PARENT POST 5/4

May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

Dear Cory Community,

It is hard to believe we are down to the final few weeks of school! There are many exciting things happening this month. This past Monday we held a School Leadership Team full day retreat to refine our planning for next year. We are excited about continuing and expanding our work in differentiation, creativity and imagination in the classroom, mindfulness, and continuing to build opportunities to showcase our learning for the community. Look for more updates on these focus areas when we return to school in the fall!

On Tuesday of this past week, Joan Wieser, our incoming principal was able to visit almost all of our classrooms and introduce herself to the students. It was fun for the kids to have a chance to learn more about Joan and to welcome her to our community.

The staff and the CSC have also been working on our Cory calendar for the coming year. After much discussion, we have added two additional teacher planning days to the traditional DPS calendar to meet the needs of our staff and students. Our staff has expressed significant concern about the amount of time to plan and prepare for multiple subjects and/or grades in the time allocated on the district calendar. This change will have a positive impact on our students as well. As a staff we will have regular opportunities to dig into our student work and plan for differentiation, extension and additional support on an ongoing basis. Discovery Link will offer care on these two additional days (9/28 and 12/21).  Please see the link to the calendar below. All other dates remain the same as the district calendar.

Finally, as we approach the end of the year, we are starting to think about class placement for students. Please remember that our policy for class requests is that families may only make a request based on a prior relationship with a teacher via a sibling.  Please trust your teachers to know your children in an educational setting as well as the social dynamics among students. Our 4th grade students will loop up with their literacy classroom teacher. Math compacted classes will be created in the fall once we have our 2018 end of year math data and our CMAS data. There are many factors that go into this thoughtful process including the social/emotional and academic considerations for every child. If you have anything that you would like your classroom teacher to consider during placement, that you haven’t already communicated this year, please make sure you do so by May 14th

There are so many exciting upcoming events please mark your calendars! We have added a Walk Your Child to School Day on May 29th. We invite the community to come in and explore our “Marvelous Mathematics in Motion and Measurement Museum” school wide from 8:30-9:00. This final math unit for students in grades 1-5 will be a STEM focused project based on the following design process; ask, imagine, plan, create, experiment, improve. We hope you can join us for a visit to our school-wide museum!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Best,
Liz TenCate

Save the Date:

  • LAST DAY FOR LIBRARY BOOK CHECK-OUT – 5/4
  • TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON – 5/8
  • 1ST GRADE OPERA – 5/9 & 5/10
  • 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

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!

ENROLLMENT 2018/2019

We are finalizing our numbers for next year.  Our budget is directly determined by our enrollment.  If you know that you will not be attending Cory next year, please call and let the office know as soon as possible.  This will allow us to take students off of our wait list.   Thank you.

POPSICLE STAND 
Wednesday, May 9th, after-school on the Cory playground, come support a former Cory DI team going to Globals!  ALL proceeds go to help us get to Tennessee to compete!
Outshine Fruit Bars:  $2
Otter Pops:  $1

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. 

EUREKUS SUMMER CAMPS

EUREKUS – STEAM & Maker Discovery!
NEW Summer Camps for Mini Makers at DPS Sites
For Entering 1st-2nd Grade Kids
Get a jump start on STEAM learning with during our NEW summer camps designed for younger Makers. Inspire your budding artist/engineer in dynamic and meaningful ways. Campers have a blast becoming “Artist Explorers” – investigating how our world and universe works. Come explore science and engineering with a host of cool Fine Art and Maker projects. From designing kinetic sculpture to inventing with circuits and LEDs, spark creativity while gaining crucial STEAM skills!

  • July 9-13: Simply Machines Camp – Steele Elementary (Wash Park)
  • July 23-27: Mini Makers Camp – Swigert International School (Stapleton)

Details & Registration: http://www.eurekus.org/denver-summer-camps-2018/  -  Eurekus summer camp flyer

Payment Plans & Sibling Discounts Available

STEM ACADEMYY SUMMER CAMPS

Silicon STEM Academy, whose STEM Camps and Academic Enrichment Classes were voted #1 in 2017 by Colorado Parent Magazine readers, is partnering with Cory Elementary families to help our school raise funds!

Summer STEM Camps (kids 8 yr +):  Simply use the coupon code: CORY to register your child for one of their amazing Summer STEM Camps and your family will receive a 5% discount on the cost of your camp. Silicon STEM Academy will also give our school $25 for every Summer Camp enrollment. This code is good for each and every registration you do. You will also receive additional multi-camp and sibling discounts for more savings.
You can learn more and register for camps: siliconstemacademy.com  or call 303-800-0011