Friday, March 9th: Hoops for Heart and Silent Auction Deadlines

Hello Parents,

Thank you to everyone for the participation in the Jump Rope for Heart event this year. Please remember this Friday, March 9, is the final day to turn in donations. To wrap up the event, all students will be participating in a fun day of Jump Rope activities during their PE class this week. Thank you again for your support.

Mrs. Ide


Silent Auction donations are to be brought in this upcoming Friday, March 9th.

There will be a cart in front of the office for drop-offs.  You can deliver those from 7:30 AM-4 PM. Please contribute what you can, if you can, to help our school make this event a success.  There are still a lot of holes to be filled to make these baskets as amazing as possible!  Feel free to be creative. Unused gift cards are also appreciated!  Please contact Deena Fahy for alternate drop offs.

And remember: SAVE THE DATE for the Silent Auction on Tuesday, March 20th! There are some incredible items that will be available!  It looks to be a fun night.



Nominate a Favorite Teacher: Cary Chamber of Commerce Award

We are very excited that once again Duke Energy has decided to sponsor a $1,000 Honor a Teacher Award to a Cary Elementary Teacher.

Through the Cary Chamber of Commerce Honor a Teacher Program, anyone can nominate a deserving Cary Elementary teacher.  This is a great opportunity to nominate a teacher, current or former, who goes above and beyond for our school, students, or community.  Nominations do not need to be extensive but need to be submitted by March 16.

We feel incredibly fortunate to have such great community support as this is the only area we know of in the county that looks to support such an award for all the surrounding schools.

Nomination Details:

We are asking parents and faculty to nominate teachers for this award. Included with your nomination, please describe why you feel this particular teacher deserves this award. Nominations must be received at the Cary Chamber of Commerce no later than Friday, March 16th.

These nominations will then be narrowed down to five finalists that will be interviewed by a designated committee. We will honor all of the nominees and announce the recipient at a celebration at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park on Monday, May 14th from 6:00-7:30pm.


Allison Wrenn

Cary Chamber of Commerce

307 N. Academy Street

Cary, NC  27513

Whole School Family Read Aloud

Cary Elementary is excited to announce a new program: One School, One Book!


To help promote the love of reading and reading aloud, the school has chosen a book title (The World According to Humphrey) for EVERY FAMILY to read aloud together at home, during the same time frame.  Reading aloud has been said to hold the greatest impact on developing good readers!  And we want reading to be seen as a positive experience the whole family will gain from in countless ways!

“Reading aloud to your child is a commercial for reading. When you read aloud, you’re whetting a child’s appetite for reading. … A child who has been read to will want to learn to read herself. She will want to do what she sees her parents doing. But if a child never sees anyone pick up a book, she isn’t going to have that desire” (Trelease, 2013). 

With everyone reading the same story at home, the whole school will be “in” on the story together! Fun, text-related activities at school will help extend, and hopefully spread, the shared joy of reading this book from home to school, back  home again!  You share the reading bond as a family, and the school will follow-up with engaging extensions.  Our goal is to keep the enthusiasm mounting and everyone eager to find out what’s going to happen next, collectively as a school community.

It IS important to note that we need you to purchase through this program, if you can (see below).  In doing so, you are not only purchasing the book, but the curriculum the school will use for the fun follow-up activities as well.  Borrowing the book from the library or purchasing from Amazon won’t help our school meet the necessary quota needed to receive the curriculum as well.  We truly do appreciate your support, and your buy-in, into this new school program!  In paying the $6, you receive the book (at an Amazon-comparable price), but the school also receives the curriculum.  It’s a win-win for both!  As a school, we truly believe this is a worthwhile experience to partnership with together.

We hope you are as excited as us!  More  information of when we will begin and projected reading plans will follow when the books arrive.  As Humphrey would say, we expect this school-wide experience to be fun-fun-fun!

Please look for this flyer about ordering the book in your student’s backpack. For more information, you can also refer to this link about the program:  


You can send in donations if you want to buy a book for another CES family. That option can be used online ( or please note any donations when you send in money with this form.

Thank you!



  • Trelease, J. (2013). The read-aloud handbook (7th edition). New York: Penguin Books.

2nd Grade Parents (and other Helping Hands)…: Staff Meal Help Needed

Attention 2nd Grade Parents!

Twice a month the PTA serves a Thank You meal to our school staff, with each grade level covering the food one month per year. We are asking the 2nd Grade parents to help provide items for the February meals.

Breakfast will be served February 13th and the items needed may be found here..

Lunch will be served February 27th and the items needed may be found here..


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Joy Buckmier –

More Volunteers Needed!: Open the Door to Reading

OpenDoorToReadingThis year at Cary Elementary, we are asking families to volunteer just ONE MORNING 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. Check your calendars and sign-up to volunteer.

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

SignUpGenius: Open the Door to Reading

URGENT: Calling all 3rd Grade Parents…(And any other willing hands)

Twice a month, the PTA serves a “Thank You” meal to our school staff, with each grade level covering the food one month per year. We are asking the 3rd Grade parents to help provide items for the January meals.

Breakfast will be served January 9th and the items needed may be found here:

Lunch will be served January 30th and the items needed may be found here..

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact

Joy Buckmier –

Help Needed!: 5th Grade Cultural Arts Program

Fifth graders are about to conduct their big hands-on arts project during the week of December 11th-15th.  This week long project requires many helpers and this fifth grade class is especially large, so we need even more help than normal!

Parent volunteers of any aged student are welcomed and encouraged to come help out at any time(s) that they can during the week!  Please check the sign-up to submit when you can come.  Friday will be especially helpful since lots of glue gun work will be called for by that time.

As well, if you can’t come, or even if you can, we also need SUPPLIES:

  • plastic bags (ex. grocery, shopping)
  • twine/string
  • fabric (scraps welcomed)
  • general crafting supplies

Each project can use up to 18-20 bags! So you can imagine what that means for how many we need in a grade level with over 100 students!  Please send in what you can, if you’re able.

Materials can be taken to Room 2314 (upstairs, between the 4th and 5th grades).!/showSignUp/70a0b4fa9a8283-5thgrade


The Book Fair starts MONDAY!  There are still openings to help make the Book Fair week and Family Night happen! Many workers are still needed!

  • We’re still in need of craft and breakfast organizers, clean-up crew, face paint station supervising, bake sale organizing and more!

  • As well, below is the sign-up to help the rotations throughout the Book Fair week happen.  Jobs like helping individuals (or small groups of) students look for good-fit, high interest books are available as well as running the cashier during the day of Book Fair week. Openings after hours at Family Night are also available!

  • Please come and support Book Fair Family night (Thursday, 11/16, 5:30-8 PM)! Bringing the school community together always brings out the best in us! Cheer on the Parent vs. Teacher Volleyball match.  Purchase from the bake sale and/or book fair.  Buy your child’s teacher a book off of his/her wish list! Enjoy the crafts!  We can’t wait to see as many Cary Cougar faces as possible.

Please look at your schedule and see if you have some time to help make this event run smoothly!




Book Fair and Related Events Help Needed

Are you good at decorating? Arts & crafts? Hosting events?  Grocery shopping? Supervising teens? Cleaning up?  We need you!

There are so many jobs entailed in the Book Fair that extend further than just helping out with the Book Fair itself.   To entice our shoppers in, we need some help the week prior with decorating! There is a breakfast during Book Fair week that needs someone to help buying the items and setting up.  We have teenagers volunteering to face paint but we need a little help with supervising to ensure the process goes smoothly.  Cleanup: There’s always clean-up.  If you have the time, please consider helping make this event a success!  Remember, there will also be a sign-up for daytime Book Fair help, too!

Please sign up here for whatever ways you can help out!  Thank you in advance! We appreciate it!