Parent Post 3/23/2023

Posted March 23, 2023

Lunch club with a special guest! 
A Shakespeare performance was at Cory this week for 4th/5th grade! 
Third grade students were collaborating to solve problems with number lines and fractions. 
Third grade students enjoyed the Balarat field trip!
We want to thank Mrs. Ferguson showing and teaching to love music and her! 
2nd Grade having fun during Spirit Week

We love when parents lead the teaching.  A parent is teaching students about bone mechanics. 
We will have Dress Like Mr. C. day on Tuesday, April 4th 

If your families contact information has changed,  or if you have other people picking up your students that are not on your list, please let the office know so we can update all information  

Cory Families,

I hope everyone has a restful and peaceful break! Please remember that all DPS schools will be closed tomorrow.  Please let students know that Dress Like Mr. Conklin will be celebrated on Tuesday when students come back on April 4th. 

If you are looking for resources to discuss the incident at East High School, please refer to the following resources.

The holy month of Ramadan will be upon us from approximately March 22-April 21! Ramadan marks the Islamic month of fasting from sunup until sundown for many Muslims. The act of fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam meant to remind Muslims of the less fortunate and reinforces the need to be thankful. 

Passover will be also be celebrated by many families at Cory as we return from Spring Break. Passover begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 5, and ends at sundown on April 13. Passover is a Jewish holiday that honors the freedom and exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II by retelling their story. During Passover, many Jews will refrain from eating grains aside from matzoh, a traditional unleavened cracker, because the Israelites fled before their bread could rise. During Passover, positive messages of hope, resilience, and social justice take center stage.

We had a wonderful week at Cory.  Students and teachers enjoyed spirit week!

CMAS will be starting when we get back from Spring Break for grades 3-5.  Please make sure students are here on time so they are able to be in the classroom to start their tests. Please try and not pull your students out during testing as they will have to makeup their tests. We love our volunteers but during our testing weeks it would be easier for Cory not to have you in the building. The quieter our building is the better during these weeks. Thank you for your understanding. 

Spring class pictures are live and ready to order! Head to Cory’s picture day dashboard to find galleries and more information. 

Picture Day Dashboard:

Always and with a smile,
Bloom Team

There is still time to sign up for Enrichment classes starting the week of  April 4th. Please email if you are interested. 

4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22
4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24
4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
4/7, 4/4/ 4/14, 4/21, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
3:35-5:25pmCORY BAND 24/40 Aud + 3 Rooms for Sectionals 4th&5th
CORY BAND 24/40 Aud + 3 Rooms for Sectionals 4th & 5th
7:30-8:15am*PiQ Math 10/20 2nd-5th
3:30-SCIENCE MATTERS: Goosebumps Countertop Chemistry 12/14
3:30-5:00pmArt fof Life Room 119 BACK DOOR #10 DSIMIS
3:30-4:30pmNEXPLORE: Build A Bot 8/20
Little Fencers 4/10

This month, Cory students will be focusing on courage in March and April. COURAGE IS BEING BRAVE WHEN FACING NEW OR DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES. Students will discuss the connection between KINDNESS and COURAGE. We may think of courage as being fearless and brave. However, one of the most courageous things we can do is be kind to others, even if for no reason at all! As a group, brainstorm ways to show kindness to others.

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

Families of students going into 1st through 5th grade next school year (this year’s current kindergarten through 4th graders) are invited to register for Denver Public Schools’ FREE Summer Connections 2023 program!

  • Who: current DPS students going into 1st-5th grade for the 2023-2024 school year.
    (this year’s current K-4th graders).
  • What: FREE 5-week summer academic full-day program that focuses on preparing all elementary students for future success by exposing them to content from their upcoming grade. Content centers around literacy, math, science and hands-on learning.
  • When:
    • Summer Connections Kick-Off event with students: Friday, June 9
    • Program Dates:Monday, June 12, 2023 to Friday, July 14, 2023
      • No program on Monday, June 19 or Tuesday, July 4
    • Program Times: 8:20am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday 
      • Breakfast served beginning at 7:50am. 
      • Lunch will be served daily. 
  • Where: 10 DPS elementary schools across the city (see location map!)
  • How: register through Parent Portal or using this Google form.
  • For full details, visit the Summer Connections website.

A Note about Program Locations

Students are assigned to a Summer Connections host school based on its proximity to their boundary school, not their school of choice (if applicable). If you do not wish to attend your host school, in the application process, click “no”. This will allow you to see a list of schools available to you. Please note, selecting a school that is not your home school will disqualify you for transportation.

A Note about Transportation

Summer Connections offers transportation in the morning and in the afternoon to students who live more than 1.0 mile from their assigned Summer Connections location. Students must register before April 15 to be guaranteed a bus stop. Distance is calculated from the student’s home address to the Summer Connections location. You will be notified if your student is eligible for bus service.

Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Please contact the Office of Expanded Academic Learning at (720) 423-3629 or

The Cory Elementary Equity Committee is excited to present the Cory Elementary Parent Equity Education Series!

Thank you to all who attended the second Parent Equity Ed night! It was wonderful to engage with you in this learning!
This series will include 2 more learning opportunities for parents in the Cory community to gather together and engage in learning around different topics that impact equity in education. 
Session 3 (Color Blind vs. Color Brave) – Thursday, April 13, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, in the Cory Cafeteria 
Session 4 (Summer opportunities and Equity BINGO) will be after school on Monday, May 1, from 3:20 – 3:40 pm, on the Cory blacktop 

Please RSVP for session 3 by Tuesday, April 11!

You may RSVP by emailing Amber Bourgeois, at

* Pizza will be provided for sessions 3! Please indicate if you are a vegetarian when you RSVP. 

** If you need child care, it will be provided in a different room at Cory Elementary. Please indicate if you need child care and the age of the child when you RSVP.

*** Please let us know if you will need an interpreter and for what language when you RSVP.

A couple reminders: 1. Cell phones and smart watches are not allowed in school. They may be kept in back packs. If you need to get in touch with your child, then please contact the front office 
2. School begins at 8:15. With the tardy bell ringing at 8:20
3. If a student is late they must come into the front office and get signed in taking a tardy slip with them to class. 
4. We go outside every day we can. Please make sure you children have the correct clothing  coats, hats and boots if needed on cold weather days. 
5. Students have a snack  during the day with their class. Please try and remember to pack a daily snack. 
6. If you are picking up your student early you must come into the building to the office and sign them out. This is for their safety along with ours to insure we know where all students are all day. We prefer you are here before 3:00 to check out your students. We understand there are times when this is not possible as emergency’s happen. When you arrive to pick up your student we will call the classroom to have your child come to the front to meet you, we do not want students sitting in the office waiting for parents.
7. School is over at 3:20. If you have not picked up your students by 3:30 they will be waiting in the front office for you. 
8. Sometimes the lunch menu changes in the cafeteria due to food not being delivered on time to the warehouse. We try to keep the menu consistent with what they say. Please understand Food Services is doing everything they can to provide the best meals to our students. Please feel free to call Food Services with questions or concerns. 720-423-5600.
9. Please do not sent your student to school sick. Please see the below guidelines from The Department of Public Health. 


  • March 27th – April 2nd – Spring Break
  • NO CSC Meeting in April
  • April 3rd – No contact Day for Kids – Teacher Work Day 
  • April 4th – Dress like Mr. C day
  • April 5th – 14th – CMAS Testing 
  • April 7th – PTA Meeting 8:30
  • April 10th – New Enrichments Classes Begin 
  • April 12th – PTA Dine out @ Zero Degrees
  • April 13th – Equity Night 5:30 – 7:00
  • April 21st – Cory Auction 
  • April 26th & 27th – Vision, Hearing & Dental Screening 
  • April 27th – One Campus Celebration 
  • May 1st – 19th – Early Bird Registration – Get your student Registered for next year before summer
  • May 4th – Spring Dance from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Joan Wieser 

Amber  Bourgeois 

How Sick is Too Sick? 
When Children and Staff Should Stay Home from School or Child Care 
Evaluation of a sick child must consider which diseases are currently circulating  among students, staff, and the community. Known exposure to cases or an outbreak  of a contagious disease (including but not limited to those listed here), even without  a confirmed diagnosis, may necessitate more stringent return to school  requirements.  During Colorado’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and staff  who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should receive testing, and follow the  COVID-19 isolation guidance until testing is completed or if they test positive. If the  individual tests negative for COVID-19, the individual should then follow the  recommendations for their disease or symptoms using the below guidance.  There are four main reasons to keep children and adults at home:
1. The child or staff is at risk of infecting others with COVID-19 or another contagious illness, either because of symptoms or recent close contact.
 2. The child or staff member does not feel well enough to take part in usual 
activities. For example, a child is overly tired, fussy or will not stop crying. 
 3. A child needs more care than teachers and staff can give while still caring for the other children.  
4. The child or staff member has symptoms or an illness is on this list, and staying home is required.

Thank You for Supporting the We Love the 90s Raffle!

The auction raffle this week has been a huge success, and we raised nearly $2,000 for our school! Thank you to everyone who participated, and we will draw the raffle winners after Spring Break.

If you haven’t purchased tickets to We Love the 90s, tickets are still available, and please consider becoming a Star Family today!

April PTA Meeting: Friday, April 7 @ 8:30 a.m.

Please plan to join us on Friday, April 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria for the April PTA meeting. The agenda and March minutes will be circulated after the break.

2023-2024 Board Positions 

The Cory PTA is now recruiting for open board positions for the 2023-2024 school year. We are looking to fill the Secretary and Treasurer positions, and it’s a two-year commitment. If you are interested, or would like more information, please email us at

Volunteers Needed: One Campus Celebration 

The PTA is seeking volunteers to help coordinate with Merrill Middle School on planning the One Campus Celebration, a campus-wide event that brings together Cory and Merrill students. If you are interested in learning more, contact Stephanie Campbell.

Amazon Smile & King Soopers Community Rewards Program

Recently, Amazon announced that it is winding down its AmazonSmile program by February 20. All purchases made before that date will still accrue donations for our school.

Although AmazonSmile is ending, there is still an opportunity to raise money for Cory through the King Soopers Community Rewards Program, which is linked to the 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, and here is more information on registering on your laptop or mobile device.

Lost and Found is getting full again. Please stop by and check for your students items. We have coats, hats, gloves, Water bottles and other items. We will be donating items at the week after Spring Break 

Registration for Summer Connections Now Open

Registration is now open for Summer Connections — a fun, five-week program that exposes students to content from their upcoming grade. All rising first- through fifth-grade DPS students are encouraged to apply!

Summer Connections:Is no cost to families.Provides full-day programming from June 12-July 14. (No school on June 19 and July 4.)Centers around literacy, math, science and hands-on learning.

Click here for more information and visit the Parent Portal to register. If you have any questions, email
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  • SAVE THE DATE:  Incoming 6th grade Merrill students are invited to the Spring Fling on May 11th from 5 – 7pm to meet teachers and learn about their options for electives for the 2023-2024 school year.