PARENT POST – 11/02/18

November 2, 2018

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Hello Cory Families,

Happy Friday! This week was very busy and filled with rigorous learning and fun celebrations. I enjoyed seeing all the students in their costumes and families joining the parade.  I was thrilled to be a part of the fun and dress up to join the parade. Thank you to all the families who supported classroom teachers with the parade.  It was a great community event!

Our students came together today for our First Friday’s assembly.  We celebrated the students who were recognized for curiosity and discussed gratitude.  As a school, we defined what gratitude means and looks like at Cory. We will be focusing on gratitude in the months of November and December.

Next week, 1st and 2nd grade teachers, interventionists and special educators will be attending a week long training grounding in building strong literacy skills. This is an area of need determined on the School Performance Framework so we are supporting primary teachers with early foundation literacy training. We are excited that our new learning will support better outcomes for all our students.

The Personal Success Factors Committee has been working on refocus sheets for students who have conflicts within the classroom and/or at recess/lunch.  The purpose of the refocus form is to support students with reflecting on their behavior and determining next steps to learn and grow from the situation. We want to encourage students to build their social tool-kits to combat any conflict they encounter.  If your child does get a refocus sheet, families should expect an email from the teacher and a copy of the refocus form.

As we continue to support students with tools to confront bullying, we want families to have the same information to create common language.  Here are some resources to support home conversations.
Stop Bullying
Kids Health

At Cory, we prioritize student safety.  We are asking for all families to please slow down on Florida and Iowa.  I have received many reports of unsafe driving speeds and students almost getting hit.  Please be mindful and slow down in school zones. We will be contacting the Denver Police Department to patrol the area during pick-up and drop-off to increase the safety measures.  I hope we can work together to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.

Have a great weekend!

Joan

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • CORY GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY:  11/4, 9AM – 12PM
  • PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY:  WED, 11/7
  • CORY DINES OUT – ESTER’S: 11/12, 4PM – 10PM
  • SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR:  11/12 – 11/16
  • STOCK THE LOUNGE – 2RD GRADE:  WED., 11/14
  • DRESS AS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER: FRI, 11/16
  • THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON: 11/15, FLYER COMING HOME TODAY
  • LITERACY PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT: 11/27
  • STOCK THE LOUNGE – 3RD GRADE:  WED., 12/12
  • SCHOOL OF CHOICE WINDOW OPENS: 1/15/19 – 2/15/19
  • CALENDAR CHANGE – ART NIGHT MOVED FROM 2/5 TO 2/7
  • COFFEE WITH CHRISTINA SYLVESTER – 5TH GRADE PARENT INFORMATIONAL MEETING ABOUT MERRILL: 12/4, 8:45AM

 

THANKSGIVING LUNCH AT CORY…COME JOIN US!

Cory will be hosting our Annual Thanksgiving Lunch this year on Thursday, November 15th.  You may purchase your ticket(s) by filling out the payment form being sent home today and returning it, along with payment, to the office.  Tickets are $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for non-students (currently attending Cory students with a “hot lunch” account do not need a ticket). Cash or check only please.  Checks made payable to “Cory Lunchroom”.
Tickets must be purchased by Monday, November 12th. The luncheon schedule is included on the flyer.  If yours doesn’t make it home for some reason, you can click here to print one from home or we have extras in the office.

 

CORY LITERACY PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT

When and Where: Tuesday, November 27th from 6-8pm in the library

Presenters:Sarah Clark (Cory’s Early Literacy Specialist and Third Grade Teacher) and other Cory teachers who will be named as the date gets closer

What: This is an adult only learning opportunity. Listening and Discussion of this podcast: Cory Literacy Parent Information Night

When and Where: Tuesday, November 27th from 6-8pm in the library

Presenters:Sarah Clark (Cory’s Early Literacy Specialist and Third Grade Teacher) and other Cory teachers who will be named as the date gets closer

What: This is an adult only learning opportunity. Listening and Discussion of this podcast: https://www.apmreports.org/story/2018/09/10/hard-words-why-american-kids-arent-being-taught-to-read and Hands on Words Their Way homework practice session for parents.

Description: Are you wondering how Cory teachers are responding to scientific research to refine their practice to better meet the needs of all the students they teach? Are you wondering how to complete Words Their Way homework assignments with your child? Are you wondering why the primary teachers and intervention/SPED teachers are missing a week of school next week in order to attend a week long class that will benefit your child? Are you curious about the learning your child is doing in literacy class at Cory? If you answered yes to any of these questions, than this night is for you! We will begin the night by listening to an NPR podcast, followed by a discussion of what we heard, and how Cory is responding to this podcast. After discussing the podcast, we will begin the “how to” portion of our evening and have a chance to learn Words Their Way Sorts that we can do at home to help your child be successful at school. You will learn “how to” help your child with their Words Their Way homework. If you would like to come to only a portion of the evening. Our rough timeline will be 6-7:15 podcast listening and discussion. From 7:15-8:00 there will be hands on word sort practice. We hope to see you here for some or all of our Literacy Night.
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SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Cory Book Fair:  The Enchanted Forest –  Let your imagination grow!BookFairLogoSm

It’s time to sparkle and shine, the magic of the Cory Scholastic Book fair is upon us. The theme this year is Enchanted Forest. Calling all fairies, gnomes and forest creatures to let your imagination grow!  The Book Fair supports building students’ home libraries with a selection of new and favorite titles for readers of all ages, and Book Fair profits support Cory classrooms and the Cory library!

When:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday, Nov. 12 to Thursday, Nov. 15, including during the Cory Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, Nov. 15, and with extended evening hours (open til 6 pm) on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Where:  Cory Auditorium

What to do now:  Bookmark contest!  Get your kiddos excited about reading, and supporting Cory, by entering the student bookmark contest – see flyer and blank bookmark in last week’s Friday folders. Extra blank bookmarks are available in the office.  Return decorated bookmarks to classroom teachers by Monday, Nov. 5.

Wanted:  Volunteers!  We need many hands to help promote literacy at Cory!  Please take a look at the sign-up sheet to see what roles interest you – there are opportunities from 11/7-11/16.   Sign up here:  https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/experience/signup/udPO7xt0A You will have to create a Scholastic account if you don’t have one, but it is fast and easy.

Thank you,

Milli Wolfson, Susie Moutray, Erin Robbins, and Dana Schoonover (Book Fair Co-Chairs)

CORY GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY THIS SUNDAY

Grounds Clean-Up Day is happening THIS Sunday, Nov. 4 from 9am – 12pm!  It’s daylight savings that day, so you will already be up early and looking for a fun activity!  So join us to rake, spread mulch, eat donuts, and enjoy some good company!  Students, parents, siblings, alums, grandparents, and any other Cory fans welcome!  Adult-sized tools and leaf bags will be provided, but we could use leaf blowers and a few other items — please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aaaaf2aa5fb6-cory1.  Please contact Margit Archer (marcher006@gmail.com) or Kristin Axley (kristinaxley@gmail.com) with any questions.

SPOOKY STORY NIGHT – THANK YOU!

Thank you to all who came to Spooky Story Night on Monday.  Our PTA co-chairs who planned the event, Kelly Hanson & Shaye Champ-Mino, put on a very fun event!  The kids and all seemed to really enjoy the evening.

Spooky Story Night 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCK THE LOUNGE  –  2ND GRADERS 
Calling all 2nd Grade Families – Stock the Teacher’s Lounge on Wednesday, November 14th!
2nd Graders – please help us keep our teachers fueled up by bringing healthy snacks and drinks to stock the lounge next Wednesday! Bring granola/protein/cereal bars, 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 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, 8:20 – 8:45 am, at the sofas at the main entrance.

Please email Naurin Gilger (nauringilger@gmail.com) or Debbie Fimple (dfimple@gmail.com) with any questions. Thank you for supporting our great Cory teachers and staff!

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MERRILL MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:b0a264d3-403a-43ce-aeac-f9a0fa3e0ddc

COFFEE WITH CHRISTINA SYLVESTER – 5TH GRADE PARENT INFORMATIONAL MEETING ABOUT MERRILL: 12/4, 8:45AM IN THE CORY LIBRARY