September 14, 2018
September 14, 2018
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
At Cory, we are deeply committed to fostering the social emotional development of our students and ensuring a safe and welcoming learning environment for all. The childhood and pre-teen years can be a time where students can experience big emotions, shifts in the social dynamics of their peer group, and new challenges that can come with more responsibilities at home or in school. We believe in providing students with the tools to solve problems and handle conflict.
We are using a number of social emotional programs in order to help our students cope with feelings, solve problems, and treat others with kindness and respect. Each classroom is implementing the evidence-based social emotional learning program, Second Step, which is proven to increase school success, decrease problem behaviors, and promote social-emotional competence and self-regulation skills. These skills are directly taught, practiced, and reinforced with students across grade levels and settings (e.g., classroom, specials, lunch, recess). Additionally, all classrooms are implementing the Mindful Schools program, which is designed to cultivate emotion regulation, attentional control, and self-awareness. This is in addition to “Mindful Minutes” that are done as a whole class (and periodically whole-school) to help students calm their bodies and minds and get ready to learn. As a whole school, we also focus on Personal Success Factors, which are indicators of academic and career success that are tightly linked to a student’s personal skills and strengths. Finally, we will be implementing the Riding the Waves program to our 5thgrade students here at Cory. This is a suicide prevention program that focuses on strong social, coping, and emotional skills. It addresses emotional development, depression, and anxiety in a developmentally appropriate way. Additionally, students are taught how to seek help when needed, as well as acknowledge peers’ difficulties and offer help. More information about this program will be provided once implementation date(s) are selected. In the meantime, if you have specific questions about the Riding the Waves program, feel free to contact Larissa Ausdenmoore (school psychologist) at email@example.com.
For more information on the social emotional learning happening at Cory, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, Ms. Wieser (principal), or Ms. Ausdenmoore (school psychologist).
Cory Logo Vote:
Please don’t forget to vote for the new Cory Logo! Please submit your vote by Monday Sept. 17th.
CSC Fall Forum: Questions You are Afraid to Ask
Mark your calendars for October 11th from 6-7 pm! The CSC is hosting a Fall Forum that will support our new families, but also families who want more information about Cory. More information to come!
The Family Handbook is now complete. Please click this link to access it. We have updated policies and procedures, but please understand that this is a living document and may be revised and updated to better support our community and students.
CMAS scores are available in Parent Portal. Parents will also receive a paper copy of CMAS scores for literacy and math during Parent Teacher Conferences.
CALLING ALL 5TH GRADE FAMILIES
5th Graders – please help us keep our teachers fueled up by bringing healthy snacks and drinks to stock the lounge next Wednesday! Bring granola/protein/cereal bars, mini muffins, crackers, cookies, popcorn, beef jerky, individual drinks (sparkling water, iced tea, Izzy’s, etc.), and coffee/tea K-cups, and drop off on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 8:30 – 8:45 am, at the sofas at the main entrance.
HELP NEEDED FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
PTA Provides Dinner for our Teachers at Parent-Teacher Conferences!
On September 26th and September 27th, the PTA Teacher Appreciation committee is sponsoring dinner for our teachers at parent-teacher conferences. Please help us by signing up below.
THE CHICKENS ARE COMING
Important information about our chickens is coming home today. Please be on the look out for it. Before students can volunteer to work with the chickens, parents must complete the student waiver form (coming home today) and return it to their respective teacher. Please fill out this form asap. We will be placing the chickens in the coop next week.
FRIENDS OF CORY
The PTA’s annual giving campaign, Friends of Cory, begins next week! This year, our goal is to raise $65,000 with 100% family participation. Our request is simply that you give as generously as you can between September 17 - October 18th.
Friends of Cory provides critical support to the school, including:
Friends of Cory operates with no overhead, so every dollar donated goes directly into programs that support all Cory students. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Click here to be taken to the Friends of Cory web page.
DENVER ASSOCIATION OF GIFTED AND TALENTED MEETING
The program will be information about the Western Academic Talent Search, formally known as Rocky Mountain Talent Search. Many DPS parents are interested in having their child tested. FYI, this test is NOT formal identification into a GT program. It is an above grade level test. Parents take their child to a location for testing. Based upon results, qualifying students are invited to an awards banquet and are invited to participate in programs run through the Center for Bright Kids. See attached flyer.
FOOD AND NUTRITION TASTING EVENT
Food and Nutrition Services is hosting “Tasting Events” at schools during September and October. Cory has been selected to host a Tasting Event on September 24th during all lunch periods. The tasting event is intended to educate the DPS community about the changes and improvements in food services and to encourage more students to eat school lunch. Cory is one of (36) schools holding a tasting event to promote healthy, scratch cooked school lunches. We hope you will come by the cafeteria to sample one of our delicious menu items.
CORY FALL FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 7 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mark your calendar for Cory’s annual Fall Carnival featuring fun, food and games for the whole family!
Wristbands for Games and Prizes-Order forms for $10 in-advance wristband purchases are in your Friday Folders. Please return your form and payment to the front office by Wednesday, October 7. Wristbands may also be purchased at the event for $15. NEW THIS YEAR-wristbands will be given out by checking in at the Ticket Booth at the Carnival, not in Friday Folders as in the past. This will help us extend the advance purchase rate and avoid misplaced wristbands.
Call for Booths and Sponsors-If you would like to sponsor or promote your business with a booth at the Carnival, please contact Haven Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
CORY DINES OUT
MEDIA SMART KIDS
YOUTH RUN FARMERS STAND
Youth Run Farmers Stand @ 3:30 pm on the black top under the blue canopy! The proceeds from the market help support the Cory Garden.
We will host the market every Friday (weather permitting) through October.
Our farmers market is run by the 4th and 5th grade students at Cory and the garden committee.
We take cash, checks, credit cards and IOU’s
DENVER TOUR CLUB FIELD TRIP DAY CAMPS
Click here for more information