Parent Post 10/21/22

Posted October 21, 2022

5th Graders sliding their way into some fun at recess!
5th Grade Graphic Artists hard at work on our STEAM Night invitations in the Art Studio. 
Mrs. Tilson’s puppet leading 3rd Graders in a science discussion! 
2nd Graders having a blast while developing motor skills playing 10 Second Tag at PE!
5th Grade Literacy collaboration! 
4th Grade leaf pile!
5th grade ballers hooping it up on our new basketball goals! 

Dear Cory Community,

The staff at Cory set goals each year to ensure continual improvement. We have an intense focus on increasing achievement and achievement growth (MGP) for our students of color and students who receive free/reduced lunch. We have several strategies, which we believe will work to positively impact this data, which include:

  • Use culturally responsive practices to ensure differentiation, student engagement, student leadership and critical thinking;
  • Continue to provide rigorous instruction in reading and math;
  • Provide support in reading & math interventions, small group paraprofessional support;

In addition to our intentional focus on achievement, school culture and community engagement are keys to our success at Cory. We believe that all students at Cory need to enjoy learning, participate in project-based learning and engage in collaborative learning opportunities. We value all of our families and recognize that “it takes a village to raise a child.” We also value collaborative decision making between the school and the community and want to formally invite caregivers to attend our CSC meetings and PTA meetings. We encourage caregivers to volunteer in classrooms, participate in community events and join us for student celebrations of projects. 

It is October, which means that we are gearing up for our fall parade. Students will get to dress up and celebrate fall! We will celebrate on 10/31 starting at 2:15. We are inviting all families to join us outside for a parade at 2:50.  Please mark your calendars and look for additional information about this fun community event!  If you wish for your child not to participate, please let your child’s teacher know as we will have alternative actives that your child can engage in. 

Please join us for First/Second Grade Parent Literacy Information Night!

Who: Cory First and Second Grade Caring Adults

When: November 3rd from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Cory Elementary Library

Why:To help families understand the new literacy curriculum and current literacy philosophy 

RSVP: Sarah Clark at                                        

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

Thanksgiving Lunch will be November 17th. Please fill out the form if you are going to attend lunch. 


  • October 18 –  November 1 – Cory Gear Drive 
  • October 24th & 25th PTA Dine Out @Pete’s-A-Pie & the Junction Bar
  • October 25  – Cory Works Out @ Trans Kickboxing 
  • October 26 – Cory Equity Committee Meeting @ 3:45 in the Library
  • October 28th – Crazy Sock Day 
  • November – Dine Out – Supperbell (all month)
  • November 3rd – 1st & 2nd Literacy Night – 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • November 4th PTA Meeting 8:30am @ Cory
  • November 6th – Fall Clean Up on the playground
  • November 14th – 17th – Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 16th – 5th Grade Music Performance 6:00
  • November 17th – Thanksgiving  Family Lunch with Parents 
  • November 17th – Thursday STEAM Night      
  • November 18 – Wish Gifts Fundraiser @ wish Gifts
  • November 21st – November 25th – Thanksgiving Break

Dear Cory Community,
We strive to support equity for all students in our diverse Cory Community. One way of doing so this year is by offering the opportunity for equity education to our parent community. These sessions will be similar to the educational opportunities our staff has undergone. 
If you would like to be involved in planning and/or participating please contact me, Amber Bourgeois,, or 720-424-8431. Our first meeting is Wednesday, October 26, at 3:45 in the Cory Library. 
I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you!
In partnership, Amber Bourgeois

“Educational equity means that each child receives what he or she needs to develop to his or her full academic and social potential.”  – Unknown

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Amber  Bourgeois 

Joan Wieser 

We have your school pictures ready for you to share with your families. Along with that, your digital school service items are ready for you.

PICTURE DAY DASHBOARD: Please direct all care takers to your dashboard to view and order photos from. We have already sent out our Smile Club members an email letting them know that galleries are live, but please send your communication out to everyone and be sure to include your dashboard URL. 

School Yearbook
The yearbook team is collecting student life pictures for the 2022-2023 Cory yearbook. If you have photos of the recent fall events, please share them with us! We would love to include photos of the Cory movie night, First Day of School, Dance,  Fun Run, Fall Carnival, Field trips, theme days, and other school related events. We will also be asking for photos from upcoming events such as STEAM night and the Thanksgiving luncheon. 

Photos can be uploaded to the community google share site here. Please include names/grades of students. 
If you have any questions, contact Kristen at

Cory Gear Drive: 10/18-11/1

Show your school spirit! This year’s Cory Gear Drive is running from October 18 through November 1, and all Cory logo gear purchased, including shirts, sweatshirts, and caps, will be delivered before holiday break. Please write your child’s name and teacher in the “comments” section at checkout. Click here to start shopping today!

Cory Dines Out: 10/24-10/25 @ Pete’s-A-Pie & The Junction Bar

Dine out all day on Monday, 10/24 and Tuesday, 10/25 at Pete’s-A-Pie at the Junction (2000 S. Colorado Blvd). Be sure to mention Cory and Pete’s-A-Pie will donate 20% back to Cory! In addition, the Junction bar is donating 10% of sales back to Cory, so be sure to stop by for a drink too!

Cory Works Out: 10/25 @ Trans Kickbocking

Join us on Tuesday, October 25th from 10-11am at Tran’s Fitness & Kickboxing (1550 S. Colorado Blvd) for Cory Works Out!

This is a total body fitness experience like none other that focuses on upper body strikes. With every strike, your core muscles engage, and you get a full-body workout that promotes weight loss and overall fitness.   Get in shape and boost your confidence with this fitness class with us! The cost to participate is $20 (please Venmo @CoryElementary) and all proceeds will go to the Cory PTA. There are only 12 spots available, so please be sure to reserve soon!

Volunteers Needed: Cory Works Out

Volunteers are needed to co-chair the Cory Works Out fundraising program! This role helps to plan and coordinate 2-4 workout classes with local studios that give back to the Cory PTA.  Examples of businesses we have partnered within the past include Lagree Luxe, F45, Barre Forte, and more. If interested, please reach out to Stephanie Campbell

Become a PTA Member

PTA membership is a great way to get involved in the Cory community, and members have a vote on any issues raised at monthly PTA meetings. Membership is $15 for an individual and $30 for a couple. Join today by submitting payment through PayPal or Venmo (@CoryElementary), and checks made out to “Cory Elementary PTA” can be dropped off in the front office. 

Friend of Cory Campaign Committee
We are a group of parents co-chairing the Cory Elementary PTA annual fundraising campaign, and hope we can count on your support by making your gift today.  
Families that participate with a tax-deductible contribution allow Cory to provide all students with:

  • Paraprofessional educators in each classroom
  • Full-time Art, P.E., and Music teachers
  • Enrichment experiences, including the school garden and chicken coop
  • Classroom technology upgrades and learning tools

Not every DPS school has the same level of parental commitment and engagement as our community, and we’re thankful to everyone who chooses to support the Friends of Cory Fundraising campaign.

This year, we have a goal of raising $55,000 and achieving 100% family participation in our effort. To help raise awareness and encourage others to participate, we’ve created unique Cory ‘thank you’ items at various gift levels:  

  • $500 donation = yard sign
  • $300 donation = car magnet
  • Gift of any size = kids bracelet

Please make your tax-deductible gift today. Your donation helps make Cory the best it can be. 

Mary Beth Carpenter, Keren Nimmo, Scott Jahnke, Kelly LaBoon
Friends of Cory Co-Chairs

Please come and check out the Lost and Found Area! There are quite a few items in there that need to go back to their homes. We will be donating the items that are still here after Thanksgiving. IF Your Child is Missing items PLEASE come pick them up. 

First/Second Grade Parent 
Literacy Information Night

Who: Cory First and Second Grade Caring Adults

When: November 3rd from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Cory Elementary Library

Why: To help families understand the new literacy curriculum and current literacy philosophy 

RSVP: Sarah Clark at

Want  to Volunteer
We would love to have you come in and help. We have lots of places you can come in and help out; the library, classrooms, outside recess and lunch duties, copies for the office and many other duties. 

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