Parent Post 9/8/2023

Posted September 8, 2023

Happy Friday!!! We had a great day!! 
The DND Club enjoying a quick game at recess! 
5th Grade Recess
Our Cougars are showing sportsmanship while playing team sports! 
Today during literacy skills in 1st grade kids were able to practice writing words on whiteboards! Ask your child to spell the word “zip” at home for you.
Stuffie day is a HUGE hit!!

Dear Cory Community,

Happy Friday! We had a wonderful week at Cory! Students were finding joy in learning and engaging in discussions.  We are so proud of the hard work of our Cory Cougars! At today’s assembly, we discussed our value of the month which is caring.  Students learned about how to show kindness and care to others.  We also celebrated students who won the drawing for our kindness tickets.  There were some crazy cougars roaming the grounds and helped with the assembly. 


  • 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 
  • 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.


  • September 9 – PTA Cory movie Night 5:30 – 8:30 (see below for details)
  • September 11th – After School Enrichments Begin
  • September 13 – 15 – Individual & Class Pictures  
  • September 14 – Individual & Class Pictures
  • September 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, 11:00 am-2pm
  • October 4 – Walk to School Day
  • October 6 – PTA Meeting @ 8:30

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!

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!

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

  • 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.
  • 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: Join us on Sunday, October 1 from 11am-2pm for the Cory Carnival! In addition to games, music and face-painting, the In-N-Out truck and Sweet Cow will be on campus. More details to come next week!
  • 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.
  • 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), or checks made out to “Cory Elementary PTA” can be dropped off in the front office.
  • VOLUNTEER: Interested in getting involved?,  fill out this form.

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 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!