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Staff Appreciation

OCE appreciates our staff in a lot of ways!  Here are a few of the programs:  Clopening Breakfast, Early Release Lunches, Staff Lounge Snacks, Staff Birthdays, Staff Appreciation Weeks, Snack Cart, Staff Development

First Wednesday of each month from October to June.  Click for more info.

Cultural Arts Program

Friday, November 8, 2019: Anita Burroughs-Price performs “The Building Blocks of Sound"

Anita is principal harpist with the North Carolina Symphony. She has appeared as soloist with the NC Symphony, Durham Symphony, and the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra. She frequently appears in solo recital and has been featured in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and in England's Brighton Palace.  Anita loves teaching children for the last 28 years and engages them with her 9 foot harp and an interdisciplinary lesson on how music and math relate.  


Friday, December 6, 2019: Susana and Timmy Abell perform "So Many Ways to Share a Story"

Silver Trout concerts are diverse, interactive and are filled with music and laughter. Multiple art forms - including music, storytelling, puppetry and poetry - demonstrate that there are So Many Ways to Share A Story. Performances include an original puppet fable (a captivating story without words, performed to live music on the hammered dulcimer), dramatic storytelling, and award-winning original songs accompanied by music played on seven different instruments - including concertina, penny whistle, guitar, banjo and ukelele. This concert aims to inspire students by offering a range of imaginative options for their own creative self-expression.  

Friday, February 14, 2020: Michael Beadle performs "Kaboom! Poetry Show"
Michael Beadle is a published poet, author, and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He's taught creative writing workshops since 1999. His focus is to encourage, inspire, and challenge writers to express themselves so they can become more confident with writing and be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. Michael’s Kaboom Poetry show gives students and teachers a wide variety of poems so they can experience the depth and scope of poetry. He acts out dozens of poems, sometimes using audience volunteers, sometimes reciting the poem with dramatic flair, and sometimes teaching the audience various gestures or responses to the words in the poem. Students and teachers have a lot of fun while learning about poetry at the same time.

Friday, March 6, 2020: Transit Vocal Band performs “A Capella Reinvents the Genres"

Transit Vocal Band is four singers who recreate a captivating full-band sound using the power, versatility, and emotion of the most powerful instrument of all - the human voice! In this entertaining and interactive performance, students will compare and contrast the characteristic sounds of popular music genres such as country, jazz, rock & roll, rap/hip-hop, pop, 80’s and/or electronic dance music. Students will become familiar with the historical and cultural context of the development of each genre and will learn improvisational vocal techniques used in a cappella songs. Vocabulary and musical concepts will be age-appropriate and students will have the opportunity to interact with and ask questions to the performing artists.

Agendas and School Kits

Teacher Run Clubs

Family Marathon

Teacher Grants

Grandparent Breakfast

Grandparents (or another special person) may attend this fun Fall morning event with your student.  Complimentary coffee and breakfast items will be available. 

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