Parent Post – 12.03.15

December 2, 2015

Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting TONIGHT.  Please join us for our monthly CSC Meeting from 4-6 in the library.  Our agenda is attached here:  CSC Agenda- December

Specials Teachers

The holidays are fast approaching. The PTA will be taking a collection of donations to go to the Specials Teachers (Art, Music, PE, and Library and will be divided equally) as a holiday gift from the school community. If you would like to contribute to this collection, there will be a manilla envelope in the front office where you can place your donation. Whatever amount you can give is wonderful and cash or checks are accepted. Please make checks out to “Cory PTA”. Donations must be in by Wednesday, December 16 at 3:30 PM.

- Cory PTA Board

News from the Art Room

Cory artists teamed up to create 200 bright and cheerful holiday cards that will be delivered to seniors home-bound or living in nursing homes through the Baskets of Joy program sponsored by The Denver Post, Volunteers of America, and Albertsons. Baskets of fruit, each featuring a charming card made by an elementary student will be delivered to thousands of seniors. Art teacher Ms. Alexander was very impressed with the drive the students had to work on this special service-learning art project.

News from the Music Room

1) Attention families of 2nd/3rd/4th grade students: Cory’s Winter Program will take place Thursday, December 17th at 6pm at Merrill Middle School (Students participating should report no later than 5:40pm.) Students should use the online resources (including music, lyric sheets, practice tracks, and helpful videos) to practice regularly at home.

2) *NEW TO CORY* Ms. Polete is thrilled to be starting The Cory Chorale for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who love to sing! This is a non-auditioned group open to all who are interested. Registration will take place through the Cory/C3 Enrichment Program. Choir will begin Thursday, January 7th and run through May (this is longer than most enrichment classes. Please ensure your student can participate the entire time!) Rehearsals will be on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:00pm in the Cory auditorium. For more information, including a link to register, click here.

Accompanist needs: I would love to have a parent accompanist for the Cory Chorale. Please contact me if you have accompanying skills and are interested in assisting the Cory Chorale! I’d be happy to share with you more about the time commitment and my vision for the choir. amy_polete@dpsk12.org

3) Holiday concert opportunity: Ms. Polete will be performing with The Cherry Creek Chorale in their Holiday concert “This Shining Night” on Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th at 7:30pm. The concert is held at Bethany Lutheran Church. Come enjoy holiday music from the Renaissance to today and join in singing some of your holiday favorites. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, please click here.

Amy Polete ♫ ♪
General/Vocal Music Specialist
Cory Music Website – Check it out!

Teacher Spotlight

This week we learn more about Brendan Doyle, our first grade teacher.

  1. Share how long have you been at Cory and one thing you did before your current role.

I’ve been at Cory for ten years this year. I started out a para in kindergarten (yes, they used to be in this building) and then spent years working as the school’s technology representative and a paraprofessional. I also did my student teaching here, and substitute taught here and there before being hired on as a teacher in 2012.

  1. What novel character do you like the most or most identify with?

My favorite character from a novel is Elphaba from the book “Wicked” by Gregory McQuire. I like her because she’s mysterious and misunderstood.

  1. If you were stranded on a desert island, what food would you crave?

I would crave cheeseburgers and pizza if I was stranded on a desert island. I crave them most days anyway.