PARENT POST EARLY EDITION – 4/26/19

April 25, 2019

REMINDER:  THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Hello Cory Community,

Cory will be holding our first Culture Week! We are excited for students not only to share about their culture but learn about other cultures across the world.  Bridges of Cultural Understanding, the Mizel Museum’s traveling exhibits and associated programming, teaches cross-cultural understanding through an interactive presentation of themes and rituals from around the world. Mobile cases hold a wide array of cultural objects that invite students to explore commonalities and differences among various traditions from May 6- May 10th. Each exhibit includes presentations by museum educators. Understanding more about the different stories and practices of people will help students understand that we are all part of the human family with the responsibility to practice the Golden Rule and repair the world, a concept in Jewish culture known as Tikkun Plam. We will kick off culture week at our First Friday on May 3rd.  Look for information coming home from teachers.

Monday is a non-student contact day. During this day, the staff will be building class lists and planning with grade level teams.  We have received parent input forms which will be used as class lists are built.  Please trust your teachers to know your children in an educational setting as well as the social dynamics among students. There are many factors that go into this thoughtful process including the social/emotional and academic considerations for every child.

The staff has 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 dive 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 (Sept. 27, Nov. 22).  Please see the link to the calendar below. All other dates remain the same as the district calendar.

Best,

Joan Wieser
Principal
Joan_Wieser@dpsk12.org

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

  • NO SCHOOL (TEACHER PD DAY) - MONDAY, 4/29
  • SEMANTICS CLUB CANCELLED – WED, 5/1
  • SPRING DANCE – 5/3, 6 PM – 8 PM
  • TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK – 5/6 – 5/10
  • LAST PTA MEETING - FRIDAY, 5/10
  • CORY DINES OUT AT CHIPOTLE – 5/14
  • ELEMENTARY SPRING ART SHOW – 5/15, 3:45 – 6 PM

SPRING 2018 COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTION:
The Collaborative School Committee (CSC) is a DPS-mandated board consisting of the principal, elected parent representatives, teachers, support staff and community members.  Throughout the year, the CSC provides guidance and recommendations to improve academic performance; as well as advice on achieving the goals of Cory’s strategic plans, budget and staffing priorities, increasing parent engagement, and enhancing school culture.

We are holding elections for the one open parent CSC position beginning in the 2019/2020 school year.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please review the nominees and select ONE candidate.  One vote per family. Attached here is a ballot if you would like to print from home.  Ballots will also go home in the Friday Flyer.  Return this ballot by Friday May 3rd 2019 to the office or electronically to tysollenberger@gmail.com.

NO SEMANTICS CLUB ON WEDNESDAY, 5/1:
Semantics Club will not be meeting next week on Wednesday morning before school. Please make arrangements for your child to come at the regular school day time or to go somewhere else. I will be out of the building and out of town, so there will not be anyone here to supervise your children.  Thank you!

ELEMENTARY SPRING ART SHOW
May 15, Cory Gym, 3:45 pm-6 pm
Come and enjoy the art show! All Cory students will have a framed piece of art on display.  You will have the chance to buy your child’s artwork matted and framed, ready to take home that night for $25, cash or check only.  Art will be returned to students who don’t purchase the mat and frame.

FINAL CORY TIMES FOR THE 2018/2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Parents, please pass this message onto your children:

We want YOU to write for the Cory Times! If you would like to write an article or any other school-appropriate piece (such as an art piece, cartoon, comic, etc.) please contact the newspaper crew at thecorytimes@gmail.com.

–H. Malin Wolfson
Editor-in-Chief
The Cory Times

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
As we start to prepare for the next year we are asking if you could please let the front office know if your child(ren) will NOT be returning to Cory next year.  Parent Input forms for class placement next year were sent out in last week’s Friday flyers for 1st – 3rd grade.  We have extras in the main office.  Thank you!

PARENT POST TOPICS:
If you have any topics that you would like to be addressed in the parent post, please submit your suggestions here.  There is also a suggestion box in the office.  We want to be clear and transparent about policies and procedures at Cory. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK- MAY 6TH – 10TH
National teacher appreciation week is around the corner, May 6 – 10! Help us show our dedicated and beloved Cory teachers, paras and support staff how much we love them. Following is the schedule of activities – see below for how you can participate!

•    Mon, May 6 – Bring a small ($5) gift card for your teacher

•    Tues, May 7 – PTA-sponsored juice and smoothie bar for teachers

•    Wed, May 8 – Bring handwritten notes for your teachers (from students) letting them know how much you care (don’t forget specials, paras, etc!) & 4th Grade Stock the Teacher’s Lounge

•    Fri, May 10 – Bring a flower and Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

SPRING DANCE – SAVE THE DATE
Let’s Rock Around The Clock 
Cory’s Spring Dance
Friday, May 3rd
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (this is not a drop off event)

Contests for kids and parents Best Threads and Cutting A Rug plus more.

Bring money for 3 food trucks and Kona Ice.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

LAST CHANCE AUCTION ITEMS
There are still some amazing buy-a-shares for adults, families and kids and other items available for final sale! All last call items are now available for purchase at https://cory.ejoinme.org/finalsale. Hurry though as some are coming up soon!

CORY DINES OUT
Thank you everybody for participating in our dine out at Mod Market!  With your help we managed to raise $728! Even with our day off, Cory families rallied for our school! Thank you so much and we will look forward to seeing you at our last dine out on Tuesday, May 14 at Chipotle!  Details to follow!

MERRILL MIDDLE NEWS

JAGUAR JOURNAL

JAGUAR THEATRE
Come See The Lion King on Friday, May 10 @ 6:30pm AND
Saturday, May 11 @ 1:30pm
Adults $8, Students & Seniors $5
Children under 3 free

There will be loud noises, and strobes
Run-time is approximately 95 min (with a 15 min intermission)

Thank you for supporting the Arts Department

5TH GRADE CORY/MERRILL NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILIES  
If there are any 5th grade Cory-Merrill neighborhood families that will not be attending Merrill Middle School, please contact Merrill and let them know.