Parent Post – 11.11.15

Posted November 11, 2015

Principal Update

WOW!  We have had an eventful (literally) week at Cory!  Between the CSC Fall Forum to last nights’ Science Night, we had over 250 people come through our building to learn more about their child’s education…what a great community we have!  There are more opportunities for community building coming up this week, starting with our annual Fall Clean-Up on Sunday (information below), Book Fair and the Annual Thanksgiving Lunch.  We look forward to seeing you!  Remember to “like” our Facebook page, where we have all of the social media coverage of our events (and other announcements).

If you missed the CSC Fall Forum (covering a variety of topics, including EngageNY Math),  you can catch up soon.  We will have the documents and video up on our website within the next week or so and I will send out an email blast with the direct link.

Today, the Colorado State Board of Education is expected to release the first state-level results of the new PARCC exams in English language arts and math. Because we are holding our students to higher expectations to ensure they are truly prepared for college and career, these results may appear to be lower than previous results on CSAP and TCAP. However, please note PARCC results are not comparable to either CSAP or TCAP. PARCC results for districts and schools are expected to be released to the public Dec. 11. DPS communications is working with us to provide tips on how to discuss these results with our teachers and communities.  More to come in the weeks ahead.

In partnership,

Jennifer Harris, Principal

Meet & Great with DU Athletes!

Heads up!  The DU Women’s Basketball team is coming to Cory TODAY,  Thursday, November 12th to meet students upon arrival and will be passing out some t-shirts and other giveaways.  – Brent Conklin, PE Teacher

Monster Book Fair

Come if you dare to the Monster Book Fair! Student previews will take place on Friday, November 13th and Monday, November 16th. Sales begin on Monday at 8:00 am.

Drop some gently used books in the donation boxes crafted by Cory Student Council. DPS K-8 Florida Pitt Waller students will benefit from your donation.

Buy books to fulfill teacher wishlists to help them replenish classroom libraries.

Come see the winning bookmarks.

Guess how how many eyeballs a monster needs to read. The winner of the guessing jar gets a lot of eyeballs and a $10 gift certificate to Bookies.

Open for Sales:

Monday 11/16                8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 11/17                 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 11/18          8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 11/19               8:00 am – 6:00 pm

The online fair is open now through November 29th.

Help is still needed! Support the effort by volunteering.

Cory Grounds & Garden Clean-Up this Sunday

Calling all Cory families!  Please join in this fall’s Cory Grounds & Garden Clean Up Day on Sunday from 9am-1pm!

It will be a great morning of fresh air, old friends, new friends, donuts, leaf-raking, donuts, coffee, mulching and donuts.  We’ll be working rain or shine, but good news – forecast right now looks like shine!  DPS’s Grounds Department will have a truck on site with rakes and some other gardening tools, but please feel free to bring your own, or just bring yourself!  All are welcome – kids, grandparents, neighbors and YOU!  Please click here to let us know you’re coming!

Or, if you’re the non-committal type, just come on over this Sunday morning.  We hope to see you there!

Winter Enrichment

WINTER ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION CLOSES THIS THURSDAY! Check out the Cory Before & After School webpage at for info on winter classes, including Cory Chorale, French, basketball, fencing, computer coding, theater, 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!

Also…come see Cory’s very own actors in THE LION KING in the Merrill Middle School auditorium on either Monday, November 16th or Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 pm. See Simba, Nala, Zazu, and friends in this FREE performance for all ages!!!

Annual Thanksgiving Lunch
Cory will be hosting our Annual Thanksgiving Lunch this year on Thursday, November 19th. You may purchase your ticket(s) by filling out the slip that was sent home in Friday Folders (or you can print one here) along with payment to the office. Tickets are $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for non-students. Cash or check only please. Checks made payable to “Cory Lunchroom”. Parents are most welcome to join in the fun without buying lunch, too!
Please purchase your tickets by Monday, November 16th.

Lunch Times:
1st Grade
Mr. Doyle- 11:00-11:35
Mrs. Fuchs- 11:10-11:45
Mrs. Keldin- 11:20-11:55
2nd Grade
Mrs. Golden- 12:00-12:30
Ms. Kozma- 12:10-12:40
Ms. Wing- 12:20-12:50
3rd Grade
Ms. Vertrees- 11:30-12:00
Mrs. Guerrero- 11:40-12:10
Mrs. Clark- 11:50-12:20
4th Grade
Mrs. LaVenture- 12:30-1:00
Mr. Osborn- 12:40-1:10
Mr. Melamed- 12:50-1:20
5th Grade
Mrs. Stricker- 1:00-1:30
Mrs. Keppler- 1:10-1:40
Mr. McOwen- 1:20-1:50

Music News

The upcoming Winter Music Program will take place on December 17th at Merrill Middle School at 6pm. Grades 2, 3, and 4 will participate. I’ve compiled helpful resources on my school website so students can practice at home. Here is a link parents and kids can use to access music, lyric sheets, and accompaniment files for their student’s home practice! Thanks so much!

Amy Polete, Music Techer

Cory Dines Out

Your next chance to grab a bite with friends (and raise money for Cory) is on Thursday, December 10th at Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Try not to love their oreo milkshake!

PotBelly Sandwich Shop
965 S. Colorado Blvd.
25% comes back to Cory!

Timbuk Toys Gives Back to Cory
Get a start on holiday shopping or treat the kids over Thanksgiving Break!  From November 20-30, Timbuk Toys will give back 20% of proceeds from purchases designated to Cory Elementary.  It’s a win-win for everyone!  Shop at the local store near Colorado Blvd and Yale or online at  Be sure to mention Cory Elementary at checkout (in the notes section if online).  Happy shopping!

Teacher Spotlight

This week we chatted with Kara Fuchs, our new 1st grade teacher.

Q: Why did you choose this profession?

A: I knew that I had wanted to be a teacher when I was in 3rd grade. My teacher had made a huge impact on me and I wanted to do what he did. I also remember playing “teacher” with my little sister when we were younger. When I went to college I was a business major for the first three years and I hated it. I knew that I wanted to do something that made me happy every day and I knew that becoming a teacher would do just that!

Q: What is one of the highlights of your day at Cory?

A: One of the highlights of my day is just seeing my students in the morning. I love the conversations that we have with one another. When I see that they are learning and growing as people it makes me so happy and it makes me know that I made the right choice when I decided to pursue teaching. Being at Cory has been such an amazing experience and I am so happy to be here as a 1st grade teacher!

Q: If you found yourself stranded on a desert island, what ONE treat would you crave?

A: I love chocolate but I couldn’t live without Mexican food!

Superintendent Parent Forum: the Whole Child and CareerConnect

Parents, families and staff are invited to learn how DPS is preparing students for the 21st century workplace through our whole child approach to education at the Superintendent Parent Forum Nov. 17 at the National Western Complex. Attendees will learn about the whole child and DPS’ CareerConnect program, which offers high school students career and technical courses in industries ranging from culinary arts to technology to medical to engineering and robotics. Attendees will also learn how the program is focusing on the whole child to equip students for the 21st century workplace by developing not only critical skills such as collaboration and problem-solving, but character traits such as emotional intelligence, optimism and grit. To learn more, visit the Family and Community Engagement website.