Parent Post 9/22/2023

Posted September 22, 2023

We love Cory!! 
Students celebrating each other!! 
We love that our 4th and 5th grade students are learning how to play the guitar. 
We love that our 4th and 5th grade students are learning how to play the guitar. 
SPREE did it again. Mines were mined, wagons were ridden and gold was found! Also, ask your kiddo where the found the star today! I loved spending my day with your kids, they really are a special group of humans.
Working in the garden in the fall to help harvest the veggies we grow and being able to pick some flowers to bring home is always a special treat. 
Reading to our first grade buddies on Friday. 

Dear Cory Community,

When students feel safe and welcomed into their classrooms, they have the confidence to take academic risks! We have set a strong foundation, built on Transformative Social Emotional Academic Learning (TSEAL). Students and staff spent the first few weeks of school building a positive class and school culture. You can check out the lessons here: Unit 1: Positive School & Class Culture Students are now engaging in Unit 2: Self-Awareness. In this unit, our Cougars will begin to understand the connection between their emotions and physical feelings in their body. Students will understand that their actions have consequences. Students will also be introduced to Mindful Monday and RJ Friday! As we work to build a belonging culture, please be sure your student arrives on time. We have seen an uptick in tardies and this directly impacts students social emotional and academic learning. Starting the day as a class community sets students up for success!

Today, teachers and leaders spent the day engaging in professional learning aligned with our District and School Goals. Here is our most recent iReady Data, including next steps. 

A couple of reminders:

  • Please fill out your meal Benefit form if you haven’t already. All parents need to fill this out. 
  • Please remember NO dogs on school grounds. We love our pets but they can’t be on campus
  • The weather is changing and we go outside every day. Add a sweatshirt or jacket in your student’s backpack. 
  • Keep an eye on the Lost and Found area. It is starting to fill up with items. 

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.


  • 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 

Greetings from the art studio—an open space where we value artistic autonomy. This fall we’ll be participating in the Original Works program to fundraise for new art materials.

Students are currently working on their W.O.W. (Wonderful Original Work of Art) projects which will later be scanned and available online to order in many forms. You can choose between products like magnets, mugs, or a framed print of your child’s art. A portion of all proceeds will go to the Cory art studio. We’ll send ordering information to you later in October!

In a few weeks we’ll begin a collage unit where students will learn about composition and have the option to make activist art. We need your help! Please send any magazines you have at home to school. Magazines with pictures are the best. We love sharing culture, and hope you might have magazines that represent your interests and communities.

Thank you, Ms. Murphy


  • September 22nd – Teacher Professional Development day – NO Students
  • September 25th – October Count Begins 
  • September 28th –  Special Program Information Night – 4:30PM-5:45PM
  • 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 – No Contact Day  – No school for Students
  • October 16th – 20th – Cory Gear Drive
  • October 25th – Picture Retake Day 
  • October 26th – Spooky Story Night 

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


hat’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

  • 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.

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.

Walk to School Day: Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 4, and Cory will be celebrating in the morning with music and fun. More details will be shared next week, but please save the date.

  • FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: There is no Friday Farmer’s Market tomorrow, but it will be back next week! There will be produce, fresh eggs from the Cory coop, and flower bouquets, along with special offerings like lemonade, hot dogs, and more. 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.

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 – 

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!