John B. Cary Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Leading with Love, Teaching with Love, Reopening with Love

    Opening Quote: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” Maya Angelou

    August 30, 2020

    Welcome Back!

    Let me first say, welcome back to all of my awesome families who have been with us over the years. Also, let me say welcome to our awesome new families and thank you for joining us on this journey. You have selected to be a part of Cougar Nation. Our school is a place where love is, whether in person or in this virtual space. When it comes to leading with love and teaching with love… Love will go where like is afraid to tread. So, let’s be mindful of this moment in history and understand the urgency of this hour. We often hear about what the 22nd Century learner would need in order to be successful. Many believe that it is a complex matrix of ideas that will move our students further, faster. People tend to focus on some new learning that needs to take place. Truth be told, the 22nd Century skillset is really an old skillset that needs to be revisited. This is why I am so excited about our EL Reading and Eureka Mathematics curriculum choices.

    The new EL Reading and Eureka Mathematics curriculum offers problem solving and critical thinking. These are skills that have always been around. Whether humans were solving the complexities of travel across the Potomac River in the 1600’s or traveling to the moon, complex real world problems have always been there. There are two essential questions that we must ask ourselves, “How do we create a learning atmosphere where children want to know? And, “How do we gain access to opportunities for every student?” We must continue to create a culture within our school where students are being prepared for careers that have not been created-even in this virtual environment.

    John B. Cary Elementary School’s mission includes a commitment to engage in high quality environmental stewardship of our natural, human and material resources. To that end, we are moving aggressively to transform our elementary school campus into 22nd century model that meets its educational and community goals without degrading the ecological, social, and economic systems on which our region and all of our futures depend. In brief, we are moving our campus in the direction of leaving no carbon footprint within the next two years and peak our students interest in Green career paths early in their development. Thus, creating scientists and leaders with an eye on protecting the environment.

    What an exciting year ahead!!! Key to our success in this virtual space is Communication and Collaboration. Let’s pull together and stay together; and our children will be the prime benefactors of our collective synergy. Please know that… We are made for this!

    Our schools website will be our central location for up to the minute information.

    Yours in Service,

    Mr. Michael Powell-Principal

    Mrs. Ketia Singleton–Academic Dean 




  • Welcome to John B. Cary Elementary School where we take pride in our scholars and their academics.



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    Thursday, September 17th from 7:00PM to 8:05PM

    Back To School Night Schedule

    Session 1 - 7:00PM-7:29PM

    Session 2 - 7:30PM-8:00PM

    * Parents may request to have individual meetings by using the Google Chat Feature in the Google Meeting. *


    Below is the link to all your teacher classrooms for Back to School Night. 

    Teacher Back to School Night Link


    Click the Link below to hear Back to School Night Messages from Mr. Powell and Mrs. Singleton


    Back to School Night Messages


    Click the Link below to hear messages from our ENCORE, Coaches and Interventionists Specialists. 

    Back to School Night Messages


    lit limo  

    The Lit Limo will be at John B Cary every Friday afternoon from 4:30-4:50.
    Come get some free books and other assistance! 


    News from Mrs. Cauthorne

    Important Information from our Cary School Counselor

    •           Mrs. Cauthorne

      Hello Cary Cougar Families,      

      As we all adjust to the time away from school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to assure you that I will continue to dedicate my time to serving our school community and providing school counseling services for your child. I recognize that this may be a stressful and challenging time for many families and your children are likely to want to have access to counseling support. My desire is to provide students, families, and the Cougar community with support, strategies, and resources that promote the growth and academic success for all our students. Please feel free to reach out via email at I hope that everyone stays safe, healthy, and positive! We will get through this together. Stay tuned for a link to my virtual counseling office. I look forward to seeing you all when we return!



      Mrs. Cauthorne

      School Counselor

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - September 17, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Thank you to those of you who've sent feedback about our virtual instruction so far. I can't tell you how much we appreciate it! As I shared earlier in the week, it's clear we need to make some adjustments for students and teachers alike. Our Academic Office is working on some updated schedules as we speak and we'll have something concrete to share at the School Board meeting on Monday. In the meantime, please keep sending me your feedback about this, or any other, aspect of our virtual instruction. Thank you! Turning to my RPS Direct from Tuesday, I want to apologize to members of the Hispanic/Latina/Latino/Latinx community who felt overlooked, erased, or whitewashed by my comment that, "At RPS, we use the term LatinX" for this highly diverse community

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  • RPS Direct Update - September 16 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, It's National Arts in Education Week and we're thrilled to celebrate, as we know the arts aren’t extra, they’re core - for every child, in every neighborhood of our city. We're fortunate to have an amazing team of fine arts teachers across the division who bring their expertise and passion to their (now virtual) classrooms every day. Just take a look at this video created by Sharon Russell, the Art teacher at Albert Hill Middle School! As a reminder, don't forget that we're launching RPS en Vivo tomorrow at 5:30 pm on the RPS en Español Facebook page. I hope to see you there! Finally, please make sure to read the latest contribution from Rodney Robinson (see below) about the film "Black Boys." He's included links to some powerful articles that I encourage every RPS educator to read.

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