Parent Post 11/17/2023

Posted November 17, 2023

Students had a great time celebrating gratitude with our Thanksgiving lunch! 
Finding fun and joy in our work! 
STEAM night was a huge success! Thank you PTA and the STEAM Team for creating such a wonderful community event. 
DJ Dopewave was at STEAM night to bring the fun! Our former Cory Cougar came to spin some great tunes! 
Thank you to all the families who came to our Thanksgiving lunch! I am so grateful for our community! 
Recess fun! I loved seeing students showing sportsmanship and kindness! 
Having fun with friends! 
Thank you so much PTA for making our Thanksgiving lunch so special. We appreciate the joy PTA brought to our lunch! 

Dear Cory Community,

Fall Break is next week from 11/20-11/24, so we will not be open next week. As it is the season for gratitude, I want to take this opportunity to share how thankful I am for the students, staff, and community at Cory. I hope you all take time to be with family and friends. Have a restful and relaxing break and we will see you when we are back, starting Monday, 11/27!

We wrapped up our fourth unit of TSEAL, Gratitude. Check out the lessons here. When we return from Fall Break, Cougars will begin the next unit of TSEAL, Bullying Prevention and Upstander Behavior. We will be hosting an in-school assembly for 3rd-5th grade around Digital Citizenship and Cyber Bullying on December 1st. 

Why should you attend CSC?  It gives you a different perspective on the school’s practices from budgeting to crisis management and everything in between. CSC is different from the PTA in that we work collaboratively with administration, faculty, parents and the community to problem solve to meet the schools needs and expand upon the schools mission of serving every student in our community. Please join our meetings!! Our next meeting is Nov. 30th. 

Our Equity Team will be meeting on Nov. 28th to plan for our equity work with students. We are planning on how to engage all our Cougars with education on hate language.  Please join and share your voice and ideas! 

Thank you PTA for the wonderful  Book Fair you held for us at Cory. The lunch space for Thanksgiving was beautiful decorated. We appreciate all of you and all the hard work you did this week to take care of the students in our community!!

A couple of reminders:

  • Please help us by bringing your students to school on time. We start right away in the morning with lessons.  School begins at 8:10
  • 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.
  • Please make sure to continue following the parking lot and Kiss and Go guidelines to insure our students stay safe. 
  • Keep an eye on the Lost and Found area. It is starting to fill up with items. 
  • Please make sure to call the attendance line if your child is going to be absent. 

Shadow Sign Up Genius
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.


Merrill Middle School – Prospective Parent Tours Now Available 

Please see the SignUp for Parent Tours! Tours are available select Wednesdays from 1:40pm-2pm  for parents/guardians only.


  • November – PTA Dine Out SupperBell all month!!
  • Thru – December 5th – Friends of  Cory
  • November 19th – PTA Fall Clean up on the Grounds 9:30 – 12:00
  • November 20th – 24th – Thanksgiving Break
  • November 28th – Field Trip 3rd – 5th  Drums of the World 
  • November 28th-  Equity Team Meeting @ 4:00 pm Agenda
  • November 30th- CSC Meeting @ 4:00 pm Agenda
  • November 30th – PTA Shopping at WISH Gifts
  • December 1st – School Spirit PJ Day – brought to you by Student Council
  • December 1st – PTA Monthly Meeting @ 8:30
  • December 6th –  Music performance @ Merrill for 2nd & 3rd @ 5:30
  • December 12th : PTA Dine out at Campus Lounge
  • December 14th: Cory Works Out @ Pearl Street Fitness
  • December 18th – January 2nd – Winter Break
  • January 2nd – No Contact day – No Students ONLY staff 
  • January 3rd- Students come back to School 

All school pictures, including retakes, are ready to view and order. 

Viewing galleries can all be done through your picture day dashboard. 
Picture Day Dashboard:

PTA Updates

  • FRIENDS OF CORY: Thanks to YOUR support of Friends of Cory, our students are able to experience weekly music, art, library, technology and P.E. We couldn’t do it without YOUR support! CORY IS AT 36% OF OUR GOAL TO RAISE $65,000 BY DEC. 5TH! Don’t forget, the grade with the highest participation rate wins a pizza and pajama party. To date, 2nd Grade is leading the pack with 23% participation and 3rd is catching up with 20% participation. Make your online gift today! Every gift of every size matters. 
  • CORY BOOK FAIR: THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Cory Book Fair, including all of the volunteers, Cory staff and shoppers! We are calculating totals and will send an email with the fair results. In the meantime, the online book fair is continuing through November 21 and 25% of online proceeds go back to our school. Shop the online book fair here. 
  • SUPPERBELL DINE OUT: There is still time to order SupperBell in November! Be sure to check out their Thanksgiving menu. 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.
  • WISH GIFTS FUNDRAISER: Wish Gifts is hosting a fundraiser for Cory on November 30 at its University Blvd location. 10% of all sales in-store and online will go back to our school. Use code CORY2023 when shopping online, or mention Cory at check out.
  • YEARBOOK PHOTOS: If you have photos from fall events, 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). 
  • KING SOOPERS REWARDS PROGRAM: Before you shop for Thanksgiving groceries, make sure you are enrolled in the King Soopers Community Rewards Program, which is linked to the loyalty program (SooperCard/AltID) number that you typically use at check out! Be sure to link your loyalty number to Cory so our school can earn rewards. Learn more, and here is more information about registering on your laptop or mobile device.

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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.