Parent Post 10/12/2023

Posted October 12, 2023

Fun investigating chemical reactions today!
First grade kids are working on a collaborative group project in Dojo Island! Kids are working to create their very own group Halloween house. They are currently writing a plan and sketching out what their house will look like. I’m very excited to see how all of their houses turn out!
2nd grade Ms. Guerrero’s class having fun  in their STEAM/technology class!
Ms.Orta’s class ending the week with some work in the Cory garden!
2nd grade Ms. Guerrero’s class having fun  in their STEAM/technology class!
5th grade students made applesauce in the garden this week! 

Dear Cory Community,

Happy Friday Cory Community!  

I would like to take the time to thank our PTA for a wonderful food for Parent Teacher Conference Night for staff.  Our tummy’s and heart were full! We appreciate partnering with families to ensure each student thrives in their classroom.  I wish you all a wonderful rest of your week and a glorious long weekend.

Fall celebration is coming up! On 10/31 we will celebrate the season with costumes, treats and a parade! Costumes must be appropriate for school.  Students can wear masks as long as it is not scary or has gore.  No weapons or props with the costume.  

At 2:00 students will be able to change into costumes and our class will engage in Fall festivities. We understand that not everyone celebrates, and that costumes/parades can be overwhelming for some. There will be alternative activities available in the art room with Mrs. Murphy, if your child does not participate. Please message your classroom teacher, so we can ensure accommodations for your student.

Calling all caregivers who are interested in supporting Cory’s Equity Team! The Equity Team will meet the third Tuesday each month to discuss, problem solve and innovate our equity work. Our goal is to ensure that our systems, structures, and programing is equitable for each student.  We will be meeting October 17th at 4:00 in the library.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Joan Wieser by emailing 

A couple of reminders:

  • Please fill out your meal Benefit form if you haven’t already. All parents need to fill this out as it helps with our budget and funding. Our Free and Reduced Lunch has increased from 12% to 19% which means more money for our school to support each student. 
  • Please remember NO dogs on school grounds. We love our pets but they can’t be on campus
  • The weather is changing and we go outside every day. Add a sweatshirt or jacket in your student’s backpack. 
  • Keep an eye on the Lost and Found area. It is starting to fill up with items. 

We are looking forward to sharing our traditional Thanksgiving Lunch with you! 

Thanksgiving Lunch will be November 16th. Please fill out the form if you are going to attend lunch.  We will need to provide the district with final numbers on families that are going to be in attendance for this event and have lunch by the end of the day, Tuesday October 17, 2023.


  • Pickup basketball is starting again! Please join Cory adults for a fun pickup basketball game at Merrill.  This opportunity for adults happens on Thursday nights from 6-7:30 in the Merrill gym. Please reach out to Tyson Sollenberger at 

Shadow Sign Up Genius

School pictures are live! At some point this week, you’ll want to send out a notification to all of your families letting them know galleries are ready to view and order from. Access to galleries and signing up for retakes can all be done through your picture day dashboard, so be sure to include the URL below in your communications. Picture Day Dashboard:


  • October 13th – No School 
  • October 16th – No Contact Day  – No school for Students
  • October 17th-  Equity Team meeting @ 4:00 in library
  • October 19th-  CSC Meeting @ 4:00 in library 
  • October 16th – 20th – PTA  Cory Gear Drive
  • October 20th – Student Council Spirit Day Dress in your favorite Sports team
  • October 23rd & 24th – PTA Dine out @ Cleaver & CO.
  • October 25th – Picture Retakes for Students and Staff 
  • October 26th – Spooky Story Night – 6:00 – 7:30
  • October 26th – December 5th – Friends of Cory
  • October 31st – Halloween Party and Walk around the campus
  • November 13th – 16th – Scholastic Book Fair

Important District Updates:

Healthy School Meals for All: Complete the You Benefit! Form at Registration

All students in DPS will have access to free healthy, nutritious school meals beginning in the 2023-24 school year thanks to the Healthy School Meals for All program approved by Colorado voters! While meals will be provided for free to all DPS students through Healthy School Meals for All, families will still need to complete a form to ensure DPS gets full access to available federal funding.

What this means for families:Please continue to fill out the You Benefit! form (formerly referred to as the Meals Application). We ask all DPS families to please complete the You Benefit! form during registration for the 2023-24 school year. By completing the form, you will help us access all available funds to cover the cost of meals, and other nutritional programs for students.Families who fill out the You Benefit! form may qualify to receive discounted school fees, class materials, bus passes, utilities support and more!All household income information provided through this form is strictly confidential and protected by law. Only one form is required for all children in the household. Immigration, migrant, citizenship or refugee status is not required when completing the form. Learn more about the Healthy School Meals for All program in a short video in English and Spanishthis flier (Spanish is on page 2), or by visiting the Healthy School Meals for All website.

If you have questions about completing the You Benefit! form, please contact the DPS Food & Nutrition Services department by calling 720-423-5600 or emailing the inbox.

PTA Updates

  • CORY GEAR DRIVE: We are hosting a Cory Gear Drive from October 16 through the 20! Thanks to the Cory Student Council, we will have fun, new offerings, including tie-dyed t-shirts, tube socks, and more! In addition, Cory-branded t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats will be available. An email will be sent out on October 16 with the link to order.

  • SPOOKY STORY NIGHT: Back from the grave… it’s Spooky Story Night! Join us for an evening of spine-chilling (but age-appropriate and not too scary!) tales told by teachers and parents. There will be fun Halloween games and a craft available too. Stay for hot chocolate and snacks… if you dare! Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes or Cory spirit gear! Please note this is a family event and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Parent volunteers are needed to help that evening, so please watch out for a SignUp Genius that will be circulated soon. 
  • FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Stop by the Farmer’s Market today after school! There will be produce, fresh eggs from the Cory coop, and flower bouquets. Also, Farmer’s Market volunteers are needed––sign up here.
  • JOIN THE PTA: PTA membership is a great way to get involved in the Cory community, and members have a vote on many issues raised at monthly PTA meetings. Membership is $15 for an individual and $30 for a couple. Submit payment here, or checks made out to “Cory Elementary PTA” can be dropped off in the front office.
  • YEARBOOK: Please use the link and start adding pictures for the Yearbook committee to use for the upcoming yearbook. We appreciated all your help to make our yearbook the best

Registration for the Cory winter session begins on Thursday, October 26th, and closes on November 9th.



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