Parent Post 5/20/2022

Posted May 20, 2022

Our 5th grade students leaving an artistic reminder of being a student at Cory. 
5th grade students learning to make an ethical decision
Our Girls on the Run Cory team completed the GOTR 5K this past Saturday at City Park. Despite the heat, all the girls did amazing! Way to go girls! We can’t wait for next season! 
The girls are working on monster symmetry drawings


Cory Families,

We would like to thank all the families, students and staff who attended Concert on the Green.  The students put on an amazing show with the support of Ms. Fergunson. We always enjoy the moments we all can come together and celebrate!

Another important highlight of Concert on the Green was celebrating Mrs. Miller! A thank you to Mrs. Golden and the PTA for presenting a heartfelt gift to Mrs. Miller. 

We will be taking a walking tour of outdoor murals in the Santa Fe Arts District in Denver and will be visiting the Museo de las Americas.  We will depart Cory at 9 am and return around 11:20 in time for normal lunch and recess.  

  • Tuesday, May 24th: Mrs. Hanock’s 4th graders and Mrs. Weaver’s 3rd graders
  • Wednesday, May 25th: Dr. Laughlin’s 4th graders and Mrs. Tilson’s 3rd graders
  • Thursday, May 26th: Ms. Miller’s 4th graders and Mrs. Golden’s 3rd graders

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Joan Wieser
Cory Elementary 


  • May 2 – 20 –  Early Bird Registration 
  • May 25 – Band Concert @ 6:00
  • May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
  • June 1 – 3rd grade walk to Observatory Park 9:15 – 1:30
  • June 2 -4/5 Picnic Day Wash Park 9:00 – 2
    • 5th Grade Clap Out –  3:10
    • 2nd Grade Picnic Day Observatory Park 9:00 – 12:30
    • 5TH Grade CONTINUATION 6:00
  • June 3- Last Day of School- Dismissal at 12:00 pm. 

Registration ‘ Early Bird registration will be closed tonight May 20th 11:59 PM. 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:

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!   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….”

Empower Affiliates 
Please see this flyer for some fun after school activities. 
Please see the attached link for the Discovery Link April News of the Month

2022-23 School Year Registration for Discovery Link Is Open!

Discovery Link is the only DPS-run before and after school licensed child care program that offers families flexibility with drop-off and pick-up times while providing students an extension of the school day and their learning. Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning (SEAL) is infused throughout the program’s entirety to ensure all students, families and staff have a comfortable and supportive environment.

Discovery Link is offered at 47 DPS schools. At most sites, programs serve children K to 5th grade enrolled in Denver Public Schools. Select sites are child care center programs and serve children ECE to 5th grade. Additionally, select sites serve up to 8th grade (DMLK).

If your child attends one of these schools, they are eligible to join Discovery Link for fun, high-quality, before and afterschool programming. However, capacity is limited and space is filling rapidly, so register today! Discovery Link has a rolling registration process. As sites reach licensed capacity, families will be added to a waitlist and contacted when spots become available. Direct any questions to or call 720-423-1781.

Follow link to register:

Please check the lost and found area by the gym. There are quite a few winter coats, water bottles, sweatshirts and other items. You might not need your child’s winter coat now but you will come next winter.  Everything will be donated at the end of the school year.


Welcome to Cory PTA’s 2022-2023 Board!

As the school year comes to a close, the PTA board would like to thank the many families, school staff and community members who supported our efforts this year! We are fortunate to have generous, dedicated volunteers and staff members who go above and beyond for Cory students!

Looking ahead to next year, we are excited to announce our slate of 2022-2023 PTA board members:

  • President: Alison Durnavich 
  • Vice President, Internal Communications: Michelle Shamis
  • Vice President, External Communications: Marianne Lapuyade
  • Treasurer: Danielle Gooden
  • Secretary: Melissa Viola
  • CSC Liaison: Naurin Gilger

Interested in PTA Volunteer Opportunities in 2022-2023?

If you are interested in PTA volunteer opportunities for the 2022-2023 school year, we are looking to fill a variety of roles that require different levels of time commitment. Please reach out to us at for more information!

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.

Are You Using Amazon Smile?

Support Cory when you purchase through Amazon online! Mobile and desktop purchases are now eligible. Log onto and select “John Cory Elementary PTA” when making your Amazon purchases online.

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: 5/ 290/ 2022

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                                                           Cory Elementary


If you are interested in purchasing any Merrill Swag, please use the following link:

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

The DPS Foundation  wanted to share more discount offers with  families, students and staff. Please find discounted tickets for Denver Center for the Performing Arts Quixote Nuevo May 13-June 12 at Wolf Theatre (Flyer attached as well as a 1:1 ratio jpeg in case you prefer to share on platforms that letter sized flyers don’t work on). Any help you can provide in distributing these opportunities would be much appreciated.

You can also visit for more information on these and other special offers.

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.