The Bookstop opens on Tuesday, September 15, 2015!

The Bookstop is a PTA-run used bookstore located in Room 123, just off the main hallway at Cary Elementary. Bookstop began when one Cary Elementary parent wondered what to do with their child’s book collection. At our Bookstop, students are paid pretend money (“bookbucks”) for any used book they bring in from home. They can also earn bookbucks from teachers for good behavior. Students can then use the bookbucks to purchase books from the Bookstop. Previous years have turned over more than 9,700 books!

Please purge your kid’s bookshelves and send in book donations! Books need to be in good condition and age appropriate for K-5. We will also consider accepting trending Young Adult or adult novels in good condition if they can be turned in for bookstore credit at used bookstores around Cary, as we can use the store credit to buy more books for Cary Elementary.

If your child brings home books with colored dots on them, they are theirs to keep; or the books can be returned and traded in for new books when they are finished reading them. Parents are welcome to stop by and check it out! We open Tuesday, September 15, 2015, and will be open every week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8-9 a.m.

We are always in need of Bookstop volunteers—it’s a great way to volunteer at school, meet other parents, and get to know our students. The kids learn about shopping and money, “ownership” in reading, as the kids own the books they “buy,” and is recycling at its best!

Please contact Kathleen Ramage or Margot Bennett if you have any questions.


WAKE Up and Read Children’s Book Drive

Cary Elementary is excited to be participating in the WAKE Up and Read book drive again this year!

WakeUp&Read_BookDriveDonated books will be distributed to children across Wake County to build home libraries. There will be book collection boxes in the school lobby during the month of February and we ask that you donate new or gently used books appropriate for children birth – 12 years of age. If you need guidance on specific titles, WAKE Up and Read has Wish Lists with Quail Ridge Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. The shared goal is to ensure that more children from low-income families have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners. Working together, we can build stronger students and a stronger community.  To learn more, visit

The Book Stop needs your old books!

From the desk of Kirsten Vaughan, Book Stop committee:

The Book Stop still needs your help!

BookStopWe are extremely low on books for First graders and Kindergartners. Please go through your shelves at home, and keep an eye out at garage sales for us! We are also in need of 2 sturdy but small and easily set up folding tables (rectangular preferred – around 2′ x 3′ or 2′ x 4′ would be ideal, and no legs that have the buttons to push to raise and lower, please). Let me know if you have any ideas. Most importantly, I am still looking for someone (preferably with a young child at CES) who would like to be in charge of the Book Stop. I have one more year here, and can be a co-chair for next year if you want a little guidance. I’d love to hand Book Stop over to someone who loves it! Please come by on a Friday morning 8:00-9:00 am to talk with me, or Tuesdays or Thursdays 8:00-9:00 am to see what it’s all about and chat with the other volunteers. It’s fun, rewarding, and not very difficult or time-consuming most of the time. Thanks!

Questions? Email Kirsten Vaughan.

District 9 Dinner Meeting

dinner-table-settingCary Elementary is privileged to host a District 9 Dinner meeting on April 14, 2014, at 5:30 PM. We will be feeding the principals, assistant principals, parent representatives, and our superintendent, Dr. Merrill!

Please help us show Mr. Stanton how much we appreciate him by serving a delicious meal for our guests. All food needs to be delivered to the PTA room by 5:00 PM. Please bring the pasta and bread warm.

Visit SignUp Genius to volunteer for time slots and donate food items.

WHEN: April 14, 2014, at 5:30 PM

WHERE: CES Media Center

Contact Joy Buckmier with any questions.

Recycled Animal Art

Each year, Cary Elementary fifth graders take part in a special project with local artist Bryant Holsenbeck. Under Ms. Holsenbeck’s direction, the fifth graders will be making animals out of recycled materials. This is something the students look forward to every year, but we need your assistance to help make this a success. We need donations of the following:

  • Yarn, lots and lots of yarn
  • Plastic grocery bags (We need huge quantities of these, so don’t be shy!)
  • Ribbon
  • Woven material (we need to be able to rip it into strips)
  • Beads
  • Buttons
  • Baubles or broken jewelry

Recycled Animal Art week is April 7- 11 (the week we return from spring break), so please send in materials this week or the week after Spring Break. If you would be interested in volunteering that week of April 7, please contact Mrs. Beard at

Bryant Holsenbeck with recycled animal art.

WAKE Up and Read Children’s Book Drive


Cary Elementary School will be collecting new and gently-used children’s books to benefit the WAKE Up and Read book drive. Our school can make a difference in our community just by donating books! Please clear your cluttered shelves of books your kids have outgrown, or bring in favorites of your own, so that we can help Wake county children grow up loving books.WakeUp&Read_BookDrive

When: March 2 – 29, 2014
Where: Drop books in bin in the main foyer

Book donations should be appropriate for children birth-12 years of age. Used book donations should be gently-used (covers and pages intact, clean, and readable).

The WAKE Up and Read campaign was launched in 2012 to address one of the most critical junctures to lifelong success, reading on grade-level by 3rd grade. This unique community collaboration includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, all working together to help every child develop the necessary skills for success in school and beyond. Our shared goal is to ensure that more children from low-income families have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners. Working together, we can build stronger students and a stronger community. To learn more, visit

The Book Stop needs your old books!

Attention Cougar Parents:

The Book Stop is in desperate need of your old books!

Every year, we augment our school’s used bookstore with books from the county library Annual Booksale. We are already out of almost all of the books from this past library sale; the rest of our books come from donations provided by YOU. This  means that in order for us to keep sending books home with your children, we need more to come back in to the Book Stop.

How can you help?

Look though your children’s bookshelves and pull out anything that is appropriate for K-5 readers that you might be finished with, and send them in with your child on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings, or leave them with the office any other time. Your children will receive bookbucks in return for their books, and can “purchase” new books at their current reading level.

No baby board books please, but we are especially in need of picture books for kindergartners and 1st graders. Old magazines are welcome as well (National Geographic Kids and Highlights are always popular).

Thank you for your continued support.  Email Kirsten Vaughan with any questions.

Kids Care Club Food Drive


Please help us feed families in need this holiday season! The Kids Care Club will be collecting food the week of December 9 to benefit the Dorcas Food Pantry located on High House Road in Cary. They will be serving over 12,000 neighbors in need this year.

  • Who: All bucket-filling CES students, staff, and families
  • What: Food Drive benefiting Dorcas Food Pantry
  • When: Monday, December 9 – Friday, December 13
  • Where: Cary Elementary front lobby

The following items are in severe shortage:

  • canned meat (stew, Spaghettios/Ravioli, etc.)
  • canned salmon or tuna
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruits
  • canned potatoes
  • sugar (2 lb. bag)
  • flour (2 lb. bag)
  • peanut butter & jelly
  • dried milk

Please contact Caroline Derifaj for more information.

The Book Stop needs your old books!

The Book Stop needs your old books!

If your children have outgrown the books sitting on their shelves, the Book Stop is a great way to exchange them for books of their current reading level! Send in your old books suitable for K-5th (no baby books please). Have your children drop them off at the Book Stop on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings between 8:00-9:00 am, and we will “pay” them for their books with bookbucks; they can then “purchase” better fit books in the Book Stop with their bookbucks. These books are theirs to keep, or read and return in order to get new books. We have not had many books returned to us compared to how many we are selling right now, so our stock is getting low. We rely on your donations to make our used book swap a success.

Questions? Email Kirsten Vaughan.

Cary Elementary Bingo Night

BingoJoin Cary Elementary teachers, parents, and students at Bingo Night. You may even win a prize!

When: Friday, May 17, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: CES Cafeteria

Bingo starts at 6:00 p.m. and costs $3.00 per person to play all night. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. Look for some brief announcements from the PTA just before the start of Bingo.

Every Bingo player will be entered into a drawing for a free iPad Mini provided by the PTA!

Can you donate a prize (anything under $5.00)? Donations are appreciated! Please drop off any donations at the front CES office before May 17.

Contact Susan Keen via email or phone at 919-244-5231 if you can help or have any questions.