PARENT POST 5/11

May 11, 2018

Dear Cory Parents,

As the year winds down I want to thank you all for your incredible support. I have had a wonderful experience at Cory  and I am looking forward to working with Joan Wieser to create a smooth, seamless transition over to her leadership and direction in the coming school year. We are both very excited to continue deepening the work the Cory staff started this year.

I would also like to extend an invitation to all of who have volunteered in our classrooms, our hallways, and everywhere imaginable to support our kids, our teachers, our PTA, our CSC, our auction and in so many other ways, to our annual Volunteer Celebration Breakfast. It is our turn to say thank you to all of you! Please join us on Field Day, May 18th, from 8:00-8:45 in the cafeteria for treats!

I would also like to invite you all to our upcoming Math Museum- On May 29thwe will be hosting our first annual Math Museum to highlight the hands on STEM math projects that students worked on these last few weeks of school. We invite you to “walk your child into school” and come to our museum starting at 8:30 in all math classrooms 1st-5th.  This is the culmination of much of our work and discussion school-wide about increasing opportunities for engagement and experiential and real-world applications in mathematics. Check out the photos below from third grade classrooms—as students grapple with designing and engineering bridges of all sorts to bear weight and endure extreme weather/geologic events.
          

In other school business, thank you so much to everyone who has already sent in Parent Satisfaction Surveys.  If you haven’t yet, PLEASE send yours in, either in the self-addressed envelope or drop it off at the main office and we can mail it for you. We want to hear from you! Your feedback is important to our work and growth as a school. We want to know what we are doing well and areas where we need to improve.

Finally, please be on the lookout for short bios of our new staff members. We will be sending this out this weekend. We are always sad to see staff leave, however we honor each individual’s commitment to their personal priorities. We are excited to welcome the great new faculty to our community! Thank you so much to the teachers and parents who served on our personnel committee this year.  This committee is perhaps one of the most important in the whole school as it selects the staff who work with our children every day. Thank you to Brendan Doyle, Patty Kozma, Dawn Miller, Angela Alexander, Rainy Laventure, Caleb Melamed and our parent representatives Pam Wandry and Kristi Lindwall for your time and commitment to this very important work.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best,
Liz TenCate

Save the Date:

  • CORY DINES OUT NONNA’S – 5/11
  • ALL LIBRARY BOOKS DUE – 5/14
  • FIELD DAY – 5/18/18
  • VOLUNTEER BREAKFAST – 5/18
  • CONCERT ON THE GREEN – 5/24
  • NO SCHOOL – 5/28
  • WALK YOUR STUDENT TO SCHOOL DAY (MARVELOUS MATHEMATICS IN MOTION AND MEASUREMENT MUSEUM) - 5/29
  • 5TH GRADE CONTINUATION – 5/30
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – 5/31

5TH GRADE REMINDER FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Reminder for graduating 5th graders going to 6th grade:
●     One dose of Tdap vaccine is required for students at 6th grade entry.
●     If a student receives a Tdap on or after 7 years of age the student has met the Tdap requirement for students in 6th through 12th grades.

CORY DINES OUT

Save the date for Cory’s last Dine Out of the year at: Nonna’s Chicago Bistro, May 11 – 13!
Our last Dine Out for this school year will be at Nonna’s Chicago Bistro (located on the northeast corner of Monaco & Leetsdale on the east side of the strip, 6603 Leetsdale Drive). Nonna’s is partnering with Cory to give back 20% of food sales when you mention our school! Please make reservations by calling 303-399-2000. Dine out Friday, Saturday or Sunday to support Cory – great idea to celebrate Mother’s Day with the family or as a date night!

ART FOR CHANGE (CONCERT ON THE GREEN)

In conjunction with the Concert on the Green, art students have been creating inspirational art pieces that feature positive messages.

To go with the concert theme of kids being “agents of change,” students created a goal to raise money for the Denver Children’s Home, a local charity helping kids who have survived trauma, neglect and abuse confront serious mental health challenges.

Your child’s art is yours to keep and brighten you space regardless, and please consider sending in a small cash donation/spare change in return for their beautiful art and powerful messages, that will go towards this great cause.

When students come to art class, they can bring their cash and change, and drop it into a donation bucket in the art room. Donations are due to the art room by Tuesday, May 22.

The night of the concert, photos of students with their art pieces will be on display outside for all to enjoy.

Thanks for helping Cory artists live the value of being agents of change by raising this money for the Denver Children’s Home.

CORY-MERRILL SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROJECT

I am Christopher Brown, the project manager for the Cory-Merrill Safe Routes to School Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project, a Denver Public Works project to install bike lanes on Florida Avenue, and construct up to one mile of new sidewalk that fills critical gaps in the neighborhood.

There is an online survey for parents, students, staff members, and neighborhood residents to provide feedback. I’d like to ensure that community individuals have an opportunity to fill out the survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoryMerrillSurvey

Attached is the presentation from the first public meeting held last month that gives background on the project.Christopher Brown | Safe Routes to School Planner
Transportation & Mobility | Public Works | City and County of Denver
p: (720) 539-7229 | chris.brown2@denvergov.org

SPECIAL THANKS FOR TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
We families here at Cory appreciate our Teachers.  Thank you to the PTA and all those who brought food and flowers.  A special thanks to Danielle Gooden who organized the luncheon and Julia Emerson who arranged the flowers.  And a thanks to those who provided support – Anastasia Glennie, Ashley Mull, Shawn Hughes and Stephanie Campbell.

GIRLS ON THE RUN COMMUNITY IMPACT PROJECT: 

Towards the end of each season, the Cory Girls on the Run team works to plan and implement a community impact project. This project is a key element to the curriculum for a variety of reasons: first, it helps the girls set, work towards and achieve a goal, resulting in a strong sense of accomplishment when they see the project from beginning to end. Second, it gives girls an opportunity to use the skills they have developed during the season. They are able to take what they have learned and apply it in a meaningful way. Finally, since the project is driven by the girls themselves, they feel a sense of ownership over the project and are empowered to do similar work again.

This season, the GOTR team has decided to organize a food drive to help the less fortunate. We are looking for the following donations:

  • Food Donations (non-perishable food items/canned goods, snack items, bottled water)
  • Travel Sized Toiletries and Self Care Items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, soaps, razors)
  • Baby Donations (formula, diapers, baby food, wipes, etc. *All items must be new and unopened)
  • Other Items (King Soopers, Safeway or Walgreens Gift Cards)

About The Gathering Place: Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, their children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness. While we refer to those we serve as “members,” no fees are ever charged for programs or services.

There will be a donation box outside of the front office. All donations must be delivered by 5/21. 

U. HILLS PLAZA FARMERS MARKET AND MORE

Make sure you spend time at University Hills Plaza in SE Denver in 2018. You’ll find a farmers market, concert series, grilling series and more throughout the year. FREE FUN in your own backyard. Plus great businesses who call UHP home.  Please click here to see the attached flyer for more details!

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Click here for a summer heart healthy message for families from the American Heart Association.