John B. Cary Elementary School

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Principal's Message

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    Quote of the Month: “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.” –John Burroughs


    Celebrating the Nature of Spring

    Can you believe that Spring Break is already here? Spring has sprung! The daffodils are in full bloom. Science is happening all around us. Nature is offering a great opportunity to make real world connections. Plants are a tool of scientific inquiry. During Spring Break, students can study and review the parts of a germinating seed and investigate the growth of a seed under different conditions. So, go to Maymont Gardens (social distance of course) and celebrate the nature of spring together.

    Spring allows us to measure the growth of not only plants, but our students as well. As we move closer to Standards of Learning (SOL’s) indicators, many thoughts come to mind. My thoughts are on our school-wide goals moving all students to high levels of achievement across all content areas. In a real sense, SOL’s mark a new beginning. A time to not only reflect but to continue the practice of moving towards innovative virtual teaching and learning.

    Our approach to learning will continue to emphasize a progressive student-centered philosophy which allows students to research, inquiry, discover, ask questions, and probe for deeper meaning. This is a fascinating time in education. It is a time to focus on the innovation and implementation of project-based learning. Pivotal to this time is the enthusiastic change agents called teachers.

    We are fortunate to have such teachers at John B. Cary Elementary School. One of which was selected from her peers to represent JBCES as our nominee for Virginia Teacher of the Year. We congratulate and thank Mrs. Ashley Bland who will represent our school community as the 2021-22 John B. Cary Elementary Teacher of the Year. Thank you Ms. Bland for going above and beyond the role of an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. I can truly say that without Ms. Bland, virtual teaching and learning would look very different in RPS. Thank you for caring and daring to make a difference. Thank you for providing a “nurturing” “loving” virtual environment where children are being prepared for the challenges of the 22nd century.

    Last, but certainly not least, please know that this Earth Day in Cougar Nation will be phenomenal. We are in the final stages of preparing for our ground breaking ceremony of The No Child Left Inside Eco-Campus. Our goal is to use outdoor education as the theoretical framework for student learning. Earth Day is April 22nd and we can’t wait!


    Happy Spring Break Everyone!


    Principal Powell

    Dean Singleton

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  • Welcome to John B. Cary Elementary School where we take pride in our scholars and their academics. John B. Cary is the The W.R.I.T.E. (Writing and Reading Incorporated Together Everyday) School!

    Below is the information for our upcoming supply distribution.  Please plan accordingly.   





    Everything ENCORE can be found here! Click the ENCORE picture below to enter the world of ENCORE! You will have all the ENCORE Google Classrooms, the ENCORE Teacher's Websites and much more! 




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    Visit our JBC Virtual Spring Library
    and our Autisum Acceptance Library





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  • RPS Lit Limo!

    Lit Limo The RPS Lit Limo will be at Cary Elementary every Thursday morning and Friday afternoon! Click here to view the schedule.

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - April 16, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Today's updates: Yale National Fellows – Congratulations to the following RPS teachers who were selected as Yale National Fellows through the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools! In collaboration with Yale faculty members, each fellow will develop a curriculum unit to teach during the coming school year and share with teachers throughout RPS. Taryn Coullier, Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School Emma Kessler, Bellevue Elementary School Tara McCrone, Chimborazo Elementary School Joanna Minott, Huguenot High School Karen Mullins, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Valerie Schwarz, Mary Munford Elementary School Stephen Straus, River City Middle School Kaitlin Waldron, River City Middle School

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  • RPS Direct Update (PM) - April 15, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, In honor of National Library Month, tonight I'm spotlighting the hottest ride in town – the RPS Lit Limo! Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars for a visit. Put the Chromebooks down, stretch your legs, and pick up an actual, physical book to take home. And if you'd like to donate books to the Lit Limo, please reach out to our amazing head of library services, Judy Deichman, at And just remember: Dinosaurs didn't read; now they're extinct. With great appreciation, Jason

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