Parent Post 8/18/2023

Posted August 18, 2023

Dear Cory Community,

Thank you to all the families who attend Back to School Night.  It was so wonderful to see everyone and celebrate a kick off to a great year.  We are getting so excited for a fantastic beginning of the school year! Cory staff and teachers are already working hard to set the stage for a fun year of rigorous instruction, project based learning, creative problem solving and lots of learning! We are working hard to capitalize on the strengths we gained from this past year to ensure that all students receive challenging instruction in joyful, supportive, welcoming classrooms.  

We would like to invite parents to continue to partner with us in the education of your children. We know you do this daily through conversations about school, reading with your students and helping your students with homework. We hope that you also get each family involved. Please remember that all parents/community members must enter the building through the front doors and check-in at the office.

With the temperatures soaring to almost a 100 degrees next week, we will be monitoring and determining if a heat day will occur next week.  We will notify parents 24 hours before a half day is called for extreme heat.  My hope is to notify parents sooner, but want to ensure we are using current and real time temperatures to make this decision.  This is not an easy decision that the district makes to call a heat day so we ask families for grace and patience as we determine what is best for students and staff when extreme heat occurs.   

We are excited for the year ahead! 


  • Traffic Safety at Cory– please read 
  • I will be sharing the results of our CMAS data next week. We are thrilled with the results, but also set some clear next steps to insure that equity gaps are closed and students are growing through rigorous opportunities. 
  • August 21 – First day back for students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th (full day). 
  • August 21 & 22 – Grades 1st and 2nd will have an assessment day.  Grade level teachers will send out a sign- up for families to determine the best time for a teacher meeting. 
  • August 23 – First Day of school for students in 1st and 2nd grade (full day) 
  • August 25 – Teacher Professional Development day- NO Students
  • Bell time for next year 8:15-3:15
    • Students can be dropped off at the playground at 8:05.  The playground will be supervised.
    •  8:10  is the first bell and 8:15 is the tardy bell
    • Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:10 daily in the cafeteria. 
  • 2023-2024 Cory Family Handbook 

Every school within the Denver Public School District has a Collaborative School Committee (CSC) in place. The CSC brings together staff, parents, students, and community members to create and implement a plan to promote high achievement within the school. .Being a part of the CSC is an exciting opportunity to be involved in our school community, not to mention to participate in the education of all our students. Our school is working towards some great goals and we believe that by working together, we can achieve them!

We currently have two openings on our CSC for the 2022-23 school year. We meet every 3rd Thursday each month at 4:00 PM. We ask that CSC members participate in the meetings and commit to being a member for two years. If you are interested in your name being placed on the ballot for one of the parent representative openings, please fill out the nomination form. If you would like more information concerning the CSC before making a decision, please feel free to contact Joan Wieser, Principal. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to participate in this great work. 

Choice and Enrollment Once a family is enrolled — or accepted — into a DPS school, the next step is registering with their school. This is the annual process of providing and updating student and family information on file, including emergency contacts, health information and more.

Please make sure you have registered your children for the upcoming school year!

Registration can be done online, or through the school in the fall. We recommend registering online because it’s convenient and saves time. Families can register online for the 2023-24 school year. Please finish registering your children for Cory. This is part of the process that needs to be completed by you. Enrollment is NOW OPEN –  July 29 through August 22, 2023.To register online, sign in to Parent Portal, click on “See All Apps,” then click on “Online Registration” to verify or update your student’s information. Online registration can only be completed by the parent/guardian listed in the primary household of the student record.

If you don’t have a Parent Portal account, please contact your school directly for registration information.


  • August 20 – Inaugural Cory Sons vs. Moms Kickball Tournament
  • August 21 – First day back for students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th (full day). 
  • August 21 & 22 – Grades 1st and 2nd will have an assessment day.  Grade level teachers will send out a sign- up for families to determine the best time for a teacher meeting. 
  • August 23 – First Day of school for students in 1st and 2nd grade (full day) 
  • August 25 – Teacher Professional Development day- NO Students
  • August 30 –  Our first PTA Cory Dines Out  at The Pioneer in DU from 4:30  8:00
  • September 4 – No school for students, Labor Day
  • September 8 –  September PTA meeting @ 8:30
  • September 9 – PTA Cory movie Night 5:30 – 8:30 (see below for details)
  • September 13 – 15 – Individual & Class Pictures  
  • September 19 – PTA  Cory Dine Out  Birdcall, All day from 11am-10pm. People must enter code or tell cashier.  Special Cory Code- ce0919
  • September 21 – CSC meeting at 4:00 PM in the Library
  • September 29 – Teacher Professional Development day – NO Students
  • October 1 – PTA Cory Fall Carnival

What’s the best way to get connected with Cory?

  • Log on to our  Cory Website to stay current on all of our community events and needs
  • Join our Cory Facebook page for general school information.

We have the BEST PTA ever! We would not be able to do our best for our students and school without the dedication and investment of our  PTA and parents. I encourage you to join our Parent Teacher Association! Our PTA  continues to amaze us with their fundraising efforts which provide incredible support for our staff and students. The PTA helps to fund things such as:

  • Second Educators in our classrooms
  • Financial support for technology upgrades, curriculum resources, and staff professional development
  • Funding for supplies, materials, and equipment for our Specials teachers 
  • Grant funding to grade-level teachers and individual classrooms who seek additional funding for special projects and classroom resources, 
  • And much, much more!

Important District Updates:

Healthy School Meals for All: Complete the You Benefit! Form at Registration

All students in DPS will have access to free healthy, nutritious school meals beginning in the 2023-24 school year thanks to the Healthy School Meals for All program approved by Colorado voters! While meals will be provided for free to all DPS students through Healthy School Meals for All, families will still need to complete a form to ensure DPS gets full access to available federal funding.

What this means for families:Please continue to fill out the You Benefit! form (formerly referred to as the Meals Application). We ask all DPS families to please complete the You Benefit! form during registration for the 2023-24 school year. By completing the form, you will help us access all available funds to cover the cost of meals, and other nutritional programs for students.Families who fill out the You Benefit! form may qualify to receive discounted school fees, class materials, bus passes, utilities support and more!All household income information provided through this form is strictly confidential and protected by law. Only one form is required for all children in the household. Immigration, migrant, citizenship or refugee status is not required when completing the form. Learn more about the Healthy School Meals for All program in a short video in English and Spanishthis flier (Spanish is on page 2), or by visiting the Healthy School Meals for All website.

If you have questions about completing the You Benefit! form, please contact the DPS Food & Nutrition Services department by calling 720-423-5600 or emailing the inbox.

  • August 17, 5-6pm: The PTA will have a table with information at Cory Open House. Please stop by to learn more about membership and volunteer opportunities!
  • August 20, 10-12pm: Moms & mother figures (grandmothers, aunts, guardians) are invited to participate in the inaugural Cory Sons vs. Moms Kickball Tournament! Dads and daughters can cheer from the stands. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here, or Venmo (@CoryElementary), with proceeds benefiting Cory.
  • August 30, 4:30pm-8pm: The first Dine Out of the year is at the Pioneer Bar (2401 S. University Blvd)! The Pioneer Bar is donating 20% of ALL sales (food and alcohol) to Cory, so stop in for dinner or order takeout through their website. 
  • September 8, 8:30 a.m.: September PTA meeting on the mushrooms outside the first grade classrooms.
  • September 9, 5:30 p.m.: Join us for Cory Family Movie Night! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here, or through Venmo (@CoryElementary). All funds raised for this event support Cory.
  • October 1, 11am-2pm: The annual Cory Fall Carnival is back! More details to come.

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 – 

I hope you enjoy your last couple of weeks of summer! The staff and I are eagerly waiting to welcome you to another wonderful school year and look forward to seeing families and students very soon! 

We look forward to continuing building our mission and vision with the partnership of our amazing community.  As always please email me at or call the main office at Cory at (720) 424-8380 if you have questions or need assistance. Stay safe and healthy!

Thank you!

Joan Wieser

Kelly Urbanowski
Assistant Principal