Parent Post 3/8/2024

Posted March 8, 2024

Outdoor fun during 4th grade recess!
Students problem solved to figure out real world situations with improper fractions. They also practiced comparing unit fractions with different denominators by using fraction strips and models.
4th grade students created and delivered a Kahoot game for their classmates to do some pre-learning about the Colorado Story silver boom unit!
3rd grade having fun in Art
The kids are finishing up their Colorado History unit this week by taking an in-depth look at Colorado government. Today, they learned about the three branches of government, and did a sort to recognize what each branch does.
Today during skills, kids are practicing their spelling words using blast boxes. Ask your child what the easiest and hardest words were for them to spell
Yuri turned 8 today! She brought in cupcakes for a party and we were pretty happy!
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,

Though it may feel far away for elementary age students, at Cory we strive to prepare our students for college and career. In elementary school, this looks like rigorous academics, character education, problem solving strategies and goal setting. Some instructional strategies we use to support our students in becoming life-long learners are:

  • Inquiry based learning – a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
  • Student goal setting – students are challenged to consider their learning strength and areas for growth in order to set personal learning goals.
  • Cooperative learning – a successful teaching strategy in which small teams of learners use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a topic.
  • Differentiated instruction – a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing different students with different avenues to learning in terms of acquiring content and making sense of ideas.
  • Opportunities for choice and voice – teachers offer students learning experiences that are tailored to learning preferences and the specific interests of different learners.
  • Growth mindset – students are encouraged to learn from mistakes and value challenges. “I don’t know how to do this YET.”

We believe that providing these opportunities to students will build a love of learning and prepare students for their future. Please partner with us by talking to your children about what they are learning at school and encouraging them to pursue their passions and interests.

Watching your child experience the physical and emotional pain of bullying or cyberbullying is heartbreaking. Some parents are unsure where to begin to help protect their children from bullying and violence. Others may not know if their children are victims, bystanders or even perpetrators of harmful behaviors. Here are some tips on how to navigate bullying with your children. At Cory, we have been working to ensure that we are building up-stander behaviors in our students.  However, we also need to ensure that our school environment

Understand bullying
How to prevent bullying
How to deal with bullying Here is another helpful visual that teachers use to support the use of appropriate language during our conversations with students. 


Additional Resources:
Bullying circle:

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. 


  • March 10th – Daylight Savings 
  • March 13th – 5th Grade Cory Cafe 5:30 – 6:45
  • March 20th – PTA Dine out @ Max’s Gill & Grill
  • March 19th- Equity Meeting @ 3:30
  • March 19th – Parent Education Evening about Bullying and Prevention @ 5:00 pm
  • March 20th – Spring Pictures 
  • March 20th – PTA Dine out Max’s Gill & Grill 
  • 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

Volunteer Services coordinates parent and community resources through volunteer onboarding, training, consulting, and matching of in-kind donations to schools, all of which support students, staff, and families of DPS.
Volunteer Background Check Process
Individuals interested in volunteering in-person or virtually are required to complete the DPS Volunteer Background Check .  The Volunteer Background Check link is located on the DPS Volunteer Services website – 


Fourth Grade Art Exhibition at the Four Mile Historic Park
Fourth grade students at Cory Elementary will have their masks exhibited at the Four Mile Historic Park for the entire month of March. In the mask project students considered how others see them on the outside, and how they see themselves on the inside. Fourth graders will receive a free Featured Artist ticket to visit the Park (adult admission not included, but children under 6 are free). And everyone is invited to visit the exhibition for FREE on March 22 during SCFD-sponsored free day.
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

  • SAVE THE DATE: Our next Dine Out is on Wednesday, March 20 at Max’s Gill & Grill (1052 S. Gaylord Street). Please note this new date! More details will be shared next week. 
  • 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. 

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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.
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! 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.