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. End of grade test scores were sent home last Tuesday, so please check your child’s book bag if you haven’t seen them yet.

  • Opening Doors to Reading – Our new parent volunteer carpool program was a great success this year and provided 4,800 minutes (80 hours) of additional reading help for students. Thank you to all who volunteered and we hope to see you back next year!

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 2015-2016 school year.
  • Keep an eye on our school website for dates and information. School supply lists will also be posted soon.
  • Meet the Teacher – Friday, August 21, 2015, from 11:00-1:00
  • First day of School 1st-5th grade – Monday, August 24

Thanks to everyone for another great year at Cary Elementary!

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Traffic Alert: Kildaire Farm Road and Academy Street

Beginning June 8, at 10:00 a.m. and continuing into the fall of 2015, as part of the Academy Street Improvement Project, drivers should expect delays in the following areas:

  • Academy Street from Kildaire Farm Road to Park Street will be closed to northbound traffic; the southbound lane of Academy Street from Park Street will remain open, as will the eastbound lane on Dry Avenue and Kildaire Farm Road through the Academy Street intersection; the westbound lane on Dry Avenue will be closed between Facility Avenue and Academy Street.
  • Walnut Street will be closed at Kildaire Farm Road; southbound traffic from Kildaire Farm Road will not be able to access Walnut Street and traffic heading west on Walnut Street to Kildaire Farm Road should follow the signed detour at Walker Street.

A signed detour will redirect Academy Street traffic to Walker Street and Harrison Street; two-way traffic on Academy Street will continue north of Park Street. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes; those drivers who travel through the area should use caution.


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End of Year PTA Potluck

PTAJoin us for the end of the year PTA meeting and potluck! We will be celebrating the planting of the “Paw Patch,” our Cary Elementary edible garden. Please bring a dish to share and your own water bottle or non-alcoholic beverage. We will be sitting outside, so please also bring a lawn chair or blanket. Cary Teen Council will be available to watch your children.

WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cary Elementary “Paw Patch” garden

Please RSVP using the SignUpGenius link here.

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REMINDER: Field Day volunteer sign up

field_dayField day will be Friday, June 5, 2015. 3rd-5th grade will participate in the morning (8:45-11:30) and K-2nd will be in the afternoon (12:00-2:30). Please click here to sign up.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Coach Zenkel.

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Every Hero Has a Story: Summer Reading Program

SummerReading_2015Wake County Public Libraries are getting ready to launch into summer reading with “Every Hero Has a Story!

Wake County Public Libraries are offering a summer reading program for readers of all ages (0-5, school age, and teens). The summer reading program is a fun way for Cary Elementary students to continue developing their reading skills throughout the summer and participate in programs that are both fun and educational. Below is the participation information for school age readers.

School Age, Grades K-5:

  • Children who participate will receive a bag, a reading log, and an “I’m a Summer Reader” sticker.
  • During library visits, children will receive book stickers when they visit a desk to share a favorite book with a staff member, attend a library program, or bring their summer reading bag to the library.
  • Each week, they can receive a “Weekly Wow” when they check out three or more books. These include coloring posters, stickers and other themed items. Weekly Wows change each Monday.

In addition to the reading program, there will be some exciting reading events at the Wake County Libraries all summer long. Visit Wake County’s library site for additional information.

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REMINDER: No School Monday, May 25, 2015

memorial_day_cutoutNo school Monday, May 25, 2015 due to the Memorial Day holiday.

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Cary Elementary recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School

DigitalCitizenshipCommon Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Cary Elementary as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School for educating its students to be safe, smart, and ethical digital citizens.

Cary Elementary has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Cary Elementary for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. “Cary Elementary deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

Cary Elementary has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship and literacy resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 85,000 classrooms nationwide.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School,” said Mr. Stanton. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

To learn more about the criteria Cary Elementary met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit

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Home/School Compact Review Meeting

We are looking for parents to help review Cary Elementary’s Home/School Compacts for next year. The meeting will be at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the Media Center. If you are available to attend, we would greatly appreciate your assistance. Thank you for your support of Cary Elementary.

Please RSVP to Joy Hancock at

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Letterland To Visit Pullen Park

Raleigh’s Pullen Park will be transformed into Letterland on Saturday, May 16th from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. to reward preschool and elementary school students in Wake County.

Letterland brings letters to life by turning them into colorful characters, each with their own personality and stories that go along with their sounds. Wake County elementary schools and many preschool programs use the phonics program as part of their literacy instruction.

The Wake County Public School System, WAKE Up and Read Collaborative, and Wake Education Partnership will partner with Raleigh Parks and Recreation to bring Letterland characters and activities to Pullen Park for an exciting Letterland Adventure Day.


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Square 1 Art spring fundraiser


Square 1 Art offers unique art fundraiser programs that transform a student’s artwork into beautiful, professionally made products!

Cary Elementary students brought home their Square 1 Art order forms last week. The stickers are for you to keep. If there are any additional products you’d like to order, the deadline is Monday, May 11, 2015. Orders can also be made online by clicking here.

This is a fundraiser for the art program at Cary Elementary. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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