Help Wanted: Communications

It’s that time of year.  You’ve looked back to see what was working best for you and your family.  You’re looking ahead to see places you can make changes.  If one of the areas you are considering changing is working on getting more involved at school, we are here to help.

Keep an eye out on this page, FB, e-mails, and papers sent home for ways, short- or long-term on how you can help make CES an even stronger community for our children.


Help Wanted

What’s Needed?: Newsletter Organizer (

Why? To effectively communicate information from the school and PTA to the parents. All need-to-know information can be found in one place for parents.

Job Description: To compile and compose weekly posts for this blog/newsletter about upcoming events and other school-wide information needing dispersed

Do you like to know what’s going on in advance at school?  Are you organized? Do you like to share information with others so they can be in “the know,” too?  Do you like to write? Are you detail-oriented?

Job parameters: 

  • at home, on your own time
  • no in-school/daytime hours required
  • do need to have posts compiled, ready for approval on a regular basis (therefore need to be relatively timely by nature)
  • weekly posts

Helpful, but not required skills: familiarity with WordPress/Blogger (but can easily be shown how if not)

When: Officially next school year (2020-21), but you can shadow me starting anytime or have training at the end of this school year

  • All instructions will be written out specifically for you to follow so there’s no guess-work on what to do
  • I’ll still be around to ask questions at any point if you need help

Please contact me if you have any interest or questions!


No School: Monday, January 20th

Please make note on your calendars that Monday, January 20th will be a school holiday.  Students and teachers alike will have the day off.  Please make preparations for your child’s care for this day and we’ll return as usual the following Tuesday.

While addressing your calendar, please note that this year’s is different.  Typically we have a workday (day off) in pairs around Martin Luther King Day.  However, this year, the Teacher Workday is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th, the week following the holiday off.  Please be aware as you make your plans that this is a change to what has been usual.  Children will not have school on this day either. Thanks!


Important January Dates to Remember


Monday, January 6th

Welcome back to school!

Saturday,  January 11th

Spirit Night at Jump Street

Thursday, January 16th

PTA Meeting

6:30 PM @ Media Center

Monday , January 20th

No School


Thursday, January 23rd

School Spelling Bee

@Cultural Arts Center

Wednesday, January 29th

No School


It’s time!

Have a safe, happy Winter Break!  Enjoy time with your families! Refresh and come back ready to tackle the new year!  We’ll see you on Monday, January 6th! 

…………and snuggle up with some great books, too!


Wake Up and Read Book Drive Begins Again!

Once again, CES is participating in this book drive to ensure every child in Wake County has books to read over breaks from school.   We will have boxes out in our foyer to collect gently used or new books for children, newborn through twelve years old, which includes board and easy pictures.

There are also wishlists available via Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Quail Ridge if that’s an easier way for you to donate or you would like book title suggestions.

Our collection boxes will be available from January 6th through February 15th! Please help us fill them out and make sure every child has books at home to read!

Cary Elementary Scripps Spelling Bee Finalists 2019-2020 Named

The last weeks before the break, our third through fifth graders were busy competing in class and grade level spelling bees.  Those top classroom finalists (approximately five per class) moved on to the grade level competition.  The top performers from each grade level bee have earned a spot as a finalist in the upcoming school level bee, which will be held at the Cultural Arts Center on the evening of Thursday, January 23rd.

Anyone who has witnessed, or participated, in a bee before understands the focus and intensity involved.  Please congratulate these amazing spellers as they prepare for the next level of competition:

3rd Graders:

  • Caleb Burns
  • Zachary Gordon
  • Yassin Said
  • Hillary Thomasson
  • Andrew Wojchikewych

4th Graders:

  • Coco Barker
  • Raoul Favret
  • Grace Mills
  • Lawrence Qiao
  • Zoe Zein

5th Graders:

  • Ari Adams
  • Rose Burns
  • Kaitlin Davies
  • Ari Estrela
  • Emmie Hand
  • Elsa Lukins

Obviously,  this is a first attempt for our third graders!  But we have several multi-year finalists;  Zoe (4th) has earned finalist status twice, while Rose and  Ari E. have been finalists in all three of their qualifying years.

The winner of the school level competition earns the right to compete at the Regional Bee.  The Regional winner earns his/her way to compete at the National Bee!

Best wishes to all of our finalists!

A Message From Mr. Stanton

I’d like to wish all of our Cary Elementary families Happy Holidays.  It is certainly an exciting time of year where we have been busy with some engaging activities around school.  I was very proud of the great job our choir did at the recent Town of Cary Tree Lighting and look forward to the CES Choir and Music Mania Instrumental Club performing Monday the 16th during the day for students and at 7:00 for parents in the school gym.  5th graders enjoyed their recent artist in residence experience where they made wire bead art and 4th graders enjoyed their Wilbur Wright experience.

This is a time of year where many talk about being thankful.  I continue to be incredibly thankful for Cary Elementary and its wonderful families, students, and teachers.  Each day I’m reminded of the amazing things are students are capable of and the learning that is taking place here.  Thank you your support of our recent food drive where we were able to donate 513 pounds of food to the Cary Dorcas Food Pantry!

Winter break runs from December 23 – January 3 with us returning to school on January 6.  I hope you all have a wonderful winter break.  I’ll be spending some time at home here in addition to taking a trip to Buffalo to see my family…and likely some snow.

Safe travels and Happy New Year!


Rod Stanton

Winter Break Begins

Friday, December 20th, IS a hurricane make-up day.  School IS in session.  However, Winter Break begins at the day’s end and officially lasts from Monday, December 23rd-Friday, January 3rd.  School will resume session on Monday, January 6th, 2020!

More Help Needed for Staff Lunch

Without a doubt, it’s a busy time of year.  However, we have some more slots to fill to ensure that our monthly meal for our amazing teachers and staff goes off seamlessly.  This month’s meal will be lunch on Wednesday, December 18th. If you are a third grade parent and haven’t signed up, please check out the list to see if there’s a way you can contribute.  Parents from other grades, we would love for your support to help fill any gaps.   Thank you for all of your generosity in helping make our teachers understand how much we appreciate them!

Cary Elementary Represented in Downtown: Tree Lighting and Gifting Tree

Last Saturday, our Cary Elementary Choir, led by our Music teacher, Mrs. Mata, performed before a large audience at the Cary Town Tree Lighting.  They opened the show with three songs and represented our school with PRIDE.  Our chorus is composed of third, fourth, and fifth grade students who volunteered to join the choir and put in the extra effort outside of school hours. It was obvious that the students have worked hard during their weekly practices before school this semester.

In combination with the Music Mania Club (5th grader club), they will perform many more songs for the school on Monday during the day time, and then there will be a special performance for parents on that evening, December 16th at 7 PM in the gym. 


Other Downtown Representation:

Remember that our Gifting Tree from Cary Elementary PTA is located in front of the Cultural Arts Center (nearer to the library side).  Our art club, composed of 5th graders, and PTA decorated the ornaments for our tree. Please vote DAILY!  Feel free to share the link to others to vote.

We also encourage you to take a walk to visit the downtown trees and  have your child(ren) pose with ours and post that picture on our pinned FB post