at the Fun Run (usually 30 - 35 laps). Here's more great info:

  • Kick off: 10/16 with a Pep Rally at OCE
  • Track 3 Fun Run: 10/20
    •     9:30-10:30 - all grades

  • Tracks 1, 2 and 4: 10/27
    •     9:30-10:30 - K & 1st

    •    10:35-11:35 - 2nd & 3rd

    •    11:40-12:40 - 4th & 5th

  • Character Theme: CASTLE QUEST! This English castle theme is all about being brave and living with character. OCE students on the Castle Quest will learn the "six virtues of a true hero" from a cast of colorful characters.
  • GOAL : $35,000! This money will be used for technology and collaborative space in our media center and to the entire Castle Quest experience
  • Boosterthon is the group OCE works with to help us host a fun, profitable run. You'll see documents coming home from Boosterthon that give more detail about the Fun Run.

How can you help? It takes only 4 simple steps:

  1. Watch for more info to come home.
  2. Register on FUNRUN.COM on 10/16.
  3. Connect to sponsors—friends and family who can donate to help our school.
  • Why wait until 10/16? You can start this process now!

        4. Cheer on your child! (Come to the Fun Run on 10/20 (Track 3) and 10/27                        (Tracks 1, 2, & 4))

Walk-to-School Wednesday - Special Guest

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October 4 is our kickoff for the
2017-18 Walk to School program, and we have a special guest walking with us.  Apex Mayor Lance Olive is going to join students walking from Kelly Road park. 

Mayor Olive has an impressive Walk to School track record - as a student he walked while attending Baucom and Apex Elementary! He will be hanging out on the map before school, so stop by and say hi.  As always, get your bag tokens, enter the raffle and pick up your t-shirt iron-on.  Shirts will be available to purchase for $10. 

Please click here  to find out when and where your neighborhood meets on Walk to School days.  All dates for this school year are also posted online. Grab your neighbors and get walking!

Grandparents Breakfast!

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No one is as special as a grandparent, so we're helping our OCE stud ents celebrate their Nana & Poppy or Grammi & Grampi . The OCE PTA will provide breakfast for students & grandparents in the school cafeteria on the following dates:

  • Oct. 20th, 8 - 8:45 a.m. - Tracks 1 & 3
  • Oct. 27th, 8 - 8:45 a.m. Tracks 2 & 4

As much as we'd like to, we are unable to provide breakfast for parents, too. The no-cost breakfast on these days is only for students and their grandparents. Thank you for your understanding.

And don't forget - the OCE Book Fair is also taking place these same days in the Library. Grandparents are welcome to shop before or after breakfast if they would like to!

Opt-In for School Messenger 

[Hidden image] The district uses the SchoolMessenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls. Starting in January 2017, we will begin rolling out this service to schools so they can share information through text message and email, based on parents' preferences.

PLEASE NOTE: You must opt in to receive text messages via SchoolMessenger.  On 10/2, you'll receive an opt-in text message to the phone number on file at OCE.

Click this link for more info. 


Link Your Shopping Cards to OCE

Your every day shopping helps raise money for our school when you select OCE as your shopper rewards beneficiary. Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, Publix, even Amazon Smile, all work.

Go to  www.ocepta.com/  shopper-rewards-for-oce     for more info on how to link at each location. 


NC State Fair - Buy Tickets, Give $$ to OCE! 

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he  State Fair is coming and Nothing Could be Finer! From October 12 - 22, you can get your fill of games, rides, food and fun. AND - when you buy your tickets, a portion of  your purchase can come right back to OCE!

or every adult ticket purchased using  OCE's  SCHOOL CODE (523),  the State Fair wil donate $2 to our school. For every child ticket purchased using the school code, the State Fair will donate $1.

More details:

  • Click this link  to see ticket options and purchase tickets online
  • To support OCE, simply enter  CODE 523  under "Membership" (in the right hand column) at check-out on the  WCPSS  Admission Ticket link.
  • This promotion is only available online in advance of the Fair.
  • Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.


OCE Kids Core - Hurricane Relief Coin Drive

Kids Corps (OCE's 4 th and 5 th grade student leaders) is leading our school in collecting donations for a Texas teacher in need. Ms. H is a 1 st grade teacher from Klein ISD in Houston TX. During Hurricane Harvey the classrooms in her school were flooded with 8 inches of water. She lost most everything: books, science kits, hands on manipulatives in fact, because of the extensive water damage the decision was made to move the elementary students to a wing in the local high school until the school can be repaired.


If your family is interested in donating coins, cash, or checks (made out to OCE PTA) Kids Corps has a bucket in the front office that your child can drop off anytime between now and Friday, October 27th. We are setting a school wide goal to raise $5,000 for these students. Any donation will be greatly appreciated! 


Lego Club Registration Open

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Lego Club is a staff and parent led after-school club for K, 1st and 2nd grade students only . We focus on inspiring children to think creatively, reason systematically, and use their imagination to play. More info about the club and registration is below:

  • Registration is open until November 9th - Click here to register (please register each child separately)
  • $5 registration fee
    • ​Fee can be sent to your child's teacher, cash or checks OK
    • Make checks payable to OCE PTA
  • Club takes place:
    • Wednesday's from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
    • OCE Library
    • Students must be picked up in the bus loop promptly at 4:45 pm.

Please email oce.pta@gmail.com with questions or submissions for the next edition of The Beacon.

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