We Need You!

We Want YOU For PTA!!!

The Nominating Committee is still accepting nominations for the 2018/2019 HES PTA!  A nomination form with a list of positions, along with a brief description and estimated time commitment are HERE. You may fill out a nomination form for yourself or you can nominate someone else for a position.  Please consider becoming a more involved member of the PTA.  There are positions available for those who may work full time, part time or have younger children at home.

Forms are due back APRIL 6!  They can be turned into the Buddy Bulldog box at the Welcome Desk or emailed.

Thank you for all you do to support our PTA! If you have any questions or would like additional information on a position, please contact one of our Nominating Committee members:  Jen Sharpe jmsharpe30@gmail.com , Kelley Revels kelly.revels@yahoo.com or Jaynie Peterson jayniemarie16@gmail.com

Rotary Club of Huntersville

Represent Huntersville Elementary at the Rotary Club’s Lake Norman Men That Cook

Attention:  Looking for 2 men that can COOK!  It can be as simple and as inexpensive as Mac N’ Cheese.  Food can be made at home and brought in trays to the event.

HES Families!  You can get involved too!

Each eating participant will vote for their favorite “food” or “charity” or “team” by placing their ticket in the bucket on each Team’s table!

Every $10 Ticket is worth $10 for the school!  So if 100 people come, that will be $1000 for our school!

These funds can be put towards helping to renovate our car rider circle, used for kids to play and for school gatherings!

This fun event is on Sunday, March 25th from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM at Langtree Plantation.  Come and enjoy great food while helping raise money for our school!  Please see flyer for more information!  Thank you and hope to see you there!

For questions or more information please contact: Ineke Wilson at 704-905-5002 or for.ineke@gmail.com

HES Ninja Warrior Night

Sponsored by the Huntersville Heroes! Located at the HES Fields

Tuesday, March 27

No sign up required.

Parents and kids will compete against other parent/kid teams from each grade level. Friendly obstacle race for teams to work together to outrun, outsmart and outlast the competition and bring home the trophy. Sign-ins begin at 4pm, first race at 5pm.

Medals for top 3 finishers per grade.

Music by Carolina DJ Professionals.

Kickball and Other games.

Plus food trucks.








A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

Hopefully you remembered to “spring forward”  and set your clocks ahead one hour. The change in time brings welcome longer hours of daylight but it is initially difficult to adjust to. Please make every effort to have your child on time for school tomorrow morning. The change also means it will be darker in the morning during arrival. This is a good opportunity to reinforce some of our car rider procedures and rules. I ask that all parents please strictly abide by these rules and procedures for the safety of your children.

  • All car riders must use the car rider line. Do not attempt to drop your child off in any other location. This is extremely important. We have had instances of parents dropping off students in the lower parking lot. That is very dangerous. Repeated violations of this rule could result in a citation by the Huntersville PD.
  • Do not park and walk your student to the stairs in order to avoid the car rider line. If you are walking your child to class then you must accompany your child at least to the front door. Some parents mistakenly believe this practice is faster than remaining in the car line. It contributes to congestion and it is unsafe. I encourage you not to walk your child to class. Let your child be independent and walk themselves to class especially at this point in the school year.
  • Child refuses to get out of the car. If your child is refusing to get out of the car, due to separation anxiety or other reasons, you will be asked to park your car in the lower lot and walk your child to class. Our staff cannot be expected to physically extract children from cars.
  • Do not allow your child to exit from the driver’s side of the car. This is extremely unsafe and could result in a tragic accident.
  • Pull your car to the end of the line as directed by the car rider staff. Some parents are refusing to pull forward and expect to have their child dropped off as close to the front door as possible. Doing so creates a backup of the entire car rider line. Please be courteous to others.
  • Do not drop off your child before 7:30 am when staff are present. Children that are dropped off in this manner are unsupervised. This is even more important now that it will be darker in the morning.
  • Car riders who eat breakfast at school must arrive by 7:50 am.

Again, strict adherence to these rules is essential to the safety of our children. Please model responsibility and good citizenship – thank you!

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.


Thank You Corporate Sponsors!

Huntersville Elementary PTA would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our corporate sponsors, for their contributions to support the wonderful staff and students here at Huntersville Elementary School! Thank you!

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – Huntersville, NC

Zimmerman Family Wellness Dr. Matt Zimmerman

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 Boosterthon

Our Huntersville Elementary Fun Run was a HUGE success! To everyone who supported our school and came out to the Fun Run, THANK YOU! Thanks to you, Huntersville Elementary was able to profit $37,000!

A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

And in the blink of an eye the holiday season is upon us! Elementary schools are fun places to be during this time of year. As the winter break approaches the excitement and anticipation felt by the children becomes more and more palpable.  All of the holiday related “happenings” in our school adds to the joy of the season. I think Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday. The expectations are tempered and the focus is on being together with family and friends and expressing gratitude. We are indeed thankful for your children. They are why we are here! It is our honor and pleasure to help them learn and grow. In keeping with this expression of gratitude for our kids I’ve attached a list of 22 Positive Things to Say to Your Kids This Week. This list can be a great thing to glance at when you are feeling frustrated with your children which is bound to happen during this hectic time of year!

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.

Yearbook Pictures



If you have any pictures of your children during school functions and would like them to be included in the yearbook, please send them to yearbook committee at HESYearbookBulldogs4Life@gmail.com.

Feel free to send any you have to that email address throughout the year! Keep in mind, shots that are not zoomed in have better quality. And yes, you can send pictures from your phone!

Tutoring Opportunities


Calling all parents, grandparents, high school friends, middle school students or anyone looking to help make a difference! Please consider tutoring our students on a weekly basis!   We have several opportunities:

Amigos de Buddy after school program

Amigos de Buddy began on Monday, September 25.  We meet with the children every Monday and Tuesday and tutor from 3:15-4:30. We are looking for volunteers interested in committing to tutoring a student on a regular weekly basis. If you are interested in helping please email Rosemary Klein at klein924@earthlink.net or Mrs. Hayes at Jenniferp.hayes@cms.k12.nc.us

Northstar Learning

Work one on one with the same student every week for 30-45 minutes, during school hours. Materials will be provided. If you are interested in helping please email Mrs. Staton at Shannon.staton@cms.k12.nc.us

Student Volunteers

Middle school students can earn volunteer hours by volunteering in the classrooms in the mornings from 7:30-8:30am before heading to middle school. If you are interested in helping please email Mrs. Ennis at stephanie.ennis@cms.k12.nc.us

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

Spirit Store

Bulldog Spirit Store

The Spirit store is in the cafeteria and is open from 7:30-8:00am every Wed., Thurs. and Fri. The grade level schedule is:

WEDNESDAYS – kindergarten and 1st grade

THURSDAYS – 2nd and 3rd grade

FRIDAYS – 4th and 5th grade

 Please report to class first for a Spirit Store pass before coming! Volunteer interest? Please contact: Kelly Revels  (kelly.revels@yahoo.com) or Laura Mahoney (ldk0524@gmail.com)

2017 Annual Newsletter

2017 Annual Newsletter

2017-18 PTA Executive Board


 The Nominating Committee would like to present the 2017-2018 HES Executive Board slate:

 President-Courtney Fossett

Treasurer-Cheryl Davy

Secretary-Barrie Rojahn

VP School Support-Cheryl Wade

VP Communications-Lisa Price

VP Advocacy-Bemnet FantuDownes

VP Fundraising-Heather Smallwood

These lovely ladies will be voted on before the kindergarten musical on Tuesday, April 25th.  

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

Nominating committee,

Christine Casey, Debra cassidy, & Jamie Snellenberg

New CMS Volunteers Please Register

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.  Thank you!

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

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