Parent Post 11/3/2023

Posted November 3, 2023

Mr. Conklin leading the parade in all is glory.
Working on our Math problems. 
Mrs. Nagel taking pictures of the crowd. 
Picking up the different classrooms to join in on the fun!
Reading Divided Loyalties, our new play about the Revolutionary War, as a Reader’s Theater!
Investigating magnetic force in science in Mrs. Nagel’s classroom
Loving the snow during recess!
Working hard in Art to finish up their projects for Original Art Works.

Dear Cory Community,

What a fun week it has been. The Halloween parties and parade were enjoyed by many. We celebrated students today at our First Friday Assembly!  This month we are focusing on inclusiveness and how we can be more inclusive. One of our goals at Cory is to honor and celebrate the differences we have and accept everyone for who they are.  So far this year, students have earned 2,600 Kindness Tickets AND 51 PRIDE Tickets! 

  • Next week we will wrap up our 3rd Unit of TSEAL, Self-Regulation! Wow! Our Cougars have been working hard to build their self-regulation tool-boxes. 
  • We will begin Unit 4: Gratitude on Monday, November 6th. We will also be introducing our new RAOK core value of the month, Inclusiveness. 

Thanks to all parents who completed the BESS Social Emotional Screener this year. We have taken this, the student input, and teacher input from this screener  to help drive our support for the social emotional needs of our  students in the building. We have a multi-tiered support system that includes daily check-ins, lunch bunches, and social groups with our School Psychologist (just to name a few). Each of the measures we take is intentionally designed to support the whole child.  It is important to all staff to know each and every one of our students. 

Your voice is valued at Cory and at the district level. The DPS “Your Voice/Tu Voz” Family Survey is open now through Wednesday, Nov. 15. Your Voice focuses on measuring outcomes across the district and its learnings from these surveys directly impact students and families. Families, you can access the survey link here. Families who complete their survey between now and Nov. 15 will be eligible for a gift card giveaway! Make an impact this November by taking the DPS Your Voice/Tu Voz family survey. As a reminder, unlike previous years, DPS will administer the survey to families once in the fall and will administer it to students once in the spring. 

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.  

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!


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.


  • October 26th – December 5th – Friends of Cory
  • November – PTA Dine out SupperBell all month!
  • November 5th –  Daylight Savings. Turn your clock back.
  • November 8th – Stock the Lounge 4th & 5th Grade and All grades Halloween candy
  • 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
  • November 30th – PTA Shopping at WISH Gifts
  • 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

Friendly reminder – please help us, help our community!

Our Girls on the Run Cory team leads a community impact project every season. This season, we are creating care packages for children with cancer. All donations will be donated to the local Children’s Hospital.

Please donate NEW sensory toys (i.e. fidgets, stress balls, putty, play-doh, little cars, etc.), stuffed animals, art supplies, or little games (i.e. card games, handheld games) to help us stuff our care packages. All donations can be dropped by the Cory front office in the labeled donation boxes. Donations will be accepted through Thursday, November 9th.

For information regarding more items that are accepted, please click here:

Thank you for your generosity and for supporting our Girls on the Run team!

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 at the end of each month and kept for 2 weeks.. 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, is running through December 5! 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. 
  • BOOKMARK DECORATING CONTEST:: To celebrate the upcoming Cory Book Fair, students are encouraged to enter the annual bookmark decorating contest for a chance to win $20 in Scholastic Dollars to spend at the fair! Bookmarks and a flier explaining the rules will be distributed in this week’s Friday’s folders. Please note the theme this year is, “Book Lovers Unite!”
  • VOLUNTEER FOR THE BOOK FAIR: We still need volunteers for the Cory Book Fair, which is happening from Monday, 11/13-Thursday, 11/16. Sign up to volunteer here.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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). 

Instagram: @cory_elementary_pta

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



Volunteer Services coordinates parent and community resources through volunteer onboarding, training, consulting, and matching of in-kind donations to schools, all of which support students, staff, and families of DPS.
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.