Parent Post 10/20/2023

Posted October 20, 2023

Ms. Nagel’s class began building our prototypes of bird feeders today in science! 
We had an exciting week with a guest teacher. Conrad’s dad came in to help us understand viruses and illnesses in Mrs. Keldin’s classroom. 
Harper did a great job as Librarian today!
3rd Grade Mrs. Golden’s class working in the Cory garden
Every Friday in Ms. Tilson’s class they take time as a class to circle up and give shout-outs to one another for kind and respectful acts we’ve seen during the week. It’s always a highlight for me as a teacher to see what the kids notice & how they fill each other’s buckets.  You are raising some pretty awesome kiddos!
In Mr. Doyle’s class they are exploring a new website called This is a free tool the kids can work on at home to practice their fact fluency. I have never seen this class so quiet and engaged!

Dear Cory Community,

Happy Friday Cory Community!  

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I know this is a lengthy email, but please take the time to read through:)  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.

A couple of reminders:

  • 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. 

Show your school spirit! This year’s online Cory Gear Drive runs through October 27! 

Our corporate sponsor, ArtistProof Collective, is offering a variety of new gear options suggested by Cory’s Student Council. New items include tie-dye shirts and sweatshirts, retro logo black hoodies, trucker hats, water bottles, and more!
All Cory logo gear purchased will be delivered before the holiday break, so this is a great time to start holiday shopping! Please be sure to check the size chart on all items to ensure the correct fit.

Start shopping here:

The Original Works Fundraiser is here! Expect your child to bring a flyer home with their personal code. If their artwork isn’t uploaded (they missed the deadline or they were absent), don’t worry you can still participate! Email me at and we can create a manual order.

Go to
Click on SHOP at the top of the home page.
Enter school code: CORY
Please place your orders by Monday, November 6, 2023. Thank you for supporting the Cory art room and your child’s creativity!


Last chance to sign up for retakes. If you want new pictures of your student, head to to sign up. Students who were absent, or enrolled after picture day will be photographed during retakes. In order for us to prepare for retakes, the online sign-up ends 24 hours before. If you miss the sign-up, you will need to contact the front office to be added. 


  • October 16th – 27th – 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 – PTA Dine Out – SupperBell all month!
  • November 13th – 16th – Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 16th – Thanksgiving Lunch
  • November 16th – CSC Meeting @ 4:30
  • November 16th – STEAM Evening – 
  • November 16th – Report Cards Out
  • November 19th – PTA Fall Clean up on the Grounds
  • November 20th – 24th – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 6th –  Music performance for 2nd & 3rd Grade @ Merrill 5:30

Denver Public Schools is pleased to launch the Strengthening Our PaCT (Parent Communication Technologies) Initiative, an all-DPS collaboration led by the Communications Department to improve the web-based communication tools used by Denver Public Schools. The vision of this project is for Denver Public Schools to have the most comprehensive, equitable and understandable web presence of any school district in the United States. We will do this in part by ensuring all families have the appropriate information to make decisions about their child’s education.

To that end, we are seeking family feedback on the main District website,, and all departmental websites. We would like to ask that you take a brief survey that will inform the work that we do on these websites. Please take this survey by October 31, 2023. Your responses will be completely anonymous.

For more information, please visit If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Turner, Web Developer – Designer, at

Help!!! Lost and Found is overflowing. Please send your student to check Lost and Found and also feel free to check for yourself. All items in Lost and Found will be bagged and placed in the auditorium for two weeks beginning October 27th. Bagged up lost and found items can be accessed until November 10th at which point they will be placed in the clothing bin by the parking lot. Thanks!!!

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.

CORY GEAR DRIVE: Get your Cory gear before 10/27! Thanks to Cory Student Council, new items include tie-dye shirts and sweatshirts, retro logo black hoodies, trucker hats, water bottles, and more! All gear will be delivered before the holiday break. Please be sure to check the size chart on all items to ensure the correct fit! If your items are a surprise, there will be an option to pick them up from the front office. Start shopping here. Questions? Contact Marianne Lapuyade.

  • DINE OUT @ THE JUNCTION: Our October Dine Out event is on Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 at the Junction Food Hall (2000 S. Colorado Blvd.)! The participating restaurants include Cleaver & Co and the Junction Bar, with both donating 15% of sales ALL DAY back to Cory. We hope to see you there!
  • SPOOKY STORY NIGHT: We are so excited for the return of Cory Spooky Story Night on October 26 from 6-7:30 p.m.! The PTA needs your help to make this night great!  Please sign-up to help with set-up, managing games and crafts, handing out food/drinks, reading spooky stories, or clean-up. Please review the available slots here and sign up
  • CORY WORKS OUT: Cory Works Out is back! Join us on 11/10 from 9:45-10:45am at Barry’s Boot Camp in Cherry Creek for a high-energy, calorie-scorching, cardio, and strength interval training workout! The cost is $33 with all proceeds going to Cory. Sign up and submit payment here!
  • SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Save the date for the Scholastic Book Fair! Online sales begin 11/8 and run through 11/21, and the in-person book fair will be 11/13-11/16 in the auditorium. If you’d like to volunteer, please sign up here.
  • 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.



Volunteer Services coordinates parent and community resources through volunteer onboarding, training, consulting, and matching of in-kind donations to schools, all of which support students, staff, and families of DPS.
Volunteer Background Check Process
Individuals interested in volunteering in-person or virtually are required to complete the DPS Volunteer Background Check .  The Volunteer Background Check link is located on the DPS Volunteer Services website – 

DPS Discount Days are back!
We wanted to share more discount offers with your families, students and staff. Please see the information below for three upcoming Denver Nuggets home games.

Join us in supporting the Denver Nuggets as they look to defend their NBA Title this upcoming season! The Nuggets are hosting DPS Community Nights on the following nights:

  •  Wednesday, November 29 versus the Houston Rockets
  • Saturday, December 16 versus Oklahoma City Thunder
  •  Monday, January 1, 2024 versus the Charlotte Hornets 

Tickets start at $27, with a portion from each ticket sold being donated back to the DPS Foundation! Buy your tickets today: Denver Nuggets – Powered by Spinzo

You can also visit for more information on these discounts and other special offers. Any help you can provide in distributing these opportunities would be greatly appreciated.