Parent Post 3/11/2022

Posted March 11, 2022


Hi Cory Families,

Happy Friday! The students found out today that the Leprechauns are coming to Cory next week from the student council.  Students will be on the look out for leprechauns to save Cory’s gold. 

The safety of our students is the most important aspect of our day.  I am asking families to please follow our Kiss and Go expectations to make this area safe and effective for pick-up and drop-off.  We have revised the safety guidelines at Kiss and Go because of the unsafe driving and jaywalking that is occuring.  We are requesting parents to volunteer during pick up and drop off to support our mitigation efforts. If you are interested, please email Joan at Parents who volunteer will be provided training to support the traffic conditions at Kiss and Go.  I am also asking families to be mindful of behavior when engaging with parent volunteers and teachers at Kiss and Go.  We need to work together in a calm way to ensure the safety of all our students. 

  • Monitor(s) will be located at tennis courts and crossing guard stationed at the Cook and Iowa crosswalk. We need volunteers to support the crossing guard areas.  We are asking parents to drop off and pick up students  in front of the tennis courts.
  • Pedestrians may only cross at designated crosswalks along Iowa Ave. (Steele St., Cook St, and Monroe St)
  • Restrict left hand turns from Cook, Adams, Madison or Steele into the kiss and go lane which disrupts the safe flow of the kiss and go lane. See graphic below.
  • Vehicles may only enter the kiss and go lane by lining up after the last vehicle in the queue.  Enter from the 4 way stop at Monroe St. and Iowa Ave. This should help to eliminate jutting in and out throughout the line. 

I have requested for the Denver Police Department to come to this area during dismissal to support the safety of our students, families, and staff.  If we continue to see disregard for the rules, we will implement phase 2 which will be no parking on the opposite side of Kiss and Go.  We hope that everyone will support our efforts in keeping dismissal safe! 

A few reminders:

  • No students can be picked up after 3:00 on a daily basis as students are transitioning  for dismissal
  • Please do not use the small staff parking lot for drop off or pick up 
  • Please use the crosswalks for crossing the street with the traffic light signals . We try and have our staff  out there to help keep you safe. 
  • CMAS testing is coming up soon. Please try and limit the times during these days of testing that you pick up your students. either during the day, or early pick ups. We appreciate your help with this .  Please see CMAS schedule below for April. 
  • Looking for a free opportunity to keep your child engaged in school learning this summer. Check out DPS summer connections It is a free 6 week all day summer school tha operates from June 14- July 22. It is offered on a first come first serve basis to all students who will be in grades 1-5 next school year. Bus transportation may be available and breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be available. If you’re interested use the link above to sign up today before all the spots fill up. 
  • 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

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Joan Wieser
Cory Elementary 


  • March 16 – Cory Works Out, F45
  • March 22 – Campus Lounge Dine Out 
  • March 28 – April 4 Spring Break
  • April 1 – 15: Bookies fundraiser
  • April 7: Cory Works Out, Luxe Lagree
  • April  6 -8 CMAS Testing 
  • April 12 – 14 CMAS Testing 
  • April 18 – 29 CMAS Make up Testing 
  • April 22: The Cory Derby!
  • May 6: Spring Dance
When is Sick Too Sick for School? – Attendance Resources – Robla School  District

How Sick is to Sick

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 come in to look for any items your children might be missing in  the lost and found area. It is overflowing with coats, mittens, water bottles and other miscellaneous items! 
We could use a little help from parents to go through the lost and found area and help us get it organized.
EVERYTHING will be donated to Clothes for Kids the week after Spring break!

Discovery Link News

Cory/C3 Enrichment Spring Session

April 5th – May 27th, 2022

Registration Information

Registration begins Wednesday, March 9th at 8:00am and ends Wednesday, March 23rd at 8:00am. 

Below are the steps to begin registration on Wednesday, March 9th.
(There is no early access to registration before March 9th!) 


If you’re not a current Extended Learning family, please visit this link to register:  

  • Select Cory 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


PLEASE NOTE that students will not have enrichment classes on the following days:

April 4th


Please e-mail or call our main office at (720) 423-1795. Please include your name and school in any communication. 


Wednesday AM

Club Amigos 

Learn basic Spanish vocabulary, phrases and sentences in this fun, engaging class! Students learn Spanish essentials while playing fun games. Classes are taught by Señorita S, certified teacher and creator of the program.

LocationTimeDates of ClassesMin/MaxGradesPrice
CoryRm #1197:30am – 8:15amApril 6, 13, 20, 27May 4, 11, 18, 2512/28K – 5th$116 for 8 week session

Friday AM

Cory/C3 Math Team with Pi Q Math (7 week program ONLY) 

Join the Cory/C3 Math Team with Pi Q Math! Team members will meet Friday mornings to strengthen their problem solving skills and deepen their understanding of important mathematical concepts. Children who participate in at least two sessions during the school year will have the opportunity to practice for and participate in at least one math competition. The contest will be administered during the camp time and at Cory, no travel is required. Math competitions have helped thousands of kids understand that math is not about blindly following rules but about solving complex and deeply satisfying problems. They have generated excitement, energy and pride in excelling in mathematics. Your child’s success in math competitions is a very good reflection of their deep and flexible understanding of the key concepts taught in elementary school mathematics.

LocationTimeDates of ClassesMin/MaxGradesPrice
Cory Library7:30am – 8:15amApril 8, 15, 22, 29May 6, 13, 208/192nd – 5th$125 for 7 week session

The Cory Derby is off to a great start!

Stock the Cellar: Bottle Drop Off, 3/11 – 3/25

You have an opportunity to contribute to the Cory Derby’s one-of-a-kind Stock the Cellar wine lot auction items – and potentially stock your own cellar!

How to participate:

  • Make it personal: Drop off a few of your favorite wine selections (valued at $25 or more) by March 25 in the labeled containers outside the homes of Cory parents Travis Wanger (1238 S. Fillmore St.) or Rachel Dickerson (1185 S. Madison St.). Please include a note with your name and email so we can recognize your donation.
  • Make it easy: Contribute $25 or more and Rachel & Travis will shop for the perfect wines to complement what has been donated.

And Cory Derby tickets are still available. Buy yours today!

Campus Lounge Dine Out: March 22

Our next dine-out is on March 22 from 4-10 p.m. at the Campus Lounge (701 S University Blvd). Campus Lounge will be donating 25% of all sales (dine-in, take-out & alcohol) back to Cory! Also, Campus Lounge is hosting the Cory Derby afterparty and donating 10% of sales from the evening back to our school, so please support this local business that is so generous to us!

Become a Cory Sponsor!

Do you own your own business or work at an organization that would benefit from being a part of the Cory Community? If so, please consider becoming a Cory Sponsor!

Our sponsorship packages include access to more than 340 Cory families plus community visibility in the Cory-Merrill, Bonnie Brae, Belcaro neighborhoods and beyond. Sponsors also enjoy brand exposure through Cory’s website, social media and online advertising, the loyalty of Cory parents, and word of mouth advertising.

Your support directly benefits all students at Cory Elementary by bridging the gap between DPS’ core funding and the resources required to provide a well-rounded education.  

For more information, please contact Savannah Graham at or 303-513-3587.

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


If you are interested in purchasing any Merrill Swag, please use the following link:

Become a Merrill PTSA member for the 22-23 school year here.