PARENT POST 8/24/2018

Posted August 24, 2018

We are so excited for the new look in the library.  The new furniture will support student collaboration and flexible seating. We look forward to students enjoying the new environment as they dig into their books and special projects! The funding for the new furniture was provided through the DPS Innovative Classrooms program.
Message from the Principal 
What a great first week back! We are so excited to see student centered learning environments to support risk taking and ownership. We are working hard to set the stage for rigorous opportunities, global connections/awareness, and supporting students through mindfulness practices. We will continue to focus on making our vision and mission the core of our daily work with children, teachers and parents. It was great to see teachers and students create community agreements and building classroom community.  We are excited to learn and grow together.  We are excited for another wonderful year of learning!Thanks,

Joan Wieser

Back to School Night 
We are so excited to welcome everyone to the new school year.  Back to School Night will be on August 30th from 5:30-6:40. Back to School night is a great opportunity to make new connections with families, learn how we can partner together, and understand the academic goals for the year.

5:30-5:40 Welcome from the Principal
5:45-6:00 Classroom rotation 1
6:05-6:15 Welcome from the Principal
6:20-6:40 Classroom rotation 2 

We are so excited to celebrate the successes from last year and goal set for this year!

ELA PAC Meet & Greet
Thursday, August 30 from 4:45-5:30pm in Room 209A
Please join us for a time to meet other ELA families and our new Cory principal, Ms. Joan Wieser.  We will get to know other parents, hear from the Cory PTA, and learn about other resources to help your student have a great school year. Please bring a favorite snack from your culture to share. This event is before Cory’s Back to School Night, which starts at 5:30.
(Sorry, no childcare is provided.)

Please be aware of the no parking and tow signs on Florida.  The city is putting in bike lanes that will run from South High School to Monaco on Florida.  Please be mindful when parking this year.  Click HERE for a quick fact sheet.  There will be a representative from the City to answer any questions you may have on Back to School Night. We appreciate your cooperation.


Please be aware of the no parking and tow signs on Florida.  The city is putting in bike lanes that will run from South High School to Monaco on Florida.   Please be mindful when parking tonight and this year.  There will be a representative from the City to answer any questions you may have on Back to School Night. We appreciate your cooperation.

Spellers, Word Smiths, Language Pros, Come One!  Come All! 
The Cory Semantics Team is up and running again and will begin meeting next week on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the library!  The FIRST MEETING meeting will be next WEDNESDAY,  AUGUST 29, 2018.  What is the Semantics Team?  The Semantics Team is a group of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who enjoy getting together to learn about words in the English language and how it is influenced by world languages, learning the rules for spelling, and for those competitive spellers, preparing to compete in our district spelling bees for The SCRIPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE PROGRAM. We have had a very successful team in the recent past and several students have advanced to the city written spelling bee, city oral spelling bee and the STATE spelling Bee.  Last year, a Cory 5th grader went to the finals of state and finished in 13th place!  Just last week, the same former student won the summer spelling bee competition at Hamilton Middle School.  Hoping to see a Cory STATE and  national winner soon. We have several competitive spellers at Cory right now as well but this Semantics Club is also for students who just want to learn more about words or to become a better speller.  The club meets weekly in a a friendly and fun format and any 3/4/5 student  who is interested is encouraged to join!  We have a lot of fun!  If you are interested, please email Grace Hopley (Cory Semantics Coach and G/T specialist) at to sign up for this club.  Please do sign up although because there will be a roster in the front office of students arriving early on Wednesday mornings in the office.  Hope to see a lot of you there!

Does your child have an interest in travel, maps, or world issues/politics?  If so, there will be an opportunity for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to join the Geography Club at Cory this fall!  The club will meet on Monday mornings in the library at 8:00 a.m.  3/4/5 students will learn about different aspects of geography during meetings and have the opportunity to compete to become the school winner in early January.  Many school winners qualify for the state competition which is usually held in March.  A few years ago, Cory sent a student to the state competition and he really had a dynamic experience!  We are offering the club again this year and hope that those students who have interests in world affairs come join us!  Those interested students should have parents email Grace Hopley (Geography coach and G/T Specialist) at to sign your kids up for this fun club.  FIRST CLUB MEETING will be next MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018.  As the world turns……


Welcome back to school!  I want to update you on some exciting changes that happened in the library over the summer.  One of the biggest is the acquisition of new library furniture, as well as a new projector and board.  If you haven’t seen the “new” space yet, please stop in!  It looks wonderful.  Secondly, our district transitioned to a new library circulation system.  Due to this big change, overdue book notices will now be sent electronically to both your child’s school email account, as well as to parent accounts.  The notices will be generated every Sunday.  As always, students are able to check out books for 2 weeks at a time.  I’m happy to renew books for them if 2 weeks is not enough time.  Lastly, there has been quite a bit of research recently about library fines and the effects they have on patrons.  One of the main goals of a school library program is to support student reading motivation and access to reading and informational materials.  When students owe money to library programs, it blocks their access to reading, and it can negatively impact their desire to interact with libraries.  Therefore, as a district, DPS has decided to eliminate library fines.  With all of that said, however, please help your child be responsible with their library books and return them on time and in good condition.  It is a sad day when Cory’s library loses a library book!

Finally, I created a new “Library Wiki” for student use.  The address is   You can find appropriate student websites on the home page, grade level news, and other library and technology related information on the site.

Please reach out if you have any questions!
Dawn Miller
Teacher Librarian/Technology Teacher


Girls on the Run will start the week of September 10th. Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. We will meet Monday’s and Wednesday’s after school from 3:30-5pm. Open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls. Registration opens August 13th. For more information about the program go to Questions or want to coach? Ask Amber Billig 970-393-0985 or


If you are planning to volunteer at Cory Elementary, we need to make sure that a background check has been completed.   Below are links to either the online application (if you have Gmail) or the two page pdf paper application.  Thank you!


The DPS Online Volunteer Application and Background Check form is available to volunteers with a Gmail.  Volunteers with a Gmail account, may complete the online form found at following link –

(As part of the online process, volunteers will be asked to bring in or upload a copy of their ID.  Please note:  Photo ID may include driver’s license or identification cards from countries other than the United States of America. Non-governmental ID must be accompanied by a form of identification issued by a governmental agency from the USA or other country, i.e., birth certificate.)


The Cory Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a vital component of learning at Cory. It holds numerous family events, helps integrate new families into the Cory community, and funds classroom materials, specialized instruction, and school improvements.

Membership in the PTA is voluntary, but encouraged. Funds are raised primarily through our Annual Friends of Cory Campaign (fall) and our Annual Spring Auction. Membership is $15 per individual. Please click the link below to join the Cory PTA for the 2018-19 School Year. Thank you for your support!

Flyer attached here