Parent Post 11/4/2022

Posted November 4, 2022

Fun with Mrs. Butte in the ELD classroom!
1st Grade parents helping with festive crafts! 
2nd Grade parent reading a holiday story!
4th grade getting ready for the Fall parade! 
4th grade getting ready for the Fall parade! 
4th grade getting ready for the Fall parade! 
Fly Guy stopped by Cory this week!
It was a beautiful day for a parade! Thanks for coming out! 
3rd Grade Read-a-thon!
3rd Grade Read-a-thon!

Dear Cory Community,

November is Indigenous People Month. Indigenous peoples are the first Americans of this country. In Colorado, the land we occupy is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. The month of November is established as Native American Heritage Month, and was formalized in 1990 during the Bush administration, and continues to be established through presidential proclamations since. November is a time to recognize, honor, and celebrate the diverse traditions, cultures, and languages of the first Americans. In addition, to honor our Native American veterans and service members who have courageously served and continue to serve in the armed forces. This is a time for individuals to learn and acknowledge the significant sacrifices and contributions Native Americans faced and overcame, both historically and presently. Today there are over 574 Native American sovereign Tribal nations here in the United States, each with many enrolled citizens. In DPS, we are honoring this cultural moment with celebration of our Native community and through learning.  

Today, we had our first assembly with students to support the idea of inclusivity.  The student council lead the assembly today and supported the language and actions that we expect students to showcase in an inclusive environment.  Please ask your student what they learned today at the assembly. 

Cory will be hosting our Annual Thanksgiving Lunch on November 17th.  Here is the schedule for lunches by grade level. Families who indicated that they are attending can pay in cash or by check the day of the event. Please bring exact change. If your student is eating from Cory you do not need to pay for them, the money will be taken out of their lunch account.  If you did not indicate that your family was attending, we are sorry but it is too late to attend the event as we had to provide a count to the district to ensure that we have enough food.   


Mr. Doyle- 10:50-11:20 
Mrs. Fuchs- 11:00-11:30 
Mrs. Keldin- 11:10- 11:40 


Mrs. Wilsted- 11:20-11:50  
Mrs. Guerrero- 11:30-12:00 
Mrs. Nagel- 11:40- 12:10  


Mrs. Golden- 12:00-12:30 
Mrs. Tilson- 12:10-12:40   
Mrs. Weaver- 12:20-12:50  


Dr. Laughlin- 12:20-12:50 
Mrs. Miller – 12:30-1:00 
Mrs. Laventure- 12:40-1:10  


Mrs. Keppler- Lunch 12:40-1:10  
Mrs. Sherrill- Lunch 12:50- 1:20  
Mrs. Moreland- Lunch 1:00- 1:30      

News from the art room:
Mrs. Alexander has been awarded with a grant from CAEA for fiber arts enhancement materials for the Cory Art Studio! Thank you Mrs. Alexander for your hard work, and congratulations! 


  • November – Dine Out – Supperbell (all month)
  • November 6th – Fall Clean Up on the playground
  • November 14th – 17th – Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 16th – Deadline to order Original Works Art 
  • November 17th – Thanksgiving  Family Lunch with Parents 
  • November 17th – Thursday STEAM Night      
  • November 18 – Wish Gifts Fundraiser @ wish Gifts
  • November 21st – November 25th – Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30th – Cory Works Out @ Upswell 
  • December 6th – Cory/C3 Band Recital 

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Joan Wieser 

Amber  Bourgeois 

5th Grade parents touring at Merrill

Parents, please drop off your child in the office/lobby at 10:10 and pick them up at 1:10. They will be introduced to their ambassador and head to class right after you drop them off. 

If your child attends Cory, please know that we are NOT able to pick up and drop off your child even though we are on the same campus. Thank you for your understanding. 

COVID Reporting Update:
Anyone can report Covid positive students or staff members. Please be sure to report all cases. Please use this COVID Report Form. Please let Jeanette Hofer, school nurse, know if you have any questions.     

How Sick is Too Sick? 
When Children and Staff Should Stay Home from School or Child Care 
Evaluation of a sick child must consider which diseases are currently circulating  among students, staff, and the community. Known exposure to cases or an outbreak  of a contagious disease (including but not limited to those listed here), even without  a confirmed diagnosis, may necessitate more stringent return to school  requirements.  
During Colorado’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and staff  who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should receive testing, and follow the  COVID-19 isolation guidance until testing is completed or if they test positive. If the  individual tests negative for COVID-19, the individual should then follow the  recommendations for their disease or symptoms using the below guidance.  
There are four main reasons to keep children and adults at home: 1. The child or staff is at risk of infecting others with COVID-19 or another 
contagious illness, either because of symptoms or recent close contact. 
2. The child or staff member does not feel well enough to take part in usual 
activities. For example, a child is overly tired, fussy or will not stop crying. 
3. A child needs more care than teachers and staff can give while still caring for the other children. 
4. The child or staff member has symptoms or an illness is on this list, and staying home is required.

This weekend is Daylight Savings!

Volunteers Needed: Fall Cleanup on Sunday, 11/6
On Sunday, November 6 from 9:30am – noon, the PTA is hosting the annual Fall Cleanup! We’ll be raking leaves, clipping bushes, planting bulbs, all while enjoying refreshments (expect donuts!) and good company! Students, parents, siblings, alums, grandparents and other Cory fans are welcome. Plan on staying for an hour, or stay for the whole time! Please bring tools to help work, rakes, shovels, bags. Learn more and sign up to volunteer here.

School Yearbook
The yearbook team is collecting student life pictures for the 2022-2023 Cory yearbook. If you have photos of the recent fall events, please share them with us! We would love to include photos of the Cory movie night, First Day of School, Dance,  Fun Run, Fall Carnival, Field trips, theme days, and other school related events. We will also be asking for photos from upcoming events such as STEAM night and the Thanksgiving luncheon. 

Photos can be uploaded to the community google share site here. Please include names/grades of students. 
If you have any questions, contact Kristen at

Wish Gifts Fundraiser: Friday, November 18
On Friday, November18, Wish Gifts is hosting a Cory fundraiser online and at its University Blvd. and Happy Canyon locations, where you can find thoughtful, funny and chic gifts suitable for all stages of life. Wish will donate 10% from sales from the day back to Cory, so be sure to mention Cory at checkout, or use the code CORY as the “discount code” when shopping online at

November Dine Out: Order Supperbell All Month!
SupperBell, a chef-made dinner delivery service that prepares restaurant-quality meals, fresh daily and delivers them to your home, is hosting a month-long fundraiser for Cory! SupperBell offers a menu that changes weekly and provides same-day delivery of fully cooked dinners that you quickly reheat, just in time for dinner.

Families and supporters of Cory Elementary are invited to order SupperBell any night (or multiple nights!) throughout the month of November. You can start pre-ordering on October 31st @ 2 pm. SupperBell will donate 20% of the month’s sales back to our school. Order as many times as you wish the ENTIRE month of November.

Order online at before 2:00 p.m. on the day of delivery, Monday through Friday. At check out, please enter the promo code 22CE to receive 20% back to the school.  

Click on this link and the code will automatically be applied to their order.

The 2022 Scholastic Book Fair is Almost Here!
The Cory Scholastic Book Fair is back, and this year’s theme is Bolder, Stronger, Prouder Readers! The Book Fair supports building students’ home libraries with a selection of new and favorite titles for readers of all ages, and Book Fair profits support the Cory library, classroom libraries, STEAM projects, and birthday books! The book fair runs from Monday, November 14 through November 17 in the Cory auditorium! 

Get excited about the bookmark contest!  Get your Cory student(s) excited about this year’s fair by entering the student bookmark contest – see the flier and blank bookmark in Friday folders on Oct. 28.  Return decorated bookmarks to classroom teachers by Monday, Nov. 7.

Also, we need volunteers!  We need many hands to help promote literacy at Cory!  Please take a look at the sign-up sheet to see what roles interest you – there are opportunities from 11/10-11/18. Sign up here.

Add your requests for books to have at the fair ASAP on our suggestion Google doc.

Become a PTA Member
PTA membership is a great way to get involved in the Cory community, and members have a vote on any issues raised at monthly PTA meetings. Membership is $15 for an individual and $30 for a couple. Join today by submitting payment through PayPal or Venmo (@CoryElementary), and checks made out to “Cory Elementary PTA” can be dropped off in the front office. 

Friend of Cory Campaign Committee

The “Friends of Cory” are a dedicated group of parents that believe academic and social development requires a partnership between families, teachers, and administrators. So far, 48 families have contributed a total of $18,252 towards our goal of $55,000 with an average gift size of $393. We are thankful to everyone who has participated so far, and hope that you’ll consider supporting our campaign if you haven’t done so already
Families that participate with a tax-deductible contribution allow Cory to provide all students with:

  • Paraprofessional educators in each classroom
  • Full-time Art, P.E., and Music teachers
  • Enrichment experiences, including the school garden and chicken coop
  • Classroom technology upgrades and learning tools

Not every DPS school has the same level of parental commitment and engagement as our community, and we’re thankful to everyone who chooses to support the Friends of Cory Fundraising campaign.

This year, we have a goal of raising $55,000 and achieving 100% family participation in our effort. To help raise awareness and encourage others to participate, we’ve created unique Cory ‘thank you’ items at various gift levels:  

  • $500 donation = yard sign
  • $300 donation = car magnet
  • Gift of any size = kids bracelet

Please make your tax-deductible gift today. Your donation helps make Cory the best it can be. 

Mary Beth Carpenter, Keren Nimmo, Scott Jahnke, Kelly LaBoon
Friends of Cory Co-Chairs 

Halloween Candy Collection:

Have leftover Halloween candy? Donate it to Cory teachers and staff! The Hospitality Committee will be collecting candy donations next Wednesday, November 9 at morning drop-off. Candy can be dropped off outside the cafeteria or at kiss-and-go. Thank you in advance for your donations!

Please come and check out the Lost and Found Area! There are quite a few items in there that need to go back to their homes. We will be donating the items that are still here after Thanksgiving. IF Your Child is Missing items PLEASE come pick them up. 

Want  to Volunteer
We would love to have you come in and help. We have lots of places you can come in and help out; the library, classrooms, outside recess and lunch duties, copies for the office and many other duties. 

Please complete the background check through this site:


The Cory Girls on the Run team will be leading a pet donation drive for our local Dumb Friends League. Please donate any pet toys/ treats by Monday, November 14th. The donation box will be located by the Cory front office. Thank you for your generosity! Go Girls on the Run!

The  Merrill Middle School STEAM Lab is in need of stuffed animals that can be donated for use in their 3D printing unit. Students will be developing prosthetic parts for these animals. The stuffed animals will need to be donated permanently as we will be creating amputee prototypes. Please drop off at the front office.

Below is the list of animals:

  • dolphin (or anything similar)
  • elephant
  • eagle (or any other bird)
  • horse
  • cat
  • dog
  • alligator/crocodile
  • goat (or similar farm animal)
  • duck
  • turtle
  • hermit crab
  • hamster
  • fox
  • llama
  • pig
  • cow

Did you know that Merrill Middle School has a food pantry and provides free groceries once a month to Merrill families in need?! If you would like to help stock our pantry, please drop off items at the front office.  Please click the link to see items provided to our families.

 Merrill Meals Order Form