FAQ

Where can I find a supplies list for my child’s classroom?

You can find your student lists here.

PLEASE NOTE: It is suggested that ALL students purchase a Student Bundle which includes their agenda. They are available for pre-purchase online

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 Meet The Teacher/Open House? Silent Auction? And more…

You can click HERE to find out about these events. More information and dates will be shared when they become available. 

How do I know which days my child has gym, art, etc?

Our school operates on an A/B/C/D/E day Rotation Calendar which will be published soon. 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 happens on Early Release days?

Students will dismiss at 12:45 PM. Buses will leave the school three hours early and will arrive at the assigned bus stop three hours earlier than the PM drop off. School will serve breakfast as normal, but lunches will be on an altered schedule. If your child will dismiss differently than usual, make sure to let his/her teacher know of any transportation changes.

What is Character Ed/ Power Time?

CES introduced PowerTime with a Purpose in the 2019-2020 school year to support the Cornelius Kid program. PowerTime with a Purpose focuses on school-wide service projects to expand the students’ social-emotional learning. The goal is to help our students develop interpersonal skills such as kindness and respect; intrapersonal strengths such as grit and self-control; and intellectual strengths like curiosity and open-mindedness. Activities are chosen by the counselor-teacher committee to emphasize each month’s focus, and are completed by each class. Room parent volunteers will often help secure supplies or support the teachers during the monthly activity. 

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?

Traditionally, parents are allowed to eat lunch with their students after the school year settles in. For the 2020-2021 school year, more information will follow as it becomes available. 

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

What is “Here Comes the Bus?” How do I register?

“Here Comes the Bus” is a mobile app and website that utilizes GPS data to allow you to track your student’s bus real-time location and receive alerts to help you get to the bus stop on time. To sign up, visit Here Comes the Bus and enter district code 73877. Follow the directions to download the app. You will need your student’s ID number. If you have questions about Here Comes the Bus, please reach out to CMS Transportation at 980-343-6715.

What is the color associated with my child’s bus?

Sometimes the afternoon bus has to be replaced with another. Instead of having the kids remember a bus number, which could then change, the school assigns a color for them to remember. This way, they always just head to the sign in the parking lot with their color on it and there is no confusion for students. Find the current list here.

Where do I order a recorder?

4th and 5th grade students who would like to buy their own recorder for Music Class can CLICK HERE to purchase.

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, a School Ambassador, or your child’s Room Parent.