Parent Post – March 2, 2018

March 4, 2018

PARENT POST – MARCH 2, 2018

Dear Cory Community,

It has been another busy week at school!  Several teams worked together, on site, to continue “backwards planning”  our thematic units. Together, we mapped our learning experiences to big ideas/essential questions and looked for opportunities to build authentic inquiry into our units.  This week our 5th grade students hosted their first annual “wax museum” for the community. The museum was based on a unit students explored focused on three essential questions: What is the role of sports in American culture? How have athletes broken barriers during the historical era in which they lived? And What do biographical informational texts teach us? Students uncovered inspirational and courageous stories of individuals who broke gender, racial and other barriers to become incredibly successful professional athletes paving the way for others. Students uncovered the inspiring stories of Billie Jean King, Louis Zamperini, Serena and Venus Williams, Jackie Robinson and many, many more. It was exciting to hear our younger students, after visiting the museum, asking their teachers if they would have an opportunity to be part of the wax museum in 5thgrade!

Another great 5th grade project students recently completed is the Early Colony Radio Shows. The 5th graders worked in library/technology class to create original radio shows based on life in the early colonies of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. Each class studied the three colonies with their teacher as part of their social studies curriculum. During library, they worked in small groups and were tasked with researching their assigned colony, and creating a script for a radio show based on their research. We used the web tool “Audacity” to record each show. We hope you enjoy listening to them.  You can find them on the library/technology wiki at:  http://corylibrary.wikispaces.com/5th+Grade+Early+Colonies+Radio+Shows.
If you have a moment take a listen, they are just great!

Finally, we are excited to be hosting a joint welcome for our new principal, from the PTA and the CSC, on March 23rd on the blacktop from 8:30-8:45 and then in the cafeteria, after drop off, from 8:45-9:15. This will be an informal opportunity to meet Joan Weiser and enjoy coffee with our community.  Please mark your calendars. We hope to see you all there!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Best,
Liz

Cory Vision:
As an integrated HGT/GT magnet and neighborhood school, Cory engages every student in challenging and meaningful learning experiences. We build authentic and lasting relationships within our school community.  We inspire students to be globally aware, inquisitive and compassionate individuals. We bring life to learning and learning to life.


The Cory Times

Harvard University announces full scholarship opportunities for Cory Elementary Students! Ok, so that was fake news, but hope I got your attention. Let’s talk about real news in our community. We need your children’s help. We are hard at work on the third edition of the Cory Times and with only three more weeks to go, we are short on content. Again, please submit the articles along with any questions to thecorytimes@gmail.com, byMarch 19!

Getting better at writing and having your kid published in a newspaper may just help them get that scholarship after all!

-Malin Wolfson


Yearbook Photos

I am looking for photos of the kids and Ms. Lewis from the night of the Winter Concert; group shots of the kids singing, Ms. Lewis directing, groups of kids posing work great! Some of these will be in this year’s yearbook. Please send anything you might like to contribute, as high of a resolution as possible, to me at slexstrom@comcast.net.


Order Your Cory Yearbook Today!

The yearbook will be going to press this month. Be sure to pre-order your copy today. If you cannot find the form that went home with your child in their Friday folder, extra forms can be found in the office.

Philanthropic Service Club

“Founded and run by a small group of Cory kids, the Philanthropic Service Club is having its second annual service day event Sunday, March 18 from 2-4pm. Over the last year, the club members have been hard at work researching, touring and presenting information they’ve gathered on non-profit charitable organizations both local and around the globe. Last month, the group voted to have their service event benefit Sewall Child Development Center, a Denver based organization serves children with special needs due to disabilities, economic disadvantage and developmental delays.

Established in 1944, the center provides behavioral assessment and intervention services. It offers family counseling services for children with social emotional problems along with integrated developmental preschool and early childhood care and education programs. Sewall serves over 2,500 children and families in our community yearly.
On the service day, weather permitting, we will have the President and CEO, Heidi Heissenbuttel, and a former Cory family give a brief talk about Sewall to be followed with directions for the day. We will be prepping the playground for spring by cleaning and laying mulch, weeding and prepping the soil of playground planter boxes and organizing supply boxes to be passed out to each of the classrooms.
We would love to have the entire Cory community join but need to limit the group to 50. Please register on SignUpGenius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba9ad22a4f49-cory1.
There will be a box for classroom supplies (listed on SignUpGenius) near the office through March 16. Families are more than welcome to bring donations directly to Sewall the day of the event.
Feel free to reach out to me personally with any questions.
Thanks and hope to see you there!
Malin and Milli Wolfson

Calling all 1st Graders! 

Please help us stock the Teachers Lounge, this Tuesday, March 6th.  Please bring healthful snacks, sparkling waters, Vitamin Waters, or anything you think our Teachers and Staff will enjoy!
There will be a collection taking place on the couches in the lobby, right before school, this coming Tuesday!

2018 JCC Camp Shai 

We are more than just a day camp. We are a vibrant community, made up of campers, families, and staff, driven by the same desire—to give kids a fun and safe place to explore, imagine, and belong. Camp Shai provides engaging activities for our campers that spark their imagination and inspire them to celebrate their individuality. Our campers develop lifelong friendships during the day and leave camp every night with a new song to sing and an exciting story to tell.  Check out the flyer.

DINE OUT at  Bonnie Brae Tavern!

When: Wednesday March 7th, 11 am – 9 pm
What: Take out or Dine in
Where: Bonnie Brae Tavern
740 S. University Blvd.
Call (303) 777-2262 for take-out orders!

15% of all sales will go to Cory! Let your server know you are with our school!


Shop at Timbuk Toys for Cory

When: Thurs., March 8th-Wed., March 21st!
Where: Shop online, or at any of their 4 locations!

*University Hills Plaza
*Lakewood City Commons
*Lowry Town Center
*Highlands Ranch

Don’t forget to tell them you are with Cory!


CORY AUCTION 2018 UPDATES

*Tickets*
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!

https://cory.ejoinme.org/thepriceisright

*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 lsollenberger@gmail.com

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!