Welcome to Cornelius Elementary School; we are so glad you’re here! Please take a moment to read through the information below to become familiar with the ins-and-outs of the school, and hopefully answer any questions you have.

First, Meet The Ambassadors…

The Ambassadors are a group of well-informed parents whose goal is to make your transition to CES as smooth as possible. They “know the ropes” and are happy to guide you and answer any questions. Ask them anything!


Ashley Soderland

Melissa Hart

Happy Whitaker

First Grade

Shannon Myers

Second Grade

Cynthia D’Ovidio

Third Grade

Lacey Vickery

Fourth Grade

Katherine Rutherford

Fifth Grade

Stephanie Kennedy

Ambassador Coordinator

Holly Sun



Where can I find a supplies list for my child’s classroom?
Order everything from one place at SchoolToolbox.com or find a list by grade on the PTO website by clicking here.  Boxes can be ordered up to two weeks before school starts.

PLEASE NOTE: All students grades 2-5 are required to purchase a CES Agenda. They are available at Open House, or can be purchased and delivered the first week of school. Watch for the flyer in your child’s Communication Folder, which is sent home by their teacher every Thursday.

How can I access my child’s cafeteria account?
Visit www.paypams.com  to see your student’s purchase activity and to reload their account throughout the year. You will need your student’s ID number in order to create this account. You can get this number from your Student Reference Card, which will be sent home with your child the first week of school.

What Is Open House? Community Night? Silent Auction? And more…
Click HERE to find out about these events

How do I know which days my child has gym, art, etc?
Our school operates on an A, B, C, D and E day Rotation Calendar which can be found HERE. Each of these letter days coincides with a “special” that is specific to your child’s class. Your teacher will send home a list of what each day means for your child.

How can I learn more about school news or PTO activities?
For school news, sign-up for the weekly email list on the school website by clicking on the “Join Parent ListServ” link on the left hand side or CLICK HERE.

For PTO news, enter your email address in the right hand column under “GET CONNECTED.” You will receive news directly to your inbox. You can also follow “Cornelius Elementary” and “Cornelius Elementary PTO” on Facebook.

What is Character Ed/Power Time?
Character Ed is a special event happening once per month (typically the last Friday) at school. Students from each class are nominated by their classmates for exhibiting specific character traits (ex: honesty, responsibility, etc). The winning student from each class is recognized at a monthly morning assembly. You will be notified by your child’s teacher a few days before the assembly so that you may attend the event, if you are available. Students are encouraged to wear school colors or spirit wear.
PowerTime happens the same day as Character Ed. By exhibiting good behavior, students earn the opportunity to do a craft, have an extra recess, or another fun activity. PowerTime takes place from 3:00pm-3:45pm, and is typically hosted for each class by the Room Parent or a parent volunteer. Parents are often asked to contribute a snack or supplies for the activity and in most cases, are welcome to attend.

How do I reach out to other parents in my child’s class?
All parents who are members of the PTO have access to DirectorySpot. This is a website that holds contact information for all students whose parents elect to be listed. It is also available as an app on your smart phone.

Can I eat lunch with my child?
Yes! Guests are welcome to join their student for lunch after the first few weeks of instruction. (Teachers will let parents know when they are allowed to begin visiting.) Simply sign in with your photo ID at the computer in the front lobby and then join your child in the cafeteria. Students can eat their lunch from home, purchase lunch, or you are welcome to bring in a special lunch. Due to allergy concerns, all guests are allowed to eat lunch with only your child at the designated Guest Tables, located on the stage.

How do I find out about volunteer opportunities at the school?
There are many ways to get involved at CES! In order to volunteer in the classroom or for field trips, you must first register with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. You may then contact a PTO Board Member, your room parent, teacher, or a school ambassador who will be happy to help you find an opportunity that fits your needs. We rely heavily on the support of our parents and appreciate any help you can provide. Some great options to watch for are the Cougar Dash, Book Fairs, field trip chaperoning or Field Day. CLICK HERE to visit the Volunteer Page to learn more!

What is the procedure for drop off/ pick up?
Follow this link to view a video detailing the drop-off/pick-up procedure at CES. As a reminder, you must have a photo ID to sign your child out and no pick-ups are allowed between 3:00pm and 3:45pm.

I still have questions…
For answers to other questions or more details on the topics listed above, please refer to the Student & Family Handbook, the Cornelius Elementary website or your child’s Room Parent.