Parent Post – February 16, 2018

February 18, 2018

Hello Cory Community,

Last [Thursday] night we hosted the final two candidates for the Principal position at Cory at our Community Forum. Candidates were asked a variety of questions related to developing relationships and community within a school, leadership style, collaboration, instructional expertise, developing inclusive learning environments and strategic planning and implementation. Both candidates took unscripted questions from the audience and were able to share about their own professional and personal successes in leadership. The final stage in this process will be the interview with the Denver Public Schools Superintendent, Tom Boasberg. Both candidates interview with Mr. Boasberg on February 21st. We hope to have his decision by the end of next week. I look forward to working with the new leader to further deepen and refine the work we have already begun on effective differentiation, inquiry, increased engagement and alignment of practices to our vision and mission. Once the candidate is selected, we will host an opportunity for you to come and meet her– stay tuned. We are excited to move forward and begin developing a relationship with our new leader.
Finally, Please remember there is no school on Monday in recognition of President’s Day and no school Tuesday to provide time for parent-teacher conferences. Have a wonderful and safe long weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Wednesday.

Elizabeth TenCate
Interim Principal
Cory Elementary

The Cory Times

It’s that time again! Our last edition was filled with such a great variety of articles, we are looking to do it again. Due to the increasing number of submissions, we are asking that those interested in writing an article email the topic beforehand to Feel free to submit them anytime thereafter with a final due date of Monday, March 19. We look forward to hearing from more voices of our Cory community!

—Malin Wolfson

Dine Out at Four Friends Kitchen: 
Monday, Feb. 19 and Tuesday Feb. 20, 7 am – 2:30 pm

Don’t forget to dine out at Four Friends Kitchen this Monday and Tuesday (Cory no school days). Bring your kids for breakfast or lunch, 7 am – 2:30 pm either day, and Four Friends will donate 20% of your purchase to Cory! Four Friends is located at 2070 S. University Blvd (between Evans and Asbury), and has a great kids menu and games. Take out also available – call 720-596-4053 to order. Don’t forget to mention you are with Cory!

Calling all families!  

Please turn in Box Tops through February 23rd.  We are half way to our goal of $1000.00 for the school year and we need your help to reach it.  We are collecting box tops in the office or you can turn them into your Teachers.
This is an easy way to participate in extra funding for our school.  Look in your pantry today and see if there are any you can cut off cereal boxes, etc and turn in to give Cory that extra support.

Merrill Middle’s keynote Speaker Community Event

We are excited to announce Kim Bevill, a highly respected Keynote Speaker from Gray Matters, will be coming to Merrill Middle School on Wednesday 2/28/18 from 6:00 – 7:30.
Kim trains educators and parents on the applicable neuroscience and the instructional strategies that work for anyone with a brain! She will be highlighting the following topics and will provide strategies for parents, teachers and kids to get the most out of our amazing brains:

  • Relationships and Academic Achievement
  • Health & Wellness/Stress and the impact on Academic Performance
  • Happiness & Gratitude – How and Why It Improves Academic Behavior

Parents, Kids and Teachers are all invited for this free event! We encourage you to bring a $5 or $10 gift card (e.g. Starbucks, Chipotle, Target) per attendee as a donation towards the “Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies” Program at Merrill.

Cory Elementary PTA Presents the 2018 Annual Auction
The Price is Right!
Friday, April 20
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Silent Auction
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Live Auction, Heads or Tails and Paddle Raise
9:00 – 10:30 p.m.  Live Entertainment and Dancing
The Cable Center
2000 Buchtel Blvd S.
Denver, CO 80210
$50 Per Person for Early Bird Pricing (Through March 15)

Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Three Tomatoes Catering
COME ON DOWN for the 2018 Auction. Don’t miss your chance to compete in the Showcase Showdown to win incredible prizes! This is Cory PTA’s most important fundraiser of the year and an event you won’t want to miss.  Enjoy an evening of live entertainment, food from local restaurants and spending time with other members of Cory’s extraordinary community while we raise MUCH needed funds for our children’s education.

To make this event a successful fundraiser for our kids:
Be a Star Family for Cory Elementary with your $125 Family Sponsorship-family sponsors will receive a digital image for social media use, recognition on the auction’s Facebook event listing and entrance in a VIP drawing at the auction on April 20th.
Donate wine-at our Stock the Cellar Party (More details to follow)
Donate auction items-Cory needs your timeshares, vacation homes, chef’s dinners and other experiences!  Get other families together to create Buy-A-Shares and Live Auction items!
The parent-led auction committee is looking for Live Auction items, Silent Auction items, Corporate Sponsorships, Swag Bag and Buy-A-Share items:
If you have a mountain residence, vacation, chef dinner, experience or other big ticket item you would like to donate to the Live Auction, contact Leisa Sollenberger  
If you have silent auction items you would like to donate-gift certificates, wine, spirits, services-contact Lindsey Trees

If you have a business and would like to sponsor, granting your brand access to 200+ households in the Cory Merrill-Belcaro-Bonnie Brae demographic, contact Leisa Sollenberger
If you have a business or work for a company that hands out logo items, product samples or coupons that you think would be great for Swag Bags, contact Jaala Sheldon.
If you would like to host a Buy-A-Share party or experience, contact Holly Carpenter.