Parent Post 2/23/2024

Posted February 23, 2024

In Mr. Doyle’s class we are creating observational drawings of birds using labels. Ask your child tonight at home what bird they drew in their bird research notebook. Also, ask them what body parts they labeled in their drawing.
Today, in Mrs. Nagel’s class the reading group performed, “Why Mole lives Underground”. It was a spectacular performance!
The kids had fun playing a game as part of the review for today’s math test!
Students enjoyed cooking with Skeeter today! It was a great opportunity for our students! 

Dear Cory Community,

The Family of Community Engagement is offering a Social Media Safety for Families Workshop on March 12 from 5-6 p.m. This session will provide resources and tips for families on the dangers of social media and how to help students stay safe and smart online. Families will gain valuable information and collaborate with other families on technology safety solutions. We will launch an interactive training module for DPS families as well to use after this session and receive certification they have completed the training. Families can learn more and RSVP here

Cory will begin CMAS testing on April 3rd, 2024. CMAS measures student proficiency on the Colorado Academic Standards.  These standards provide clear and consistent guidelines on what students should know and be able to do at the end of the year, across grade levels and subject areas. 
Grades 3-5 will take English language arts and math assessments, with the addition of science in grade 5. Our team worked diligently to create an equitable testing schedule. Testing will begin promptly at 9:00am. Please ensure your Cougar is here on testing days. 


In order to help our students maximize their full academic potential, it is imperative that students show up to school frequently and on time. Please note that our Cory school calendar is slightly different from the regular DPS School Calendar. 

Colorado School Attendance Law and Denver Public Schools’ “Denver Plan.”

These guidelines allow for roughly 10 absences during the course of a school year. Every month the school attendance team will review student attendance and send letters to parents for those students whose absences are excessive. Classroom teachers will call home prior to sending the certified letter.

If absences are chronic, excessive, unexcused, or otherwise of concern a child and their family may be referred to truancy court. Excessive tardies and early withdrawals are also subject to truancy law, and can add up to excessive absences.

If you need to call a student out for sickness or personal reasons please call the main office to excuse the studentAdditionally, if your family needs additional support to assist with attendance, please contact the main office and Ms. Debbie will connect you with our school-based attendance team!

We will be reinforcing the importance of attendance here at school with our students as we enter the second half of our school year through a variety of attendance incentives for the most improved attendance, weekly perfect attendance, etc. Ask your child if they received a visit from our new ~Attendance Fairy!~

Updates for Upcoming communications. 
Please make sure to let the office know if you have a new phone number, email address or have moved. We want to make sure you will get all correspondence as we move into the last part of the year and for any information coming out for next years registration.  


  • February 27th – PTA Dine out – Cherry Cricket 
  • February 27th – Equity Team Meeting @ 4:00 
  • February 29th – CSC Meeting at 4:00 
  • March 1st- PTA Meeting @ 8:30
  • March 1st – 5th grade Class Picture 
  • March 1st – Show your School Spirit – Wear your Cory Gear
  • March 7th – Stock the Cellar Party @The Jhawer Home 5:00 – 7:30
  • March 10th – Daylight Savings 
  • March 13th – 5th Grade Cory Cafe 5:30 – 6:45
  • March 19th – PTA Dine out @ Max’s Gill & Grill
  • March 20th – Spring Pictures 
  • March 25th – April 1st – Spring break 
  • April 3rd – 5th – CMAS TESTING begins
  • April 15th – 18th – CMAS Testing
  • April 22nd – 25th – CMAS Testing 
  • April 26th – Cory Auction:  DU’s Cable Center

Lost and found is out of control. Please come check in this area and pick up your missing items that belong in your home. It will be bagged up next week! 

Summer Connections 2024 is set to return as a free, five-week program starting June 17 through July 19. DPS students at eligible schools entering first through fifth grade are invited to participate in this full-day program. Designed for student readiness, the program introduces students to next year’s curriculum with a special focus on STEM subjects. 

Students will also enjoy a variety of activities including Inventor’s Week, the Lego Challenge, career exploration and computer science. Plus, there’s an exciting field trip in store! 

Registration for families begins mid-February. Please refer families to the Summer Connections website for more information and updates. Staff who are interested in applying may submit their interest through this form.

Hi Cory students, families, staff, and community,

We are seeing increasing numbers of illness in our school community including COVID

Please make sure you are following how sick is too sick guidelines attached link below. 

Thank you for keeping us all healthy.

Tiffany Stevenson MSN, School Nurse

PTA Updates

  • CORY AUCTION TICKETS: Tickets for the 2024 Cory Olympic Ceremony are now on sale! On Friday, April 26, the Cory PTA’s is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year, so let’s come together to support our children, teachers and school. In addition to purchasing tickets, there are opportunities to make donations, including becoming a Cory Cougar Champion (formerly Star Family), purchasing Teacher Tickets, and contributing to the Stock the Cellar Fund. Purchase tickets here.
  • DINE OUT AT CHERRY CRICKET: Our next dine out is on Tuesday, February 27 at the Cherry Cricket (2641 E 2nd Ave)! The Cherry Cricket is donating 10% of sales ALL day back to our school, so plan to stop in for lunch or dinner (or both!). Please remember to mention Cory when checking out. Hope to see you there!
  • STOCK THE CELLAR PARTY: Join us for the Stock the Cellar party on Thursday, March 7 from 5-7:30pm at the Jhawer home (1420 S. Fillmore Street). Stop by for sips & snacks as we stock the cellar for the 2024 Cory Auction. Come for 15 minutes or stay the duration….regardless, bring a bottle of wine ($25+ value) to donate. To support Stock the Cellar, Bonnie Brae Liquor is offering Cory families 15% off wine purchases from March 3-10. Just mention the Cory auction at check out!
  • PURCHASE 2023-2024 YEARBOOKS: Purchase a 2023-2024 Cory yearbook today to commemorate another great school year! The first yearbook you purchase is $25. Additional yearbooks are $20. When ordering, enter $25 into the price line if ordering one yearbook; enter $45 if purchasing two yearbooks; enter $65 if purchasing three yearbooks; etc. Please remember to put your students’ names and their teachers’ names in the lines below!
  • SHARE YEARBOOK PHOTOS: Do you have photos from Cory events from the first half of the year? Please upload them here so they can be included in the 2023-2024 yearbook! There are separate folders for each grade, and please try to include students’ names when applicable. 
  • CALLING ALL 5th GRADE FAMILIES: Please send us your Shout Out to your 5th Grader to be posted in our Cory Yearbook! There is a 200 character maximum and submissions are due by Friday, March 1. Submit your Shout Out here.

Please make sure to follow us:

Drop off your gently used clothes, shoes and household textiles knowing that they will be reused. Just bag the items and bring them to one of the Clothing Drop Spots near you.
Items we accept
Clothes (T-shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses, pants, sweaters, coats, underwear, etc.)
Footwear (Gym shoes, boots, sandals, leather shoes, socks, etc.)
Children’s clothing (Pajamas, jeans, dresses, baby, clothes, etc.)
Accessories (Handbags, hats, gloves, belts, scarves, backpacks, shawls, etc.)
Linens (Household textiles, sheets, comforter, blankets, towels, drapes, etc.)

DPS Discount Alert! 

DPS Discount Days are back! We wanted to share more discount offers with your families, students and staff. Please see the information below for an upcoming Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) production:

Join us in supporting the DCPA this winter from Friday, January 26 to Sunday, March 10 as they show Cebollas at Singleton Theatre! Receive a 15% discount on tickets in Premium seating, Price Level 2 and Price Level 3 seating for all performances. $5 from each ticket purchased will be donated back to Denver Public Schools Foundation!

Buy your tickets today and be sure to use discount code DPSFUND at check out: Tickets & Events – Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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.