Parent Post – 4.22.16

Posted April 22, 2016

It’s true!  The Auction is only 1 week away! 

Enjoy perusing your auction catalog and putting together your auction item wish list!

Important News -Mobile Bidding for Silent Auction items begins at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, April 27.  This means you will want to have purchased your admission tickets before that time to be able to start bidding!   Mobile Bidding for all other auction items (Teacher Treasures, Buy-A-Shares, and Class Projects) will open for bidding April 29 at 5:30 PM.

Mobile Bidding rules and instructions can be found in the auction catalog.  You will need to provide a cell phone number or an email address when you purchase admission to participate in Mobile Bidding.

Don’t forget to wear your favorite decades costume!!

What are you waiting for???  Don’t wait until last minute, price for admission goes up at the door.  Go online NOW to purchase your tickets, Family Sponsorship, buy a teacher/staff ticket, or give a cash donation today!  You can do it all here.

Tickets will also be available for purchase next week before school in the front of the building and after school on the blacktop (credit cards, checks, and cash accepted).

AND we still need a few more grocery cards to Whole Foods.  Any amount helps!

We look forward to a wonderful and exciting evening.  Can’t wait to see you there!


Meg Harry and Pam Wandry, 2016 Auction Co-Chairs

PTA Needs You

Are you looking for a way to get more involved with the school and have a positive impact on your child’s education?  It is time for next year’s PTA Officers Elections.

We are looking for all positions to be filled.  The sooner the positions are filled for next year, the easier the transition and training is as well!  Complete THIS Self Nomination Form for the position you are interested in and turn in to the front office PTA Mailbox.  If more than one candidate is interested in a position, an election will be held at our May PTA meeting.

This is an opportunity that you won’t regret doing!


PTA Board

Garden News

The Garden Committee is hosting a Spring Bulb Sale, next Thursday April 28th and Friday April 29th.  The sale will be by the Front Door in the morning and on the playground in the afternoon.  Bags decorated by our students will be filled with a few Spring planting bulbs.

This is a great gift to say Happy Spring to our Mother’s, Aunt’s, Grandmother’s, or even Teachers!  The sale is around Mother’s Day, but anyone who loves to garden would benefit from this special gift.  Proceeds from the sale will support the Spring planting of our very own Cory Garden.  Stop by to purchase your bulbs next Thursday and Friday the 28th and 29th.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch on May 5th – Cinco de Mayo

Please help us say THANK YOU to all of our teachers/staff on May 5th, 2016 for our annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  The art room will be TRANSFORMED with table clothes, centerpieces, delicious food, music and more.

We need MANY HELPING HANDS to pull this off so please click here and see what you can do to help!


The Cory/C3 Happy Feet Running Club Enrichment class will be hosting a 5K for the Cory/C3 communities…

The First Annual Cory/C3 “Dine ‘N Dash” will take place on the Cory/C3 field on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 AM. This event will be a fundraiser for “Hands Up for the Children,” a local nonprofit providing nutritious food to children when they need it most. This awesome group provides kids in need with food, as close to us as Merrill and Asbury!

Registration is $15 per person, and 100% of registration fees will go toward “Hands Up for the Children.” Registrants may run or walk in the 5K event, and should dress up as their favorite food or food group…there will be prizes for individuals and families with the best costumes. All participants will receive a medal commemorating this great event. Those interested should email with the names of those interested in participating, as well as a number to reach to collect payment. Please register by Monday, May 2nd…See you there!


It’s time to start thinking about Registration for the 2016-2017 school year.  We are again encouraging Online Verification.  The benefits include less paper, less mistakes in Infinite Campus, and more time for you!  Your Parent Portal account must be active.


Online Verification will be open from July 11, 12:01 am through August 15th 11:59 p.m.


If you have not already set up a Parent Portal account, please visit and click on “Getting Started”. You will need an email address and one of your student’s ID#s. There are no more wait times for an account; you can NOW create your own account!


If you need support, please contact the Parent Portal Hotline at 720.423.3163 or email them at

Merrill’s Principal Candidate Night

Wednesday, April 20th from 6:30-8:00

To all families, teachers, and surrounding community,

Our DPS Instructional Superintendent, Ms. Dori Claunch has been working with an Advisory Committee for Principal Selection to interview applicants. The top finalists will be introduced at this meeting and will have the opportunity to answer questions that have been submitted prior to the meeting.  If you have a question that you would like the candidates to answer, please write it on a 3×5 card and bring it with you. At the meeting, Ms. Dori Claunch will introduce the candidates to the group, ask them to share a bit about themselves and then ask questions from the collected 3×5 cards.  Parents, staff, and community members will have a comment sheet that they will turn in at the end of the evening.

Please contact Heba Nabhan, Community/Family Liaison, to RSVP.   or 720.424.0645.  Remember, your voice matters!

New summer clubs at Cory

Denver Public Schools’ Department of Extended Learning will be collaborating with high quality community partners such as KidStage, Play-well TEKnologies, Sticky Fingers and more to offer week-long, hands-on enrichment camps. Offerings will include science, theatre, technology, and sports; these are half-day offerings for those wanting to try it this summer.

Programs will be offered right here at Cory!

Check out our website at to see the classes offered, a flyer, and to REGISTER. Register as soon as possible, as classes fill up fast! Registration closes May 12th. With any questions or for information, contact Todd Moore at (720) 377-6834 or via email at

Additional Summer camps

Click here for a collection of camp ideas, including openings at SPREE adventure camp.

Did you get your Grocery Cards yet?

If even half the families at Cory used their grocery card – that would be more than $80,000 for para professionals, the arts, technology, etc.

Every time you load your King Soopers and/or Safeway card, 5% goes back to Cory!  It’s easy and free. Please contact  she can leave one for you in the office.  Get one for your friends, grandparents, etc, they generate so much for our kids.

The cost is $5, but the cards all come with $5 already on them, so it is essentially free.

Teacher Spotlight

This week we hear from Julie Keppler from our 4/5 Math team.

Q.  Where did you grow up?

I grew up in what I called Denver, however, the area around 84th and Zuni was actually unincorporated Adams County. What is now Water World, was just a big open field where I spent hours riding my bike with friends.

Q.  How or why did you choose teaching?

Fresh out of high school, my first college experience was spent taking as many science classes as I could with no particular focus and thought, “Wow, this is great. I’d love to be a professional student!”. My parents, who were footing the bill at the time, had a different opinion though. Fifteen years later, and after all three of my children were in school, I was working as a 4th grade paraprofessional and found that being in the classroom, whether it be as a student or a teacher was where my heart was. I returned to school, got my degree and teaching license and I have been teaching ever since.

Q. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Where would I travel in the world?  There is so much to see that I find it hard to name any particular place. I would love to experience the diversity found in all of the National Parks. I would also like to spend a few months traveling ”down under” through New Zealand and Australia.

Q. What book/author has influenced you most?

I’m not sure that any particular book/author has influenced me the most. However, I do love to spend my summers lounging on a comfortable chair in the shade with a glass of cold ice tea and my dogs at my side, reading most anything I can get my hands on.

Q.  What is one job you had before coming to Cory?

I was a stay at home mom for 13 years.

Q.  What is your favorite dessert?

Hmmmmm….if I have to pick, I’d say a crème brulee with fresh fruit or a warm chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven.