Parent Post – 5.05.16

May 4, 2016

CSC Spring Forum- Join Us!  Today from 3:50-5:00 in the Library!
Please join the staff and parents of Cory’s Collaborative School Committee for our Spring Forum on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 3:45-5:00 pm in the Cory Library. The Collaborative School Committee is made up of parents, teachers and community members who work with school leadership to provide feedback on important school decisions in areas such as budget and financial priorities, parent engagement, academic performance and school culture

During our Spring Forum, we will review parent feedback collected during the CSC Fall Forum, review and discuss progress in those areas, and contribute to planning for the coming year.
Childcare will be available in Cory’s upstairs classrooms, courtesy of our CSC teacher representatives.

Love providing feedback on key school-wide decisions?! Two parent representatives are needed for the Collaborative School Committee starting next year! Terms run for two years. If you are interested, please click CSC Nomination Form or pick up a self-nomination form in the office.

AUCTION

Thanks again to all who came to the auction or participated by mobile device!  We are very pleased with the incredible amount raised. We have an amazing community of families here at Cory!  The number is now just over $112,000 and growing as more purchases are made via the Buy-it-Now website!  You can go here to view what is available and to purchase additional items to support Cory!

There are still some silent auction items as well as some Buy-A-Share and Teacher Treasure spots!  Here is your chance to purchase them before they are gone!

Just a quick preview of a few things still available:

  • Cory Cruiser Ride (grab your friends and come to the Party of the Summer!)
  • Cory Splash Bash (swimming anyone?)
  • Moms and Margaritas (need I say more?)
  • 2nd Grade Kicks and Flix (Kickball and a movie?? I’m in!)
  • 5th Grade Movie Madness (Movies and friends!)

Thanks again for your support and for a making the auction such a wonderful event!

Sincerely,  Meg Harry and Pam Wandry

Happy Spring from The PTA Board

Please join us following this Friday’s “Walk Your Child to Class” for our last PTA meeting of the school year. We have a packed agenda with lots of exciting things coming up to wrap up our school year. Anne Rowe, DPS Board President will be joining us during the meeting for a Q&A on the bond or anything else you might want to ask.

Here is the agenda:

8:45-8:50: check in

8:50-9:00 Anne Rowe, DPS Board President, Intro and Q&A

9:00-9:10: Auction Debrief

9:10-9:15: upcoming events

  • May 6th Spring Dance
  • May 11 Creativity Night
  • May 24th Volunteer Breakfast

9:15-9:20: Brief committee report outs

9:20-9:30: Spring Round Up

Please consider being a board member for the PTA for 2016-2017. We need all positions filled, including VP, Secretary, and Treasurer. It has been a fabulous experience and a great way to get involved. Nomination forms will be available at the meeting or in the office. 

YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!
Yearbooks went home this week. If you would still like to purchase one they are $20. The books can be paid for and picked up in the Cory office. There are 20 left and once they are gone that’s it for the year!

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR SCHOOL 

It’s time to start thinking about Registration for the 2016-2017 school year.  We are again encouraging Online Verification.  The benefits include less paper, less mistakes in Infinite Campus, and more time for you!  Your Parent Portal account must be active.

Verification Window

Please note a critical change: the online window opens to parents on July 18th—a week later than previously planned. This is to ensure that we have the opportunity to fully test after the July roll before opening to parents. This will be communicated via Parent Portal as well. Close date is still August 15th.

Call to Action

If you have not already set up a Parent Portal account, please visit myportal.dpsk12.org and click on “Getting Started”. You will need an email address and one of your student’s ID#s. There are no more wait times for an account; you can NOW create your own account!

School Support

If you need support, please contact the Parent Portal Hotline at 720.423.3163 or email them at dps_portalteam@dpsk12.org

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

This week we learn more about Caleb Melamed from our 4/5 literacy team.

Q. Where did you grow up?

I grew up outside Nederland, Colorado.  I grew up on 5 acres in the woods, in the mountains.  The nearest neighbor lived a mile away.  The house I grew up in has solar panels and a wind generator for electricity.  And, seriously, the only heat we had until I was in middle school was a wood burning stove.  And again seriously the bus stop was a mile away.  My sister and I walked or rode our bikes home from the bus but by mom drove us to the bus stop in the morning. Growing up we had goats, sheep, chickens, geese, pigs, and ducks.  The animals are all gone now but my parents still live in the same house and my sister even built a house across the street.  It is one of my favorite places in the whole world.

Q.  How or why did you choose teaching?

When I was in middle school my mom went back to school to get her teaching certificate.  And she taught 4th grade for 16 years.  I guess I just always knew I wanted to be a teacher.  I never really considered doing anything else.  It is the most rewarding and challenging job I can imagine.

Q. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

This one is tough – I would love to go skiing in Alaska and Japan.  But I also love going fly fishing in Montana and camping in Colorado.  And my wife and I had an incredible honeymoon in Costa Rica.  So I guess any of those places.  I also have never been to Hawaii and I would love to surf and fish in Hawaii.

Q. What book/author has influenced you most?

I don’t know about influence, but Angel of Repose by Wallace Stegner should be required reading for all of us living in the Western United States.

Q.  What is one job you had before coming to Cory?

I taught in Boulder for 5 years and then in Denver for 4 years before coming to Cory.  So teaching mostly. But when I was getting my teaching certificate and Master’s degree I was a nanny for a two year-old and for a different family with a 8 year-old and 11 year-old.

Q.  What is your favorite dessert?

My mom’s strawberry rhubarb pie.