Parent Post 9/1/2023

Posted September 1, 2023

Students showcasing their cheer talents! 
Love the visuals to support students in welcoming each other! 
Students exploring the insects on the playground! 
Please volunteer for the Chicken Coop! The kids and the chickens love the support! 
Thank you to the amazing parent who purchased black out shades for our hottest classrooms! We can feel a difference. 
Students sharing their art! 

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Dear Cory Community,

We had another amazing week here at Cory!  Students are working hard, building classroom communities, and learning rituals and routines that will continue to help them be successful throughout the year!  We are loving the strong, safe and welcoming classroom cultures that are being built.  Students and staff have showcased perseverance to manage the hot temperature in classrooms to finding joy in the learning.  With the generous donations from the PTA, students will cool off today with popsicles and a sprinkler this afternoon. Thank you to our community for the support and problem solving with the high temperatures in classrooms.  Just a reminder, there is no school on Monday for the celebration of Labor Day so we will see you back in action on Tuesday, September 5th.  Enjoy your long weekend with your family and friends.

School Performance Framework- SPF

What is this? The performance framework evaluates district and school performance on Academic Achievement, Academic Growth, and Post-secondary & Workforce Readiness indicators.

We would like to celebrate our amazing staff at Cory for earning the highest rating you can get with a GREEN which MEETS expectation for those growth areas! Way to go team! We will dive into our action plans based on the SPF with the community next week.  Also, Cory was named in the top 2% of elementary schools in Colorado. 

CMAS Information for 4th and 5th Grade Families:

Hard copy scores for our current 4th and 5th graders of their CMAS scores will be sent home soon.  Please reach out if you have any questions.  In the meantime, you can view the scores through the DPS Parent Portal.  Here is the click path to do that.  

Viewing CMAS scores in DPS Parent Portal

The Role of Standardized Testing and Achievement

CMAS Letter from School Leader to Families

Understanding ELA and Math CMAS Scores


  • Traffic Safety at Cory– please read
  • Cory Heat Day information– please read
  • Bell time: 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 
  • Families Can Now Submit Absence Requests Online
    Save time by letting us know that your student is going to be absent or arriving late! Starting this year, DPS families will be able to use their computers or smartphones to submit absences or late arrivals. Guardians of DPS students must have an active DPS Parent Portal account to use this new feature. Visit to sign up, or to check that your account is active and ready. Directions are available in English or Spanish.

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 September 9th, 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.


  • September 4 – No school for students, Labor Day
  • September 8 –  September PTA meeting @  Cory  8:30 am
  • 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 22 – 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.

PTA Updates

  • PTA MEETING: Join us for the first PTA meeting of the year on Friday, September 8 at 8:30am in the cafeteria. An agenda will be shared next week.
  • JOIN THE PTA: PTA membership is a great way to get involved in the Cory community, and members have a vote on many issues raised at monthly PTA meetings. Membership is $15 for an individual and $30 for a couple. Submit payment through PayPal, Venmo (@corypta) and checks made out to “Cory Elementary PTA” can be dropped off in the front office.
  • VOLUNTEER: Interested in getting involved? Attend September’s PTA meeting on 9/8, or fill out this form.
  • FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Support the Cory garden program by purchasing produce, fresh eggs from the Cory coop, and flower bouquets at the Friday Farmers Market! Also, Farmer’s Market volunteers are needed––sign up here.

CORY MOVIE NIGHT: Tickets are available for Cory Movie Night on Saturday, September 9! We will be showing Super Mario Bros and the show starts at dusk. Buy tickets here.

  • 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 – 
Recess Supervision Sign-up 

Thank you!

Joan Wieser

Kelly Urbanowski
Assistant Principal 


ALL PARENTS/ GUARDIANS please click here to learn more about our schoolwide social and emotional screening system! 

What is the BESS? 

For more information and to opt your child out of the screener for the 23-24 school year, please click here. 

NEW this year!!! Parents and guardians, please help us, help your child grow socially and emotionally this year! Take 5 (or less!) minutes to complete the BESS screener for your child. This helps us to better understand your child’s social and emotional needs in the home setting. Results will be shared at your child’s parent-teacher conferences. The Fall screening window will remain open until the end of September and will reopen again in Winter and Spring for two additional screening periods. You can complete the Fall screener for your child by clicking on the link here. Thank you for your partnership!
** Please see the Parent Portal for your child’s STUDENT number. 

“Cory Concert Band is back and we’re excited to bring some new sectional teachers, and some exciting new music. If your student is a 4th or 5th grader, they can join even if they didn’t play last year (5th). Everyone is welcome! Join the fun today. Click this link to get more info about the program and meet your teacher.

DPS Discount Alert! Colorado Rockies at Coors Field

DPS Discount Days are back! We wanted to share more discount offers with your families, students and staff. Please see the information below for an upcoming Colorado Rockies home series:

Join us in supporting the Colorado Rockies on Friday, September 29, Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 as they take on the Minnesota Twins in a three-game series at Coors Field. Tickets start at $12, with $2 from each ticket sold being donated back to the DPS Foundation! Buy your tickets today: Buy | Colorado Rockies Account Manager (

You can also visit for more information on these discounts and other special offers. Any help you can provide in distributing these opportunities would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!