PTA Staff Lunch: 3rd Grade Parents (and other Helping Hands)

Every month, our PTA sponsors a meal for our teachers and staff as a little way to express our gratitude. This month, our third grade parents are asked to host the event and supply the needs; but if there are any holes, please fill in the gaps as needed, even if you’re a parent with a child from another grade.  Our lunch will be served on Monday, December 17th.

This month we are making the meal so the needs are a little greater than they have been so far this year. Please contribute however you are able, if you are able.  The sign-up link is listed below.  Thank you so much in advance!


You’re Invited: Winter Holiday Performance

Our performance, A Holiday of Music, features the Cary Elementary Choir and our fabulous First Graders.  Our Choir is composed of third through fifth grader volunteers and they have been practicing 1-2 hours a week since earlier in the fall.  They just performed at the Town of Cary Tree Lighting the first weekend in December, serving as the finale with a three song set just prior to the Mayor handing off the lighting of the tree. This is Mrs. Mata’s first year with our school and she is doing an amazing job leading and teaching our musicians.

The performers will be presenting two assemblies Monday morning, December 17th, for our students, and then having an evening concert at 7:00 PM in the Cary Gym.  The concert is full of fun and inspirational music!  Please join us!

When: Monday, December 17th (7 PM)

Where: Cary Gym




Last Minute Shopping? Help CES While You DO!

Love shopping online during these times of hustle and bustle?  Depend upon Amazon? If you have not already, please consider establishing CES as your “Amazon Smile” recipient, shop via your personal Amazon Smile link, and you automatically make money for our school with every purchase you make.  Simple as that!

It’s a time of baked goods, paper products, and germ prevention.  Keep an eye out for Box Tops on all of these types of goods and more and make sure you “cut them out” for CES!  Meanwhile, before you head out to the grocery store, please make sure your Harris Teeter eVIC card is linked to the school, as well.




And while you’re doing all of this shopping, please remember to take advantage of R City Rocks!  Holiday evening out at the Melting Pot?  Eating out at local restaurants like the mall’s Chik-fil-a, Penn Station, Papa Murphys, Totopos, or others OR spending at Cary’s Spa Retreat or Butcher’s Market? Please remember to text your receipts and CES receives 30% of your total spent during this holiday season! That’s five percent more than even usual!


Thanks for all of your help and happy shopping!

A Message from Mr. Stanton

Kindness has been the Positivity Project theme for this week and it’s been amazing to see the wonderful lessons being taught in the classroom along with the things students have carried out through the week.  I’ve received some kind notes from students and have also seen many kids purposely helping one another.  While acts of kindness are certainly a focus, we also talk with students about the power of kind words. Asking your children what they did in Positivity Project today continues to be a great dinner table conversation starter, especially during this holiday season where we focus on kindness and the prior week’s topic of gratitude.


Each week I read to a kindergarten class, which is certainly a highlight for me.  It’s amazing how much they are learning, both academically and socially.  This past week I read the book “Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type”.  It was fun to explain to them about a fascinating machine called a “Typewriter”.  Kids were amazed that you don’t have to print things out – the typing comes right out on the paper! Technology is a wonderful thing and we continue to enjoy using the new Chromebooks and carts in each classroom this year.  I continue to be grateful of all the wonderful resources, families, students and teachers we have at Cary Elementary.  I guess we’ll have to see if we are grateful for the snow that may or may not be coming this weekend….

PTA Meeting and College Savings Special Guest

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


Thursday, December 13th, 2018

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?):

We will host a special guest speaker immediately following the meeting to discuss College Savings.  Chris Cook with Modern Woodmen of America will speak at approximately 7:30-7:50, or following the end of the PTA meeting. This portion will last 15-20 minutes and is just an informational session we’re providing for those who are interested. Come for the meeting.  Come just for the guest speaker.  Or come to both.  It’s up to you, no pressure!

Childcare is provided for both.


December-Early January Dates to Know

THURSDAY, December 13th

PTA Meeting

(Media Center @6:30PM)
*followed by a Guest Speaker: 20 minute presentation on “College Savings” that you can stay for or not
MONDAY, December 17th

PTA Staff Lunch

(3rd Grade Parents Host)
MONDAY, December 17th

School Winter Performance

FRIDAY, December 21st

Early Release (@12:30)

MONDAY, December 24th-WEDNESDAY, January 2nd

Winter Break (No school)

THURSDAY, January 3rd Welcome Back to School! Happy New Year!
THURSDAY, January 10th

Spirit Night

@ Jumpstreet and Chik-fil-a

Book Stop News

Book Stop Notes!

Please remember that books that come home with stamped colored stickers on them came from the Book Stop at school. Your child is welcome to keep the book, or return it to receive more Bookbucks to shop with!!

It’s important to keep books from the Book Stop in stock so all our kids can enjoy them.  If you have other books at home you can donate that are appropriate please have your child bring them in!! Please keep this in mind over the holiday in case you receive any unneeded duplicates! We are always looking for popular books that our children will enjoy.

Thanks for your support of this wonderful PTA run program. Look for more news about Book Stop promotions after the holidays!

Help Needed: 5th Graders’ Artist in Residence

Families of 5th Graders:

Next week our Artist in Residence will be here. Please make sure to dress students in clothes that can get dirty for at least the first day ( Monday).


THANK YOU!! You’ve done an amazing job signing up so far! We have a few more spots that could be filled, especially towards the end of the week.  EVEN if your child is not in 5th grade, you are welcome, and encouraged, to come and help out.  Please see the sign-up list for available slots.!/showSignUp/70a0b4fa9a8283-fifth2

Still Needed:

  • Volunteers
  • Plastic bags
  • easily ripped fabric (like old sheets, etc)

What to Expect Next Week:

Monday 12/3: We will be shaping one long wire to make skeleton and stuffing plastic bags into animal for shape. Will use string and yarn  ( kids can use any color because this string will be covered in later stages) to hold plastic bags in place. Everyone ( students and adults) will have to be wearing safety glasses when wire is being shaped in the room. Students will have a picture of their animal to work off of.


Tuesday: Finishing up basic shaping of animals. We will use a lot of plastic bags and string to pack and shape the animals. Ears and tails will be added if initial wire was used for body and not enough for ears and tails ( depends on what animal student has chosen).


Wednesday: Some students will continue to be working on shaping their animal while others may start wrapping with fabric.


Thursday: Wrapping with fabric, adjusting as needed to shape legs ( ex, leaner animals versus bulkier animals). Last layer of fabric so string color will be more planned.


Friday: We will be finishing wrapping, adding details like eyes, manes, etc. Glue guns will be used to add the finishing details.

Readvolution is over! Success!

It’s OFFICIAL! Cary Elementary has qualified for the raffle for the Day Field Trip with the Hurricanes by exceeding the goal of 2020 books read!  A far cry from last year, we read 2369 books this year as a school!

Forty-seven of the over 130 elementary schools participating qualified–and we were one!  The raffle was conducted Friday afternoon.  Nine schools were drawn to win the day with the Hurricanes field trip.  Unfortunately, we were not one of them.   But we already know that we are winners, win or lose the prize!  Cary Elementary and its fabulous readers, and all of our supporters and encouragers, are part of what makes this school amazing!  Our efforts more than DOUBLED last year’s.  And we were part of an effort in Wake County where over 250,000 books were read since September 24th!  Astounding!

In regards to the individual portion of the contest, reading submissions were due Friday.  To win 2 free tickets to a designated Hurricanes game, our readers needed to have logged 800 reading minutes.  Your child will receive information about this recognition in the future.  Stay tuned.

Congratulations for such amazing dedication and hard work!  We knew your COUGAR PRIDE would shine through!