PARENT POST 10/18/18

October 26, 2018

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Hello Cory Families,

DPS released all School Performance Frameworks late last week. This link will take you to the detailed report. We are so proud of our Distinguished rating (blue on the SPF) and the areas where we excelled! As a staff, we celebrated with a BLUE berry pancake breakfast (pancakes flipped and served by Joan and Liz).  However, as with any strategic organization, we are looking at our strengths and thinking about how to build on them as well as examining the areas where we can continue to improve. Based on our detailed review of the SPF, we are targeting areas within the specific measures to set school-wide goals.  We are thrilled to share not only our strengths, but next steps with our community.

A few strength highlights:

  • Last year Cory made the distinguished cut off by a tiny fraction-  .17 ; the cut off for distinguished ratings is 79.5% and Cory received a 79.67%; This year that increase to distinguished was over 9% higher! We are well into the distinguished rating with an 88.62% of all points earned
  • Our academic gaps rating (how well are we closing the gaps between our minority students and our Anglo students) also moved from 84.27% in 2017 to 91.93% in 2018!
  • After a three year decline in math, we saw tremendous math growth!

Next Steps:

  • The area identified for growth is our Early Literacy Growth measure.  This is an area where we were rated approaching. To work on our early foundational literacy growth we are sending 1st and 2nd grade teachers, interventionists and special educators to a week long training grounded in building strong early literacy skills. This training will take place the week of November 5th.
  •  We will continue our focus on math instructional practices and differentiation within all math classes.
  • We will continue to strengthen a partnership we began last year with the Public Business and Education Coalition (PEBC) to continue to support our math professional learning and growth.
  • We will continue dedicated time and facilitated support with Backwards Design Planning focused on differentiation, identifying strong themes, essential questions, engaging learning experiences tied to the unit’s main theme.

There is so much to celebrate! Have a wonderful weekend!

Joan

Calling all Scientists

We are looking for parents who work in the science field and/or a scientist to support our upcoming science fair.  If you are interested, please contact Joan_Wieser@dpsk12.org by October 31st.

How could you help as a parent with the science fair?

  • Visit classrooms to talk about your job and your work in the field of science
  • Visit classrooms to explain the scientific process, how to create a science fair project, and/or model an experiment.
  • Support finding judges for the science fair and possibly reaching out to science students at local universities.

We can’t wait to form strong partnerships with all our families so we can continue to challenge our students.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • NO SCHOOL:  FALL BREAK – FRIDAY, 10/19 – TUESDAY, 10/23
  • READING INTERVENTION OPEN HOUSE:  WED., 10/24, 3:30 – 5:30PM
  • SPOOKY STORY NIGHT: MONDAY, 10/29, 6 – 7:30PM
  • CORY GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY:  11/4, 9AM – 12PM
  • CORY DINES OUT – ESTER’S 11/12, 4PM – 10PM
  • SCHOOL OF CHOICE WINDOW OPENS: 1/15/19 – 2/15/19
  • CALENDAR CHANGE – ART NIGHT MOVED FROM 2/5 TO 2/7

SPOOKY STORY NIGHT

The Cory PTA is planning our annual Spooky Story Night.  Please save the date for Monday, October 29th from 6pm-7:30pm.  Kids are welcome to dress up.  Come for pizza, crafts, and spooky stories.  We need volunteers and a few donations in order to make this night spooktacular!  Please see the attached sign up genius to find out how you can help.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C45ABAA22A64-spooky

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Keep cutting and sending in those Box Tops! Box Tops for Education is a fun and easy way to help Cory! All you have to do is clip Box Tops from products you already buy, such as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Ziploc, Kleenex, Juicy Juice, and many more!  https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn

We have till October 29th, to Feed the Cougar! Collection boxes are in each classroom, along with a large bin in the office. So send in those Box Tops!

Our volunteers are expecting to receive thousands of Box Tops, so please make their jobs a little easier by 1) cutting your Box Tops on the dotted lines (great to get the kids to help!) and 2) ensuring none of your Box Tops are expired.

Happy Clipping!

CORY SPIRIT WEAR DRIVE

New Cory Spirit Gear for the year!

There’s some exciting news Cory Cougars! We are having a Spirit Gear Drive for two weeks only! October  8, 2018-October 22, 2018. No need to send orders or payment back, simply visit the online link to order:  www.SpiritGearDirect.com/Shop
After Spirit Gear receives your order and payment, they will ship all orders to Cory and we will deliver to classrooms. Please allow three weeks from the end of our drive to receive your order. Any damaged items can be returned within two weeks from receiving them. No extra items will be available so don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to get new Cory Gear!
Any questions, please email: bliss_barela@dpsk12.org
Can’t wait to see you in your new Cory gear!

CORY GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY

Save the date:  Cory’s next community event is our annual Grounds Clean Up Day, happening on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 9am – 12pm!  We will be raking leaves, spreading mulch, among other fun gardening activities, all while enjoying refreshments (of course, there will be donuts!) and good company!  Students, parents, siblings, alums, grandparents, and any other Cory fans welcome!  An assortment of adult-sized tools and leaf bags will be provided, but we could use a few folks with portable leaf-blowers, and any kid-sized gear for young helpers.  A sign up for items will follow in the next Parent Post.  In the meantime, please contact Margit Archer (marcher006@gmail.com) or Kristin Axley (kristinaxley@gmail.com) with any questions.

FRIENDS OF CORY

A huge thank you to all of our Friends of Cory Donors!  In the past 3 days of the campaign we have raised $7,070 and have raised just under $55,000 in donations.  We are getting closer to our goal of $65,000, however, we still have not met our goal.  54% of families have not donated – we need your help!  Please donate today!  We are hoping to have a great number to report as our final amount raised when we return from Fall Break!

Why do we give to Friends of Cory?   To give our children the best educational opportunities possible.

  • Click here (http://cory.dpsk12.org/supportcory/annual-giving/ ) to donate online or you can pick-up a donation form in the front office to donate by check.
  • Friends and Family:  Grandparents love to support too! Forward this link: http://cory.dpsk12.org/supportcory/annual-giving/ to have them donate to help keep Cory the top educational school that it is!
  • Please remember, most companies also do a company match for donations. That’s a great way to double your donation for the school to see a larger benefit.

Friends of Cory provides critical support to the school, including:

  • Paraprofessional educators in each classroom
  • Full-time Art, P.E. & Music teachers
  • Enrichment experiences such as field trips, the school garden, learning nights and community events
  • Classroom technology upgrades and learning tools

Friends of Cory operates with no overhead, so every dollar donated goes directly into programs that support all Cory students. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.

CORY DINES OUT – THANK YOU!!!

Once again we knocked it out of the park!  What an incredible night at Brightmarten on Tuesday! We raised over $1000!  The place was packed with Cory families.  Thank you all for your incredible support-we couldn’t do it without you! See you next month at Ester’s on Monday, November 12th, 4-10pm.

CSC FALL FORUM HANDOUTS

The CSC Fall Forum last Thursday evening provided some great information to Cory parents.  For those of you unable to attend the CSC Fall Forum last night, below is a link to handouts provided.

RAISING MEDIA SMART KIDS

We had a very informative presentation from Brian Dino, DPS Educational Technology Coordinator, at the “Raising Media Smart Kids” on Tuesday, October 9th. Some take-home points:
–Set limits and discuss safety with your kids. Create a Family Media Agreement.
–Utilize Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ for recommendations on appropriate age levels for movies, TV shows, video games, and more; and to learn about apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, and many more.
–Cory’s Librarian has put together a helpful website that will help your child research projects and find resources in a safer, more efficient way: https://sites.google.com/dpsk12.net/corylibrarywiki
–Miss the presentation? Here is the link to the slide deck: tinyurl.com/DPS2019
–Please contact Dawn Miller with any questions!

WINTER AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

Winter Enrichment will run from November 26th to February 16th
Registration OPENS on Wednesday, October 31st @ 6:30AM 
Registration CLOSES on Wednesday, November 14th @6:00PM

Please Note: This session we will be having a Registration Open and Close Date. This will ensure that everything is properly programed in SCW! In addition, I created a FREE registration portal for new families to register in advance! All registration information is included on the cover page of the brochure.
Cory/C3 Winter Enrichment Brochure

COLD WEATHER REMINDERS

WINTER GEAR: 
Please dress your child in warm winter gear, as we only call indoor recess when it is 20 degrees or lower. Otherwise, you can assume your child will be outside playing in the fresh air!  They will need coats, gloves, hats, possibly snow boots, and any other outdoor winter clothing you see fit.

MORNING DROP OFF: 
Unless it is below 20 degrees, all students should be dropped off or walk to the blacktop/ playground in the morning. The blacktop and playground are supervised from 8:30-8:45. The morning bell rings at 8:40. Students will line up with their class at this time. Teachers will come out to pick up their students on the blacktop and bring them in to start the day.

RECESS: 
When it is 20 degrees or lower, we will have indoor recess inside the Auditorium.  A G-rated movie will be shown to the students.  Students will also have the choice to play Board Games in the Gym. Outdoor temps will be monitored utilizing the Weather Watch Safety Chart.  On outdoor days, students not dressed appropriately for the winter weather will have the chance to call their parents to bring in appropriate clothing.

MERRILL MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

Do you have a 5th Grader at Cory?  Come check out Merrill Middle School!  The 5th Grade Open House is October 25 at 6 PM.  Sign-ups for Student Shadowing dates are already up on the Merrill’s Website.  Click (http://merrill.dpsk12.org/prospective-students/) to sign your student up to shadow or to schedule a Parent Tour.  There are several parents at Cory who also currently have a student over at Merrill.  If you have questions about Merrill, we would love to try and answer them!  Email either Pam Wandry pammerscush@gmail.com or Lisa Cervantes-Glynn at lcervantesglynn@gmail.com.