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.



PTA Staff Meals: 1st Grade Parents (and other Helping Hands!)

First Grade Parents (and others willing to help fill the gaps)…

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 1st Grade parents to help provide items for the March meals.

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


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


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

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

March Dates to Know

Friday, March 2nd, we will have an Early Release.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 PM. Please make plans for any changes in transportation or afternoon care that are necessary.  Thanks!


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 9th--Silent Auction/Gift Card Submissions are due
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14th--PTA Meeting (@6:30 in Media Center) **NEW DATE**
  • Tuesday, March 20th--PTA Coffee Chat (@ 9AM, Mayton Inn)
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 20th-- Class/Individual Spring Pictures
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 20th-- Lip Sync Competition/Silent Auction Night (@ 6-7:30 PM)
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 27th—Dairy Queen Night (6:00-9:00 p.m.)
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 29th-- Make-up day for snow (School as normal)
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 30th--School Holiday (No School)
  • MONDAY (4/2) through FRIDAY (4/6)-- Spring Break (No School)

Have you missed any submission deadlines?

Life gets busy.  To-dos get forgotten!  We understand!  Please skim through this list to ensure you’re up to date on these school deadlines:


As always, we cannot provide the support for the school without  YOU!  Thank you for all that you do to contribute!  We cannot express our appreciation enough!

Jellybeans Night! TONIGHT!

No plans tonight? Come join us at Jellybeans for some roller-skating fun! We get the rink to ourselves from 5:15-7 PM.  Meanwhile part of the admissions goes to fund our school!  It looks to be a fun night for our Cary Elementary community!

What You Need to Know about the Silent Auction

On March 20th, 2018 the PTA is hosting our first annual Silent Auction during the Lip Sync Competition. All proceeds will benefit our Special Education classrooms and Teachers.

A Silent Auction is where themed baskets combining various prizes and experiences and/ or individual prizes are auctioned off. Individuals get to bid by writing instead of by voice. There will be individual bid sheets setting minimum bids and we invite each parent to participate to win wonderful prizes and benefit our IDMOD/ Special Education Classes.

If you want to get involved with donating prizes there are three ways to help:

1. Sign up to contribute to your grade’s baskets. See the links below:


2.Make a financial contribution to a grade’s basket. This will allow the PTA to beef up baskets to make them easier to auction.

Financial contributions can be sent to Natalie Miller’s paypal account

3. Donate a larger item to be auctioned.

We need YOU to help out with even more contributions.  But there are already some great auction items listed!

  •  1 free week of Rock Camp with Mr. Teachout! Amazing!!!
  •  Highlight Painting paint one room walls free (2) coats
  • Tickets to Cary Players show at Cary Arts Center
  • City Garden $25 gift Card
  • Pair of tickets and parking pass to Hornets Game
  • One month of free dance lessons from Tutu School with a dress up bag
  • 3-4 hours of in home behavioral consult or tutoring for children, or training for parents for by an autism specialist for both neuro typical and atypical children. ($250.00 value)
  • ....and we hope a lot more exciting experiences to come!

We are also hoping to have some more great teacher experiences to offer!




The Silent Auction on March 20, 2018 is going to include a $5.00 punch wall for kids and parents.  If you have any unused gift cards of $5.00 or more value that you want to donate please turn them in on or before March 9, 2018 to the PTA Mailbox.  

  • The PTA lockbox is in the mailroom in the main office by the mailboxes.

Please make plans to help give items to the auction.  It’s for a great cause!  Use the above sign-up geniuses to help for suggestions and let the grade levels know what to prepare for in each basket.  And be ready to make some bids on some amazing baskets and/or items on an exciting, and fun-filled, Auction Night! 

As always, thank you for your support!  We could not pull this off without you!

Cafeteria Changes


As many of you may have heard, we have made some exciting changes with our cafeteria.  Our Kindergarten students are following similar procedures and seating, like they did before; however, there have been some differences with our 1st through 5th grade students.

  • As adults, we certainly enjoy choice and we want to give the students that opportunity, when we can, as another way to teach them a good life skill. Our 1st – 5th grade students will have choice in their seating.  Students of these grade levels may sit in any seat, within their assigned zone.
  • We are asking students to get everything they need for lunch, before sitting down. This would include water, utensils, condiments, napkins, etc.
  • We now have an assigned area for birthdays and celebrations, within each zone. Anyone who wishes to bring in treats is asked to please sit in that area and hand out the treats, as each class member walks to their seat.  Please plan to arrive at the beginning of lunch, to pass out treats for any celebration.  Our instructional assistants will be glad to help you with our new procedure.

We welcome you to come visit the new and improved Cougar Cafe – rumor has it, the pizza is great too! 😉