Volunteers, please help CES by re-activating your volunteer registration


  • All approved volunteers from the 2013-2014 school year must re-activate no later than 10/31/2014 in order to continue as approved volunteers during the 2014-2015 school year.
  • After 10/31/2014, WCPSS will be required to pay for any new criminal record checks on individuals to be re-approved to volunteer during the 2012-2013 school year.
  • The volunteer system is available Monday-Friday until October 31, 2014. After that it will only be available on Mondays from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Visit the Cary Elementary Media Center or check in the CES Office for more information.

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What apps can help my child do better in math?

CommonSenseMediaThere is no shortage of excellent math apps on the market. Your choice really depends on the skills your kids need to practice and how they learn best (for example, through flash cards,virtual money, or story-rich games). Online math sites that combine tutorials, quizzes, and instant feedback, such as Khan Academy and Reflex: Math Fact Fluency, help kids learn math at their own pace.

But math is a subject where you can really think outside the box. Logic, reasoning, pattern recognition, critical thinking, and other analytical skills are essential to learning math, so consider other types of apps that help kids build these skills.

Here are a few areas to look at:

Computer programming
Coding is being hailed as an essential 21st-century skill, and it has some crossover with math. Try:

Counting rhythms, beats, and intervals helps strengthen kids’ understanding of math concepts.

Puzzle games
Puzzlers, especially those that use numbers, strengthen basic arithmetic and teach pattern recognition, improve memorization, and emphasize strategic planning.

This information is from Common Sense Media’s Learning with Technology

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REMINDER: No school October 29, 2014

Teacher workday Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

School will not be in session for students.

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Grounds Garden Workday

How does our garden grow?

GroundsToolsWith help from you, of course. The Grounds Committee is seeking volunteers for our first grounds work day on Sunday, October 26, from 1-4 p.m. We will be constructing the first couple of planter boxes for our new vegetable garden, moving dirt, and doing some light weeding around the school. Building the planter boxes will involve the use of power tools; volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and protective eye wear if you plan to help with the construction. Garden gloves should be sufficient for all other tasks. We hope to see you and your students there.

To volunteer, please visit the SignUpGenius link below.


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Wrapping Paper and Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Please, check your child’s back pack for our wrapping paper and cookie dough sales packet! It should be coming home on Monday. Every dollar helps support our wonderful school!

If you have any questions please email Susan Keen at 4keenkids@gmail.com.

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Cary Elementary Club Update!

Club_ArtThe student application process for clubs will draw to a close on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. If you are interested in applying for a club, please click the following link:


Club leaders will be given the list of applicants to select participants based on specific criteria (time stamp, age, random drawing, etc) and communicate with the student’s family.

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REMINDER: Early Release October 17

Early Release!

Friday, October 17, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.

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Safety Reminder – Please drive safely when on and around our school campus

SafetyFirstWe have many students and families that walk to school each day and we want to be sure our campus and the surrounding area is safe for everyone. Please be sure to follow all traffic rules and patterns and keep speeds safe. Texting and driving is never safe, especially around our school, as we have so many children walking and biking each day. We’ve had some recent “close calls” with walking students and families and cars lately and ask that you please help keep our students safe by doing the following:

  • Follow all traffic rules and patterns
  • No texting while moving—on roads and in carpool
  • Keep crosswalks clear while entering and exiting carpool
  • No U-turns in driveways around campus working to get in line
  • No left hand turns into carpool in the afternoons

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Cary Elementary Clubs!

Clubs are back!  Cary Elementary is excited to start up clubs for the 2014-2015 school year. Thanks to dedicated Club Parent Leaders, Teacher Leaders, and Sponsors we are happy to kick off the year with the following clubs starting in early November, meeting on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 3:15-4:00:

Art Club (K-5) (24 participants)Knitting

Spanish Club (1-5) (12 participants)

Hula Hoopsters Club (K-5) (15 participants)

Knitting Club (3-5) (12 participants)

STUDENT APPLICATIONS:  This year, the student application process will happen electronically.  Simply open the link, complete the form, and click ‘submit’. Club Leaders will be given the list of applicants, select them based on specific criteria (time stamp, age, random drawing, etc.), and communicate with the student’s family.

To apply, click the link below (it will go live at 8:30 on Monday October 13, 2014):


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Spirit Week October 20-24

Next week is Spirit Week at Cary Elementary! To show our Cougar Pride we will be participating in a different theme each day throughout the week. We can’t wait to see you ROARING with Cary Elementary Cougar Pride all week!

Monday, October 20: Mustache Day


Tuesday, October 21: Pirate Day


Wednesday, October 22: Teacher Look-Alike Day


Thursday, October 23: Country / Western Day


Friday, October 24: Patriotic Day


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