John B. Cary Elementary School

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Principal's Message

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    Quote: “Mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.”-United Nations Declaration



    A Letter to our Young Cougar Scholars

    Dear Young Cougar Scholar,

    I am writing this letter to you as your Principal or soon to be Principal. I want you to know that I consider myself as a Curator of your dreams and am working to provide a school environment that supports your development as an innovator and scholar. So I want you to know that at Cary Elementary we care about who you are and who you are becoming.

    Young Cougar Scholar I want you to hold fast to your dreams. Please understand that big thinkers hear the word NO a lot. But also understand the world will only get better with your innovation, with your big idea. I encourage you to test your big ideas while you are in school. Know that as you matriculate through Cary ES, I will ask you every day, “What question did you ask?” Asking questions is one of the best ways to move closer to your big idea and your dreams.

    Young Scholar I want you to know there will be tough times. Big thinkers often have to endure cheers and jeers. However, know that you have the right stuff to persevere and be successful. With disciple and focus you can and will bring your dreams to fruition.

    Lastly, Young Cougar Scholar, I want you to think about your own thinking. These are two habits that will help you to fine tune your big idea or dream. One, keep a notepad near your bed. This is a great idea because ideas may come to you before you go to sleep and sometimes when you wake-up. Try it and let me know what you think. Idea number two, keep a journal. Writing in a journal serves as a great way to capture thoughts. Try this… After class or after a fun activity, write down your thoughts about what you just experienced. Oftentimes, there are great ideas or problems that need to be solved that will lead to your big innovation.

    Cougar scholar-The world is waiting on you. Be the big thinker you are destined to be. Be the best Young Cougar Scholar. Live up to your full potential.


    Have a great summer!!

    Principal Powell

    Dean Singleton

    Congratulations to John B. Cary's ASHLEY BLAND
                  RPS TEACHER OF THE YEAR!
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    RPS Lit Limo Schedule

    The Lit Limo is a neighborhood book-mobile that gives free books to RPS students! 

    (Summer Dates will be released the week of 6/6/2021)





    cc Important End of the Year Informationcc


    June 17 - June 24 will be reserved for end of year collection events. Students should turn in all the following RPS issued items: Chromebooks, laptops, hotspots (if applicable), tablets (if applicable), all device chargers, library books, and instruments (kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 5th only). Students and staff participating in summer school may keep their Chromebooks and hotspots throughout the duration of summer school. A collection event will be scheduled during the summer to collect their devices. Contact the school with any questions. See the flyer below for additional details.







    RPS Summer Learning Olympics

     In Person Summer School for RPS Students

     Kindergarten - Fifth Grade Dates: Monday, July 12 - Friday, August 13, 2021

     Monday - Thursdays are In Person

     Friday is ALL VIRTUAL




    Summer Virtual Tutoring

    Free virtual tutoring will continue throughout the summer. See the attached flyer for more details.



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    Click here to access the ENCORE Website. You will find each ENCORE Teachers website, asynchronous lessons and our weekly schedule!


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June Cougar Call

Division Announcements

  • Free Extended Day Programming - RPS, in partnership with the City of Richmond, will be providing FREE extended day programming for the 2021-22 school year! This programming will be available for all Preschool-5th grade students and includes academic support and enrichment. Please complete this survey for each student interested by August 11th.

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  • RPS SummerFest - You are invited to RPS SummerFest! Join us for food, fun, and fellowship as we prepare to Reopen With Love 2.0! Click here to learn more. We can't wait to see you at #RPSSummerFest!

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  • Reopen With Love 2.0 FAQ - We have gathered the most asked questions from our Regional Community Conversations and have the answers available for you in one place. Click here to check it out!

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  • 2021-22 Required School Immunizations - As of July 1, Virginia has mandated new vaccinations (unrelated to COVID-19) for any child attending school or daycare in the state. These are in addition to current vaccination requirements. Click here for more information or visit

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  • K-12 Summer School Bus Stops - Click here to view the bus stops for the 2021 Summer School session for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

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  • New Summer Meal Distribution - We are excited to share a variety of free meal pick-up options for our families beginning Monday, June 21st through the summer! Click here to find a site nearest you and to see an interactive map of sites!

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  • New 2021-22 Bell Schedule - The RPS School Board has approved new daily start/end times for students next year, click here to view the new schedule!

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  • Vaccine Opportunity for RPS Families & Staff - On Wednesdays, you can walk up to George Wythe High School (4314 Crutchfield Street) from 3pm - 6pm and get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. All walk-up events at George Wythe will offer either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, so anyone 12+ can attend. Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - July 22, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Summer Fest– Our first Summer Fest event is this Saturday, July 24! We can’t wait to see our students, families, and staff at MLK Jr. Middle School from 11 am - 3 pm. Please see the flyers below for all the details. Free Extended Day Program for Next Year – In partnership with the City of Richmond, RPS will be providing FREE extended day programming – including enrichment and academic support – to any preschool-5th grade families who wish to participate next year. Snacks and transportation will be included. If you're interested, please complete this survey by August 11.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 21, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Mask Guidance – Despite today's announcement from the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education allowing for more leniency with mask-wearing in middle and high schools, at RPS, we will be maintaining our 100% mask-wearing policy for all students, staff, and visitors. We feel this is the safest course of action, particularly with the surging delta variant.

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