February 26, 2018
Dear Cory Community,
The recent shooting in Parkland, Florida was a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families, educators and community who were affected by this terrible act of violence. Please be assured that the Denver Public Schools are committed to move forward to educate our kids and promote safe learning environments. On March 1st DPS will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the work we are doing to keep students, staff and families safe in the Denver Public Schools. The meeting will be held at Asbury Elementary, 1320 E. Asbury Ave.at 6:30 p.m. A flyer came home in this week’s Friday Folder advertising this event. Please know that we are committed to putting safety first in DPS. Our first priority is to prevent violence by creating safe and welcoming school environments. However, when a threat of violence is suspected, it is quickly and thoroughly investigated. Finally, all schools maintain emergency procedures to keep students and staff safe in the unlikely event that there is an act of violence at or near a school.
We continuously evaluate our processes for ensuring our schools are safe and confident in our emergency procedures. We collaborate closely with Denver Police to ensure our schools are safe. The DPS Department of Safety trains all school personnel in emergency response procedures and conducts regularly scheduled drills to ensure the effectiveness of our procedures. Students and staff at all DPS schools undergo emergency training exercises each semester. DPS Safety officials monitor each drill and provide school leaders with immediate feedback on what they did well and what they need to improve upon. The DPS Department of Safety has a staff of 135 full-time employees who work around the clock to keep each campus in our city safe. The Department of Safety’s dispatch center receives more than 20,000 calls for service each year and functions like any 911 call center found in a police department. Dispatchers monitor thousands of cameras around the school district while working with a new centralized system that can remotely secure any school within seconds. Dispatchers can also send armed roving patrols to respond directly to any emergency as well as maintain communications with the Denver Police.
If you have further questions about what DPS is doing to keep our schools safe, please consider attending the community meeting on March 1st. Thank you.
Have a safe and restful weekend.
SAVE THE DATE!
March 19th 7:00 pm: An Evening with the Newcomers: Please join the Denver South High School PTSA and Youth Celebrate Diversity for an evening with Helen Thorpe, author of The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. You may purchase tickets ($10.00) at the door or online http://www.denversouthptsa.com/upcoming-events/ticket-for-an-evening-with-the-newcomers
All proceeds will benefit South’s Newcomer Program. Tattered Cover will be at South selling Helen’s book during the event.
DINE OUT FOR CORY
Dine out for Cory at Bonnie Brae Tavern on Wednesday March 7th! Dine in or take out from 11am-9pm at 740 S University Blvd, Denver. 20% of sales go back to Cory! Please tell them you are with Cory Elementary school!
TIMBUK TOYS DONATION
Also, Timbuk Toys is partnering with Cory for 2 weeks! They will donate 20% of sales from March 8th-21st back to Cory. Get some birthday and holiday shopping done! Stop into any of their 4 locations, or even shop online, and don’t foreget to mention you are with Cory!
CORY AUCTION 2018 UPDATES
Don’t delay! purchase your Auction tickets today!
Prices increase from the early bird pricing of $50 to $60 on March 15th, so take advantage of the great discount!
*Save the Date*
Join the Cory Auction Committee for the “Stock the Cellar” Party! Bring a bottle of wine valued $25-$50 dollars and enjoy mingling with other Cory families over wine and small bites! Evite to follow!
Fascination St. Fine Art in Cherry Creek North
Thursday, March 8th 6:00-8:00pm
315 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206
*Auction Item Wish List*
The Cory Auction committee is still looking for various donations for the live and silent auction portion of the evening as well as corporate sponsorships! We’d happily accept airline miles, vacation home donations, gift certificates for services, etc! Please visit http://cory.dpsk12.org/supportcory/cory-annual-auction/forms/ to view our full wish list!
*Corporate Sponsorships and Star Families*
Please visit http://cory.dpsk12.org/supportcory/cory-annual-auction/ to download donation and sponsorship forms, or stop by the office and grab one out of the Auction mailbox! Please direct completed forms to Lindsey@denverstreetboutique.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our very FIRST corporate sponsors for the Auction! Hebets & McCallin, Attorney’s at Law. Thank you for your generous contribution to Cory Elementary School!