One School, One Book Survey Feedback Requested

Parents, Students, Teachers!  We NEED YOUR Feedback!

In April, our school participated in the program where each family received a book to read aloud together at home.  Everyone in the school shared in the same book at home for a common reading experience to discuss.  The school supported the reading with various learning extensions.

This was CES’s first attempt with the One School, One Book program.  Please take a minute and complete the survey so the school has an idea of what you liked (or didn’t like!) about this reading initiative!   Students and teachers, make sure you offer your opinions as well!

Please use the following link for the survey:



NO SCHOOL: Monday, May 28th

The school will be closed in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th.  Students will return on Tuesday, as usual.

Third grade parents, remember that the first day upon returning, your students will be taking the Math EOG, completing their first year of End-of-Grade Tests!   Please make sure they come well rested after the long holiday weekend. We know they’re ready!

End-of-Grade Testing Begins

EOG Testing begins at the end of this week for our Third Graders with the Reading EOG! When the school returns from Memorial Day, the other two upper grades will join in, after the third graders finish up with the Math EOG.

Please make sure your students get a great night’s sleep, as usual, and have a healthy, sustaining breakfast the morning of each test.

Also. please arrive ON TIME each morning.  Testing begins promptly at 8:45AM. Students need time to settle in prior to beginning and if your child arrives after testing has begun, he/she will NOT be able to participate in the day’s test (and will need to take part in the Make-Up dates).

Breathe.  Relax.  This is just the time to show off what they know!


  • FRIDAY, MAY 25th – 3rd grade Reading (EOG)
  • TUESDAY, MAY 29 – 3rd grade Math (EOG)
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 – 4/5th Reading (EOG)
  • THURSDAY, MAY 31 – 4/5th Math (EOG)
  • MONDAY, JUNE 4 – 5th Science (EOG)


Harris Teeter VIC PTA Volunteers Needed for 2018-2019

Hello Cary Elementary Families,

My name is Claire Green and I am the parent of a 2nd grader and 3rd grader at Cary Elementary. I currently assist the PTA with linking Harris Teeter VIC cards to the Harris Teeter Together in Education program.

This is a great program because it doesn’t require a ton of leg work but yet brings in money to the PTA while parents do what they are already doing, grocery shopping!  So far this year the PTA has earned over $1400!

I am looking for 2 parents to join me to form a committee.  Below I will list what will be required.  It is not a lot and not all year.  So, it is a great committee to get your feet wet, if you have been wanting to volunteer with the PTA but weren’t sure where to start.

1. Be willing to assist with working at a table at the following events. Popsicles at the Park (August for new Kindergarten families); Meet the Teacher events; and Open House events.
This consists of standing at a table during these events and asking parents to complete a slip of paper with their name and phone number that is on their VIC account.  Then you would turn these in to me and I would enter the data into the HT TIE account.
This would be helpful so I have someone to take turns with while we meet our children’s teachers and go to Open House.

2. Attend a linking event at a local Harris Teeter store in August and September.  This requires standing at a Harris Teeter on a Saturday or Sunday and requesting shoppers to link their card to our school.  We added 100 links to our account this year doing this, therefore, hopefully doubling our money that we earned last year!  There will be a sign up genius to ask other parents to join us for the event so that no one is there the entire 4 hours.  Our goal next year is to have 2 of these events.

3. Willingness to learn how the data entry process works, so that when my family moves on to middle school another family can take it over.  (The time commitment depends on how many people fill out slips. Maybe a couple hours max, when it is convenient for you)

Thank you for taking the time to consider this request.

Please feel free to contact me at with any questions or to let me know you are interested in joining me.

Have a great week!

Claire Green

Bus Information for the 2018-19 School Year

Bus Information for the 2018-19 School Year


  • Bus Rider Registration 2018-19 School Year: On Friday, May 11, 2018, we will begin receiving (via the web and the Transportation Module) requests from transportation eligible families for the 2018-19 school year.


  • Cut off Dates to Ensure First Day Service: Any transportation eligible family who needs to make a change for 2018-19 is requested to meet the following deadlines to ensure service on the first day of school:
    • June 11 for Year-round calendar schools (regardless of track assignment)
    • June 25 for Modified calendar schools
    • July 30 for Traditional calendar schools
  • Post Bus Routes: Bus routes will be posted to the web and will be communicated to families via SchoolMessenger based on the following schedule:
    • June 22 for Year-round calendar schools (regardless of track assignment)
    • July 13 for Modified calendar schools
    • August 17 for Traditional calendar schools
  • If your (transportation eligible) child will be riding the bus from the same address to the same school next year, you do not need to take action. If you need to update your bus service, please go online at  
  • Up-to-date transportation information is available in your student’s Home Base/PowerSchool account. More information on Home Base is available at
  • If your student is assigned to a bus but is not a bus rider, please submit the decline bus form at so that we have the most up-to-date information

NO SCHOOL Wednesday, May 16th

Wake County has closed schools this Wednesday due to inability to match enough subs to fill the vacant holes for teachers participating in the upcoming Education Rally in Raleigh.  Please make plans for your children’s care for this day, as necessary.  Students will return Thursday, as usual.

The day will be an optional teacher workday.  Students WILL NOT have to make up the school day. 

End of Year Updates: Book Stop and Box Tops

As the school year prepares for its last flourish, we have some ends to tie up as well!

The LAST week of Book Stop will be the week of May 14th, meaning the LAST OFFICIAL DAY will be Friday May 18th. 

Summer reading is ahead!  So this is a GREAT opportunity for students to return books to get their Bookbucks and buy great material for the summer to read!

Also of note, over the summer, please remember to save books to return back NEXT YEAR to help CES restock inventory to begin another new year!

We appreciate all of our Book Buyers and Donators!


As you’re thinning out the year’s collections of what accumulates around the house, this is also a GREAT time to turn in those Box Tops you’ve been stockpiling but forgetting to send in.

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.

Most importantly, keep cutting these labels out over the summer so we can start off next year strong!  Thanks again for all of your donations this past year.  Cary Elementary has gained $23,561.56 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.  Thank you!


Teacher Appreciation Week is HERE!

Hopefully we are letting our teachers know how amazing we think they are throughout the year!  But this is our time to make it ALL  ABOUT THEM.  They need to know we recognize how much effort they put in to each day, how much love they show to our children, and how much we love them for it!

A simple card or thank you note will do.  But if you are able, there are other simple acts of love suggested.  Below we have provided a schedule of daily actions of how to express our appreciation:

If your little ones need assistance getting started with their cards, here is a printable (Day 1):

Another way to show appreciation: WCPSS  “Thank You Squad”

Another FREE way to honor your teacher is to nominate your beloved teacher(s) via the WCPSS link provided below.  They are sending out a “Thank You Squad” to honor selected teachers with balloons, goodies, and good ol’ fashioned praise throughout the county this week.  All you have to do is spend a couple of minutes of your time and maybe, just maybe, one of our teachers will receive this public honor!  They’ll even let you know if your teacher was selected!  BONUS!  Given that their deliveries are THIS WEEK, time is of the essence!  Please make an effort to select some of your teachers as soon as possible!

Please show your love for our superheroes!  We can’t wait to see them feel the adoration! Thank you for helping find business contributions for their gift raffles, meals, and snacks!  And thank you for supporting our teachers each and every day!

Cary Elementary Summer Camp 2018

Hello Cary Parents,

Please take the time to review your summer plans for little Cougars. If you are in need of summer camp experiences, consider Cary Elementary Summer Camp. At Cary Elementary, certified teachers take students on daily field trips and various engaging activities that will surely challenge your young one.

If interested please, as limited spots remain, email John Babson (, or see Donna Jo Gunlock in the office for information.

Mrs. Wilson Changes Positions

Please welcome Stacy Wilson to the Cary Elementary front office as our new school data manager.  Mrs. Wilson has been a Cary Elementary teacher assistant for many years in addition to helping run our after school program and summer camp.  While she will be greatly missed in these areas we feel fortunate to have her stepping into the big shoes left by Susan Barrier who also has done great things for Cary Elementary over her many years here. Mrs. Barrier has moved into a role at central office for Wake County Schools in their curriculum department.  

 Rod Stanton