Parent Post 10/27/2023

Posted October 27, 2023

Small groups are in full swing for math!
The PTA gave shirts to all the first graders so this is my first field trip where they are all representing in Mrs. Keldin’s room 
Practicing our deep breathing!!!!
Zyla  pulled the fire drill last week for our October practice drill. 
Having fun outside playing in the leaves with Mrs. Weiser.
Second grade students explained how to problem solve through challenges with measuring. 
Students showing their skills with hockey! 

Dear Cory Community,

One of our goals at Cory is to make sure that each student and family feels safe and welcomed.  We work hard to ensure that outside conflicts do not affect the culture of our school community.  Cory is a very diverse school community and with many global crises potentially impacting our families, we want to partner together to keep our school community safe and welcoming.  Below are resources that any family can use through DPS.  

  • Care Solace and Hazel Health to connect the DPS community to mental health care and substance use treatment. In addition to the support our mental health team members provide, Care Solace and Hazel Health will make getting access to mental health services and resources quick and efficient.
  • Judi’s House– Grief Support 
  • If you would like to connect and gain support from a mental health professional please reach out to the School Based Health Centers for DPS. To schedule an appointment click here 
  • Comprehensive list of resources through DPS. 

Please reach out if you need more support, I am here to support and help navigate any concerns families may have.

The 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:

  • The weather is getting cooler so please make sure that students come to school with appropriate clothing as we will go outside on colder days.  
  • Please remember NO dogs on school grounds. We love our pets but they can’t be on campus
  • Please do not ride bikes, scooters on the playground during drop off or pick up. We have over 400 students coming and going at the same time and would hate to have anyone get hurt. 
  • 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 also wrapping up our third unit of TSEAL. Unit 3 focused on Self-Regulation. Students spent intentional time building their self-regulation tool-boxes and practicing skills to regulate when they experience strong emotions. Check-out our Unit 3: Self-Regulation lessons here! Be sure to ask your Cougar what their favorite self-regulation tool is! For the month of November, our Cougars will learn and grow their skills focused on gratitude.  

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!

Parents will need to pick up their student at Cory and walk them over to Merrill and then pick them up from Merrill when it is over.

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  • October 26th – December 5th – Friends of Cory
  • October 31st – Halloween Parties and Walk around the campus
  • November – PTA Dine out SupperBell all month!
  • November 3rd: PTA Meeting @8:30
  • November 5th –  Daylight Savings. Turn your clock back.
  • November 10th: PTA Cory Works out @ Barry’s Boot Camp  
  • November 10th –  Coffee & Cocoa on Blacktop  
  • 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 @ Merrill for 2nd & 3rd @ 5:30
  • December 14th: Cory Works Out @ Pearl Street Fitness

School pictures are live! Please take time to review your pictures.  Access to galleries  can all be done through your picture day dashboard. Picture Day Dashboard:

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.

PTA Updates

FRIENDS OF CORY: Cory PTA’s annual giving campaign, Friends of Cory, launched yesterday! Friends of Cory raises funds that go beyond the DPS budget to create an enriching educational experience for ALL Cory students. Please click here to make your online gift today. Our goal is to raise $65,000 by December 5th. Cory students, teachers, and community need your support this year. All donations are tax deductible, and many companies offer employer matching. 

NOVEMBER PTA MEETING: Join us for the November PTA meeting on Friday, November 3 at 8:30am. We will be hosting the meeting both in-person and virtually, and the log-in information will be circulated next week. We hope to see you there!

CORY GEAR DRIVE: Order your Cory gear before tomorrow at midnight! 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.

SUPPERBELL DINE OUT: Supperbell, a chef-made dinner delivery service, is hosting a month-long fundraiser for Cory in November! Order any night of the week during the month of November and SupperBell will donate 20% to our school. Order online at before 2:00 p.m. on the day of delivery, Monday through Friday (orders can be made on the weekend for delivery the following week). At check out, please enter the promo code CORY23.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Get nostalgic for the book fairs of your childhood by volunteering at this year’s Cory Book Fair, which is happening from Wednesday, November 8 through Thursday, November 16! Sign up to volunteer here.

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!

YEARBOOK PHOTOS: The Cory Yearbook Committee is already starting to collect photos from the 2023-2024 yearbook! If you have photos from the first day of school, the Cory Carnival, Walk to School Day, or anything else that has happened since the start of school, please upload them here! To make it easier for the Yearbook Committee to identify students, please comment on your photos with your child’s name, grade and the event (if applicable). 

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



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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

Join us in supporting the Colorado Avalanche as they take on the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 p.m. at Ball Arena! Tickets start at $43, with $5 from each ticket sold being donated back to the DPS Foundation! Buy your tickets today: Colorado Avalanche – 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.