Making IT Happen

In your child’s Thursday folder that was sent home September 6,  you will find a flyer announcing the PTA’s annual Making IT Happen fundraiser which begins Friday, September 7th and will end on Friday, September 28th. This fundraiser allows you to make a one-time donation in lieu of school wide fundraising projects.

To keep HES an Interactive Technology Leader in CMS, the PTA plans to purchase additional Samsung Interactive 65″ monitors for our classrooms. In addition, this project will also help to fund school programs and services that CMS does not include in its budget.

Therefore, the HES PTA is asking each family to provide $75 per student, with a goal of $30,000 which can easily be accomplished with your help. 100% of your donation will benefit the school and it is also tax deductible.

There are two ways to donate:

Checks made payable to: HES PTA

Any donation received by September 14th will be entered TWICE to possibly win one of seven top prizes: An overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge, an oceanfront getaway to North Myrtle Beach, SC, arcade passes at Spare Time, movie passes at Our Town Cinemas, Carowinds passes, a free 60 minute family portrait session, and a kids night out event at Flour Power Cooking Studio. Every student that participates will receive a homework pass and the class, per grade, that contributes the most will win a pizza party!

In addition, each student that makes a donation by Friday, September 14th will earn a Buddy the Bulldog bracelet!

Questions? Please send an email to:

Thank you in advance for your support of Huntersville Elementary School!

PTA Reflections 2018-2019

National PTA 2018-2019 Reflections Contest

Theme: Heroes Around Me

Let your creative juices flow!
Submit a Work of Art for “Heroes Around Me” in one or more of the following categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Music Composition
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts (2D or 3D)
  • Special Artist

Entries will be considered for local, regional, state and national level awards and prizes! Students can pick up an entry form from the front desk or obtain from NC PTA Reflections website.

All entries are DUE and accepted ONLY ON 

Monday, October 29th by 2:45 p.m. to Ms. Callahan at the Media Center.


  • All art entries must be accompanied by a Student Entry Form
  • It is very important to read and follow the rules carefully for each category submission
  • Refer to PTA REFLECTIONS WEBSITE for additional information on each category
  • Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners
  • All participants will receive a special prize AND
  • All participants will be invited to a pizza party!

** The National PTA Reflections Program is a contest through the school, county, state and national levels. Students may elect to submit multiple entries. Students are encouraged to express themselves artistically, to create a piece of art that shows what the theme means to them. It can be simple or elaborate, but must be entirely child-inspired and child-made.

For more information contact Bemnet Fantu-Downes, PTA VP of Advocacy, at


Show your School Spirit

Show your School Spirit

Hopefully by now all of you received your Spirit Wear order form. If not, forms are available at the welcome desk. This is your chance to get the latest HES spirit wear designs. Completed order forms are to be returned, with payment, by September 21. No orders will be accepted after the due date. Questions? Please contact: Emily Field ( or Colleen Segarra (

Sizing Guide

Order Form

School Leadership Team

School Leadership Team (SLT) Open Positions

We are seeking parents to be a part of our School Leadership Team (SLT). The purpose of this group is to collaborate and work with school staff and administration in establishing school goals, discuss topics related to HES, and make recommendations for improvements.

Below are some upcoming meeting times and dates for the 18-19 school year.

SLT Meeting Schedule – Meeting time is 3:15 in the Media Center

Monday, September 10

Monday, October 1

Monday, November 5

Please email by Friday, September 7th if you are interested in serving.

Back to School Notes

A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

A hearty welcome to all of our Bulldog families to the 2018-2019 school year! It is always so fun to see all the smiling faces return during the Back to School Open House and the first week of school. You can almost feel the excitement, anticipation and hope that a new school year brings! Our first week of school was a resounding success as students have settled into their new classrooms and are busily establishing routines and procedures and creating classroom communities.

We are excited about new staff members, many with years of experience, who will bring fresh ideas to our awesome HES staff. We are also excited about continuing along the path of innovation as we head in to year three of our Personalized Learning initiative. This year we will continue to emphasize the need to incorporate movement or “kinesthetic learning” into all of our classrooms.

I ask you to partner with us to ensure your child’s academic, social and effective growth. Please familiarize yourself with school procedures that are clearly outlined in your child’s planner. Pay particular attention to procedures governing morning arrival, afternoon and early dismissal and all matters regarding transportation. Many of these have already been outlined in the Bulldog Bulletin. Most important, please make sure you establish an open line of communication with your child’s teacher. That will be the key to your child’s success! Please plan to attend our Curriculum Night that will take place on Thursday, September 13 beginning at 5:30 pm. This will be a critical night of learning for parents, as teachers will closely go over classroom rules and expectations as well as a detailed explanation of what your child will be learning for the entire year in the various subject areas. We will again offer multiple sessions for those of you with more than one child here at HES.

Last, here are some important reminders regarding morning and afternoon car rider procedures to ensure a smooth arrival and dismissal:

  • All cars must wait in the car rider line in both the morning and afternoon. The line forms in one direction on Sherwood Rd. Vehicles are not permitted to turn left in to the parking lot from Sherwood.
  • Please pull up as far as possible in the morning car rider line.
  • Students may enter the building beginning at 7:30 am. Please do not drop your student off before that time as they will be unsupervised.
  • If you arrive after the 8:00 am tardy bell then you must park and sign your child in at the main office. Please make every attempt to have your child on time to school.
  • Do not park and attempt to pull your child from the car rider area in order to avoid waiting in the car rider line. Students will not be released to parents. This is a matter of both safety and fairness.
  • Beginning September 4, all visitors must check in through the Lobby Guard system. This includes parents who walk their students to class. Please consider letting your child develop a sense of independence and allow them to walk unaccompanied to class.

2018 Annual Newsletter

Annual Newsletter

Check out the 2018 Annual PTA Newsletter.  This has information for the beginning of the school year as well as pertinent dates for the first quarter.

Volunteer at the Welcome Desk


We are looking for volunteers to man the Welcome Desk to help visitors Sign In and greet them with a smiling face. The link to sign up is below. Shifts are for only 90 minutes and volunteers are welcome to bring a book or, if they wish, complete small tasks left at the Welcome Desk by various staff members. Please consider helping HES continue to be a welcoming and safe environment for our students and families.

CMS Volunteers

If you are new to CMS or have not registered to volunteer, please visit  All volunteers must be registered to help in CMS schools.  If you would like to remain an active volunteer for the 2018-2019 school year, you must also log in and verify your information.  Thank you!

2018-19 PTA Executive Board


 The Nominating Committee would like to present the 2018-2019 HES Executive Board slate:

 President-Courtney Fossett

Treasurer-Whitney Morrow

Secretary-Barrie Rojahn

VP School Support-Kelly Revels

VP Communications-Lisa Price

VP Advocacy-Bemnet FantuDownes

VP Fundraising-Heather Smallwood

These lovely ladies were voted in Tuesday, May 1. 

We thank everyone for participating in the creation of next year’s PTA leadership!

Nominating committee,

Kelly Revels, Jen Sharpe, and Jaynie Peterson

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Chaiken for being named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year!! Way to go and well deserved!

HES Tours


Welcome to Huntersville Elementary School!  Tours begin in the lobby of our school and usually last about 45 minutes – 1 hour.  Future students are welcome on the tour.  All prospective parents are required to sign in at our welcome desk and will be issued a pass for the tour.  We have multiple dates available.  If you need a tour outside of the set dates, please contact Natalie Baldwin at . The tour sign up is HERE.

Car Rider Line

Car Rider Line

For the safety of our students, staff, and fellow parents, please remember to follow the rules of our car rider line, particularly in the afternoon. Here are some important reminders about our car rider policy:

1. Find where the back of the line ends, which is typically weaved into the lower parking lot to help alleviate traffic back up on Sherwood Road.

2. Do not try to cut into the line in any way.  This includes trying to take a left into the line and blocking Sherwood Rd, creating dangerous situations.

3. You may not park your car and “pull” your child from the car rider area.

4. Finally, please remember that your child(ren) can always ride the bus as an alternative.

It’s ok to be idle…just don’t idle your engine.

It is CMS policy to turn off one’s engine while waiting in the carline. Official signs have been posted to indicate this. The reason?

Studies conducted during arrival and dismissal times at carpool areas, where cars idle, showed high levels of air pollutants. These pollutants are particularly hazardous to children since their lungs are still developing. Exposure is associated with an increased frequency of childhood illness and the reduction of lung function.

The 3 main pollutants of concern in our carline are Ozone (O3), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM). Without getting into a chemistry lesson, it is important to know that these pollutants are found where vehicles idle. The emissions can be dangerous to everyone in the vicinity, including your children and the staff who assist in the car line.

Turning off your car’s engine while you wait prior to 7:30 am and 3:00 pmis an easy, low-cost way to drastically reduce air pollution and prevent exposure to harmful pollutants. It will conserve gas, save you money and protect our health.

Please Turn Off Your Engine

ONE Access

Discover e-books & more with ONE Access!

What does ONE Access offer?
ONE Access has two components this year-something for CMS students and something for CMS staff.

For CMS students:
ONE Access, or “One Number Equals Access,” uses students’ school identification numbers instead of separate library cards. With their ONE Access account, students can:
*Access Library research databases
*Borrow digital materials such as e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, music and video
*Borrow up to 10 print or audio books (no DVDs or music CDs)
There are no overdue fines for ONE Access accounts, but users are responsible for fees on lost or damaged books.

For CMS staff:
If you’re a member of staff in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, this year your NC EdCloud login number will be a ONE Access E-account, giving you instant access to all of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s online resources. You’ll be automatically enrolled on September 1, 2016.
Here’s how to get started using your ONE Access E-account:
*Go to
*Access resources using your User Name and Pin: ◦Username: CMS+ your 10 digit NC EdCloud login number. For example CMS1234567890
◦Pin number: Last four digits of your login number. For example 7890
Your 10 digit login number is found on your pay stub under Employee ID
These efforts are part of an ongoing commitment by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to benefit the community by increasing literacy and educational success.

Amazon Smile

Shopping on Amazon?
Shop Amazon Smile and donate money to HES at the same time!
When customers shop at Amazon Smile the AmazonSmile Foundation donates .5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by the customer. Each quarter, the Amazon Smile Foundation will make a donation to HES PTA. Please help spread the word to our families and friends! Next time you shop on Amazon please log into instead of Then type in PTA North Carolina Congress Huntersville Elementary School PTA as your charity and start shopping!

Be There Dad


HES HEROES – Be There Dad Committee

Huntersville Elementary is excited to have a “Be There Dad” chapter back this year. We are called the H.E.R.O.E.S. of HES. If you are a dad interested in being a HERO or for more information on our HEROES program, please contact Willie Hester at

PTA Member Discounts

Are you a Member of the HES PTA?

Check out some of these great discounts for members HERE!


shoparoo         A Way to Help HES Raise Money

This year we are excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! This is Huntersville Elementary School’s 2nd year to participate. We have over 114 supporters this year and have already earned over $100!

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. No more cutting labels, selling door to door, or time-consuming coordinating. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
2. Select our school from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts – shop anywhere, buy anything!
3. Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code
4. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions! 4th grade is currently in the lead!

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo – the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money that we could be fundraising too. Check out to learn more about this awesome app! Just ask Angela Williams, Kelli Baucom, and Trisha Coffman – they are our top HES Shoparoo Supporters!

Thank you for your support!
Huntersville Elementary School PTA