PARENT POST 10/4/19

October 4, 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Happy Friday Cory Community!

I want to thank all the families who were involved to plan and support Walk to School Day! Although it was a chilly day, students, teachers and families had a wonderful time celebrating and dancing to the tunes of DJ Chuck. Thank you to all the families who supported Walk to School Day and making it a special community event.

During our First Friday Assembly, students discussed what it means to be curious and how does that help us achieve our goals, dreams and passions.  At Cory, we believe in the development of the whole child so we support personal skills and strengths through Personal Success Factors. We want to equip students with the tools and resources to persevere through challenging situations or obstacles.  As a school community we are learning how to embed character into routines by naming, modeling, teaching, and building an understanding of the Personal Success Factors: Grit, Gratitude, Curiosity, Zest, Optimism, Self Control, and Social Intelligence.

At Cory, we believe the student, teacher and parent culture is crucial for academic success.  We can define consistent practices, across our school that support students’ growth and development as learners and people. We work on staff culture through practices that encourage collaboration and are grounded in our vision and mission to ultimately serve our students better.  We build authentic and lasting relationships within the school community through a focus on social-emotional learning and mindfulness practices to support respectful, caring and responsible actions.

The following are  preventative measures we have  in place to ensure student safety

  • 2nd Step Program- During Homeroom Community Time, teachers use the 2nd Step Curriculum. Each grade level features developmentally appropriate ways to teach core social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management, problem solving, self-regulation, and executive function skills.  We believe that this program will give students the skills to know how to be an up-stander for themselves and other students as well as prevent bullying.
  • Classroom Management Plan- Each teacher has a Classroom Management Plan in place to guide and support students academically and behaviorally.
  • Mindfulness - Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

Bullying

Cory  is committed to providing a safe and secure school environment for all students. We believe students should be able to learn in an environment that is free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behavior, including cyber-bullying. Students who engage in any act of bullying are subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion, and referral to law enforcement. Mrs. Ausdenmoore goes into classrooms and read My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig.  Students discussed different strategies to try if a friend is engaging in bullying behavior.  She has been teaching the three P’s.

  • Bullying is done on Purpose. There is nothing accidental or unplanned about bullying.

  • It is a Pattern that happens over and over again.

  • It is about Power. The cruel person has more control and influence than the target (more popular, older, stronger, etc.)

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of coercion or intimidation to obtain control over another person or to cause physical, mental or emotional harm to another person. Bullying can occur through written, verbal or electronic means or by a physical act or gesture.

To protect students, Cory and DPS has several procedures and policies in place.

  1. Bullying will not be tolerated in our school, buses or during school sponsored activities.

  2. Bullying is classified as harassment and may constitute a violation of civil rights when it is based on color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

  3. Students who engage in bullying will face disciplinary action and, depending on the severity and pattern, may be suspended or expelled, or referred to law enforcement.

  4. We have procedures for investigating all reported incidents of bullying.

  5. The School psychologists is available to assist students (both victims and offenders of bullying).

  6. The 2nd Step Program is taught in all of our classrooms and is used as a preventative measure for bullying.  SEE 2nd Step Program above for more information.

  7. See the Cory Website for additional resources.

  8. Teach your child to tell a trusted adult at school or at home if he or she, or another student, has been bullied.

    If, at any time, your child feels unsafe at school, please contact their teacher and/or the principal right away.  It is difficult for the school to intervene if we are unaware of situations occurring. If your child feels uncomfortable telling someone at school, they can contact Safe2Tell, a way in which students or parents can make an anonymous report.  You can reach them at 1.877.542.SAFE or find more information at www.safe2tell.org

  As a community, we need to determine ways to support all families to feel safe, welcomed and supported.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Great news! A fridge for the teacher lounge will be delivered on Monday! If you have any concerns about the traffic conditions at Cory, please Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to come to the Cory Carnival. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Best,

Joan Wieser
720-424-8382
Joan_Wieser@dpsk12.org

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

  • FALL CONFERENCES FOR ALL GRADES : OCTOBER 10TH and 17TH
    • Fall Conferences are set for the evenings of 10/10 for 5th grade and 10/17 for 4th grade. Signups coming soon!
  • FALL CARNIVAL:  SUNDAY, 10/6, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 1ST GRADE STOCK THE LOUNGE:  TUES., 10/8
  • COFFEE WITH MERRILL’S PRINCIPAL SYLVESTER:  10/11, 9:00 AM
  • CORY DINES OUT AT VIALE : TUESDAY, 10/15
  • SPOOKY STORY NIGHT:  TUESDAY, 10/29 AT 6PM
  • JA FOR THE DAY (JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT): FRIDAY, 11/1
  • DADDY* DAUGHTER DANCE: SATURDAY, 11/9, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • “FALL” INTO READING WITH CORY’S FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT:  11/19 6:00PM – 7:30PM
  • CORY SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR:  11/18 – 11/22
  • THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON:  WEDNESDAY, 11/20, MORE INFO SOON

Cory Elementary PTA Presents The

CORY  CARNIVAL

Sunday, October 6 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. | Cory Playground

Carnival Wristband Pre-Order Form – $10.00 each
This must be returned to the Cory front office by Wednesday, October 2. This year, all wristbands will be picked up from the Ticket Booth at the Carnival.  Wristbands are $15 the day of the event.

Please email Leisa Sollenberger at lsollenberger@gmail.com with any questions or how you would like to get involved!!!

*All Cory families are welcome and encouraged to attend! If you are unable to purchase a wristband, contact Alison Walker in the front office and your name will be added to the list for free wristbands.

CARNIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The 2019 Cory Carnival is under 2 weeks away and we are in need of assistance to make the carnival a success. We need volunteers for set up, clean up, ticket sales, student volunteer management, etc. We also need donations of cakes and baked goods for the first annual cakewalk, water, ice, coolers and shade tents! Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up where you can help with time or donation. Thank you – we look forward to this fun community event!!

Date: 10/06/2019 (Sun.)
Volunteer Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm MDT

Sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e48a5af2caaf49-cory

SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED


FRIENDS OF CORY DIRECT GIVING CAMPAIGN

The last day to give to the Friends of Cory
Direct Giving Campaign is Monday!

 Time is running out!

As of this morning we have raised $56,086 toward our $70,000 goal.  With over $13,000 still to raise, we need every family’s support more than ever.
If you represent one of the 170 families yet to give,
please make your donation today.

Give Today!
https://fundrazr.com/Givetocory.com

As of this morning, here is how the grades are stacking up for the race to a popsicle recess.  Each grade needs 75% of its families donating!

1st grade: 61% of families
2nd grade: 51% of families
3rd grade: 62% of families
4th grade: 46% of families
5th grade: 37% of families

Friends and Family Can Give Too!
Consider sharing the link to our giving site to grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends.  This could be a great opportunity to get your child involved in supporting their school.  Have them send it to family members with a message directly from them requesting to support their school.  They will receive a tax receipt immediately upon giving through our site: fundrazr.com/Givetocory.com

Company Match! Did you know 65% of companies will match a charitable contribution made by employees, which could double or triple your donation!  Please take a few minutes to contact your employer’s HR department to see if your company offers a match.  Fill out your company’s matching gift form and drop it off or mail it to us at: Friends of Cory Annual Giving Campaign | Cory Elementary School | 1550 S. Steele St. | Denver, CO 80210. Our Tax ID is 84-6048027.

Remember, without your Friends of Cory donations, we could no longer support:

  • Paraprofessional educators in each classroom-lowering the student-teacher ratio to make sure our kids receive the attention and differentiation they need to learn most effectively
  • Full-time Art, P.E. & Music Teachers-DPS funds part-time only
  •  -field trips, school garden, chickens, learning nights and community events
  • Classroom technology upgrades and learning tools-to provide a modern classroom

Make your donation today!  Every dollar counts and benefits your child.  Past donations have ranged from $10 to $10,000. Donations can be one-time or recurring and are 100% tax deductible. Your participation truly makes a difference.

*If you would like to make a donation by cash or check, please bring your donation to the Cory front office.

If you have any questions regarding Friends of Cory, please contact: friendsofcorycampaign@gmail.com

fundrazr.com/givetocory.com

1ST GRADE – STOCK THE LOUNGE
Calling all 1st Grade Families – Stock the Teacher’s Lounge on Monday, September 9th!

1st Graders – please help us keep our teachers fueled up by bringing snacks and drinks to stock the lounge next Monday! Few ideas are granola/protein/cereal bars/chips, mini muffins, crackers, cookies, popcorn, beef jerky, individual drinks (sparkling water, iced tea, Izzy’s, etc.), and coffee/tea K-cups, and drop off on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 8:30 am – 8:45 am, at the sofas at the main entrance.

Please email Naurin Gilger (nauringilger@gmail.com), or Karla Hand (Karlaraehand@gmail.com) with any questions. Thank you for supporting our great Cory teachers and staff!

PTA PROVIDES DINNER FOR OUR TEACHERS 

On October 10th and October 17th, the PTA Hospitality committee is sponsoring dinner for our staff at the parent-teacher conferences.  Please help by signing up below.

Thank you.

Parent-Teacher Conference Dinner


MERRILL MIDDLE NEWS

JAGUAR JOURNAL


COMMUNITY EVENTS

SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL MINI REBEL CHEER CAMP
Click here for more information

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

DU is presenting a concert titled “Insectophonic”  with all the music celebrating the insect world.  At 6:30 pm in the plaza right outside our concert hall, representatives from the Butterfly Pavilion will be here to share some insects and other creatures including “Rosie” the tarantula if kids are brave enough to hold her.

The Concert is Free in one of the finest concert halls in the country, the parking is free, so please share this with your kids

Our concert hall is at 2344 E Iliff (corner of Iliff and University) with free parking in our parking structure,  just south, off Wesley Avenue.