The Cougar Call

John B. Cary Newsletter: March 2022

Chalk Talk with Principal Powell

Our vision for John B. Cary Elementary School is to ensure that our students are college and or career ready without exception.

Our Five Core Values:

1. Each scholar at our school is Challenged academically and is prepared for their college and or career without exception.

2. Each scholar enters school Healthy and able to make healthy decisions.

3. Each scholar is Engaged in their learning and ask questions

4. Each scholar is Safe and surrounded by caring adults.

5. Each scholar is Service-driven and works to make a positive difference in the world.

Quote: “To be undaunted by the fight. So today I want to speak some truth about that fight, and the urgency of this moment, and how we are looking to women like you to lead the way, and how we can remain undaunted by the challenges we face.”-Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States of America

According to, Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

I personally celebrate the women of Cary Elementary School. Without their selfless actions we would not be the school we are today. Make no mistake about… The women in our village spend countless hours planning, organizing, teaching, fundraising and much more all in an effort to raise student achievement and promote whole child development.

So, I say thank you. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for modeling the way towards a more perfect society. Thank you for inspiring a better vision of and for society. Thank you for challenging us to be a more inclusive society.

Happy Women’s History Month!

Principal Powell

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John B. Cary COVID-19 Response Team

We are here to support you! If your scholar or family has a concern related to COVID-19, please reach out to Principal Powell directly via email ( You can also call the school (804)-780-6252.

Scholarly Success with Dean Singleton

Happy Women’s History Month!

Happy March to all scholars and families! We have made it successfully through the first semester of teaching and learning, and we are truly thankful for your support and cooperation. The scholars, teachers, and staff are doing amazing work at JBC. Kudos to our entire Cary community!

We are excited to March into Spring! As we prepare for a safe and productive Spring Break, please enjoy these activities with your family for K - 3rd grade and 4th - 5th grade. Also, please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher if your child must be absent or tardy. Now, more than ever, it is extremely important to stay connected with your child’s teacher, our school, and our school district. Be sure to take advantage of all communication platforms (Class Dojo, Remind, JBC’s school website, RPS Direct, and all RPS social media pages).

On behalf of the attendance team, we would like to give a huge shout to Mrs. Woodfolk, Ms. Sickinger, Ms. Booker, and Ms. Kay’s classes for having the top attendance for the month of February. Kudos to your scholars for being present and on time every day. Who’s class will be our attendance champions this month? As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or feedback. I’m happy to help!

​Ketia Singleton, M.T.

Administrative Dean

phone: 804.780.6252


Resilience. Pride. Success. #WeAreRPS

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Upcoming Dates

  • March 18: No School for Students, Parent-Caregiver Conference Day

  • April 4-8: RPS Closed for Spring Break

PTA News

Happy March! Check out all the monthly happenings through the PTA's monthly newsletter, Cougar Roar. Feel free to reach out to or with any questions or concerns.

Timika Vincent

PTA President

Upcoming Events:

  • SPARC Youth Performing Arts After School Camp begins after school the week of April 11th and will last 6 weeks. K-2 students will have Monday sessions and 3-5 will have sessions on Wednesdays. Click here to sign up. More participants in grades 3-5 are needed.


Our Music, Art, P.E. and Library teachers are available to meet for parent conferences on Friday, March 18. Please complete the schedule request by Thursday, March 17 at 4:00 pm to schedule a time. Thank you!

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Counselor Connection with Mrs. Cauthorne

Dear Cary Cougar Families,

Happy March! I hope you are well and looking forward to Spring which is right around the corner. A big thank you to all of our Cougar Community, including our students, staff, and families who have been so dedicated, caring and professional during this school year.

Kids are amazing. They are loving, and full of potential. The problem is that many children simply don’t see the beautiful qualities they possess. I’ve often heard the soft, sweet voices of young students saying that they don’t like who they are. It’s heartbreaking every time. Thankfully, we have the power to give our sweet scholars the tools they need to believe in themselves and be proud of who they are.

Building Your Child's Self-Esteem

Self-esteem — a person's sense of worth — is important for success. When children feel confident and secure, they're more likely to succeed in school and achieve personal goals. As they get older, they learn to confront problems and resist peer pressure. More importantly, having a positive self-image helps a child feel happy and capable of maintaining personal relationships.

Building children's self-esteem is an ongoing part of parenting. Letting children do things for themselves helps them acquire needed skills. When parents respect their children, the children learn to respect themselves. And when parents show affection, kids learn how to share their feelings with others.

Parents' actions influence the way children feel about themselves. When a parent holds a child, the child can feel how important he or she is. Parents who can't be with their kids on a daily basis can call them, write them notes or send emails. Parents should talk to their kids, listen to what they have to say and show them that their opinions count.

Children need their parents' unconditional love and support. The love of a parent should not depend on the good behavior of a child. Even as they set limits and enforce discipline, parents should reassure their kids that they love them. Withholding love from kids when they misbehave will make them feel bad about themselves. Parents sometimes tell a misbehaving child, “You're a bad boy (or girl)!” This tells the child that he or she is bad, not the behavior. Instead, parents should explain to the child what he or she did was wrong and then impose a consequence. For example, if the child hit someone, explain that hitting hurts and remove the child from the room.

Praising children when they behave well makes them feel good and motivates them to continue the good behavior—a win-win situation for parents and children! Parents should praise kids' efforts and their successes. If a child's team loses a game, for example, a parent could say, “You tried hard. You should feel proud of yourself!”

Some people worry that praising kids too much will spoil them. Yet as a child's self-esteem grows, so does his or her sense of responsibility and competence. Assigning chores and praising accomplishments makes children feel valued. Their self-confidence and independence grow, and their increasing sense of security helps them confront the many challenges that are a natural part of growing up.

Studies show that children who feel confident are better able to stand up to bullies. Parents should give kids the tools they need to stand up for themselves and help them learn to solve problems. As they get older, they will be able to handle difficult situations on their own.

The way parents interact with their children influences the type of people they become.

Nurturing parents who share their love helps increase their children's sense of self-worth. Kids learn to feel good about themselves and to care about others. When parents build their children’s self-esteem, a foundation for a strong, loving relationship is laid.

Here is a Positive Self-Talk activity for your child to complete at home:

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Mindfulness, the practice of focusing your thoughts on the present moment without judgment, has many benefits. It can help kids feel more calm and focused and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Use these mindfulness videos for elementary school to help students learn more about what mindfulness is, why it’s important, and how they can practice it. Here is a calendar you can use for the month of March to help you with mindfulness.

Thank you for supporting your child at home and school. Please contact me if you have any questions or need some extra support/resources. I can be reached at

Warmest Wishes,

Mrs. Cauthorne, School Counselor

Dr. Holland's Learning Studio

March is Women’s History Month so we will highlight some women artists including:
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March is also Youth Art Month. Please check out our Virtual Show.

Mrs. Harris’ Bookshelf

March in the Library will find Kindergarten and First Grade trying to figure out How to Catch a Leprechaun! A story by Adam Wallace. After being read the story aloud, students will complete a STEAM lesson by designing, drawing and writing about their own Leprechaun trap! Second and Third Grade will be learning about Important Women that shaped our culture for Women's History Month! Fourth and Fifth Graders are excited about learning TinkerCad and designing their 3D objects to be printed out on the 3D Printer!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! My Great Grandfather John Patrick Donavon came from County Cork Ireland! So, it is one of my favorite holidays! Erin Go Braugh!!

♣ Please help your scholar remember to return their library books each week! ♣

Mrs. Henderson’s Music Moment

The Cary School Family is excited and ‘revved up’ to ‘dive’ into spring!

Students will learn - and sing- songs that highlight a few events/holidays during the month of March in their Music Encore classes! Examples of what they will be learning include songs about Spring (grades K-2); Celebrating Women in Music (grades 3-5); and The History of St. Patrick’s Day. (all grades). Students in grades K-2 will brainstorm and share signs of spring. Songs highlighting flowers, birds, warm weather, rainbows, butterflies, etc. will be taught, and sung.

Students in grades 3-5 will learn about various music genres, and the women who made significant contributions in those areas… i.e. Whitney Houstin, (R&B Singer); Dolly Parton, (Country Music Singer); Julie Andrews, (Broadway, Movie Singer; Actress); Celine Dion ( Pop Recording Artist); Lady Gaga (Pop Singer); Ella Fitzgerald (Jazz recording Artist); Leontyne Price (Opera Singer); and more.

All students will enjoy learning about the history of St. Patrick’s Day, a long-time favorite holiday of children everywhere. They will be excited about wearing green on Thursday, March 17th…St. Patrick’s Day! Yes, we are ready to ‘dive into spring!

Fitness Fun with Mr. Handley

For P.E. in March the focus will be all about our Striking Unit where we will begin using clubs and playing Golf. We will also have a two-week unit on basketball for March Madness. Please make sure your scholar is dressed accordingly for the weather and is prepared for both indoor and outdoor P.E. class. April will be cooperative games and practicing some of the Field Day Games.

Mrs. Burgess' Math Minds

As we get ready to enter spring, many of our JB Cary scholars are engaged in exploring the idea of fractions. This is an area that scholar’s can find daunting. We can make math fun by introducing students to these concepts at home. Talk about fair share with younger scholars by sharing items and making equal groups. Younger scholars do not need to know the names of fractions, but work on understanding equal parts make up a whole! Scholars always understand the idea of fair share when the idea is embedded in food or a time engaged in a fun activity. So break out some snacks and see if they can share them among the family members evenly. Older scholars are working on finding equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions. A great real life introduction to these concepts is halving or doubling recipes. Try to get dirty in the kitchen with your scholar and break out the measuring cups! This is a delicious way to incorporate learning at home.

Highlight On Free Online Games

Math Playground is a great free resource for elementary students in mathematics.

The Reading Corner with Ms. Johnson

Fun book reading activities for Spring include: read a book on a hobby that your child enjoys- cooking, running, gardening; act out the book with puppets; draw and write a book with your child- having your son or daughter become a published author and illustrator is an exciting family activity; and have dress up as your favorite character day! Remember, allow your child to choose books or magazines about his or her interests and share what they read. Finally, take a trip to the library. The library is a great resource where your child can find lots of books to read. Take advantage of the selection at your local library by letting your child pick a book (or two!) that catches his or her attention.

March Menus

Click the link below to view the breakfast and lunch menus for the month of March.

March Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Stay Connected using Remind

Remind for RPS Families

RPS is excited to launch the Remind Plan to provide 2-way communications with families and students!

  • Remind allows teachers who choose to use text messaging to communicate with parents and students. With Remind:

    • Parents can choose how to receive messages – text, email or app. For students, texting is available for ages 13 and over.
    • It allows for safe and secure messaging that is available in multiple languages
    • It has a call feature, so teachers may use it to make calls without using their personal number.

    See instructions below on how to sign up or resubscribe to receive Remind notifications from John B. Cary and RPS. If you need to update your contact information, please reach out to the school!

Sign Up to Receive Texts

To receive Remind text messages, use our school code below and text it to 81010 (including the @) on your mobile device. You can also sign-up online by clicking here.

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