Parent Post – January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

Hello Cory Community,
I hope you all had a wonderful and restful Winter break! It was great to see the kids back this week. Our staff returned on January 5th for a planning and professional development day. We took this time to dig back into our unit design and planning by grade level teams. Teachers looked at the overall goals for their next units, in both math and literacy, and then examined learning experiences in each content to ensure we continue to challenge and engage our students daily. We worked on changes, developed new opportunities and continued the thoughtful work of “Backwards Design.”

On the operational side, the district will be visiting the school to begin quoting projects to re-design the main office and entryway to make it safer and easier to welcome visitors to the school, two small group learning rooms on the south end of the first and second floor hallways, and examine the possibility of new library furniture that is moveable, comfortable and more functional. The students identified the playground as their top priority through a school wide survey.  Two percent of the funds must be spent on student directed projects so we will also be looking at playground improvements. These projects will be paid for through the Innovative Schools program.

And lastly a few reminders:
There is  no school this coming Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Please do not drop children off on the playground before 8:30. We do not have adult supervision until then.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Liz TenCate

The Cory Times

This is a reminder that we are accepting submissions now through January 16 for the second school wide edition of our newspaper. While we have a few, we are still in need of more articles covering sports, current events, community and the arts.  Please email your submissions or any questions to


Cory Auction SAVE THE DATE!!! April 20, 2018 The Cable Center at Denver University 6:30 to 10:30pm (stay tuned… more fun to come) Co-Chairs Leisa Sollenberger & Jaala Sheldon are excited to get the “wheels” turning for our Cory Annual Auction. Please let us know if you have interest in being a contestant on one of our fabulous committees. We’re going to have fun!

The Cory Auction would not be the GREAT success it is without the generous donations provided by Cory families and friends. If you or someone you know is interested in donating a vacation property, sporting event tickets, goods, or services please reach out to our donation committee head Lindsey Trees If you are interested in joining the auction committee please reach out to or

Thank you!!!!

Attention GT Families

Merrill 5 th grade GT open house
January 17 th 6pm-7pm in the Library
1551 South Monroe Street

Topics to be covered:
 Advanced Learning Plans
 Transition from Elementary to Middle and then High School
 Our specific GT electives
 Our second language and music programs

All the powdered lemonade you can drink as well as all the Safeway
cookies your kids can eat .
Questions? By all means please reach out my email is
I very much hope to see you on the 17 th,
Drew Garland

Flip your Lids for Art Night!

Cory’s next community night is Art Night, coming up Tuesday, February 6 from 5:30p-7:30p!  This year’s theme is Art With Purpose.  Students will be re-purposing “trash” into beautiful, useful art – plastic lids will become colorful wall- and yard displays, old socks will become toys for shelter pets, and more.  But we need your help!  We will have donation bins outside the Cory office and in the Art room, and invite students to bring in plastic lids (from Gatorade bottles, peanut butter jars, laundry detergent jugs, tins with plastic caps – the more colorful and unusual, the better!) and gently-used socks (colorful, hole-free socks only, please!  Think socks that have lost their mates, socks you no longer wear, etc).  Please ensure caps and socks are clean before you donate – thank you!