Open the Door to Reading

OpenDoorToReadingThis year at Cary Elementary, we are asking families to volunteer to help open doors at carpool from 8:00-8:30 am.  Our carpool line needs several staff members to run smoothly and having one parent volunteer will allow a teacher to spend time tutoring students first thing in the morning. The more volunteers, the more time teachers will be able to have instructional time/provide support for children rather than being out at carpool.

What can you do? Be available for half an hour to open car doors!  That’s it!

You can volunteer one time, or you can can volunteer 50 times.  Whatever time you have to give, we appreciate!

Please check your calendars and sign-up to volunteer.

To SIGN-UP, please use the link below to see the volunteer schedule and pick your date! We look forward to seeing you in carpool!

SignUpGenius: Open the Door to Reading


No School Monday

Due to Martin Luther King’s Day, the school is closed for holiday on Monday, January 21st, 2019.  We are excited to see you back on Tuesday during regular hours.

This Tuesday, January 22nd welcomes our new quarter!  We will have made it through half of a school year at this point!

Keep your eyes out for report cards coming soon!  Take some time to celebrate all your child has accomplished! 


Help Needed!: Book Stop Chair Shadow Job Available!

*Do you love books? Do you love kids? Do you love organizing? Do you love money (Monopoly-style)?*

(If you’re whispering to yourself…)

Then Book Stop needs you!!

We need someone to shadow the Bookstop Chair parent who will be leaving us next year. The “job” basically runs itself as we have awesome volunteers. However, we do need someone to take charge as it’s one of Cary Elementary’s most unique PTA run stores: no other local school has one!

Your responsibility would be to shadow next year’s chair so you can learn the ropes of how to manage the Book Stop and follow-up the next year as the chair. 

If you have children that are currently 3rd grade or younger, please consider stepping up!  We tend to have highly interested volunteers to help run the Book Stop.  So this position is more behind the scenes, ensuring we have the books needed, prepared, organized, and ready to “sell.”  Volunteers can be found to assist for any jobs needed to make the Book Stop run.  We just need someone to take charge who has a passion for putting books in children’s hands and smiles on those faces!  Organization and money management are helpful skills.

Please contact Margot Bennett at if you are interested. Thanks!

Staff Lunch Sign-Up: Help Needed

Every month a grade level provides a meal, organized by the PTA, to express our gratitude for our amazing CES Staff and Teachers.  This Monday, January 14th, the 2nd grade parents are leading the way, but we could really use the help to fill in some holes for food donations and serving.  Please see our sign-up genius to see if there is any way you can contribute.  Thank you so much in advance!

Important Calendar Information

Students will be in school this Friday, January 18th, as WCPSS assigned it to be a snow make-up day for a lost day due to snow in December.

However, students will be OFF on Monday, January 21st for a School Holiday.  School will be closed.  Tuesday, January 22nd begins our 3rd quarter!

PTA Meeting: Thursday, January 17th

Come join us for our next PTA Meeting of the school year!


Thursday, January 17th, 2019

6:30 PM


Media Center


To stay in the know and to share a voice for our children

What (else do you need to know?):

This is a mid-quarter meeting, which according to official PTA by-laws means we must have the required quorum to vote on the budget.  A quorum means we need a certain number of our PTA parents to be in attendance to represent the whole to ensure this voting process goes through.  What this means to you?  We would greatly appreciate as many of YOU, PTA parents, to attend if you can, so we can have enough voting members in attendance, even if you are not able to make it for the entire meeting.  Please consider attending if you are able.

Childcare is provided.


Scripps School Bee CES Finalists

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 five performers from each grade level bee has 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 January 29th.

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:

  • Veera Changela
  • Audrey Fitch
  • Ava Koren
  • Zaki Rasoulyan
  • Zoe Zein

4th Graders:

  • Rose Burns
  • Qais Dezendorf
  • Natalie Elrod
  • Ariana Estrela
  • Caitlyn Russell

5th Graders:

  • Dorn Fitch
  • Lizzy Kudlak
  • Brandon Ornelas
  • Audrey Smith
  • Zoe Strother

Obviously,  this is a first attempt for our third graders!  But we have several multi-year finalists; Audrey and Lizzy (5th) and Ariana and Rose (4th) have earned finalist status twice, while Dorn has been a finalist in all three of his 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!