Important dates the week of September 1

LaborDayNo school on Monday, September 1, 2014. Enjoy your Labor Day Holiday! 


Kindergarten classes start on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. 


Early release on Friday, September 5, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.

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Welcome back, Cary Elementary!


Welcome back to another wonderful school year at Cary Elementary. We hope that everyone had a successful first week of school. Cary Elementary staff worked hard to make sure everything was perfect for your child’s return to school.  Taking inspiration from #100HappyDays, our school motto for the year is #180DaysofHappy.

#100HappyDays was started by Dmitry Golubnichy. Through conversations with his friends, he realized that he didn’t appreciate life to the extent that he should. So he set himself a challenge, deciding: “I will be a happy person, and for 100 days, I will try to appreciate the life that I have and I will find at least one little thing each and every day that will make me feel happy and grateful.” (find out more)

We are very excited about your child(ren) helping make that happen at Cary Elementary by bringing their smiling faces everyday!  We look forward to a great 180 days of happy!

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Bus routes

Bus2This is a message from the Wake County Public School System for families at traditional calendar schools who will ride the bus to school.

With the new school year, bus locations may change based on the students on the route.

Bus stop locations were posted online Monday, August 18, 2014, at Click the Bus Routes link.

Cary Elementary’s bus routes can be viewed by clicking the preceding link. Find the intersection nearest your residence. Be at the stop 10 minutes prior to pick up.

Families that do not have access to the internet should check their bus routes with their school.

We encourage parents to review bus safety and their family bus plan with their children to get the new school year off to a great start.

Questions?  Please contact Transportation:

(919) 805-3030

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Late bus text alerts


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Open the Door to Reading

OpenDoorToReadingThis year at Cary Elementary, we are asking families to volunteer just ONE MORNING to help open doors at carpool from 8:00-8:30 am.  Our carpool line needs several staff members to run smoothly and having one parent volunteer will allow a teacher to spend time tutoring students first thing in the morning. Check your calendars and sign-up to volunteer.

To SIGN-UP, please use the link below or visit our school website to see the volunteer schedule and pick your date! We look forward to seeing you in carpool!

SignUpGenius: Open the Door to Reading

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How can I manage my Cary Elementary newsletter subscription?

You can manage your Cary Elementary newsletter subscription in two ways:

  1. Email from the newsletter: Open an email you have received containing posts from the newsletter, locate the “Unsubscribe or change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions” sentence near the bottom of the email and click Manage Subscriptions.
  2. WordPress Account:  If you have created a WordPress account and are logged in, you can also manage your subscriptions by clicking the Follow button near the top of the right column of the blog.

Which delivery option should you pick?

  • Weekly: This is the recommended subscription option, as it contains all the week’s posts in one email.
  • Daily: You will receive a daily digest of any posts published during the week. Newsletter posts are typically published on Saturday afternoons.
  • Immediately: You will receive immediate individual emails from each newsletter post at the time of publication.

You can change your delivery preference as many times as you like until you’ve found the one that suits you best.


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A Message from the PTA President

Welcome back Cary Elementary families! PTA

Hopefully you all had a wonderful summer break and are ready to jump into a new school year.

We are excited to begin a new year at Cary. We have a lot planned for the coming year and look forward to a busy start. We continue to reach our families through electronic communication, emails, and the online newsletter we post weekly. Please consider this form of communication to receive information faster, and more efficiently. We will have places where you can post your email at the upcoming Kindergarten Meet the Teacher on Friday, August 29, 2014.

The PTA also plans to conduct several fundraisers this year, including:

  • Pass the Hat – a form of fundraising where you donate any amount you feel will benefit the school without having to sell a product. 100% goes to school.
  • Cookie Dough / Gift Wrap fundraiser
  • Restaurant Nights
  • Box Tops
  • Coke Points
  • Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger, and Target cards – link your store card to the school and checks are received quarterly.

The PTA would not be able to function without the support of families and volunteers at Cary Elementary. Therefore, we invite everyone to attend the PTA meetings held once a month in the CES Media center. These meetings include child care and small group breakouts.

Additionally, the Cary Elementary’s PTA has a new website! Check it out here:

Thank you for all you do at the school, we are going to have a great year.


Nancy D. Haywood,  PTA President

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Congratulations to Kristine Harris!

Congratulations to Cary Elementary’s own Kristine Harris!  She is one of the 5 semi-finalists for Wake County’s Assistant Principal of the Year for 2014-2015.  Mrs. Harris has been the assistant principal at Cary Elementary since 2010.  The results will be revealed at a principal/assistant principal banquet on October 8th at Marbles Museum.

Kristine Harris, Assistant Principal

Kristine Harris, Assistant Principal


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Donor’s Choose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on their site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.

Currently, one of our 4th grade teachers, Mrs. Haun, has an open Donor’s Choose project.  Mrs. Haun is seeking donations to assist with the purchase of Scholastic Dynamath magazine to help make math more relevant in her students’ lives.  Through August 25, 2014, will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $100! To donate, click on her name above and enter the code INSPIRE.

Thank you for your support of Cary Elementary’s teachers!

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Another Great Year at Cary Elementary – Rod Stanton, Principal

Dear Cary Elementary Families,

It is hard to believe the end of another school year is upon us. Things have gone by quickly and it is always exciting for me as I visit classrooms and see the wonderful growth in learning and maturity that has taken place in our students.

Thank you to all of our volunteers this year. We enjoy having you here and you have been a big part of all the learning that has taken place. A special thanks to all the parents, grandparents, and former Cary Elementary staff members who came to help proctor our recent End of Grade tests. The testing office has let us know that End of Grade tests scores will not be ready for parents prior to the end of the school year but will be mailed out to some time this summer.

Looking ahead:

  • Summer letters will be mailed to all Cary Elementary families in early August. These letters will contain important dates and information for the start to the new 2014-15 school year.
  • Keep an eye on our school web site for dates and information. School supply lists will also be posted soon.
  • Opening Doors to Reading – Our new carpool program for next year will look for 1 parent volunteer each day to help open doors for students in the morning. If we can get 1 parent to help each day of the year we can free up a teacher who will use the time to tutor a group of 4-5 students in reading. Stay tuned for information on how to sign up.

Thanks to everyone for another great year at Cary Elementary!

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