PARENT POST – 11/9/18

November 9, 2018

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Hello Cory Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  Next Thursday, Liz and I will be out of the building at a Network Meeting.  We apologize for missing the annual Cory Thanksgiving lunch. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, November 12th. You will not be able to buy lunch that day because we use the number of tickets purchased to plan for that amount of food. The schedule is here.

As we continue to educate students and families about bullying, we are finding that we need to continue conversations and education.  We want to support students and families who are facing bullying issues, we need to be careful with labeling students as a bully.  As we continue to educate the whole child at Cory, we want to provide the space and social awareness to confront bullying.  We are determining a date and time for a Bullying Information evening for families to attend, ask questions and find ways to support safe environment at Cory.  We are also creating a link on our website with resources and information.

What Kids Should Know

Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens repeatedly; it forms a pattern of behavior on the part of the bully.

Bullying includes:
  • Punching, shoving, and other ways of physically hurting people
  • Spreading bad rumors about people
  • Keeping certain people out of a “group”
  • Teasing people in a mean way
  • Sending insulting e-mails to people or about people
When you are bullied:
  • Try to avoid, ignore, or walk away from a bully.
  • Stay calm and do not fight back.
  • Forcefully say to the bully, “Leave me alone.”
  • Use humor, if possible, to react to a bully.
  • DON’T go places alone;always stay with a group.
  • Don’t blame yourself. YOU DO NOT DESERVE THIS!
When you see someone bullied:
  • Report bullying to a trusted adult.
  • Calmly tell the bully to stop.
  • Support the person being bullied.
When you are the bully:
  • Think about how you why you bully.
  • Identify your feelings when you bully.
  • Find other ways to make yourself feel good.
  • Realize bullying leads to more serious problems.
  • Ask an adult you trust or a friend for help.

What Parents Need to Know to Help

Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional, repeated over time, and involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying can take many forms such as:

  • Physical bullying, such as hitting or punching
  • Verbal bullying, such as teasing or name-calling
  • Nonverbal or emotional bullying, such as intimidating someone through gestures or social exclusion
  • Cyber bullying, by sending insulting messages by e-mail, text message, IM or other electronic methods.
When Children are Bullied:
  • Listen to them. Make it clear that it is not their fault.
  • Teach self-respect and promote a sense of self-worth.
  • Model assertive behavior and good social skills.
  • Encourage your child to join youth groups outside of school.
  • Work with the child’s school to address the problem.
  • Help them identify ways to respond to bullies.
  • DON’T teach your child to fight back.
When Children are Bystanders or Witnesses:
  • Encourage your child to stand up for the child being bullied.
  • Stress the importance of reporting bullying to a trusted adult.
When Children are Bullies:
  • Model caring and empathetic relationships at home.
  • Help your children develop their skills and interests.
  • Establish consistent rules and limits.
  • Reward positive attitudes, behaviors, and actions.
  • Seek counseling for them if their behavior does not improve.
  • Avoid the use of physical punishment, harsh criticism, and violent emotional outbursts.

I hope together that we can create a safe community for all students and families to thrive.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Joan Wieser

Parent Post Topics:
If you have any topics that you would like to be addressed in the parent post, please submit your suggestions here.  There is also a suggestion box in the office.  We want to be clear and transparent about policies and procedures at Cory. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 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
  • COFFEE WITH CHRISTINA SYLVESTER – 5TH GRADE PARENT INFORMATIONAL MEETING ABOUT MERRILL: 12/4, 8:45AM
  • STOCK THE LOUNGE – 3RD GRADE:  WED., 12/12
  • CORY OPEN HOUSE:  WED., 1/16 AT 9AM
  • SCHOOL OF CHOICE WINDOW OPENS: 1/15/19 – 2/15/19
  • CALENDAR CHANGE – ART NIGHT MOVED FROM 2/5 TO 2/7

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.

THE CORY DIRECTORY IS READY

Thanks to everyone who provided their contact information for the 2018-2019 Cory Directory! You can now find it on the school website, with listings by grade and teacher, student name, and family name. The password is 48380.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

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

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

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 DINES OUT

Our next Dine out is going to be at Esters Neighborhood Pub on Monday, Nov 12th. They are located at 1950 South Holly Street.  From 5-9pm they will donate 20% of all food sales to Cory PTA.  Call (303) 955-4904 for take-out orders.  Be sure to tell your server you are with Cory.

Thank you and see you there!

THANK YOU FROM THE GROUNDS CLEAN-UP
COMMITTEE

Thank you to Margit Archer and Kristin Axley for organizing the Annual Fall clean Up this past weekend!  We had tremendous turn out from Cory families and filled 150 bags full of leaves!  Thank you for caring for Cory’s Grounds!                  
                                                                      

MERRILL MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

Dear 4th and 5th Grade Families,

On December 4th, Christina Sylvester, the Principal at Merrill Middle School, will be joining us for coffee to answer questions about Merrill.  This is a great opportunity to meet Christina and to get more information about the school and all the wonderful things they are doing there.  In preparation for this meeting we are compiling questions beforehand.  Please submit your questions by Friday, November 30.

Sample Questions:

How are students placed in honors classes?

What supports are in place for students who need extra help?

Here is the link to the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RDNQMSD

The meeting will take place at 8:45 – 9:15 am on Dec. 4th in the Cory Library.