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. John B. Cary is the The W.R.I.T.E. (Writing and Reading Incorporated Together Everyday) School!

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    so you don't miss any 
    of the live read alouds, story times, and activities.

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    The Mighty Mask Design Challenge

    Mask Design Challenge

    Mighty Mask Challenge – This summer, CoStar Group donated 90,000 masks to RPS students as a part of our 3rd Annual Ultimate Backpack Supply Drive. They're going to donate an additional 90,000 masks later this year, featuring the winning designs from the Mighty Mask Design Challenge. Students in grades K-8 are encouraged to submit a mask design that represents what they love the most about RPS. Masks designs can be submitted at:
    The deadline to submit your design is Sunday, September 27. For more information, please reach out to Christie-Jo Adams (


    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month


    Tue, Sep 15, 2020 – Thu, Oct 15, 2020

    National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period from 15 September to 15 October in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.



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    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 25, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Make sure to read all the amazing shout outs today; there are nearly three dozen! To close out the week, see below for a few pictures of our students' "classrooms" that families have shared with me. They've put a huge smile on my face, and I hope they do the same for you. With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - September 24, 2020 (PM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'd like to begin this evening by acknowledging the pain coursing through our community yet again in the wake of the decision yesterday by a Kentucky grand jury not to charge any of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor with homicide or manslaughter. Outcomes like this only tear at the unhealed wounds borne by so many within the RPS family. Please check on your colleagues, friends, and loved ones this evening. Please recognize that they may need extra time and space to process this latest injustice. And please be there for them, in whatever capacity they need. Thank you. I also want to take a moment tonight to express my profound gratitude to Karla Ramos (Manager, Office of Multicultural Affairs for the City of Richmond), Fernando Rodriguez (Communications Director, Richmond & Henrico Health Districts), Jannette Duhart (RPS Bilingual and EL Coordinator), and Yahusef Medina (RPS Bilingual Family Liaison) for a candid, insightful, and educational discussion on RPS Live! yesterday about the Hispanic/Latin-American/Latino/a/x community in Richmond and RPS. A big thank you as well to Carlos Hernandez, our interpreter for the evening. If you missed this episode, I strongly encourage you to check it out here. With great appreciation, Jason

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