Parent Post 4/29/2022

Posted April 29, 2022

4th Grade Musical
Stephen Knight Kinder came to Cory today to learn all about 1st grade. 
Second grade students collaborating to learn about plant parts and the function of plant parts. 
Our 5th grade students shared their learning about difference makers through a wax museum.  
Our first performance for 4/5 grade students was a success! 
Second grade students learning about the 7 habits with Ms. Ky. 
3rd grade collaborating to determine equivalent fractions! 


Hi Cory Families,

Hi Cory Families,

I want to express my gratitude to the community for the generosity shown at the auction.  We are so thankful for a community that supports all students and teachers at Cory.  I would like to extend a huge thank you to Brittney Frye, Savannah Graham, Casidy McNally, Dana Schoonover & Melissa Viola for organizing and creating such a wonderful event for our community.  I know the staff truly enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate and have fun with our community.  

  • Join us on Thursday, May 5th from 4:30 to 6:00 for our “Cinco de Mayo STEAM Night”!  There will be 1 station for each of the letters (i.e. one for science, 1 for technology, 1 for engineering, 1 for art, and 1 for math.  Our theme is related to Cinco de Mayo and our 1 Book, 1 Cory book Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring. 
  • 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 


  • April 29 – C3/Merrill/Cory- Dance Party @ 3:30 pm Parents & Students
  • May 2 – 20 –  Early Bird Registration 
  • May 5 – STEAM Night @ 4:30 pm with Mariachi Band
  • May 6 – PTA Meeting &Thank you breakfast 8:30 a.m.
  • May 6 – Spring Dance 6:00- Parents are to accompany students to the dance.  This is not a drop-off event. 
  • May 9 – 2nd/3rd grade musical @ 6:00 pm
  • May 11 – 1st grade musical @ 6:00 pm
  • May 13 – Field Day – Schedule TBD
  • May 19 – Concert on the Green @ 5:00 pm
  • May 25 – Band Concert @ 6:00

 Early Bird registration is coming  May 2nd. Please make sure you have signed up for Parent Portal and made an account so you are ready to go. 
Please use the link attached to double check your parent portal;

Choice and Enrollment questions please see the attached link:

Hello Cory Families!

A little news from the Chicken Coop and Garden for the month of April 2022.

Chicken Coop News

The hens are laying like crazy with the warm weather.  Soon, we will be able to remove the plexiglass windows so they can get lots of fresh air.  Everyone is enjoying the new stone landscaping.  Your students love coming to the coop each day.  Look at the happiness on their faces!  And the chickens are just as happy too!

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Cory Garden News

Last week was Earth Week, and boy did our students contribute to the efforts of sustainability and caring for our earth.

The classrooms were very busy readying the raised beds for planting. Prepping the beds requires pulling all weeds, layering with compost, and turning the soil once the compost has been placed.

Here is what the students have done these past two weeks:

  • 280 students have spent time in the garden the past two weeks
  • Weeding 17 raised beds
  • Hauling 10 yards of compost (1 cubic yard weighs 1250 lbs.)
  • Planting over 330 flower bulbs (Peonies, tulips, Dahlias, Gladiolus, Lilies, and Irises) 
  • Planting beets, sweet peas, carrots, and radishes

As Denver Urban Garden says: “gardens are places of experimentation and joy, requiring no advanced degrees or training for their human participants….”

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Please see this flyer for some fun after school activities

Please see the attached link for the Discovery Link News of the Month


Cory Derby 

Thank You for Making the Cory Derby the Most Successful Fundraiser in Cory’s History!

The Cory Derby far exceeded all goals and expectations! We are so grateful for all of your contributions to making Friday night a HUGE success in raising funds for all Cory students. Thank you again for placing your bets on the Cory Derby! 

Please read below for highlights from the night, and stay tuned for how to purchase Buy-a-Shares and Teacher Treasures that did not sell out.

The Cory Derby Team
Brittney Frye, Savannah Graham, Casidy McNally, Dana Schoonover & Melissa Viola

 Cory Derby Highlights

  • Through the support of our community, the Cory Derby raised more than $280,000 (after expenses), making it the most successful fundraising event in Cory’s history! This amount far exceeded our goals, and we are truly humbled by everyone’s generosity and participation.
  • We were thrilled to enjoy the evening with 52 Cory staff members and their guests, which is the most that has attended any auction!
  • Special thanks to Mr. Doyle for emceeing the Run for the Roses game! Second grade raised the most money for the game and will receive a Derby Pizza Party! Thank you to our parent participants and to the teachers who participated, including Mrs. Golden, Mrs. Wilsted and Ms. Molina!
  • Thank you to Mark Smiley for taking these photos throughout the night! We will also share the paddle raise video that featured Cory students in Friday’s Parent Post.

We Love Our Cory Community!

  • We couldn’t have raised this astounding amount without our Cory families! Thank you for your generous donations, for bidding on silent and live auction items, and for becoming one of our 103 Star Family sponsors
  • Thank you to Jill Ozarski and the countless families who contributed to the Class Projects category! Projects included everything from Cory Hole boards and Adirondack chairs to one-of-a-kind pieces of art and even artwork with our Cory chickens. These items reflected the creativity of our community, and they raised over $5,000 for the school!
  • We appreciate everyone who is hosting and attending Buy-a-Shares, and thank you to the Cory staff who are hosting Teacher Treasure experiences for our kids!

Buy-a-Shares & Teacher Treasure Spots Still Available!

There are still spots available for some Buy-a-Share and Teacher Treasure events that are happening in May, throughout the summer, and early in the 2022/2023 school year! Spots are available for purchase here.

One Campus Celebration, TODAY at 3:30!

Join the Cory, C3 and Merrill communities for the One Campus Celebration, happening today afterschool from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Merrill’s blacktop. The students will have a dance party, and Kona Ice will be available for purchase. This is not a Cory-chaperoned event, so please bring your student over after pick-up. Hope to see you there! 

May PTA Meeting & Thank You Breakfast, May 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Join us for the final PTA meeting of the year on Friday, May 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. There will be breakfast available as a thank you to all of this year’s PTA volunteers! The agenda and minutes from last month’s meeting will be shared next week.

Cory Spring Luau Dance, May 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Families are invited to hula over to Cory’s Spring Luau Dance on Friday, May 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.! DJ Chuck will spin tunes in the cafeteria, while dinner from two food trucks and Kona Ice will be available for purchase. Parents are asked to please attend with your children, so grab your favorite Hawaiian attire and get ready to hang ten on the dance floor! We also need parents to help with setup/clean up and to donate water and juice. Sign up here

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-May 6

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd through May 6th and the PTA has organized an exciting schedule of events to show our appreciation for the amazing Cory staff. We need help from our families to make this happen. See our schedule of events below and please plan to participate!

  • Monday, May 2nd – Massage Monday! The PTA is hosting Chris Acosta, from My Tiny Massage, to pamper our teachers. 
  • Tuesday, May 3rd – Gift Card Day – Please Bring a gift card for the teachers and/or staff members your children love ($5 to $10). Personalized homemade cards are also a great addition!
  • Wednesday, May 4th – Clean Juice Breakfast – The PTA and local eatery, owned by our own Cory family (The Starks) will be providing acai bowls and juices. 
  • Thursday, May 5th  – Lunch and Flowers –  We are super excited to bring back the lunch tradition set up in the gym. Staff will be treated to a pot luck lunch provided by Cory families. Review the  Lunch Sign Up to bring food and/or volunteer. 
  • In addition to lunch we are collecting flowers on Thursday morning. Please have your child bring a flower (or two!). We need 10 parent volunteers to help us put together bouquets for teachers to take home.
  • Friday, May 6th – Happy Hour – PTA off site happy hour for teacher team building! 

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

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.

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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.




DATE: 4 / 29 / 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of 

Students with medication at Cory,

Thank you for supporting The Denver Public Schools medication policy.  Please make arrangements with the school nurse to pick up all medications used by your child during the school year.  Colorado Guidelines state that medications are not permitted to be sent home with your child.  If your child is participating in a summer program, their medication will not automatically be transferred to the site of the program.  It is up to the parent/guardian to pick up the medication from the school and transport it to the summer program site.



Enclosed is the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Medication Release form for the next school year.  The DPS medication release form must be completed by both a parent/guardian and physician in order for ANY medication (including any over the counter medications) to be given next school year.  

Please remember that all prescription medications must be in a labeled pharmacy container.  All over-the-counter medications must be in the original package and labeled with the student’s name and dosage information. 

It has been a pleasure to work with you and your child this school year and I look forward to next year.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at   720- 424-8385.  


Tiffany Stevenson BSN , School Nurse                                                            School:     Cory 


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

At Cory we love learning and laughter.
We grow by trying new things and learning from our mistakes.
We embrace challenges with the courage to do our best.
We persevere.
We show respect for our community through caring, responsible actions.  
We celebrate each others' differences and accomplishments.
At Cory we love learning and laughter.