Parent Post 3/1/2024

Posted March 1, 2024

Making fun foods and learning to cook
Thank you PTA for sending us to watch a play Elaine Wolf Theatre. 1st grade ready to watch a play Tomas and the Library Lady. 
Thank you PTA for sending us to watch a play Elaine Wolf Theatre. 2nd grade ready to watch a play Tomas and the Library Lady. 
Congrats to our basketball team who did a great job this year! This group only lost 1 game the entire season! We are proud of our cougars!!! 
Boden led the fire drill this week! We appreciate his leadership!! 

Cory was recently awarded a grant from the Denver Public Schools Foundation to provide opportunities for students to learn about cooking by using the natural resources our school garden and chicken coop. This award came from the Denver Public Schools Foundation’s A to Z Grant Program, which funds materials, resources and opportunities that fall outside classroom budgets, and have a lasting impact on students. The A to Z Grant has funded more than $2.95 million to schools in DPS since the program’s inception in 2006. You can learn more about DPS Foundation and support the A to Z Grants on their website

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

Dear Cory Community,

Happy Friday!!! We had a wonderful week at Cory.  Students had many opportunities to learn and engage with peers on complex texts and tasks! Today, we had our First Friday assembly  

Cory’s Equity Team created our second Student Equity Experience Lesson on Diversity (slides 14-28). A few things to note:

  • This unit will be taught March 4th- March 8th
  • The Equity Team has curated a list of read aloud videos that represent our Cory student population. Please look through the videos and choose 1 book a day to ground in for Monday- ThursdayThese read alouds can be found on slides 18-26. General reflection questions to ask after the read aloud can be found on slide 27. We also encourage you to pause the video and lead a conversation where it feels natural and comfortable with you.

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. 

LAST CHANCE!  DUE FRIDAY, MARCH 1st – 5th Grade Yearbook Shout-Outs!
5th Grade parents – Please type your Shout Out to your 5th Grader to be posted in our Cory Yearbook so they are not left out!

  • Please use link provided below.  
  • 200 character max.  
  • Due by Friday, March 1st
Thank you!
Kristen Merrow, Stephanie Campbell, Danielle Gooden & Lindsey Trees!

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.  


  • March 7th – Stock the Cellar Party @The Jhawer Home 5:00 – 7:30
  • March 7th – CSC Meeting @ 4:00 Agenda
  • March 10th – Daylight Savings 
  • March 13th – 5th Grade Cory Cafe 5:30 – 6:45
  • March 19th – PTA Dine out @ Max’s Gill & Grill
  • March 19th – Parent Education Evening about Bullying and Prevention @ 5:00 pm
  • March 20th – Spring Pictures 
  • March 22nd – Cory Color Day – let’s turn Cory into a giant rainbow to celebrate the end of March and the beginning of Spring Break! First grade: wear red Second grade: wear orange Third grade: wear yellow Fourth grade: wear green Fifth grade: wear blue Teachers will wear purple
  • March 25th – April 1st – Spring break 
  • April 3rd – 5th – CMAS TESTING begins
  • April 5th – Wear your Cory Spirit Gear
  • April 5th – PTA Meeting @ 8:30
  • April 15th – 18th – CMAS Testing
  • April 19th – No Contact Day – Teacher Work Day
  • 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. All items will be bagged up on March 8th. 

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.

PTA Updates

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • JOIN THE PTA BOARD: The PTA board has four open positions for the 2024-2025 school year, including President, VP of Internal Communications, VP of External Communications, and Secretary. Descriptions of each position are available here. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to a current board member or email us
  • 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. 

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 again! We wanted to share more discount offers with your families, students and staff. Please see the information below for two upcoming Colorado Avalanche home games.

Join us in supporting the Colorado Avalanche as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. at Ball Arena! Additionally, the Avalanche host the Nashville Predators for a matinee game on Saturday, March 30th at 4:00 p.m. at Ball Arena. $5 from each ticket sold to either game will be donated back to the DPS Foundation in support of all DPS students! Buy your tickets today: Colorado Avalanche – Powered by Spinzo.

Start the DPS Spring Break off right by joining us at the Denver Nuggets game as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. at Ball Arena! Tickets start at $28, with $5 from each ticket sold being donated back to the DPS Foundation! Buy your tickets today: Denver Nuggets – 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.

DPS Discount Days are back!