School programs: “WE NEED YOU!”

We have a lot of programs that keep our school running and blossoming.  Hopefully, this introduction will let you know (or remind you) of what we have going on around here at CES.  But as well, we hope that you take the time to find a place where YOU can help.  As you read, please keep an eye out for a potential great fit for your interests and schedule.   We need as many helping hands, and hearts, as possible to keep CES the amazing place it is for our children and teachers.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to step up in your own way.


This committee has two main priorities: the grounds and the Paw Patch.

  • We have 2 workdays a year, usually in October (we spread 10 cubic yards of mulch) and March/April (weeding and planting), weather depending.    On these days, there are various jobs for general clean-up of the outdoor campus. Please be on the lookout as these dates are posted.  Feel free to just show up.  No weekday commitment.  We just need whatever time and energy you can give to help spruce up our school grounds.
  • Carla Delcambre, who leads this committee, also runs the “Edible Garden” we have called the Paw Patch and the Pollinator garden in the Kindergarten playground.   The children at CES have grown: tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, beans, okra, garlic, potatoes, strawberries, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, lettuce, snap peas, broccoli, cabbage, beets, cilantro, basil, oregano, thyme and currently we are growing pumpkins for a fall harvest.  The children “sell” their produce to the teachers for book bucks.  This allows the children to buy books in the CES book stop.

Volunteers Needed:


  • Volunteers needed on 2 Sundays (one in October, another in March/April), for whatever hours you can donate, typically between 1-4 p.m.  If weekdays are hard on you to get to the school, here’s a great opportunity to consider. It’s also for great for those with a green thumb or just with hands ready to work.
  • Plant plants in planters, as you’re available
  • Care for campus (weed, water, plant), as you’re available (weekends included)

MANY, MANY hands are needed! 80% of the grounds work takes place here. 

Paw Patch/Pollinator Garden:

  • Volunteers who can help out during the school day to help with instructional experiences (discussion of seeds, measurement, etc). Sessions can last from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
  • Available from 8:00-8:30 to pull small groups (2-3 students) to harvest and sell
  • Available to weed, water, and plant

Interested helpers do not have to be available on a regular basis.  All help is welcomed and requested! 

Please contact Carla Delcambre if you’re interested! Thanks!



My name is Staci Stepp, and I am the Spirit Wear Chair. Spirit Wear takes care of the ordering and selling of spirit wear and school spirit related items. We also take care of the school store, where kids can purchase fun school appropriate items before school on Fridays.

I am in need of one more person to help out with the school store on Friday mornings. Job would entail making sure the flow of traffic to the school store runs smoothly, helping children pick out items and count their money to pay for items. We would arrive 15-20 minutes before store opens to set up, and stay until last bell rings.

We also need some volunteers to help throughout the school year with shirt orders, inventory and distribution to classrooms.


  • School store (1+)—need to be available on Fridays, 7:40-8:30 a.m.
  • Take orders at events (2+ people)—be available to help families fill out order forms for spirit wear at school events
  • Inventory organizer—be able to sort and distribute inventory when arrives

Please email me at if interested.



The Bookstop is a PTA-run used bookstore at Cary Elementary located inside the school and is a HUGELY popular program. Its success is due in large part to the support of parent volunteers and our school staff…..and of course donated books! Students are paid pretend money (“Bookbucks”) for the used books they bring in from home. Teachers also provide Bookbucks as incentives in the classroom.  The kids then use the Bookbucks to “purchase” books from the bookstop, which is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8-9 a.m.

If your child is bringing home books with colored dots on them, these are theirs to keep. OR….they can bring them back and trade for new books when they are finished reading them.

We will gladly accept donations but request that they be very gently used and current. Kids love popular books such as Easy Readers, Harry Potter, Barbie and Princess, Puppy Patrol, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and more.

Please feel free to visit the Bookstop table at Meet The Teacher and Open House!!  We are in need of parent volunteers.  Please see below.

Volunteers Needed:

  • BOOK DONATIONSAnyone can help out here with no time commitment involved! Please send in gently used books.
  • OUTREACH DONATIONS–If you’re interested in contacting local sources who are purging books, this is the job for you!
  • SUBSTITUTE BOOKSTOP WORKER—Available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, OR Fridays, during the 8-9 a.m. time slot? If you can fill in for regular volunteers when they can’t make it, please use above contact e-mails!  They’d love to have your help!
  • BEHIND THE SCENES– If you’d like a job that’s more flexible with its time commitment, we could use someone who could copy/cut book bucks, sticker the incoming books, etc.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact or


The PTA serves meals to the entire school staff about twice per month.  Each grade is asked to help with one month per year, providing the requested items needed to serve 2 meals.  The menu will be set in a Sign-Up Genius and sent out to the room parents, to be forwarded to the appropriate classes. These meals are served in the teachers’ lounge.

Volunteers Needed: 

  • Lunch set-up: If you’re available on the assigned Tuesdays and can help get the lunch set out, this would be a great help. Lunches are usually provided ONE TIME A MONTH.  If you can help out between 9 a.m-10 a.m., please consider contacting Joy Buckmier about your ability to assist. This can be for one month only, or as many as you’re available.
  • Lunch clean-up: If you’re available on the assigned lunch Tuesdays between 1:30-2:30 p.m. to help clean up, you could be a big help.  Lunches occur one time a month, so if you’re available one month only or more, please contact Joy.
  • EARLY BIRDS UNITE! Breakfast set-up: If you’re available on the assigned Tuesdays (see calendar) prior to 7:30 a.m. and can help get the food set out, this would be a great help. Breakfasts are usually provided ONE TIME A MONTH.  If you can help out during this time frame, please consider contacting Joy about your ability to assist.
  • Shadow: If the idea of organizing meals for our teachers sounds doable to you, please consider helping Joy out this year, learning the process. She’ll be moving her talents to middle school next year, so this position will be EMPTY.  If you would like to have an amazing example to model after before you lead yourself, here’s a great opportunity.
  • Everyone! You’ll be receiving a sign-up genius with items you can send in on your assigned month, based on your child/ren’s grade.  Please be on the lookout for this sign-up so we can ensure that our teachers are shown how much we love them with these meals.  More information about what, when, and where to send food-wise will come with your invitation.

Be on the lookout to help send in assigned food items during these months if you have a child that is in:


1st –March



4th –November/December

5th –late September/October

If you can help out at in any way with meal set-up, clean-up, or shadowing,  please contact Joy Buckmier.


We love coming together as a school community!  To make all of this fun happen, we need hands to get it accomplished.  These events are great for those who can’t make it during the day to help out but want to see the children in action or for those who want to just share in the fun.


  • Family Fitness Nights 10/10/17 – Different areas of the school will have fitness stations set up and we need parents to help out in the stations and clean up afterwards.
  • Lock-In 12/1/17 – Parents drop their children off and we feed, have activities, and watch a movie with them.  We need many volunteers to help run this event and clean up afterwards.
  • School Game Night 1/9/17 – We will be playing various board games in the cafeteria.  We will need volunteers to help run/monitor the games and clean up afterwards.
  • Undecided Event 4/24/17 – We will be having an activity that runs along with our Parents vs Teacher and Alumni Soccer Game.  If someone knows an event that we should do and would like to run it please let Billie know.

Please contact Billie Hilliard at if you are available to help plan or organize.  Sign-ups will be coming for helping out to help set up, run, and clean up the events.


Cultural Arts is a volunteer committee that schedules a wide range of workshops and school wide performances using PTA funds and United Arts Council’s grant money. We welcome any input from teachers and parents on suggestions for Artists to help supplement and support the curriculum. Last year we coordinated with teachers from each grade level to bring in a day or week long workshop for each grade.  Students and teachers have enjoyed the PTA bringing in these various Artists and we need continued support from our families to continue to fund Cultural Arts events.

Upcoming events for 2017-2018:

  • Drum For Change ( Kindergarten) October 10th sponsored by the PTA
  • Donald Sinta Quartet ( Second- Fifth grade) November 3rd-sponsored by Town of Cary’s Cary Arts Center
  • Writer’s Residency ( Fourth Grade) November 27th-December 1st. Sponsored by the PTA and United Arts Council.
  • Artist in Residence ( Fifth grade) December 11-15th. Sponsored by the PTA and the United Arts Council.
  • Bright Star Touring Theater ( all grades) Performance Feb 12.  Sponsored by the PTA and the United Arts Council.

*still need to book Science Safari for first and second grades and an event for third grade as well as booking an Artist for our preschool special education and self contained classrooms. Events can be dependent on class sizes, amount of classes per grade so planning can go well into Fall.


  • PLANNING—(Late school year—Summer—through early Fall) Usually begins towards end of the school year
  • CULTURAL ARTS SUMMER EVENT ATTENDEE(S)— We need at least ONE VOLUNTEER/each to attend two events with Cultural Arts in August to qualify to apply for their Arts in Schools grants.
  • COORDINATORS—Needed DAY OF THE EVENT (see dates above). Coordinate with teachers and Artists and pay Artists the day of event or pay United Arts Council if Artist is part of one of their grants.
  • GUIDE—Needed DAY OF THE EVENT (see dates above). Typically a volunteer is present to help Artist find classrooms and help as needed during Cultural Arts events.
  • WORKSHOP HELPERS—During the week of each grade level workshop, we need people available to help out during workshop times. Check the Events calendar (listed above) and see if you have time available that week to help out. Please contact Jenn if you are able.
  • ART MATERIALS DONATIONS—(EVERYONE) Due before the week of December 11-15th, 5th graders need fabric scraps, plastic bags, notions, and other art/craft supplies. Be on the lookout for the suggested list and save any leftover craft materials that might prove useful to send in.

Please email Jenn Smith at if you have any questions or you are interested in helping out with the Cultural Arts committee.


Cary Elementary School hosts the Scholastic Book Fair each fall, with the mission to help children become avid readers and lifelong learners. The Book Fair is also vital for generating cash and resources for our school library and is a lot of fun!

The Book Fair Committee begins planning as soon as school starts in order to be ready for the Fair the week of November 13-17th.


PRIOR to the Book Fair

  • Planning theme and other needs (as soon as school starts)
  • Organizing family night food, crafts and activities for Family Night
  • Arranging a Breakfast and Books event
  • Copying and sorting paper flyers
  • Creating decorations

DURING the week of Book Fair

  • set up
  • Needed during school hours (as short as 30 minute shifts): run the cash register
  • Needed during school hours (as short as 30 minute shifts): help all of our students find Good Fit Books
  • Helping out at the breakfast (before school, likely Tuesday, November 14th)
  • Family Night: Thursday, November 16th (decorating; helping with games, crafts, and food; running the cash register)
  • FRIDAY afternoon (end of school day): take down the fair

If you love connecting kids to books and want to help with the Book Fair this year, please contact the Book Fair chairpersons: Kristin Paskanik, Emilie Hood, and Jeannette Selvaggi. 


In the Spring, this committee organizes and implements a week of events and gifts to honor our teachers during the month of May.  We also work with local businesses for donations to sponsor drawings for prizes.  These are announced on the school news and increases the excitement.  We will have one meeting in the Fall to introduce everyone and get communication going.  We primarily meet beginning in January to plan the week in May.  In the past, we have gotten enough donations that we have gifted the Teachers’ lounge with a new outdoor table and chairs and a Keurig Coffee Maker.

It is a great way to get involved and fun to give back to the teachers that love your kids!  There are various ways to get involved.  This is friendly to the working and stay at home parent alike.  Join us to give back!


  • PLANNING—one meeting in the Fall, and more regular communication/meetings beginning in January, with the task of coming up with a game plan for the week. *Creativity is not required but is a great bonus!*
  • WILLING TO SEEK DONATIONS—Contact local businesses for prizes, gifts, and treats for the teachers
  • COVER TEACHER’S LUNCHES (Need enough to cover all classes)—On a selected day during Teacher Appreciation Week, be willing to cover a class during lunch/recess so ONE teacher can have an hour lunch. You can cover more classes if you have the time. Sign-up genius will float around to organize this portion.
  • DECORATORS—creative or can be helping hands to those who are, available early on during Teacher Appreciation Week and/or for special events
  • MEAL PLANNERS–plan ideas in advance for special meals for teachers
  • MEAL PREPARERS—available during the designated week in May
  • SERVE MEALSavailable during breakfast or lunch times during designated week in May

If you are interested in helping out with this committee, please contact Kara Hand!


Boxtops are seen on many goods and products.  By cutting them out and collecting them as a school, we can earn significant money.  However, we are still in need of a volunteer (or more) to help with this program.  Without the hands to make this program work, we miss out on some fairly easy money.  While this position does have duties throughout the year, the 2-3 submission dates per year would require the most of your time and that mostly involves counting and a little paperwork.


  • COORDINATE PROGRAM—organize and advertise the program; submit the paperwork
  • COUNTERS—count the submitted boxtops (can be same person, but the more people the easier)
  • PROMOTERS—come up with fun competitions or motivations for students to submit the Boxtops

Please contact if you are willing to help with this MUCH needed position.

Harris Teeter Together in Education

Harris Teeter Letter Spanish

Here’s an EASY EASY way for EVERY family to help our school.  Please:

This must be done every Fall, even if you have signed up before.

How it works?
When families shop at Harris Teeter and buy Harris Teeter brand foods, the store will automatically donate money to the PTA. This program does not cost any money to families. This in turn is money to our school.

Where does the money go?

At the end of a school year, the PTA gives any surplus money to the school to buy needed supplies and technology.  Last year we earned around $1,000.00 with this program.

How can we make this successful?

By LINKING YOUR CARD and BUYING at Harris Teeter!

Best ways to help…

  • Please link your card RIGHT NOW (so you don’t forget). Even if you did it last year, we are required to re-link EVERY SCHOOL YEAR.
  • Also, please tell your family and friends to link their eVIC card to our school. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, etc. can all link to our school!  Each person can link to multiple schools.
  • If you need help, you can email your eVIC number and/or phone number on the eVIC account and Claire Green will happily submit the information on your behalf.


To make money for the school JUST by shopping.  PLEASE re-link your eVIC card.  It’s SIMPLE and QUICK.  Claire will help you out gladly if need be, but the more families that take care of it on their own help lighten her load.  But she’s more than glad to help you out to help the school earn that money, if need be.  Please link it yourself or send her an e-mail so she can do it for you.

Volunteers: EVERYONE CAN HELP (<1 minute of your time)

Contact: Claire Green

Other areas of need…


We are looking for a few volunteers who are bilingual (English / Spanish). We want to be able to communicate with everyone in our community. We have several opportunities in this area that can be done at home on a computer as well as a great need to have someone who can attend some of the events and meetings. You don’t have to commit to everything! If we can get a few folks then we can share the wealth! Together we can do great things!

  • BILINGUAL (English/Spanish) TRANSLATOR—communicate and translate via the computer, as needed
  • BILINGUAL (English/Spanish) TRANSLATOR—translate at school events and meetings, as needed

Please send an email to if you can help!