PARENT POST – 12/20/18

December 20, 2018

REMINDER:  THERE IS NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, FRIDAY, 12/21

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I can’t believe that winter break is here with cooler temperatures and disappearing daylight. The upcoming week can become quite overwhelming as families prepare for family gatherings, special travels, and perhaps some shopping outings in preparation for special traditions. Enjoy the time you have with friends and families! I can’t wait to hear about all the adventures.

In a time where the hope for a peaceful and tranquil holiday season is sought and the act of giving is contagious, the Cory Student Council members shared a new service project with students. Each grade level was asked to contribute different food and household items to help make the holidays more enjoyable for some of our less fortunate families. Thank you for helping our students learn about giving to others during this holiday time. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

With the winter break and a New Year approaching I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. Don’t forget to come visit us. We’d love to have you visit or volunteer. Cory Elementary School is dedicated to serving its students and families.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 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

WANTED!!!
We are looking for a para professional in the new year. Please reach out to Joan if you are interested.

UPCOMING ASSESSMENTS
While we aim to keep learning and teaching as our focus and testing to a minimum, there are times when assessments help us determine what students are absorbing and what we need to adjust to make sure that we provide differentiated instruction that drives academic growth and sparks the curiosity of every child.  With that in mind, starting in January there are a variety of upcoming assessments.

DPS requires that our students take three reading and math diagnostic assessments every year.  The mid-year assessments will take place in the month of January using the i-Ready application.  The average amount of time to complete each of these is 45 minutes.

Also in January our English Language Learners (ELL) will take the ACCESS assessments.  These families received a flyer last week with details.

This year we were assigned to give a pre-selected group of fifty of our 4th graders the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment.  On February 5th, twenty-five students will take it in reading and the other twenty-five students will take it in math. 4th grade families will receive more information on this in the new year.

All of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will take the Colorado Measurement of Academic Success (CMAS) this spring.  If you have a student in these grades you’ll find more information on a flyer in your student’s folder and by clicking here.

As always, please reach out to your student’s teacher with any questions.

LIBRARY NEWS
Since September, Cory’s library has become a makerspace once a week during lunchtime.  Third through fifth grade has cycled though, and second and first grade will have the opportunity in January and February.
What is a makerspace you may ask?  In an elementary school setting it is “a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects” (Laura Flemming, Worlds of Making).  At Cory, students have been engaged in activities such as designing a video game (Bloxels), using LittleBits (circuits and coding), creating aluminum foil boats, completing Lego challenges, building with K’Nex, making various origami creatures, and computer coding.  I am currently applying for a grant in order to purchase coding robots for use in our makerspace as well.
Check out some photos from our makerspace on the Cory library wiki at:  https://sites.google.com/dpsk12.net/corylibrarywiki/library-news-info.  Please let me know if you have any questions!
Dawn Miller
Teacher Librarian/Technology Teacher
dawn_miller@dpsk12.org

LIBRARY NEWS
Happy Holidays Cory Family’s!

Miss Raya and Miss Claire from the lunch room wanted to give a holiday present to Cory students. With the approval from our food service supervisor and the lovely Mrs. Wieser we are going to be serving Black Jack pizza EVERY SINGLE FRIDAY starting January 11, 2019! When I worked at Bradley the kids loved pizza Friday’s, they looked forward to it! Now on the other hand I know there are a lot of kids here at Cory that can’t deal with dairy. We will have other non-dairy options available.  Just a little reminder the price of lunch it $2.25, and the price of an extra slice of pizza is $1.85. Also while I have your attention I just want to remind everyone that breakfast is FREE for all DPS students and starts at 8:20. We hope everyone has an amazing and safe winter break, we can’t wait to hear all about it next year. Hopefully we get some snow!

See you all next year!
Miss Raya and Miss Claire

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

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!

THANK YOU – CORY DINES OUT
Thank you all so much for coming out Monday night for the last dine out of 2018 at the Kitchen Next-Door. The turnout was incredible! We raised nearly over $1000 between that and our vendor sale last week!  A big thank you to our families, friends and neighbors who support Cory! You have made this an incredible year so far for our children!
Our first Dine out fundraiser of 2019, is going to be at Sam’s #3 at 453 S. Cherry St.!  They are generously donating 20% of their sales to Cory Elementary school! Come in Tuesday, January 8th -Sunday the 13th for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Looking forward to seeing you there and have a wonderful winter break!

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.

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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