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! 




    Click on the pictures below to
    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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April Cougar Call

District Announcements

  • Spring 2021 In-Person Testing Intent Form - Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments are approaching and we want families to understand their options when it comes to testing. To review options and let us know of your intentions for the Spring SOL assessments, please visit and complete the survey by April 17, 2021.

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  • Calendar Reminders – Monday, April 5th, is the start of Spring Break, which goes through Friday, April 9th. All schools will be closed during this time. Classes will resume on Monday, April 12th.

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  • The 2021 Virtual Fine Arts Festival is Live! - Come celebrate the artistic expression of our students! Each year, RPS hosts a Fine Arts Festival to culminate Arts in Our Schools Month. This year is slightly different because it is being held virtually! Check out our student's work and join the conversation of the impact of art in our lives!

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

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  • RPS Staff First Dose COVID-19 Vaccination - Please complete this form if you are seeking an appointment for your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. We will contact you as soon as we have information about the next vaccination event.
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  • Wellness Opportunities for RPS Staff - Don’t miss "Mindful Mondays" and "Be Well Wednesdays" with our partners at SCAN and BareSOUL! Check your RPS email account for previously sent registration links.

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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 Helpline 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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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - April 2, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Spring Break! I hope you're able to take some time for yourself this week – to rest, reflect, and recharge. I'm going to practice what I'm preaching so there won't be any RPS Direct next week. Look for the next one when we return on Monday, April 12. Thanks for your understanding! RPS Senior in the News – Check out this amazing story about Harold Aquino, senior at George Wythe High School. Harold will graduate at the top of his class with a 5.0 GPA (!) and multiple Associate Degrees. He's been accepted to his dream school, VCU, among many others. If Harold decides to attend VCU, he'll enter as a...senior! Harold, we are so proud of you! Continental Societies Donation – Many thanks to Continental Societies, Inc., Richmond, Virginia Chapter, for their donation of 5,000 children’s masks for our fall reopening.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 1 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Lots to cover tonight! RPS Live! Recap – I want to express my profound gratitude to the amazing panelists who joined RPS Live! yesterday in celebration of National Women’s History Month. And even though the month has come to a close, we honor and celebrate all of the extraordinary women in our lives every single day. Thank you for all that you do and all that you are! Cheryl Burke, School Board Chair Anne Holton, Former Virginia Secretary of Education Latonya Waller, Principal, Boushall Middle School Meaghan Rymer, History/Social Studies Teacher, River City Middle School Tiffany Sneed, History/Social Studies Teacher, Miles Jones Elementary School Chasity Rodriguez, RPS Hub Coordinator No Kid Hungry Grant – We're thrilled to receive a $150,000 grant from No Kid Hungry Virginia to extend our grocery delivery program to 150 of our most vulnerable families.

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