CES Grounds Clean-up Day, March 12

GroundsToolsCES Grounds Clean-up Day is just around the corner.  Please consider coming to help keep our school looking it’s best!

When: Sunday, March 12th from 1-4 pm

Where: We’ll meet in the kindergarten playground to assign tasks

What to bring: gloves, wheel barrows, shovels, pruning shears and rakes

We need lots of parent and children volunteers to:

  • Clean-up fallen debris
  • Prune
  • Weed (Main entrance near carpool drop off)
  • Prepare our edible garden for spring planting
  • Prepare our butterfly garden for spring planting
Everyone can participate and help beautify our school.  We will have Popsicle and water for all our volunteers.

Honor a Teacher Finalists Named

congrats to our 5 finalists for the Cary Chamber of Commerce Honor a Teacher Award sponsored by Duke Energy:

Melissa Bachman
Bethany Gribble
Chelsea Cadman
Laura Proven
Lori Shaw

Interviews will come in a few weeks with the winner of the award being named in the spring.  Congratulations to all to finalists!

Donors Choose


DonorsChoose.org 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 create a environment with flexible seating options to address different learning styles.

Check it out: Flexible Seating for Fantastic Fourth Graders

Mrs. Haun will only receive her materials if this project is fully funded by June 11.


Reading_VocabularyDid you know……….when your child comes home with a book that has a sticker on it,  that it’s from the PTA run Bookstop at Cary Elementary? Kids purchase books from the Bookstop that they have earned from either their teacher or from returned books. Once they read that book, they can return it and get Bookbucks back and then buy more books! *And we have a special promotion that if books that are returned that are in high demand (i.e. Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I Survived as examples) they get *twice* the Bookbucks back!

Children are allowed to keep their books if they want, but any books returned are then available for other children to buy. It’s a great opportunity for kids to turn in books from home as well….recycling at it’s best!

Any questions, please email margotbennett8@gmail.com

Lunch account for students who need lunch money 

Did you know….a lunch account is now available to help students who need lunch money that day.  school-lunchIn the WCPSS parents can apply for free/reduced lunch for their children.  Any student who forgets their lunch money can also receive fruits and vegetables and a water.  We now have an account that families can contribute to that can cover the cost of a lunch if a student does not have lunch money for the day, either the full price or the reduced cost for some students.  The account can be used by any student until the balance reaches zero.  If our staff recognizes that the same students are continuing to need the account we would also reach out to the parents to see what other help may be needed.  If you would like to contribute to this account please send a check made payable to “Cary Elementary” and write “extra lunch fund” on the memo line.

Psychologist’s Corner

kim-gettyRemember a while back when I was talking about having a growth mindset? Well to piggy back on that, I wanted to point you to a set of super short but inspiring (and adorable) videos you can share with your children. The videos follow a character named Mojo. One day, Mojo has a tough time in math, “realizes” he isn’t smart, and decides he may as well just give up…but then a friend helps him learn about the growth mindset. The videos’ messages are simple but impactful, and while geared toward younger kids, older children would certainly benefit from taking a look.

And while we’re talking about the growth mindset again, I figured now’s a good opportunity to share some info on self-esteem. As we know, self-esteem is critical for students’ success — not just academically, but also socially and emotionally — and it’s also a big part of developing a growth mindset. This handout provides some great tips and strategies for helping ensure children develop and maintain healthy self-esteem. (And you might be surprised: building self-esteem isn’t all about praise and stroking egos — kids need to experience setbacks, too!)



Free or Reduced Lunch Requests


If you would like your child to be considered for  free or reduced lunch, please request a lunch form either from your child’s teacher, the front office or send an email or call Maria Young, myoung6@wcpss.net 919-388-5171. You will receive notification of your application after 1 to 2 weeks. Please ensure to send money or lunch with your child until you receive notification of your application.

Thank you,

Cary Elementary


Si a usted le gustaría ser considerado para el programa de almuerzo reducido o gratis, por favor pida un formulario a la maestra, la oficina, o llama a Maria Young 919-388-5171, myoung6@wcpss.net.  Usted recibirá una notificación de su solicitud dentro de 1 o 2 semanas. Por favor, asegúrese de enviar dinero o el almuerzo con su hijo hasta reciben notificación de su aplicacion.


Cary Elementary