Parent Post – December 15, 2017

December 18, 2017

Hello Cory Parents,
Last night we hosted the annual Art Walk and Winter Concert featuring our students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade. The art on the walls of Cory is just fantastic! If you haven’t had a chance to walk the “gallery” please try to stop by. After admiring the art work,  families enjoyed cocoa outside on the blacktop. After the brief refreshment families walked on the path, lit by student created luminarias, to Merrill to hear students perform several songs about winter, peace and joy. The students did a beautiful job.
The science fair this week was also a wonderful success. Students did amazing experiments on a variety of topics including light, sound, space, physics, energy and so, so much more.
Another great opportunity for kids happened this Friday. Our students in book club had an opportunity to Skype with writer Suzanne Selfors, author of The Sasquatch Escape, the first story in the Imaginary Veterinary Series.  The kids loved the opportunity to meet, virtually, and speak with the author of the book they just read!
In principal selection news, our CSC met this week to select the final candidates for the Principal Selection Committee. There were many applicants and a limited number of spots. The CSC worked hard to try and select candidates who represented several stakeholders across the school community. It was very difficult to narrow down the candidates—all of the applicants would have made great representatives for the Cory community.
The final committee will be:
Brent Conklin
Sara Clark
Sarah Laughlin
Diana Golden
One classified staff member still to be identified
Laura Quartarone
Marissa Ferrari
Bill Esbenshade
Dana Carpenter
Kristine Hawthorne
Lastly, please come check the Lost and Found for missing items before the break. Any items left at school after December 22nd will be donated to the Denver Indian Center.  
Have a wonderful weekend,
Elizabeth TenCate
Interim Principal
Cory Elementary

Discovery Camp 

Discovery Camp is coming up on 12/26 & 12/27.
Our program offers structured time where students are engaged in projects and activities that incorporate youth development best practices and are FUN for all ages.  We also offer unstructured time where students have a chance to imagine and explore at their own pace!
To register for Discovery Camp at Cory, please visit our Discovery Link webpage or go directly to the registration form by clicking this link: December 26-27.
Registration closes on December 19th by 3:30p.m.
Discovery Camp cancellation policy:
You will need to cancel your registration(s) on or before December 19th by 3:30p.m. or you will be billed for the days you registered for.  The fee will appear on your next month’s statement.  Credits or refunds will not be issued if the services are not used or if not cancelled one week prior to Discovery Day. If you need to cancel, please email All requests must be received in writing.
Please note that Cory, Teller, and Steele do not have ECE program.
Please reach out if you have any further questions. We look forward to receiving your registration.

Give Back When You Give!  Choose Cory @ Checkout

Spread a little more joy with every holiday gift you give this season With 3 easy ways to choose Cory this holiday season!  

1) Benefit Mobile:
When you use the Benefit Mobile app in store or online at dozens of favorite holiday retailers, your purchase can generate up to 20% back to Cory!  Benefit Mobile has retailers everyone on your gift list will love.  Giving toys?  Target,, Toys R Us and Walmart all give back on Benefit Mobile.  Giving gear?  REI, Nike and the give back on Benefit Mobile.  Got a DIYer (or need a new range to handle the holiday baking)?  Home Depot, Lowes and Sears all give back on Benefit Mobile.  Snow got you planning a get-away?  Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Royal Caribbean all give back on Benefit Mobile!  See the complete list of participating retailers here, and then download the Benefit Mobile app for iPhone or Android today!

2) Grocery Cards:
Grocery cards for King Soopers and Safeway are also a great way to benefit Cory when stocking up for holiday meals!  Get yours today – drop off your payment in the office or buy online!

3) Amazon Smile:
Step 1. Go to 
Step 2. Log in with your regular Amazon login ID and password. 
Step 3. First-time Amazon Smile users will be invited to choose a spotlight charity or choose your own charity as the recipient of Amazon donations based on your purchases. Type “John Cory Elementary PTA”  and hit “Search”. 

Step 4. Start shopping.  Just remember each time you shop at Amazon to begin at

Shop at Bookies for Cory Elementary School

The Bookies Bookstore ( is donating a portion of their sales now
through Dec., 18th to CORY Elementary School!
When you mention you are shopping for CORY Elementary school, a portion of every purchase
will go directly to the Cory PTA! Bookies will donate 20% of cash/check, 15% of credit card and
5% of online orders– to our PTA!

In the spirit of giving, purchase items on Cory families’ wish lists for the holidays! Get holiday
shopping done and purchase gifts for everyone! Upcoming birthdays to shop for? Buy ahead and
sales will benefit CORY! There are always new and one-of- a-kind items to purchase at Bookies! Be
sure to tell the staff you are there for CORY! See you at the store and, as always, thank you for
your support of CORY!

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! 

The Cory Times is gearing up for the publishing of the second school wide edition. If you are interested in having an article published, email them to our editorial staff at by January 16

Ms. Hopley and Malin Wolfson will hold a brief Q&A meeting next Tuesday, December 19, during 4th and 5th grade lunch/recess in Mr. Oz’s classroom. The meeting is not required for submissions but feel free to stop in, reach out to one of us directly in the hallways or email with any questions, request or advice before January 16. We expect to have the next edition out the first of February.