Parent Post – 11.04.15

Posted November 4, 2015

Welcome to the Team!

Please join us in welcoming Kate Hutson to our Cory Team!  Kate is our new English Language Acquisition Teacher and is job sharing with Jan Struharik, our current ELA Teacher.  She will be working with our English Language Learners throughout the day.  Please click here to read more about Kate!

Friends of Cory…THANK YOU!

Dear (Friends of) Cory Families,

Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP?

We wish to extend a sincere thank you to all who donated to our Friends of Cory campaign.

We are extremely pleased and grateful to report that we raised $65,000!

These funds will have a significant impact on your children and their dedicated teachers.

You are appreciated.

All the best,

Alison Morrison, Molly Sutton, Samantha Powell

2015 CSC Fall Forum…Join us! TONIGHT!
Thursday, November 5, 2015
6:00-7:30 *
*plus optional opportunities occurring beginning at 5:00, please see below for details

This Just In: *FREE* Childcare now available  in the Cory cafeteria, courtesy of Kaleidoscope Corner / The Neighborhood Center! Advance RSVP for childcare is not required, but is kindly requested. Click HERE  to RSVP. *Monetary donation of $5-$10 to Kaleidoscope are accepted for this evening if you would prefer*

Please join us for our CSC Fall Forum for Parents! Our twice annual forums are designed to let our community come together to discuss topics important to our students and our school. For our first forum of this year we will discuss the Denver 2020 plan that will be guiding our work as a district over the next several years. We’ll also talk about the DPS vision of a graduate and how we can reach that vision through classrooms that are joyful, rigorous, and personalized. We’ll discuss the shared learning expectations, or standards, that we have as a district and what they mean at Cory.

In addition, we will be doing a deep dive into the Math Standards with a special presentation on EngageNY Math and will end with a small group discussion on a variety of topics. We hope you can join us!

5:00-5:45- Auditorium- Balarat Parent Night (5th Grade Parents)- Please join us for important information on our upcoming Balarat Trip!
5:00-6:00- Library- English Language Learner Parent Advisory Committee Open House- Please stop by anytime for an informal Open House and meet our ELL Teachers, Jan Struharik and our new (to be announced soon!) teacher, as well as learn about our program here at Cory.
6:00-7:30- Library- Academic Standards, Curriculum Alignment & Parent Feedback

  • 6:00-6:15- Academic Standards & School Performance Framework (SPF) Update- Jennifer Harris, Principal
  • 6:15-7:00- Deep Dive into EngageNY Math- Courtney Waring, DPS Math Partner
  • 7:00-7:30- Small Group Discussion (topics include supporting learners, community night ideas, volunteering opportunities, fundraising and ideas on how to support our teachers)

RSVP: Advance RSVP is not required, but is kindly requested. This will enable us to have enough materials for each participant. Childcare IS available for this night. Click HERE to RSVP.

Science Night- Mark your calendars!  NEXT Wednesday, November 11!

Featuring Mad Science, Raptors from Windsong, and Rockin’ Rockets with Space Time!  Come join us!  You are invited to a SUPER SCIENCE NIGHT where you will see live critters and much, much more.  FREE PIZZA!

WHO:  Cory students and their families.  Students must be accompanied by a parent.

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 11, 2015- 5:30-7:00 PM

WHERE:  Cafeteria!

Please RSVP on the ORANGE FLIER that was sent home in Friday Folders!

Art Room Update

Just a reminder from the art room:  Original Works artwork orders are due next Monday, Nov. 9. Please email with any questions. Thanks!

Cory Scholastic Book Fair

Get ready for an eye popping good time at the Cory Scholastic Book Fair November 16th-19th.

Start gathering those gently used books also. Cory Student Council is sponsoring a gently used book drive to gather books for DPS Florida Pitt Waller K-8 students and classrooms in need of assistance. Stay tuned for more information.

19 more volunteer spots to fill! Help is especially needed on Thursday November 19th when the crowds come for Thanksgiving lunch!

To sign up to volunteer, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Thank you!

Book Fair Co-Chairs
Danielle Duffy
Cathy Holland

Winter Enrichment


Check out the Cory Before & After School webpage at for info on winter classes, including Spanish, French, basketball, fencing, computer coding, theatre, and MORE. ALL registration will be done online, so make sure to check out the page for information! Any questions, please contact Todd at (720) 377-6834 or via email at Thank you for your support of enrichment!

Come see Cory’s very own actors in THE LION KING in the Cory Elementary auditorium on Tuesday, November 10th at 6 pm. See Simba, Nala, Zazu, and friends in this FREE performance for all ages!!!

PTA This Friday (tomorrow!)

Please join us for the PTA First Friday Coffee this Friday, November 6th, from 8:45-9:30 in the Cafeteria.  Topics of discussion will include a Friends of Cory report, Spooky Story Night recap, Upcoming events, and much more.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Pedestrian Ticket Warning

We are grateful for the very nice police force that is helping us keep the intersection of Florida/Steele safe. Please be forewarned they are also issuing tickets to walkers (yes, pedestrians) who cross the street when the light is green but the HAND is red.  Someone who will remain nameless is $60 poorer after said ticket.

Attention 5th Grade Parents

You are invited to Morey’s 5th Grade Exhibition and Community Potluck on Thursday, November 12. This event is for current 5th grade students and families.

Please join the faculty, staff, current students, and families at Morey Middle School for a potluck and tour of the school. Learn about our academic model and take part in engaging, fun activities that showcase what makes Morey a truly special school in the heart of the city.

When: Thursday, November 12
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Morey Community Potluck
Connect with Morey families AND share some good food!
6:00 – 8:00 pm – 5th Grade Exhibition
Fun activities for students and breakout sessions and tours for the parents.

Morey families will be there to mingle with students and parents, to answer questions, and to share with you all the wonderful things that are happening at Morey this year.

Morey Middle School
840 E. 14th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

Teacher Spotlight

This week we chatted with Katie McOwen – our new 4/5 math and science teacher.

Q. What inspired you to become a teacher?

While I loved the study of architecture, I felt unsatisfied in the practice of it, so I thought about what I enjoyed.  In my early adulthood I had spent time working with kids as a camp counselor, soccer coach, and swim instructor and I truly enjoyed each experience.  I personally love learning and then being able to share information with others as well as having fun while exploring new things is great.  I love seeing how children can take on a challenge and grow by practicing skills, and I also love the fact that no matter how crazy a day can get, kids can always make me smile and laugh.  Something in me decided to take a leap and turn toward teaching and I haven’t regretted it a day since.

Q.  What is the favorite part of your day at Cory?

I think my favorite part of the day is first thing in the morning when the students are coming in to the room.  We have conversations about life outside of academics, tell jokes to one another, and sometimes act a little silly.  I like that I am able to get to know the students on a different level rather than just what I see in class when we are doing math and science.

Q. If you were stranded on a desert island, what food would you crave?

Hmmm…  that is hard!  My favorite food is mashed potatoes, so definitely that, but I think I’d also crave something sweet, therefore, I’ll say mint chocolate chip ice cream.