Parent Post 9/15/2023

Posted September 15, 2023

Students engaging in multiple methods to solve complex problems with peers. 
Students engaging in multiple methods to solve complex problems with peers. 
DND club enjoying the day!! 
Recess action!! 
Every great game needs some cheerleaders! 
We are thankful for our Cory community! 
Football celebration after a great play! 

Dear Cory Community,

We had a great week at Cory.  A huge thank you to our PTA for organizing snacks and drinks for the staff. We appreciate the generosity of our Cory families! Please complete the meal form if you have not. 

On Thursday, September 28th, you all are invited to learn more about some of the special programs we offer here at Cory. Presentations will last from 4:30PM-5:45PM. You do not have to come or stay the entire time. It will be adult focused, but if you can’t find child care you may bring your children to read, color, write, or use technology quietly during presentations. Programming information will be provided about Gifted and Talented, Reading and Math Intervention, Multilingual Learners, and Students With a Disability. . 

The purpose of this night is to give you general information about each of these programs and how students are given access to them. It is a night for families of children who are in the programs and for families interested in learning more. To keep the night running efficiently, we ask that student specific conversations happen during conferences in early October not on this night. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 28th. 

Finally, our school psychologist and Chromebooks will be available for families to complete a Social Emotional Screener about their child called the BESS. The Denver Public Library will also be present to help sign you up for a library card and give you information about their fall programming.


  • 4th and 5th Grade DPS Safety & Suicide Prevention Programming:
    The following programs are district-wide and implemented to support student’s mental health and overall well-being. The programs are implemented by school psychologists and social workers. 
    4th-5th grade students will receive the 10-15 minute presentation on Safe2Tell, a CO-state anonymous safety reporting system. To learn more about Safe2Tell, please visit
    5th grade students will receive 3 short lessons in the month of October using a curriculum called Riding the Waves. Riding the Waves is a developmentally appropriate program to address healthy emotional development, depression, and anxiety. This curriculum’s overarching goal is to build the emotional skills within children to prevent suicide at it’s earliest stages. Riding the Waves takes a preventative approach and addresses various coping strategies each lesson. To review the lessons, please visit To learn more about Riding the Waves, please also visit

    If you have any Cory-specific implementation questions or concerns, please reach out to our school psychologist, Rachel Wilberg at You also have the option to EXEMPT your child from participating in any of the above programs. If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the suicide prevention programming, please indicate so by completing this form. If we do not receive an OPT-OUT form or email from you by Monday, September 25th, 2023, we will assume you are choosing to have your child participate in the programming with his/her/ their classmates. 
    OPT-OUT form:  
  • Pickup basketball is starting again! Please join Cory adults for a fun pickup basketball game at Merrill.  This opportunity for adults happens on Thursday nights from 6-7:30 in the Merrill gym. Please reach out to Tyson Sollenberger at 


  • September 19th – PTA  Cory Dine Out  Birdcall, All day from 11am-10pm. People must enter code or tell cashier.  Special Cory Code- ce0919
  • September 21st – CSC meeting at 4:00 PM in the Library
  • September 22nd – Teacher Professional Development day – NO Students
  • September 25th – October Count Begins 
  • September 28th –  Special Program Information Night 
  • October 1st – PTA Cory Fall Carnival, 11:00 am-2pm
  • October 2nd: 2023 Official Count Date:
  • October 4th – Walk to School Day
  • October 6th – PTA Meeting @ 8:30
  • October 10th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 11th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 13th – No School 
  • October 16th – Family Conference Day – No school for Students

CORY Health Office News

Happy September,

How sick is too Sick for School?

Cold and Flu season is on its way here, which means germs are sneezing their way into schools

Keep me home:

  • Temperature is higher than 100 degrees
  • Sore Throat, cols and persistent cough
  • Vomiting  (more than two times in hours)
  • Diarrhea
  • Sever long lasting abdominal pain
  • Rash with fever
  • Strep throat
  •  lice before first treatment
  • Illness prevents me from participating comfortably in activities
  • Illness results in a greater need for care than school staff can provide

Send me to school:

  • Runny nose or occasional cough, but no other symptoms
  • No fever, without fever-reducing medicine in 24 hours
  • Sore throat with no other symptoms
  • Strep throat after 12 hours of treatment
  • No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours

Make sure you have turned in your child’s immunization record or exempt forms to the nurse. Letters for missing immunization or exemption forms will go out next week. 

Just some healthy reminders please make sure your child has a water bottle at school, hydration is key to a healthy body and brain.

As a reminder we are an allergy aware school, Allergy Aware is a term used where it means to be informed about allergies, the impact the allergy has on an allergic person’s life/lifestyle and those close to them, familiarity with the severity of the symptoms and the treatments required in the case an allergic reaction. This means wiping areas after eating snacks or lunch, washing your hands, and being understanding that some of our peers have allergies to many different things. We do not share private health information about any student but ensure we are making a community who is aware that there are people who do have allergies and how we can support them and keep them healthy and safe. 

For students who need meal modifications for school meals please have the attached form completed by your child’s health care provider and returned to the health office.

Meal modification form

Tiffany Stevenson MSN

Cory School Nurse


Calling all Chicken Coop Volunteers!

Come be a part of this unique experience we are privileged to offer to our urban kiddos!

Parental or Grandparent volunteers to take 3 students to the Chicken Coop on the following days and times:

Monday — 1st Grade — TBD
Tuesday — 2nd Grade (1:30-2 pm)
Wednesday — 3rd Grade (10:20 am)
Thursday — 4th Grade (8:30 am)
Friday — 5th Grade (11:35 am)

Never fear – there is a short training — about 20 minutes and it includes a handout so you will feel prepared! Please reach out to your teacher directly or Skeeter Buck if you are interested in volunteering for a session in the Coop! 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

  • DINE OUT @ BIRDCALL: Head to Birdcall for lunch or dinner on Tuesday, September 19 for our September Dine Out! Birdcall will donate 25% of sales from all locations when you mention Cory.
  • FALL CARNIVAL ADMISSION: Join us for the Cory Carnival on Sunday, October 1 from 11am-2pm on the blacktop! There will be games, prizes, inflatables, face painting, hair sparkles, the always-popular musical cakes, In-N-Out, Sweet Cow, and more! Carnival wristbands are $15 and include access to games, prizes, inflatables, face painting, musical cakes, and more! In-N-Out meal tickets must be pre-purchased for $10 and include your choice of a hamburger, cheeseburger or grilled cheese with chips and a drink. Buy wristbands and meal tickets here
  • FALL CARNIVAL VOLUNTEERS & DONATIONS: We need our parent community to make this a successful event! The PTA is in need of donations and volunteers to help before, during, and after the event. Sign up to volunteer or donate items here.
  • FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Support the Cory garden program by purchasing produce, fresh eggs from the Cory coop, and flower bouquets at the Friday Farmer’s Market! Also, Farmer’s Market volunteers are needed––sign up here.
  • 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 here, or checks made out to “Cory Elementary PTA” can be dropped off in the front office.

WALK TO SCHOOL: Cory will participate in National Walk and Roll to School on Wednesday 10/4/23.  Please consider walking or biking to school that day or parking further into the neighborhood to participate in the event.  Walking to school allows children to start their day with exercise, reduces traffic, and promotes a sense of community.  As a celebration of this day, we will have music provided by DJ Chuck’s wife Michelle and cheering provided by the Denver South Cheer team.  The classroom with the highest participation rate will win the coveted Cory Walk to School Trophy and each student will win bike spoke beads to decorate their bikes and keep them safe.”

  • Heyday spa is opening up this Month in Uhills shopping mall. They are offering $50 facials for ALL educators the entire month of September! Click the below link to check them out!
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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. 

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 Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) production:

Join us in supporting the DCPA from Friday, September 1 to Sunday, October 8 as they show A Little Night Music production at Wolf Theatre! Receive a 15% discount on tickets in Premium seating, Price Level 2 and Price Level 3 seating for all performances. $5 from each ticket purchased will be donated back to Denver Public Schools Foundation!

Buy your tickets today and be sure to use discount code DPSFUND at check out: Tickets & Events – Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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!