PARENT POST – 12/14/18

December 14, 2018

There is a lot of information that we need to communicate this week.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read through it.  Have a wonderful weekend!

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Thank you to all the families who attended the Cory Winter Concert.  It was a beautiful evening filled with music, dancing and celebration.  The hallways were filled with creative and amazing art pieces. A huge shout out to the students for taking the risk and showcasing their talents and passions. Another shout out to Mrs. Lewis for creating a beautiful musical celebration and Mrs. Alexander for showcasing amazing works of art. It was a magic evening.

The classrooms at Cory were thrilled to have a special guest demonstrate science experiments to create some excitement for the upcoming science fair.  Students were engaged with project ideas and ways to make more student friendly.  A huge thank you to Wayne Biever for spending the morning sharing his love of science.  It was an amazing opportunity for our students.

Lastly, I know that change is difficult and some classes and families will be effected by this change more than others. One matter I am very confident in is the core of great teachers, parents and students that make up the Cory community.  Katherine Weldy, 4th/5th grade literacy teacher, has resigned her position to focus on personal matters.  We are in process of finding the best teacher for this position.  We will communicate more information next week.

Have a wonderful and restful weekend!

Joan Wieser

CORY DU FIELD TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT 
We are very excited to announce that all Cory students will be going on a field trip on 12/19 to attend a women’s basketball game at the University of Denver as part of their “Hoops and Education Day”. There are many DPS schools engaging in this day of learning and fun. We are excited for students to learn more about health and wellness through a presentation by DU’s Strength and Conditioning coach.  These topics support health and science standards.  Students will also learn about healthy eating, how much water to drink a day, what proteins and carbohydrates do, etc.  This year there are some finance education pieces to tie into Social Studies standards.  Another important aspect to remember is there is a college campus so close to our community and it is fantastic that students get to be inspired and motivated to be college and career ready.  We are also excited to share the message of equity through this opportunity.

This will be a walking field trip meaning that all students will walk with their teachers to DU’s Magness Arena. The distance is approximately 1.1 miles. Parents are welcome to join us and your child’s safety is our number one concern. For this reason, we are asking that 5 parents join each class for the walk over to DU. Once we get to DU, parents are welcome to stay for the game and programming as spectators. We will also need at least 5 parents for the walk back with each class.

All students will need a sack lunch as we will be eating at DU. There is no cost for this field trip and we really think that it will be an amazing way for our community to come together and to support our local and very nearby university.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have would like to accompany us on the walk over to DU and contact Mr. Conklin at brent_conklin@dpsk12.org if you have any questions about the trip.

Thanks,

Mr. Conklin

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • CORY DINES OUT AT KITCHEN NEXT DOOR – 12/17, 5-9PM
  • CORY WHOLE SCHOOL WALKING FIELD TRIP TO DU – 12/19
  • NO SCHOOL/WINTER BREAK BEGINS – 12/21-1/6
  • CORY BAND NIGHT – 1/9, 6-7:30PM
  • SCHOOL OF CHOICE WINDOW OPENS: 1/15/19 – 2/15/19
  • CALENDAR CHANGE – ART NIGHT MOVED FROM 2/5 TO 2/7
  • SAVE THE DATE: CORY AUCTION – APRIL 12 AT 6:30PM

CORY TIMES – SEND IN YOUR SUBMISSIONS
It’s that time again!  We are open for submissions to the winter edition of The Cory Times and would love to hear from your child! During the midst of winter break, consider encouraging your child to write. Accepted anytime beginning this week, the deadline to have articles in this time around is Friday, January 18, 2019. Please email us with any questions: thecorytimes@gmail.com.

H. Malin Wolfson
Editor-in-Chief

4TH/5TH GRADE BAND TO NOW BE OFFERED
We are excited to announce that beginning in January, Cory will be offering band to all 4th and 5th graders! Don’t miss this opportunity to make your own music and express yourself!  No experience needed.  You could play the flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba or percussion!  Join us for fun and exciting classes, before school on Mondays/Wednesdays  from 7:35-8:40 a.m. and wake up your brain with music! Classes are $10 each and scholarships are available, so plan on making music with us all year long!  Our goal is to start band in January with 25 students, so grab a friend and click here to: Register for Band  You can also click here to watch a slide show of all the fun things that await!

If you think your child might be interested in band, please take. a moment to register. This will help us generate a list of interested families so we can stay in communication! It does not commit you to the program should you need to change your mind.

You will have the opportunity to try all the instruments, find your perfect match and rent an instrument at Band Night, January 9th at 6:00 pm in the Cory Cafeteria and Band will start Jan. 14th! We need to know how many students to anticipate, so please click here to Register for Band even if you’re not sure. Feel free to contact Ms. Christmas, at 303-524-0176 or Christmas.BALM@gmail.com for more information. You can also reach out to Mrs. Henry with questions through email (erin_lewis@dpsk12.org) or class dojo.

SUPPORTING STUDENTS EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
Mrs. Ausdenmoore, our school psychologist, has begun delivering a series of lessons focused on healthy social emotional and coping skills to the 5th grade classes. However, no age is too young to start the conversation about how to be mentally healthy. Learning about mental health at a young age can help kids find their own equilibrium and recognize things in their lives that throw them out of balance. Attached is a resource for parents and guardians with some tips on checking in with your child’s emotions and supporting them in addressing emotional difficulties.  Tips for Talking with Your Child About Depression and Anxiety

3RD GRADE READ-A-THON 
Our students raised $2104.12 for International Hope Builders!  That will provide 84 school desks for a newly built school in Honduras.  Thank you to everyone who participated and made this so successful!

SCIENCE FAIR
Cory Science Fair is January 31st.

In Class Presentations, will take place between January 24th and January 30th.

The same rubric will be used by the school wide judges and the district fair judges. This will allow children to make modifications to projects based on teacher and judge feedback prior to the district science fair.

Return the contract, which is really an intent to participate form, to your child’s teacher or email to request more information. Your child will then bring home guidelines and a rubric to help you complete the project successfully.

Listed below are websites to help generate ideas. Not all ideas on these websites meet the requirements for an inquiry project rather than a science demonstration. Most demonstrations can easily be turned into inquiry projects. Contact your child’s teacher for other idea generating tools and/or websites.

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/
https://tinkerlab.com/science-projects/
https://www.education.com/science-fair/

The top 2 finishers from each grade level will be signed up to advance to the district Science Fair on February 9th at DU.

We hope your family will participate in this year’s Science Fair!

BLACKJACK PIZZA
My name is Clare Chamblee, I am the lunchroom manager. Despite ordering issues that left us with the possibility of not having Black Jack pizza again until next year, I’m excited to tell you all that the Cory lunchroom will be serving Black Jack pizza on Monday December 17th. I will also have even more exciting news about our Black Jack pizza coming to you next week!
Have a great weekend Cory family’s

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!

CORY DINES OUT – THIS MONDAY
Our next dine out night is less than an week away!  Join us Monday, Dec., 17th at The Kitchen Next Door from 5-9pm and support Cory.  Kitchen Next Door is donating 50% of all their sales (excluding take out) to our school.  Sign up for the event through this link https://coryelementary504u.eventbrite.com Reservations are recommended.  Start the week off with a fun evening out with the family and be sure to tell them you are with Cory!  As always thank you for your support!

EVERYDAY GIVING
Support Cory This Holiday with Everyday Giving – Grocery Cards & Amazon Smile

Everyday Giving is a simple way to support Cory Elementary while doing your everyday errands and the best part is… it doesn’t cost you anything extra!
Grocery Cards – King Soopers & Safeway
Cory receives 5% of all funds that are added to the reloadable gift cards.  Currently, we raise more than $3000 each year through the grocery card program with ONLY 10-12 families participating.
Getting started is easy! Families pay $5 and receive a King Soopers or Safeway card preloaded with $5.  Before starting checkout at the store, ask your cashier to add funds to your card, and then use your preloaded card to buy your groceries.

*Please note a recent change to the Safeway Grocery card program.  If you have a Safeway card that you have used prior to this school year, you will need to purchase a new card.  Safeway upgraded their gift cards and the old “tomato” style cards can no longer be reloaded.

Amazon Smile
Support Cory through your purchases on Amazon.  It’s easy to set up by selecting “John J. Cory PTA” from the list of charitable organizations when you first visit AmazonSmile.  For eligible purchases, Cory receives 0.5% of the purchase price and the shopping experience is seamless for you.

For more information about these programs or other Everyday Giving programs, check out the Cory website.  If you have any additional questions, please email Jen Allison.

THANK YOU!
Tuesday evening was so much fun at our vendor sale.  We had a lot of traffic, but we are still waiting for the results of our sales.  Between the last dining event at Esters and shopping week at Bookies we raised nearly $500!  A huge thank you to our Cory community and neighbors for all of your support!

CORY PTA SPONSORSHIP
The Cory PTA is planning to restart a year-long sponsorship program for businesses, specifically those connected to our community, during the 2019 calendar year. Sponsorships provide an opportunity for businesses to express support for public education in general, and the mission of the Cory PTA in particular. Participating businesses will have banners displayed on the school fence on Steele Street, annual auction benefits, and recognition on the school website and social media. Sponsorships of this kind greatly benefit our school and are not unique to Cory; there are many public schools which have similar practices, including (as many of you have likely noticed), Stephen Knight. The Cory PTA Board has thoroughly vetted this with Joan Wieser, the district, and the city. All potential year-long sponsors must be approved by the Cory PTA board and the school administration, and will exclude any organizations that are not in line with Cory’s mission.

This sponsorship program will help the Cory PTA continue its long-standing tradition of supporting our paraprofessional program, specials teachers, technology additions and upgrades, community building events, performance and musical arts experiences, and much more. If you have any thoughts, concerns, or suggestions about restarting a year-long sponsorship program at our school, please reach out to Marti Freeman, VP of Community Outreach at Coryelementarypta@yahoo.com. We will also have an open discussion at our upcoming PTA Meeting on December 7th at 8:45 AM.
                                                            

MERRILL MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

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