Parent Post – August 28, 2017

Posted August 27, 2017

Cory Back to School Night!

We hope you can all make it to Cory’s Back to School Night Wednesday, August 30th . This is a great opportunity to learn more about your child’s teacher, the units of study for the year, special projects, field trips, classroom policies and more. We hope to see you all here!
Reminder: This event is for parents only.

Timeframe for the evening:

  • 5:00 Introductions: Liz TenCate, Interim Principal, all support staff and specials teachers and school overview information
  • 5:30-5:55 First session in classrooms
  • 6:00-6:25 Second session in classrooms


Extended Learning and Community Schools

Good afternoon Cory Community,

We wanted to take a moment to clarify the communication you received earlier today regarding access to the playground after school dismissal.  As a licensed afterschool program, Discovery Link will often be using a sectioned off area of the playground during programming time.  It is not our intent to exclude any of the Cory community from accessing the playground. We do ask that you be aware of sectioned-off areas when Discovery Link is outside and understand that the purpose is to meet licensing requirements. We thank Sam for continuing to provide high quality programming in both Discovery Link as well as the Cory Neighborhood Center.

If you have additional questions about licensing requirements, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sam, our Associate Director of Programming, Alicia Lamfers ( ), or myself. We would be happy to answer your questions or concerns.


Mary Varveris
Department of Extended Learning and Community Schools

View the Official Memo/Letter


From The PTA
Welcome back Cory Cougars! The Cory PTA is busy gearing up for a great year! Here are a couple of updates and “save the dates”:
First PTA meeting will be on Friday, September 8 at 8:45am in the cafeteria. Come join us for a cup of coffee!
Make sure to sign up to become part of the Cory PTA! Sign up forms are in the front office – or you can sign up here

We are still looking for VP of Fundraising to complete the board! Interested? Let us know.
Save the Date: The Annual Cory Carnival will be on September 24
Friends of Cory: our annual fundraising drive will be starting soon! Stay tuned!


Cory Elementary School Birthday Celebration Policy

Due to the increasing number of allergies within the school and the number of sweet treats coming into classrooms on a regular basis, and concerns brought to the school’s CSC (Collaborative School Committee) and SLT (School Leadership Team), Cory has developed a new policy to celebrate children on their birthday.

We are excited to recognize a child’s birthday in a way that is:

  • Celebratory of each individual
  • Minimizes the amount of sweets entering the classrooms
  • Is mindful of the variety of allergies across the school
  1. All classrooms will recognize the birthday child in a way that celebrates that child as a valued member of the class community. This can take the form of a student created birthday book, student celebration paper chain, the birthday chair or another way to celebrate the student. This is an opportunity for every child in the classroom to write or say something complimentary about the birthday boy/girl.
  2. We ask that no sweet treats come to school for birthdays; instead we will be recognizing the child as a special member of the community. Summer birthdays can also be celebrated by the classroom community either at the half birthday or in June (this will be determined by the classroom teacher).
  3. Students will receive a book from Cory on their birthday as recognition of their special day. Teachers will send students down to the office where the child can choose a book from an assortment of grade appropriate books that are placed on the special Birthday Bookcase in the office.
  4. Donations to the school Birthday Bookcase, in a student’s name or anonymously, are welcome in either book form or as a monetary donation!


Cory Semantics Club/Team 2017-18

Come one, come all to the Cory Semantics Club! We have a really fun club at Cory for those 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who really like spelling OR just would like to become better spellers. We take part in the district spelling bees during the school year and the top 10 performing spellers get to attend the bees at any given competition. Cory Semantics Club meets every Tuesday morning at 8:00 in the library and we are always looking for new members to join in the fun of learning words, words, words with many different derivations! It is fun to see how heavily influenced our language is by world languages around the globe! If you are interested, please send an email to Grace Hopley, Semantics Coach at to sign up for the club. Study materials will be prepared for the students who sign up by email. Everyone in grades 3-5 are welcome to join! The first meeting of Semantics Club will be Tuesday, August 29th in the library. Please sign up by email before you come so that the office knows you are coming. GO Cory Spellers!!


News from Cory’s Library and Computer Lab!

Please check out the library/technology wiki at: for helpful information, updates and kid friendly websites. On the “Library News” page (click on the link on the left side) I have important information about library book check-out and community events (there is a great author event at The Tattered Cover in September). I also post grade level news, book reviews, special projects, and book club information. Please check it out!

Dawn Miller
Teacher Librarian/Technology Teacher


Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run will start the week of September 11th. 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
Mondays and Wednesdays after school 3:30 -5pm here at Cory. Open to all 3 , 4 and 5 grade girls.
Registration opens August 14 – August 31st. The cost of the program is $170 / Girl.
For more information about the program and to register go to

Questions or more information, please contact Amber Billig 970-393-0985.