Fall Festival


Nothing says Fall like cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and best of all, the Annual HES Fall Festival on Friday, October 26 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm! Come join the HES family at this fun event! There will be music by AAA entertainment, brain teasers and optical illusions by Discovery Place, face painting, colored hair spray booth, bounce houses, photo booth, cotton candy and much more. Food will be available to purchase so you don’t have to worry about missing dinner. Be sure to bring the whole family – no tickets or sign-ups required – simply show up and have a great time!

Also, don’t forget to check out the Scholastic Book Fair that will be located in the media center!

For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact Bemnet Fantu-Downes bemnet.fantu@gmail.com.

A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

Thank You!

We are so fortunate to have such a giving and caring school community. I want to personally thank all of our HES families for your generous contributions during the Making IT Happen campaign. Your generosity helps ensure that we equip are students and teachers with technology tools that will help our students develop to become 21st century learners! Also, thank you for all of the donations made during our drive to help assist JT Barber Elementary in New Bern. It was so gratifying when we loaded the truck and sent our PTA President, Courtney Fossett, down the road to deliver the much needed aid to our neighbors.

Please Help Us!

The Huntersville Police Department has asked for our assistance to help with afternoon car rider pick-up. Please note the following:

  1. The car rider line begins to form at 2:00 pm. There is absolutely no reason to wait in line for an hour before school dismisses. This is causing a huge back-up on to Sherwood Rd and neighbors are complaining. There is no benefit to being “first in line”. We have the car rider process down so that now. The entire process is only taking 14 minutes. Please do not arrive at school for afternoon pick-up no earlier than 2:55 pm.
  2. Do not pass cars lined up on Sherwood. This is an extremely unsafe action and could result in a police citation.
  3. Consider the bus for your child. Our buses are leaving the lot daily at 3:09 pm. Did you know that your child is much safer riding a school bus to and from school than in your car? This is research proven. Please consider placing your child on the bus, especially in the afternoon.

Thank you for assisting us with our efforts!

City BBQ Spirit Day

Huntersville Elementary is having a Fundraiser/Spirit Day at City Barbeque! Be sure to scan the barcode on Friday, October 19 and we will receive 25% back!

Print Flyer with Barcode here

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 hesptareflectionscontest@gmail.com


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 jeffrey.ruppenthal@cms.k12.nc.us by Friday, September 7th if you are interested in serving.

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 https://www.cmsvolunteers.com  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 baldwinnatalie@hotmail.com . The tour sign up is HERE.

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 http://www.cmlibrary.org
*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 smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. 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. http://betheredad.org 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 wehester@gmail.com

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 www.shoparoo.com 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