No School - March 29th - April 6th


No school from March 29th through April 6th

in observance of Spring Break.

Time to suit up for OP vs Idlewild Kickball Game!


Let's not just win the trophy, LET'S LOOK GOOD DOING IT!

Parents, please help us get OP's staff suited up by signing up to donate $5 towards a member of the OP Cheer Squad's or Kickball Team's uniforms. Cheer squad is wearing hats. Kickball team is wearing Knight t-shirts. Sign up Here!  Rosters are listed. Donations can be sent in with your child or made online by clicking on the "Store" tab above.  Look for "OP Staff Gift Cards" under "Spring Spirit Wear". Gift certificates will be delivered to Staff Member under your name.  Direct questions to Don't delay the big game is Thursday, March 22nd at 5:30pm.  Bring the whole family-food trucks from Hungry Howie's and Kona Ice will be on site.  Thanks in advance for your help!

Idlewild Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Please join the PTA in volunteering to serve and provide lunch to the 135 teachers and staff of Idlewild Elementary School, our CMS Schoolmates Partners. The annual luncheon will occur on Tuesday, March 20 at 11:00 am. For more information and an opportunity to sign up to serve lunch with us or provide a food or monetary donation to support the event, please do so through our signup genius here. If you have any questions, please contact or

Last Chance Yearbook Sales

All Yearbook orders paid by check are due before March 29th (before Spring Break begins.) Green forms went home last week in Tuesday folders and they are also available HERE. Checks should be made out to Herff Jones and submitted with the form to your homeroom teacher.

Introducing our new and improved entryway

A special thank you to Alicia Rocco and her crew, Emily Clary and Nataliya Gurina, for all their hard work. A giant shout out to OP dad Kevin Howell and his SAEDACCO crew for getting the job done, to Preston Sadler from SiteOne for supplies and to Todd Sherril from CMS for clearing the way for us!

Now it is your children’s turn to work their magic adding color and personality to make it even more beautiful!

OP's New Gaga Ball Pit

On Monday, March 5th, the 5th grade class presented a Gaga ball pit to OP, for all grades to use. This was all made possible by the sales of the 5th grade Valentine Candy grams and the help of some 5th grade dads, Mr. Shapiro, Mr. Short, Mr.Terrell and Mr. Wood who took the time to put it together for the class. Thank you to all!

Support OP with AmazonSmile Purchases March 12th-31st

Mother/Son Bowling with Olde Providence

Mother/Son bowling at Carolina Lanes on Sunday, May 20th from 3:00-5:00pm. $15 per person which includes 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and lemonade. Click here for more details.
AMF Carolina Lanes is located at 11210 Brigman Road, Matthews. Purchase tickets by clicking on the Store tab.

Annual OP Volunteer Brunch

Please join us for the annual OP Volunteer Brunch. We'll be honoring our awesome volunteers and serving refreshments on Friday, April 27th at 8:00am in the cafeteria. We appreciate all that you do! We hope you will join us.

Advocacy Update: HB13, Introduction of HB90, Support of HB 866

From NCPTA...

On February 8, NC General Assembly majority leadership announced the introduction of HB90, which will allow a phase in of the K-3 class size mandate. The class size requirements will not take effect until the 2021-2022 school year. Rep. Craig Horn, a Union County Republican who helped to assemble last week’s compromise conference report on House Bill 90, said the bill gives districts “much requested” time to prepare for the state’s new K-3 class sizes by phasing in its caps on average and maximum class size over the next four years. In addition, legislators included a new $61 million recurring allotment for "enhancement teachers" that grows to about $246 million by FY 2021-2022. The funding is calculated on one enhancement teacher for every 191 students in grades K-5. School districts welcomed the funding but noted that many districts currently have a lower ratio with more teachers than the allotment pays for, resulting in a funding shortfall. The legislation also modifies eligibility requirements for Personal Education Savings Accounts and purports to provide sufficient funding to clear the waiting list for the state’s widely-backed, Pre-K program.

PTA leaders, parents, student, teachers and community members were key in the decision by the NC General Assembly to take up the class size issue during this special session. Rep. Horn, Rep. Jackson, Rep. Fisher and many others praised the efforts of the community in their advocacy for schools and a fix to #ClassSizeChaos. North Carolina PTA thanks YOU for all your efforts to advocate, educate and motivate parents across the state. We contacted our representatives, made phone calls, held workshops and we pushed for a change that would benefit ALL students in North Carolina. Congratulations on using your ONE voice for EVERY child!

Although the effects of the class size mandate have been delayed so districts can plan for the full implementation in 2021, the funding of new classroom space in the state's public school is an important issue in 2018 and beyond. State estimates put school facility needs at approximately $8 billion. A bipartisan proposal to place a $1.9 billion school construction bond on the statewide ballot passed a House education committee last year, but never emerged for a full vote in the chamber. North Carolina PTA is part of a coalition of organizations who will advocate for the passage of this statewide school bond, HB 866. For more information, follow NC School Bond on the web, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

OP School Spirirt Days - March 26-28


Monday: Favorite Team Day
Tuesday: Blue Out Day - wear all blue
Wednesday: Crazy “Head to Toe” - crazy hair and socks

Schoolmates - Annual OP and Idlewild Kickball Game

Looking for a fun family night? Join your PTA, and OP staff and families at our annual kickball game! Cheer on our OP Knight teachers, as they take on staff and teachers from Idlewild for an exciting match on Thursday, March 22 on the fields behind OP! Kick-off is at 5:30 p.m. Hungry Howie's and Kona Ice will be onsite and available to purchase dinner and treats for your family, as well as face painting by Mrs. Allen for the kids! Don't miss this event to support our teachers and staff! If you have any questions, please contact or

OP Spirit Night with the Charlotte Checkers

Charlotte Checkers Olde Providence Elementary Spirit Night is on Sunday, March 18, 2018!
$16 Tickets

Everyone gets a free Checkers Hat and $5 from every ticket will go back to Olde Providence Elementary.

Come out to support our 5th grade students as they perform God Bless America before the start of the game!

Anyone want to clean up after the Chuck-a-Puck game? Anyone want to high five the players in the tunnel as they enter the ice?

If so, please email to be entered in a raffle after you have purchased your tickets.

Click here to buy tickets for OP's Spirit Night with the Charlotte Checkers.

Knight's Night at the Charlotte Knights' Game

OP Spirit Day with the Charlotte Knights as they take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders
BB&T Ballpark, 324 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:05 PM
$10 Power Alley Tickets, Sections 124, 125!!
Kids run the bases following the game!

Purchase tickets here.
Deadline to purchase tickets is March 23rd. After this date, tickets will be released to the public.
Questions can be directed to Kelli Fay at

Purchase your $15 OP ball hats for the game by clicking on "Store" tab above.

Let Me Run - Sign Up Open

Let Me Run is a program for 4th and 5th grade boys, meeting twice a week for seven weeks. Volunteer coaches lead the team through a practice, designed to amplify confidence, self-expression, and respect for others, each practice includes a lesson from the Let Me Run curriculum that incorporates running, games and activities. Each fall and spring season culminates in a 5k race festival that celebrates the boys’ personal growth.

Sign-ups open February 1st and season begins March 23rd. Click here to sign up.

Introducing Olde Providence Elementary's Corporate Sponsorship Program

If you are a business owner or if you frequent a business that you think would like to support our school as well as advertise to the entire OP community, please click on the "Sponsors" tab to sign up or learn more. Click here to print a letter for a local business that you'd like to recruit for our corporate sponsorship program. Thank you for your help in making OP the best it can be!

School tours @ OP for Prospective Families

School Tours are starting for prospective families interested in hearing and seeing more of what Olde Providence is all about! We will start on October 13th, and from then on have a tour about every two weeks. To register for a tour, please call Olde Providence Elementary at 980-343-3755. For more information, please contact Joanna Purgason or Patti Chisholm.

OP School Store

The OP School Store is open daily from 7:45a-8:15am. The grade schedule is
 > Monday - Kinergarten & 1st Grade
 > Tuesday - 2nd Grade
 > Wednesday - 3rd Grade
 > Thursday - 4th Grade
 > Friday - 5th Grade
Please let your kids know so they can come visit on their assigned day! If you are interested in volunteering in the store, please contact Angie Faulk. Thanks!

Lunch Schedule

Interested in joining your child for lunch? Click here for the lunch schedule. Remember, you must be a registered volunteer and must check in and out at the front desk.

Spirit Rock Signup/Donations for Helping Hands

Hey Parents!

You may have noticed the giant OP Spirit Rock sitting in the grassy area in front of the school. This is a fun way for us to show some school spirit! Would you like to celebrate your child’s birthday or a special accomplishment? Then show it by painting THE OP ROCK for everyone to see. You may reserve the rock through our sign up genius by clicking here.
While signing up through sign up genius keep in mind, you can sign up for one day per child. The time you have is from 4:00 pm the day before you sign up until 4:00 pm on the date requested. Example: For a birthday that is on the 15th of the month, I would sign up for the 15th, but I could paint the rock on the 14th after 4:00 pm.
*Please consider making a donation for using THE OP ROCK using the School Store

Register as a CMS Volunteer

OP has many different ways to contribute your time as a volunteer. In order to serve as an OP volunteer, in a classroom or PTA setting, you must be a registered CMS Volunteer. Click here to register as a volunteer. (If you registered as a volunteer for a previous school year, you still need to renew your volunteer status each school year.)
Not sure if volunteering is for you? Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer at Olde Providence below.

Click here to read more.

Volunteers Needed at OP

If you are interested in getting involved at OP, please consider volunteering for any of OP PTA's 39 committees. We can always use more help in continuing our programs and traditions at OP. It's the volunteers and community involvement that continue to make "OP the place to be!" Please click here to find a list of committees and committee chairs. Contact committee chairs directly to get more information. Througohout the school year, we will also have signup geniuses posted by committee chairs listed to the right of this home screen for specific volunteer opportunities, so check back often!

Want to share information on the PTA Website, Knight Writer, or Facebook?

We have a new way to submit your information for the PTA website, the weekly Knight Writer, and the PTA Facebook page.  Click on the link below, fill out the form, and it will send it to the three volunteers managing these PTA communication avenues.  
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Deadline for the weekly Knight Writer is Monday at 12 noon
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