City BBQ Spirit Day

Huntersville Elementary is having a Fundraiser at City Barbeque! Be sure to scan the barcode on Friday, March 2, 2018 and we will receive 25% back!

Print Flyer with Barcode Here

A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

It’s been a busy new year! The long winter break and the snow days lulled our kids into a pattern of “vacation mode” that has been hard to shake. Now that the dust has settled we find ourselves in one of the busiest times of the year. Mid-year assessments are now complete and our teachers are working collaboratively to identify their students’ strengths and weak areas which require more attention. If you are concerned regarding your student’s progress please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to set up a conference. I encourage you to speak to your child’s teacher either via phone or in person rather than email particularly if you have several questions. In other news….

  • THANK YOU so much for the unbelievable support during our Boosterthon! Our kids gained valuable character lessons during the “Castle Quest Team Huddles” which blend seamlessly with our Character Traits and Personalized Learner Profiles. Our teachers are so excited about the interactive Samsung monitors – we can’t wait to order them! Thank you to all of the parents who attended last week’s Fun Run. I know our students were excited to see their own cheering sections!
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Kim Chaiken who was just elected by our staff as the 2017-2018 HES Teacher of the Year! We had such a great slate of candidates I know it must have very difficult for staff to narrow down their choice. Mrs. Chaiken is much deserving and such a great member of the HES family!
  • Also, congratulations to Mrs. Carla Eisenberg who was elected last month as the 2017-2018 Teacher Assistant of the Year!Again, another tough choice for the staff because we are so fortunate to have such an incredible group of teacher assistants. Mrs. Eisenberg works tirelessly on behalf of the students and staff at HES!
  • Did you get a chance to see the 4th grade musical? Mr. Salvatore pulled off another great one! Each year he picks a specific artist, band or genre of popular music and selects songs in which he composes arrangements on rhythm instruments. This year’s musical featured the “Music of Queen”.This wonderful yearly tradition is unique to HES. For me it was a trip down “nostalgia road” as students sang the big hits from my childhood!
  • Please remember to not drop your students off in the morning before 7:30 am until adults are present for supervision. Students who are dropped off early are being left alone in the dark and cold without adult supervision. If you are concerned with getting to work late then you need to consider utilizing the bus for transportation. Also, students cannot be dropped off in any other area other than the car driver circle. This too has become a problem that poses dangerous risks to our students.
  • Parents are welcome to eat lunch in the cafeteria with their children. However, please recognize that there may not be room for you to eat at the same table as your child’s class. Also, some classes have assigned seats for students. Please sit at one of the designated overflow tables instead or, if it is nice, consider eating outside in the courtyard. Parents are not allowed to have their child’s friends eat lunch at a separate location without specific, written permission from the friend’s parents.

PTA Advocacy Alert

PTA Advocacy Alert

Reprieve on K-3 class size mandate
This week we can take a deep breath regarding the class size mandate! A legislative deal announced Thursday means North Carolina elementary schools won’t have to reduce class sizes this year that school officials said could potentially threaten art, music and physical education programs.
Legislators have agreed to phase in class size mandate over the next four years instead implementing it all at once. As part of the delay,lawmakers will include $61 million a year to help school districts pay for art, music and physical education teachers.
When lawmakers announced the class-size deal Thursday, they also addressed a plan for pre-K services.
Sen. Chad Barefoot, a Wake Forest Republican, said the goal is to eliminate the state’s pre-K waiting list by 2021-22.
School leaders and parents have kept the pressure over the past several months to urge state lawmakers to either delay the class size changes or come up with more money to fund the smaller class sizes. This story is a true testament to the “power” of the people!

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!

Multicultural Fair at HES

Our 4th Annual Multicultural Fair is February 22!

Our 4th annual Multicultural Fair is coming soon!  This is an opportunity for HES families to share a culture they love with others, as we all celebrate the diversity of our school. We are in the sign-up stage of the event and are looking for families who would sponsor a booth and represent a country or culture that they know well, or would like to learn more about.

Things you can enjoy during the evening:


  • Check out the Scholastic Book Fair in the media center.
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner in the cafeteria.
  • Visit the different countries & cultures represented in the atrium.
  • Check out the wonderful Reader’s Theatre near the atrium.
  • Pick up some delicious treats at the bake sale to benefit Cookies for Kids Cancer.
  • Watch the multicultural performances in the cafeteria.


All HES families are invited to attend. 

So far we have several cultures/countries being represented.  If your family would like to participate and share about a culture, please contact Ellen Teyssier ( if you are interested.

Questions?  Contact any one of us!

Multicultural Fair Organizers:

Ms. Teyssier –

Ms. Seidman –

Ms. Peters –

Ms. Cassidy –

African American History Month Celebration

African American History Month Celebration

We have lots of exciting activities coming up to mark African American History Month during February. The theme for 2018: “African Americans In Times of War.”

  • Starting February 1st, every day kids are invited to appear as a guest on the Morning News Show to present a 2-minute researched and rehearsed segment on an African American History. Presentation can be as short as 30 seconds or as long as 2 minutes. Examples are: share a fact, recite a poem, read a biography or even do a skit with a buddy. Interested kids are to sign up with Ms. Callaghan at the Media Center starting January 29th, first come first serve.
  • Kids are encouraged to submit “African American Fact of the day” or a quote by an African American to be read during afternoon announcements.  Students are to turn in their submission at the front office where they submit the “joke of the day”.
  • Kids are invited to participate in the “African American History Challenge” by submitting a researched write up of an African American Icon. Instructions and guidelines will be coming through the Thursday folders in the next couple of weeks.  The children’s work will be displayed on a bulletin board.

questions? contact Bemnet Fantu-Downes, PTA VP of Advocacy at

Tutors Needed

Interested in a Paid Tutoring Position?

We are looking for a reading tutor to work with small groups of 4th and 5th grade students. The position would run roughly from February to May for 2 hours each morning, four days a week. Please contact Mr. Ruppenthal at if you are interested.

Thank You Corporate Sponsors!

Huntersville Elementary School would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our corporate sponsors!


LOAN DEPOT- Vin Marcello

REMAX PROS- Michael McNulty & Carolyn Brown




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 . 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

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 or Mrs. Hayes at

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

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

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  ( or Laura Mahoney (

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  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
*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!

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