Parent Post 2/25/2022

Posted February 28, 2022

Miss Ky is here talking with first grade about the difference between a bullying environment and a safe environment.
Friends enjoying the morning! 
Wearing pink for a good cause!  
Meet Mr. Chris Penny, Olympic silver medalist and Cory Parent! Mr.Penny was a member of the 1984 Rowing Team – Mens Eights. He shared his Olympic experience with the 3rd grade classrooms and helped the students see how commitment and grit can help you achieve any goal you set for yourself.
Learning about historical impact with a lens on equity. 
Our kids sure do love book buddies! 
students digging deeper with a text! 
Wearing pink to support students who have experienced bullying. 


Hi Cory Families,

Happy Friday!  I want to thank the PTA for purchasing picnic tables for all our students. We are excited to get the tables installed and enjoy lunch outdoors.  Our staff are excited to extend our learning spaces outside once the weather cooperates.  

The PTA with the Fine Arts Committee are busy looking for wonderful art inspired opportunities for all our students to engage in.  On Tuesday, our 3-5 grade students will be attending the symphony from 9:15-1100.  Students will be back in time to get lunch and recess.  We are excited that our students get this amazing opportunity! Don’t worry! This team is working on field trips for all our students in the coming months.  

As many of you all saw, DPS, in conjunction with DDPHE (Denver Department of Public Health and Environment) will be updating their mask mandate. Denver Public Schools (DPS) issued updated guidance on masks that takes effect on Monday, Feb. 28. Beginning on that date, masks will no longer be required but will be strongly recommended for all students, staff, and visitors across DPS. The social distancing and safety guardrails have also been removed so that schools can function with normal operations. The district’s health partners made this decision based on high rates of immunity and lower rates of severe disease. The district is in full compliance, across all schools and worksites, with the city’s vaccine mandate. In addition, there is a very high vaccination rate in the community – about 80% of Denver residents ages 5 and older are vaccinated.

I want to share some commitments that Cory will hold true to through this more recent mandate, as the health and safety of our school is a priority. With that in mind, staff members and students will all have a choice whether they would like to come to school with a mask or no mask. We will not force staff or students to wear masks, though we will encourage mask wearing. 

I wanted to take a moment to share what I will personally be committing to:

  1. I will continue to wear a mask during most times of the day
  2. Support each and every staff member and student no matter their choice to wear a mask or not

Our vision at Cory is rooted in students first, community partnership and engagement. With that, Cory will continue to have this approach and encourage you and your students to make personal commitments that are right for you and your family. We will be supporting students any way we can, though we will not be forcing students to wear masks. Please talk to your child about your family’s choice and acceptance of others choices. It is important that we support one another and the personal choices we all have to make.  Please view this video around the changes to our safety policies.  

A few reminders:

  • Report cards are viewable today through parent portal 
  • Looking for a way to stay in shape while having some fun? The north gym at Merrill has been reserved on Thursday nights between 7 and 8pm for parents and staff of Cory, C3, and Merrill to play pickup basketball.  Please reach out to Tyson Sollenberger if you have any questions at

Hi! This is Ghaith, the principal for the day!

I had a great day leading the school.  I observed in all classrooms, and I was very impressed with the great learning happening in all the rooms.  I set up for lunch and supported Mr. C in pe for a little bit.  Ms. Wieser and I had a wonderful lunch while handling important emails, parent communication and staff communication.  Thanks! Ghaith

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Joan Wieser
Cory Elementary 


  • Save the Date
  • March 1: Cory Derby Early Bird & VIP bundle sales END! 
  • March 4: March PTA Meeting, 8:30 a.m.
  • March 16: Cory Works Out, F45
  • April 1 – 15: Bookies fundraiser
  • April 7: Cory Works Out, Luxe Lagree
  • April 22: The Cory Derby!

News from the Library!
Wednesday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day!  At Cory, we are a community of readers!  All students are invited to show their community spirit by wearing school colors on Wednesday.  The entire school will also participate in D.E.A.R. time (Drop Everything and Read) during the morning.  Feel free to bring in a good book to read, or get caught up on Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring.

Happy reading!
Dawn Miller
Teacher Librarian

We are looking for new volunteers to add to our chicken volunteer list.

Student grades 1st – 5th, need to be accompanied by a trained volunteer to care for the chickens.

We are hoping to get more parents, grandparents, or other old siblings involved in our program to get each grade level into the coup daily, Monday – Friday (maximum 3 students per class).

What is involved in becoming a volunteer?

  • Short volunteer training done by one of our long-time volunteers
  • Volunteer shifts are 30 minutes in length
  • Volunteer duties – supervisor students as they:
    • Feed chickens
    • Provide fresh water
    • Collect eggs
    • Turn Hemp

If you are interested, please contact Skeeter Buck – or text 415-845-5447.

Please make sure to check out the lost and found area. It is overflowing with coats, mittens, water bottles and other miscellaneous items!  

Discovery Link News

Enrichment Pre-Registration Information

In an effort to better support the families of DPS we have created this Pre-Registration Information sheet to help prepare families for registering for Spring Session Enrichment classes which run from April 5th, 2022- May 27th, 2022

General Information For All Families

  • Registration for Winter Session Classes will open on March 9th at 8am and run through March 23rd at 5pm. 
  • Brochures for class offerings will begin to be sent out by February 28th. 
  • There will be no late registration permitted. Once registration is closed regardless of space availability, registration will remain closed. 
  • If during the session we have to cancel a class we will add 20-30 minutes to the last two classes of the session. If we have to cancel more than one class we will communicate to families next steps. Please note that like Discovery Link we are not obligated to refund for cancellations.
  • Please note that any registrations that have incomplete guardian contact information will be automatically rejected. This is to ensure in cases of emergency we have correct contact information. 

ELCS Scholarship Policy

Each Community Partner offering classes has a class specific scholarship policy  for their programming that we hold them accountable to, and Extended Learning and Community Schools will award the scholarships for each class based on these policies (i.e. one class may offer 1 full scholarship for every 10 paid enrollments). ELCS policy will be to prioritize students enrolled in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and/or students who are receiving support or services through DPS’ Homeless Education Network (HEN). Students who have already received scholarships this year will be placed on a waitlist for scholarships for this session so that more students can have access to programming. 

For families that would like to explore this option please contact our Enrichment Systems Specialist at

Refund/Credit Policy

  • In order to receive a full refund you must request to cancel your registration for class by 5pm on March 28th, 2022. 
  • In order to receive a partial refund (refund minus first class and service fees associated with the class) you must request to cancel your registration by 5pm on April 7th, 2022.
  • You may request to cancel your enrollment after April 7th, but no refund will be awarded.

Discovery Link Families: Please note your request will be processed as a credit to your account for future use.


Please do not email Discovery Link questions pertaining to Enrichments. While we use the same registration system, DL may not be able to provide you the answers to your questions. 

  • For site specific questions please contact the emails provided on the brochure for your school.
  • Enrichment Coordinator Cory/C3/SKCEE: 

Existing ELCS Families (Families currently enrolled or have enrolled in Enrichment or Discovery Link in the past): 

Prior to March 4th at 5pm please log on to your account and confirm that each of the following is correct. This will aid in allowing for a smoother and faster registration process for you:

  • All students you will be registering are added on the account
  • All students current grade levels are correct
  • Each guardian listed has an email AND phone number listed in case of emergency
  • All authorized adult that can pick up your student have been added to your Contacts list on your account
  • Any allergies or requested 504 or IEP services have been updated

You can log on to your account here.

New ELCS Families (Families NEVER enrolled in Enrichment or Discovery Link): 

Prior to March 3rd at 5pm Please use this link to set up your free account in our system and proceed with the following steps:

  • Select your school as your location (C3 families will still select Cory)
  • Scroll down the page and select “Click to View Offerings” under the 2021-2022 Enrichment Programs
  • Select the “New Account Room” and follow the prompts

Empower Affiliates 
Please see this flyer for some fun after school activities. 

The Cory Derby needs your support. Donate today!

We need our entire community’s support to reach the Cory Derby’s goal of raising $185,000 to provide full-time art, music, gym and library classes to all Cory students. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Purchase tickets: Early bird and VIP bundles are only available until March 1!
  • Donate auction items: The success of the Cory Derby depends on generous donations to our silent and live auction. We are seeking gift cards to your favorite restaurants, fitness studios, boutiques or salons; getaways to your family’s mountain or vacation home; unused air miles; and more.  
  • Become a Star Family: We have more than 30 Star Family sponsors. Can we get 30 more?
  • Buy a Teacher Ticket: Help ensure that Cory’s teacher can attend the auction at no cost!
  • Contribute to Stock the Cellar: Help curate one-of-a-kind “Stock the Cellar” auction items by contributing $25 or more to the cost of wine & spirits.

Save the Date: In-Person PTA Meeting, March 4

Join us for the next PTA meeting on Friday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m. We will be meeting in-person in the cafeteria for the first time since Covid! The agenda will be distributed next week.

Cory Works Out: F45 & Luxe Lagree

Cory Works Out is hosting its last two workouts of the year! Here are two opportunities to support local gyms and work out with the Cory community:

  • F45 on Wednesday, 3/16 at 7 pm: Grab your friends or partner and come get an evening sweat sesh on! F45 will be raffling off a free month of classes to one lucky winner! F45 has supported Cory since it opened in the neighborhood last year. Sign up here.
  • Lagree Luxe, 4/7 at 11 am: This is our final Cory Works out of the year! Lagree is a total body workout on one-of-kind pilates reformer machines. Classes are 40 minutes long, and you will feel the shake! Sign up here.

All workouts are $20 and go towards Cory! Venmo Naurin Gilger (@naurin-gilger) to secure your spots.

Join the Cory PTA 2022-2023 Board

The Cory PTA board has two open positions for the 2022-2023 school year, including President and Vice President of External Relations. If you are interested in learning more about either of these positions, please reach out to a current board member, or email us at

Are You Using Amazon Smile?

Support Cory when you purchase through Amazon online! Mobile and desktop purchases are now eligible. Log onto and select “John Cory Elementary PTA” when making your Amazon purchases online.

King Soopers Community Rewards Program

King Soopers Community Rewards Program is linked to your 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

Summer Job Opportunities: Dream  Big Day Camp

Dream Big Day Camp is hiring for a variety of summertime positions, including group counselors, group leaders, activity directors, tutors, and more. Learn more.

Summer Job Opportunities: Dream  Big Day Camp

Dream Big Day Camp is hiring for a variety of summertime positions, including group counselors, group leaders, activity directors, tutors, and more. Learn more.

In Canada in 2007 a group of  12 grade students saw a 9th grader who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. 

They knew they had to be upstanders because bullying is never ok.

They decided to buy a bunch of pink shirts and hand them out to other students to wear. 

By the end of that week, most of the students in the school were wearing pink shirts to show support for the Grade 9 student who was bullied.

Now it Cory’s to turn to show that bullying is never ok 

Wear your pink shirt on February 23rd !


At Cory we love learning and laughter.
We grow by trying new things and learning from our mistakes.
We embrace challenges with the courage to do our best.
We persevere.
We show respect for our community through caring, responsible actions.  
We celebrate each others’ differences and accomplishments.
At Cory we love learning and laughter.