Parent Post- 5.19.16

Posted May 13, 2016

Spirit Week is May 24-27th!

As if May wasn’t jam packed already! Get ready for SPIRIT WEEK – our annual tradition when kids can choose to come to school dressed a bit crazy.  Here is the lineup for this year:

Monday May 23 = crazy hair day
Tuesday May 24 = opposite day (be creative: shirt backwards/inside out)
Wednesday May 25 = dress like favorite character from a book/movie
Thursday May 26 = Teachers dress down, Students dress up
Friday May 27 = wait for it…. Dress like Mr Conklin day

Thank you STUDENT COUNCIL for organizing this fun event!

Calling all Cory Families

Help us Stuff the teacher lounge with treats 1 more time on Tuesday May 24th!

The end of the year is nearly here and such a busy time for our teachers.  Cory Cougars let’s show our teachers how much we love and appreciate them one more time. Please bring your favorite treats to “stuff” the teacher lounge on Tuesday May 24th.  Treats might include: bag of chips, package of candy bars, bag of candy, chocolate bars, cookies, box of k-cups (we have a keurig one of our families donated), nuts, frozen dinners, box of microwave popcorn, six pack of sodas, waters, sparkling waters, granola bars or any other treat you can dream up.

Kiddos should bring their treat to the table by the couches before school.  They may also write a note.  Note cards will be available before school.

Come on Cory Cougars let’s show our LOVE!

Destination Imagination fundraisers

The Destination Imagination teams head to Tennessee next Tuesday but before they go they have two final fundraisers on Friday, May 20th.  This Friday is “Five Buck Friday” – $5.00 will get you two fundraisers!  In the morning before school get your hair painted “Cory Cougar” purple for $1.00.  Look for the Destination Imagination team members either in front of school or back on the playground.  After school on the playground your remaining $4.00 will get you a Nothing Bundt Cakes Bundtlets; flavors are Chocolate Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Raspberry and Red Velvet.  The Destination Imagination teams are so grateful for the Cory community support and look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Wanted: Cory Fine Arts Coordinator!

Has your child ever come home talking about how much fun they had on a school field trip to see a play at the Mizel Theater or hear the Colorado Symphony play downtown? Or how wonderful a Marimba concert was that they were able to clap along with during an all school performance?

We need a parent volunteer to continue the tradition Cory has long held of providing enrichment opportunities for all of the students. The PTA generously provides an annual fine arts budget, and the coordinator is responsible for selecting the program for the year as well as scheduling the chosen professional groups to perform for the Cory student body. Typically, there are 5-6 performances each year.

In 2014-15, the schedule included: A field trip for the 4th and 5th graders to hear the Colorado Symphony downtown; a field trip for the 2nd and 3rd graders to see the Chihuly glass exhibit at the Botanic Gardens; the Buntport Theater performed a play at Merrill for the entire school; the first grade took a field trip to the Mizel theater to see Androcles and the Lion; the dance company Wonderbound performed for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders; and Opera Colorado performed ‘Hansel & Gretel’ for the entire school at Merrill.

The 2015-15 line up was: A field trip for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to hear the Colorado Symphony downtown; a field trip for the 1st and 2nd graders to the Mizel Theater to see ‘Art Dog’; an all school jazz performance by a professional ensemble ‘The Gift of Jazz’; an all school performance by a Marimba/Mbira family ensemble called ‘Chihera’ from Zimbabwe; online streaming made available to the Cory classrooms of Colorado Ballet performing ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and there will be an all school performance by the Hannah Kahn Dance Ensemble on May 27th.

There is a well organized fine arts binder with all of the past performances and contact information needed to schedule field trips or shows at Cory. The current fine arts coordinator, Sarah Graham, will also give a tutorial to the new volunteer and will answer any questions you may have.

Please keep the fine arts alive at Cory!

Interested parents can contact Sarah Graham at

Reminder: 5th grade parents!

  1. Shakespeare Performances – 5th graders will perform at 1:30. You are welcome to join your child for lunch after or before the show!
  2. Continuation will be held at Merrill Middle School on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30pm. Please have students there by 6:00p.m. Students should be dressed appropriately. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony and all will be wrapped up by 8:30pm.
  3. We need help for the 5th grade walk/picnic/swim on June 2nd to Wash Park.  This event will be as memorable as WE collectively make it.  We welcome any idea you have to make time at the park fun.  We still need help driving STUFF to/from park, some male volunteers for the swimming event at the rec center, some water balloons, popsicles, etc.

Join Cory’s 5th Grade Movie Madness this Sunday!
This Sunday, May 22 9:15-11:45 am, please join Cory’s 5th Grade Movie Madness! event, when a WHOLE movie theater at the Tiffany Plaza cinema will belong to our Cory 5th graders!  Join your friends across all three classrooms for a morning movie, followed by a boys v girls trivia showdown featuring movie quotes, sports trivia, song lyrics, ancient Cory history, and other essential knowledge our 5th graders didn’t get to demonstrate on PARCC 😉  It will be a great almost-end of school celebration – let’s pack the house with this year’s amazing Cory grads!

(Note: tickets to this event were sold at the Auction, but sales are now open to ALL Cory 5th graders, regardless of whether you could come to the Auction or not!  So come one, come all!)

When:  Sunday, May 22 9:15-11:45 am

Where:  Tiffany Plaza (Elvis Cinemas) – 7400 E. Hampden Ave. (South side of Hampden Ave. behind 24 Hr. Fitness)

Price:  $15 (all proceeds benefit Cory PTA – it’ll be our 5th grade legacy!)

Movie:  Kung Fu Panda 2.  Not 1, not 3, but Jack Black all the same!

Trivia:  wouldn’t you like to know…

Drop-off for all 5th graders (we will have 5 or more adult chaperones present throughout the event).  Younger siblings welcome with an adult 😉

Buy your tickets now!
Want to pay at the door?  No problem – let us know you’re coming by RSVPing here!  (No need to RSVP if you buy in advance above.)


Please take a moment to give us some feedback about enrichment this and NEXT year on a quick survey: Enrichment info for next school year will be out Monday, August 1st. Thank you for a wonderful year of enrichment…we will see you next year!

Wanted: VP & Treasurer

With only 2 more weeks of school, PTA still needs a couple more volunteers to be board members of the PTA.  We are looking for a Vice President and a Treasurer.  We NEED these positions filled for the next school year!  PTA is a fun way to get involved in your student’s school!  It really doesn’t take as much time as you are thinking and the school really needs you!!  Please consider volunteering today!

Vice President responsibilities include:

  • Meet with Executive Board to plan agenda for general PTA Meetings
  • Run PTA meetings in PTA President’s absence
  • Delegate responsibilities to other PTA members, ensure each committee has chairs to organize each school event and fundraiser
  • Unofficial member of all other committees and part of the School Leadership Team, which includes CSC, Staff Liaison and Administration

Treasurer responsibilities include:

  • Requires some knowledge of Accounting Principles
  • Prepare Financial budget, and Annual Financial Audit
  • Write checks and make deposits on behalf of the PTA Account
  • Maintain Quickbooks account
  • Prepare Monthly Reconciliation documents
  • Report on budget at monthly PTA meetings

If you are interested please Compete THIS Self Nomination Form or contact Pam Wandry for more information:

Reminder: Concert on the Green

Mark your calendars for our end of year “Concert on the Green” on Thursday, May 26th at 6PM. All of Cory (1st-5th Grades) will be performing songs in a fun, outdoor concert setting. Be sure to bring the family, a picnic dinner, and a blanket to sit on while you enjoy the performances of Cory students (Please leave family pets at home!)

The concert will begin at 6:00pm, but students should report at 5:45pm. Attire for Cory students: Purple t-shirt and jeans (Cory Elementary gear is highly encouraged! Cory or Cory Chorale t-shirts are great!) Please check Ms. Polete’s music website for more information including times, location, attire, and practice materials! See you there!

Reminder: Edukits for next year!

Cory Elementary offers the EduKit program as a convenient option for busy families to order school supply kits for the 2016/2017 year. EduKits are custom made for our school and contain what students need to start the year off right. Order by August 3 for the BEST pricing and FREE shipping. A confirmation will be emailed to you after your order has been placed. Your child’s EduKit will be in the classroom on the first day of school. This is a fundraiser for Cory Elementary and yet it is still more economical and easier than running around to different stores to purchase all of the various items.  Please go to