Parent Post – January 30, 2017

January 29, 2017

Update from the Principal

A few weeks ago you all received an email from me regarding our 2017/18 Budget and our $96,000 deficit we were facing.  I am pleased to announce that, between the 2016 Bond and Mill Levy Funds,  cut-backs on our non-salary accounts and the generosity of the PTA, we will NOT have to reduce any of our staff next year.  This is a HUGE celebration!  After gathering feedback from the staff and CSC, I worked with our Budget Partner to make sure the Specials were kept full-time, we kept Library/Tech and our supports of intervention remained the same.

Thank you all for taking the time to read the Budget Update and I am hopeful that we will continue to maintain enrollment and may even increase enrollment over the summer with new neighborhood students and choice students.  The magic number that we need to hit in October is 378 in regards to number of students enrolled.  Who wouldn’t want to be at Cory?  This is the only school in DPS that LOVES Learning AND Laughter!

Other Updates:

  • NO SCHOOL FRIDAY- Please remember there is NO SCHOOL for students this coming Friday, February 3.  Teachers will be here engaging in Professional Development in the morning and some of you may have conferences with them in the afternoon.
  • FOOD AND DRINK- We are counting on students to come with their brains ready to learn and engage.  Would you please help us by making sure they come with a healthy snack and lunch?  We have noticed many sugary foods and sodas lately and are noticing a drop in engagement in the afternoon as well as all around grumpiness.  Thank you for your help in supporting them (and us!) with healthy eating habits.  We encourage healthy grains, fruit, veggies and good ole’ water for a day of productive learning!
  • 5th Grade Continuation Date Change- Take note! The date for 5th grade continuation has changed to Thursday, June 1st.


Thank you for your partnership,

Jennifer Harris

Proud Principal of the Cory Cougars


Cory Annual Auction
Buy Tickets by February 25 to be entered in a special drawing, Attend Pre-Auction Events, Be a Star Family, Donate Silent Auction Items and Wine.

Buy Tickets:

Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Auction!
April 7, 2017
6 p.m. Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. Live Auction and Paddle Raise
City Hall Events Venue
1144 Broadway

Tickets are $60 or $75 at the Door


Pre-Auction Events:

Stock the Cellar Open House on Saturday, January 28 | 4-7 p.m. | The Home of Michael and Lynette Heintz | 1230 S St Paul Street | See EVITE for Details! If you can’t make it you can DONATE WINE ONLINE or contact HAVEN SMITH to coordinate pick-up.

Gift Card Party Open House on Thursday, February 23 | 6-8 p.m. | The Home of Kris and Haven Smith | 1220 S York Street | Evite Coming Soon. You can also drop off any item donations at this party. Special thanks to Yvette Bonanno -Tharp for providing catering!


The success of Cory’s most important fundraiser of the year depends on the generosity and participation of the Cory community! In addition to purchasing tickets, consider donating a STAR FAMILY SPONSORSHIP, an AUCTION ITEM or hosting a BUY-A-SHARE PARTY.

Be a Star Family for Cory! Family sponsorships are vital to making the Cory Annual Auction a successful fundraiser for our kids. Your $125 donation goes directly to support the teachers and programs that make Cory one of the best elementary schools in Colorado. Each family sponsor 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 7. CLICK HERE TO BE A STAR FAMILY FOR CORY

***Thank you to our current Star Family sponsors***

Justin and Miko Brown
Bill and Kim Esbenshade
Brian and Lisa Glynn
Bill and Cathy Holland
Joe and Kristi Lindwall
Andrew Sarka and Pam Price
Don and Maggie Reaville
Kris and Haven Smith
Jay and Samantha Sturhahn
Jason and Pamela Wandry
Travis Wanger and Cindy Schatz
Michael Williams and Genevieve Hofman
Jason and Milli Wolfson

Donate Auction Items! We need wine, gift cards, tickets, etc…DONATE AN AUCTION ITEM Auction Item Wish List

Host a Buy-A-Share Party! Host a party or put your name in and the committee can pair you up with other events to host. CONTACT HOLLY CARPENTER TO HOST

PTA News

There will be no First Friday Coffee this month as there are no classes on Friday, February 3.
The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m.


Cory Dines Out

Thanks to everyone who dined out at Illegal Pete’s this week to support our school! Mark your calendars for our next event, Thursday, Feb. 9, at Bonnie Brae Tavern. The Tavern will give 15% of food sales all day to Cory – including lunch, dinner, and take out!