School Pictures are Rescheduled for THIS Friday!

Get your smiles ready!  School picture day has been rescheduled for THIS Friday, September 28th!

Please remember that these pictures are pre-purchased, so complete your print or online order form PRIOR to Friday, if you have not already done so. Teachers have kept any forms turned in for the original photo date.

Remember, these pictures are used for the yearbook, so we want everyone ready to go with a smile! Thank you!


NO EARLY RELEASE DAY THIS FRIDAY and other Make-Up Day Changes

Our students have missed three days on the traditional calendar due to Florence. WCPSS changed the previously designated make-up dates after the third miss.  The finalized three days that students need to attend now are:

  • THIS Friday, September 28th is now a FULL day (NOT an Early Release day, as before)
  • Friday, October 19th is now a FULL day (NOT an Early Release, as before)
  • Wednesday, October 31st (NOT a teacher workday; students WILL attend)

2nd Annual READvolution Begins!

Wake County is excited to announce that we are participating in the 2nd year of Readvolution!

Kickoff begins MONDAY, September 24th!

How to Log Your Minutes:

That’s all it takes!  Students are assigned, and let’s admit it, choose, to participate in daily reading anyways!  If your student logs this (ALREADY ASSIGNED) reading on his/her student dashboard using their WakeID,  these minutes count!  You track books read (to accumulate a book total) as well as minutes!  These are logged for a school total/average.  Updates are given along the way.  We have TREMENDOUS room for growth compared to last year! 

We had MANY  ‘Canes ticket winners for completing the 20 minute averages daily! I am confident we can show off our love of reading here at CES after last year’s practice run! 

Remember, they have set two clear goals for us: to read 2020 books as a school AND 20 minutes daily (or MORE) individually!

Tracking is essential to reporting the data.  They have no other way to know you’ve completed your reading without having logged your time and books read. 


PTA Request for Staff Lunch (5th Grade Parents, and other helping hands…)


Our school provides one lunch meal to our teachers and staff a month as a show of our deep appreciation for our children’s educators and caregivers.  The needs are assigned to a grade level over the month to lighten the load, so please be on the lookout for how you can help out, especially when your child’s grade pops up.  Room parents should be sending out the requests via e-mail.  The needs are usually very simple and small, but your contribution adds up!

Occasionally we have gaps, so we’d really appreciate your taking a minute to see if there’s anything you can do to help make these meals as successful as can be, even when it’s not your designated meal!

Thank you so much for your generosity. These meals lighten the load and brighten the days of our amazing CES staff!

Our first meal will be Monday, September 24th.  Please check out this link to see if there any holes you might be able to fill to make this effort go seamlessly for our organizers.  This month is particularly simple because of the amazing generosity of City BBQ providing the meal!!  But we have a few set-up/clean-up needs, as well as drinks.  Thank you!!


A HUGE thank you to Kiwanis!

We are excited to announce that in an effort to support our school as we educate the students of Cary and work towards the mission of Wake County Public School System, the Cary Kiwanis Club has donated $3000 to promote the 4C’s at our school.

We will be using this money to purchase BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. as well as books for the media center to support the EL curriculum in Grades 3-5.  Thank you for their generosity and support of our students!

RCity Rocks!: An Easy, NEW way to make money for CES!

Do you like to eat at City BBQ?  Totopos?  Chick-Fil-A (mall)?

Have any plans to go to Phillips Farm?

These shops, along with other ones, will return 25% of your receipt to CES PTA!**

All you have to do is:

  • text “Join” to to sign up.
  • Then, text a picture of your receipt to that thread, every time you purchase from one of these partners.

That’s it.  Voila!  A percentage (currently 25%!) of what you spend will be returned to our amazing school just for your enjoying experiences you already do!  This is a fantastic way to make funds for our school, which in turn will provide great opportunities and experiences for our own.

**The website states 5%, which is AMAZING TOO!  But e-mails have confirmed that matching donors are matching to 25%, at least currently.  The participating vendors give back the 5%, while the listed “community pillars” help match up to the 25%. This might be subject to change, but we’re thankful for what they’re offering–and can take advantage of an INCREDIBLE deal meanwhile!

Great Harvest, Penn Station, Papa Murphys, Original NY Pizza, Melting Pot and many more are participating vendors!! 


Please collect those Boxtops!  This is another simple, easy way to contribute to our school with very little effort.  You just clip the box top off of products you already buy, double check the expiration date, and send in to your child’s teacher!  These little clippings translate into easy money that truly adds up over time!

Hopefully you’ve been stockpiling over the summer and are ready to declutter!  Please send these in and start your stockpiling all over again!

As usual, send them in, if you can’t do anything else!  But if you want to be super helpful, please sort/count/label them in groups of 50s whether you use baggies or these helpful collection sheets.

Cary Elementary has gained $23,583.56 of LIFETIME easy money because of YOU.  All it takes is keeping an eye out for those labels, saving, cutting, and sending them to us.  This money makes a difference and it takes so little.  Maybe we can even work to increase our local standings!

Thank you!

If you are interested in helping collecting and counting the Boxtops, please contact Sara Dickson.  It’s a simple job that does our school a lot of good! 



We know we have some Amazon lovers out here!  Before the holiday madness even begins go ahead and complete this ONE simple (super quick!!) registration. After doing so, every purchase you make afterwards via your Amazon can send a percentage back to our school.

  • Go to
  • Click on “My Account”
  • On the bottom right, you’ll see a “Shopping programs and rentals” box
  • Click on “Change your charity”
  • Type in “PTA North Carolina Congress Cary Elementary PTA” where it says “Choose your own Charity” in a blank box field.
  • Select “PTA North Carolina Congress Cary Elementary PTA”
  • You’re assigned a “” link.
  • Bookmark this amazon link (or place in your header tab as a quicklink) to be the link you shop via amazon. If you forget, it’ll ask you in the future if you would like to see the same shopping page via your page.  Click yes, and when you make a purchase, the percentage of money is sent to CES!

Making money for your school while doing what you already normally do?  Can’t get any easier than that! 

CHANGES in School Directory: Please Read

Hello CES Parents,

The PTA will be publishing our Student Directory again this year. Due to changes in how WCPSS is allowed to share student information, we must change the way we compile our Directory. This year, families must OPT-IN in order to be included.  Please be on the lookout for a flyer containing your address and phone number as they are currently listed in the WCPSS database for your student(s).  When you receive it, this will be your chance to make changes to your address and/or phone number and to indicate whether you’d like your student to appear in the directory.  If you decide to OPT-IN, the directory will list your student’s name, grade, teacher, phone number, and email address (if you provide it). Mailing addresses will no longer be listed.

 Whether or not you’d like your child in the directory, please complete the questions on the flyer and return to your student’s teacher by Friday, October 5th. If you have multiple students, you only need to return one form for your family. The directory is only distributed to CES students and staff, and all flyers are destroyed after use.

If you have any questions about this, you can reach me at

Thank you!


Thinking about the State Fair? Buy tickets via CES code!

Here’s an excellent way for you to get your advance gate tickets to the NC State Fair (Oct. 11-21st) and help Cary Elementary raise money!

For every $8.00 Adult FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket purchased using a school code, $2.00 will be returned to our school; for every $3.00 child advance ticket, $1.00 will be returned to our school.

To be sure the money goes back to our school, you will need to enter Cary Elementary’s code number, which is 364.

You can purchase advance tickets by clicking here.

Please feel free to forward this email to relatives, neighbors, and friends. The more tickets sold from Cary Elementary supporters, the more money is returned to our school.

Don’t wait too long! Once the opening fair day arrives, the ticket prices increase, and no money comes back to Cary Elementary.

September PTA overview

Thank you to Once Upon a Child in Cary for returning as our premier Platinum Sponsor!  Once Upon a Child buys and sells gently used kids’ stuff – all seasons, every day.  Save huge on these items and help support a small locally owned business that is a big supporter of Cary Elementary.
Once Upon a Child in Cary, 253 Grande Heights Drive, 919-380-8768