Parent Post 2/9/2024

Posted February 9, 2024

Hanging out with the chickens!
Building snow sculptures in the snow during recess.  
Mrs. Tilson’s class studying Black History Month. 
4th graders created Colorado windsocks during their learning of our state’s history!
Third graders collaborating during reading group.
Unicorn day in 3rd grade 
Collaborating to analyze metaphors in  Ms. LaVenture’s class
Giant cup stacking during PE in 4th grade.
Outdoor fun in 2nd Grade during recess
1st grade painting masks in Art class

Dear Cory Community,

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend! I am filled with gratitude this week for the partnerships we have created to support students academic and social emotional learning.  I am thankful for a community who supports our goals to ensure that we educate and support the whole child. 

Introducing Cory’s Student Equity Experience! Cory’s Equity Team worked to create a scope and sequence that supports students in unpacking their identity, understanding diversity and biases, and working to build a belonging school culture. Our Cougars spent the week of January 29th engaging in our first
Student Equity Experience. Students worked with Ms. Murphy on creating identity masks as a way to support students’ understanding of their identity, specifically what they show to the world, and what they hide. Our goal is to create a belonging culture where students, staff, and families can truly be their most authentic selves. This lesson also includes home extensions and we encourage you to engage in this ‘table talk’ as a way to build cultural competence as a family. We will link the second lesson of our Student Equity Experience at the end of February. 

 SchoolChoice Round 1 for 2024-2025 closes 2/12/24

To apply, create an account or sign in using your Parent Portal login. Then, rank your schools in order of preference and submit your application before 4 p.m. Feb. 12. Results will be released late March.

Call 720-423-3493, email or visit for more information.


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!~


  • February 12th – School Choice closes @4:00
  • February 13th & 14th – PTA Dine out Beard Papa’s is a Cory family owned business and donating 40%
  • February 14th – Valentine Day celebrations
  • February 15th – Literacy Night with a book signing by Cory Parent 
  • February 16th – No Contact Day – No School for Students
  • February 19th – NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day 
  • February 20th – Equity Team Meeting @ 4:00 in Library 
  • February 27th – PTA Dine out – Cherry Cricket 
  • 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 19th – PTA Dine out @ Max’s Gill & Grill
  • March 20th – Spring Pictures 
  • March 25th – April 1st – Spring break 
  • April 26th – Cory Auction:  DU’s Cable Center

Girls on the Run Cory registration will open on February 4th for our Spring 2024 Season! Practices will be after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:30 PM. GOTR is for girls in grades 3-5. Our season will start March 5th and go through May 21st. Please continue to check Dojo for updates and go to the Girls on the Run Rockies website for more information.

We are also looking for additional parent/ community volunteers that can support at our practices. You DO NOT have to be a runner, and you do not have to be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week. Please email Ms. Wilberg at if you are interested in helping out this season! Go GOTR!

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

Upcoming Dates:

  • Cory Auction: Friday, April 26 @ DU’s Cable Center 

PTA Updates

  • DINE OUT @ BEARD PAPA’S: Get your Valentine’s Day treats on Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14 at Beard Papa’s (1699 S Colorado Blvd), a Cory-owned pastry shop! Beard Papa’s is donating 40% back to our school, so be sure to mention Cory when ordering!
  • STOCK THE LOUNGE: Calling all 2nd grade families! Please show some love by helping to stock the lounge with snacks for the Cory staff on Tuesday, February 13th in the morning. There will be a box outside of the cafeteria door and another at kiss-and-go during morning drop-off. Items such as individual snacks, drinks (k-cups, ice tea, soda), bars popcorn, bite, chips, chocolate, etc. are all great ideas. Don’t have time to make it to the store or drop off at Cory? No problem, use this link to donate to the Cory Stock the Lounge fund
  • photos from Cory events from the first half of the year? Please uWE NEED YEARBOOK PHOTOS: Do you havepload 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. As more Cory events happen in 2024, we encourage you to continue taking photos and uploading them to your grades folder. 
  • CORY AUCTION: It’s time to go for the gold at this year’s Cory Auction! Join us for an exhilarating night of athleticism, camaraderie and celebration at the 2024 Cory Olympic Ceremony on Friday, April 26 at DU’s Cable Center. It’s the Cory PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year and tickets go on sale February 22!

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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.

Finn’s Mission is to help kids with special hearts! Learn Hands-Only CPR and how to recognize a stroke. Download the AHA Schools app or visit and REGISTER TODAY! #KidsHeartChallenge
It’s Super Bowl weekend and the American Heart Association has a 100th birthday wish that all families will learn Hands-Only CPR through Finn’s Mission!  It takes less time than watching a Super Bowl Commercial!
Have you ever dreamed of attending the Super Bowl?  The NFL has teamed up with the AHA and Damar Hamlin to turn a nation of bystanders into a Nation of Lifesavers – and some of those lifesavers will be going to the 2025 Super Bowl! 

See yourself in those stands?  Here’s your chance!
1.) Join your school’s Kids Heart Challenge team (link below!) 2.) Learn Hands-Only CPR, introduced by Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin 3.) click “Share” to send the CPR video to your family and friends.

Click Here to learn how YOUR student can be entered into a sweepstakes for TWO 2025 Super Bowl tickets! 
<<Click this link>> to join our Kids Heart Challenge team!