John B. Cary Elementary School

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Principal's Message



    Principal Powell

    Mr. Powell


    Welcome to the Home of Cougar Nation!


    First let me thank you for visiting the John B. Cary Elementary
    School website! If you have not heard the exciting news, we
    have launched our No Child Left InsideEco-Campus. Meaning
    that we are using environmental education and our campus as
    the theoretic framework for student learning. Research
    shows that getting children outside helps children to grow
    academically and socially thus fostering the development of the
    whole child.

    Please know that our schools website is the place where you can
    get up to the minute information about our instructional program
    and current events at school. Also note that our monthly parent
    newsletter The Cougar Call can also be accessed through our website
    as well. Staying connected will prove to be critical to our students’

    Also worth mentioning is that this year we will have in face to face
    and virtual options for mostly every school event. In addition, you
    are also encouraged to stay tuned to our Remind and Class Dojo
    messages daily.

    Make no mistake, forging forward through the pandemic will take
    seamless communication and collaboration between home and
    school.Therefore, strong and positive relationships and connections

    will move us faster-farther.This, we believe, will create a climate
    conducive to students having a sense of belonging.

    Again, welcome to the Home of Cougar Nation! It is my pleasure
    to serve as the curator of your child’s dreams and aspirations during
    these early stages of cognition.

    Yours in Service,

    Michael Powell



    Dean Singleton

    Dean Singleton



    Dear JBC Scholars and Families,

    My name is Mrs. Ketia Singleton, your Administrative Dean.  I am happy to serve The Cougar Nation in this leadership role.  This is my ninth year serving the scholars and families at John B. Cary Elementary School, and my thirteenth year in elementary education.  I was born and raised in Richmond, VA.  While matriculating through Richmond Public Schools as a student, I established an early love for teaching and learning.  

    My goals are to support and enhance the mission and vision of John B. Cary, to build and grow relationships with families and community partners while assisting in the administration of instructional and operational programs of the school.  I am very excited about the opportunity to get to know you, and looking forward to a successful and productive school year.  Please know that I will work tirelessly to ensure all children have the best possible experiences while at John B. Cary by leading and serving with love.  

    I am so thankful to have the opportunity to share all that I have experienced and learned with the Cary community.  I look forward to continuing to support JBC’s vision for our scholars: College and/or Career Ready without Exception!  Please feel free to contact me at (804) 780-6252 or by email at  Let’s work together to make this the best school year ever for your family!

     Kindest regards,

    Ketia Singleton, M.T.

    Administrative Dean


    Congratulations to John B. Cary's ASHLEY BLAND
                  RPS TEACHER OF THE YEAR!
     cougar Why We Love John B Carycoug
                  Click Here to watch video
              why we love jbc

    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)




  • Back to School Night 2021

    Tuesday September 14th
    6:00 - 7:00 PM 

    Link to BSN Board:  

    Back To School Night Link


    6:00 - 6:20 pm Classroom Teachers (session #1)

    6:20 - 6:40 pm Classroom Teachers (session #2) AND Encore (session #1)
    6:40 - 7:00 pm Encore (session #2)


    Bus Riders and Car Pick Up


    Effective Wednesday of this week, September 15th, 2021, at 7:30am the following procedures will change:

    * Buses will drop off and pick-up in the front of the school

    *Van Riders will be dropped off and picked-up in the front of the school

    * Car Riders will be dropped off and picked up on the side of the building (Basketball court side) on Belmont

    *Walkers will be dropped off and picked up on the side of the building (Basketball court side) on Belmont

    *Bike riders will pick-up and drop off in the front of the school

    Again, this adjustment will be made on this Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 at 7:30am. Please help us spread the word to make sure other parents are aware of this change and lets plan accordingly. Please contact Principal Michael Powell directly with any questions or concerns. Welcome back and have a great week!

    2021-2022 - John B Cary Bus Routes

    Click Here  arrow John B Cary Bus Schedule


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    Follow our Eco-Campus by clicking on the website picture below! There you will find out everything you want to know about our Eco-Campus! Also, Great Activities for Teachers and Students!


    eco web pic 



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


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Division Announcements

  • Free Extended Day Programming - RPS has reopened the parent interest survey for free Extended Day for the 2021-22 school year. Please complete this survey for each student interested.

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  • 2021-22 Bus Stops - Click here to see your school bus route for this year. This information may be updated to accommodate changing needs so please be on the lookout for Remind messages informing you of updates.

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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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  • Health and Safety Measures for Fall 2021 - Click here to view the updated RPS Health and Safety Measures for Fall 2021 In-Person Instruction. 

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  • Employee Vaccine Mandate - RPS employees, please be reminded that we now have a vaccine mandate requiring proof of full vaccination by October 1, 2021. Click here to learn more.

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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 - September 15, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, While we've been overjoyed to return to school despite COVID, we've also been heartbroken by another pandemic that plagues our community – gun violence. I'm devastated to share that, in the past 48 hours, five RPS students have been shot. We've also lost two students to other causes (unrelated to gun violence or COVID). These tragic events remind us of the grief and trauma that so many RPS students, families, and staff face daily. The RPS family is hurting tonight. Let us all pause this evening to check on one another, support one another, and extend grace and love to one another.

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  • RPS Direct Update - September 14, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, One of the issues that came up during public comment at last night's School Board meeting was our school lunches. We heard concerns about the amount/quality of the food provided and the lack of hot meals. Before I address both of these issues, I want to thank everyone who shared feedback. Thoughtful, constructive dialogue about what's working – and what's not – is critical to our collective success and I'm deeply grateful for it. For the start of the school year, we decided against hot lunches and instead went with "grab and go" meals, as we were concerned about students bunching up in the lunch line for as much as 5 minutes, increasing the risk of transmission. We also had logistical concerns about hot lunches given that many of our schools use multiple locations for lunch (not just the lunch room) to ensure 6 feet of distancing. All that said, we do hope to eventually transition to hot meals once everyone has become accustomed to our mitigation strategies and we feel more confident in our ability to execute on the logistics. I'll also note that we have a significant number of vacancies on our food and nutrition team, which will make it difficult to provide hot meals right now. Fortunately, last night, the Board approved an increase in the hourly rate for our food and nutrition employees to help with recruitment and retention.

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