John B. Cary Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal



    Leading with Love, Teaching with Love, Reopening with Love

    Opening Quote: “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word crisis. One brush stroke
    stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the
    opportunity.”-John F. Kennedy


    Wanted: A Whole Child

    The COVID-19 crisis and civil unrest has opened our eyes to the many challenges facing our society. One
    major question is: How do we raise a whole child? The current state of society has forced us to look at 
    our children in a whole different way. This moment requires that we, as parents, teachers, and primary
    care providers, must look very deeply into the development of the whole child. So, as a school, we are
    taking this pandemic as an opportunity to focus on what matters most-the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) of our students.
    Social Emotional Learning is the motor that fosters the movement and development of the whole child.
    “Social-emotional learning is a broad term referring to how students regulate their emotions,
    communicate with others, use compassion and empathy to understand the needs of other people, build
    relationships and make good decisions,” says licensed psychologist Jennifer B. Rhodes. To Dr. Rhodes’
    point, if we want a better society we must equip our children with what they need to navigate life today
    in an effort to make a better tomorrow. The question is: What is our school community doing about
    You may have noticed that there are two things that are happening as soon as your child logs in for school
    at 9:15 am. We call it Community Circles and Second Step. Community Circles are gatherings in which all
    students sit in a circle facing each other to facilitate open, direct communication. This concept is used
    virtually as well. Community circles provide a safe, supportive space where all students can talk about
    sensitive topics, work through differences, and build relationships. While the Second Step program
    allows students to role play situations that may happen in the classroom, on the playground and in life.
    How timely are these lessons? The bottom line is this, there will be life after the pandemic and this
    election. And our children will be in the position of leading the real work that will take place to heal our
    After all, we can have great cardiologists, carpenters, lawyers, and teachers; but, if we do not have great
    people who care about themselves and others then as a society we have collectively missed the mark.
    We must focus on the development of the whole child.
    Let something good from this crisis. Let’s us through this crisis emerge better than ever before. We look
    forward to seeing your child every morning at 9:15 am. Until next time… Bye-Bye!

    Yours in Service,

    Principal Powell

    Mrs. Ketia Singleton–Academic Dean 




  • 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!


     Middle School
    Choice Night

    Welcome to John B. Cary’s Middle School Choice Nightl

    Monday, November 23rd, 
    6:00 PM




     Hot Off the Press!

    Here is you November Edtion of the COUGAR CALL




    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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  • 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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District Announcements

  • Winter Break Meal Packs - RPS School Nutrition Services will be providing 5-Day Meal Packs including breakfast and lunch items before RPS closes for Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st! There will be no meal distribution during Winter Break. Click here to pre-order your Meal Pack by November 30th!

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  • Reopening Survey - RPS Families and Staff, please complete our Second Semester Reopening Survey by December 7th! The survey for families is available in English and Spanish, and we have a separate survey for school-based staff.

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  • Open Enrollment and School Applications - The school application window for open enrollment, specialty schools, and regional governor’s schools is now open! Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM. To learn more about the application process, and to get started, visit the RPS Enroll Portal.

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  • #RPSLove Store - Show your #RPSLove and check out our new Bonfire store with t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more! All proceeds and donations benefit our schools, teachers and instructional assistants, and local racial justice, housing, and food support non-profits.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

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  • Free Flu Shots - RPS is offering free flu shots on November 18th at MLK Middle School and December 2nd at Huguenot High School from 1pm-4pm. Learn more!

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  • Don't Wait, Vaccinate! - Up-to-date physicals and immunizations are required for all students. Learn more and schedule an appointment for free immunizations through the Richmond City Health District and area partners.

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 23, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I am heartbroken to share – yet again – that we have lost another student to gun violence. I no longer have the words to convey the sadness and anger I feel in the face of these senseless tragedies. So I'm going to channel my energy tonight into a plea for action. If you, or someone you know, is in trouble, please reach out for help: Mental Health – Call the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority crisis line at (804) 819-4100. Domestic Violence – Call the Safe Harbor crisis line at (804) 612-6126. Child Abuse – Call the Virginia Child Protective Services crisis line at (800) 552-7096. Suicide – Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. Let's also fight the darkness of this tragedy with light. Please flood my inbox with shout-outs tonight so that tomorrow's RPS Direct – my last before Thanksgiving – turns into one long love letter to our teachers, support staff, families, and partners. With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - November 20 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Just a few reminders tonight: All RPS schools and offices will be closed next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Thanksgiving. Please note that we'll be providing double meals next Monday and Tuesday. For more information, please go to Our surveys about the second semester are still open. If you haven't had a chance to weigh in, please do so using the following links: Family Survey in English, Encuesta de Familias en Español, and Staff Survey. As of 5 pm today, we're up to 2,447 staff responses and 4,913 family responses (English and Spanish). Don't forget that the deadline to apply for out-of-zone schools and specialty schools is December 1 at 4:30 pm. To learn about the different programs at our schools, check out our Virtual School Tour. The Lit Limo will be very busy tomorrow. We hope to see you! (Westover Hills Elementary School, 9 am; Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School, 9:30 am; Miles J. Jones Elementary School, 10 am; G.H. Reid Elementary School, 10:30 am; J.L. Francis Elementary School, 11 am; Cardinal Elementary School, 11:30 am; Swansboro Elementary School, 12 pm; J.H. Blackwell Elementary School, 12:30 pm) To close out your week, please take a couple of minutes to watch this wonderful video of Bellevue Elementary School students singing "America the Beautiful" in honor of Veterans Day. Go, Dragons! With great appreciation, Jason

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