Parent Post – December 1, 2017

Posted December 1, 2017

Dear Cory Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! It is hard to believe that winter break is right around the corner. Things at school are busy as we finish out the year. Teachers are continuing our books studies, our backwards planning process, digging into our units and looking for opportunities where we can build in inquiry based learning opportunities, community expeditions and overall deepen our focus and learning goals.

Students are also gearing up for the Winter Concert and Art Walk presented by our 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. This event will be held on December 14th starting at 5:00 p.m.. The concert will begin at 6:00 at Merrill.

In other school work, our School Leadership Team has begun revising the school mission and vision statements to further name and define our direction, based on all of the surveys and feedback from last year, the principles guiding the work we are doing this year, our integrated magnet status vision and the steps we are taking to realize it. These drafts will go to the staff and CSC for further revision and then to the community at large when completed.

In other school news, Please remember the deadline for the School Leader Hiring Community Input Form and the applications for the School Principal Search Advisory Committee is December 11th to the main office. Your input is important and we need your feedback! What traits and experience do you want the next Cory leader to have?  What do you feel Cory needs as leadership qualities to take the school into its next evolution? Please have your voice heard in this very important process.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Elizabeth TenCate
Interim Principal
Cory Elementary


Please have your voice heard in the selection of our new principal. Please fill out the traits and experience you think is valuable for the next leader of Cory. This form should be turned in to the main office at Cory by December 11th.   School Leader Hiring Community Input Form.  You can also pick up a copy of this form in the office.

The second opportunity to become involved in the Principal Selection Process is to apply to be on School Principal Search Advisory Committee (SPSAC). This committee will be creating the interview questions specific to Cory, aligned to the traits identified in the community feedback, and conducting the interviews with selected candidates. This committee will be meeting in early January and will require a significant time commitment after school. This commitment is outlined in the application attached here. Applications to serve on the SPSAC are also due by December 11th to the Cory main office.  The committee should represent a diverse set of parents (grade level, student needs, time at the school etc.).  School Principal Search Advisory Committee Rules and ResponsibilitiesApplication to serve on the School Principal Search Advisory Committee

Fascination St. Fine Art

Still ongoing! Until Dec., 10th stop in, or shop online, at Fascination St. Fine Art store! 12% of all sales will go to CORY PTA. Also, they will match each
12% purchase up to $1000 when you mention CORY! Gifts start at $25! Shop both online & at
Cherry Creek North, 315 Detroit St. & 2727 E. 3rd Ave. (same businesses). FREE parking,
accessible through the alley entrance on 3rd Ave. Gorgeous art, framing and beautifications for you
home! Phone: 303-333- 1566 Inquiries:

Matilda Jane Clothing

Shop until this Thursday, 11/30 Nancy Byrne’s Matilda Jane Clothing, trunk keeper 933 A portion of ALL sales go to CORY PTA!

Opportunity To Raise Money For Our School PTA
We have an opportunity to raise money for our school PTA, if you are willing and available to participate in a Product Market survey next Thursday, 12/7.  The participants will need to have at max an hour to participate in a focus group studying a potential new product.  These surveys are done by ClearVoice Research and they are willing to donate $100.00 per person who participates, back to Cory.
We have provided the link and information below.
We are conducting 60 minute focus groups Thursday 12/7  in downtown Denver.
ClearVoice Research will donate $100 per recruited person to the Cory PTA.

Here’s the screener link, it’s quite short.
Then our team will call to get you scheduled.

News from the Library!!

I have been busy doing a thorough library inventory this year.  While scanning every book on the shelf, I have spent time weeding our collection as well.  Many books were withdrawn due to their age, condition, and being duplicates.  Some of them are still very worthwhile and may love a new home!  A table will be set up after school on Monday, December 4th  and Tuesday, December 5th for your browsing pleasure.  Feel free to take any books you would like and add them to your home libraries!

-Dawn Miller
Teacher Librarian/Technology Teacher

You Are Invited To Merrill Middle’s Keynote Speaker Community Event

We are excited to announce Kim Bevill, a highly respected Keynote Speaker from Gray Matters, will be coming to Merrill Middle School on Wednesday 12/6 from 6:00 – 7:30.
Kim trains educators and parents on the applicable neuroscience and the instructional strategies that work for anyone with a brain! She will be highlighting the following topics and will provide strategies for parents, teachers and kids to get the most out of our amazing brains:

  • Relationships and Academic Achievement
  • Health & Wellness/Stress and the impact on Academic Performance
  • Happiness & Gratitude – How and Why It Improves Academic Behavior

Parents, Kids and Teachers are all invited for this free event! We encourage you to bring a $5 or $10 gift card (e.g. Starbucks, Chipotle, Target) per attendee as a donation towards the “Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies” Program at Merrill.

Thank you so much,

Stephanie Porteous
Parent and Community Liaison
Merrill Middle School
1551 S. Monroe Street
Denver, CO 80210
P: 720-424-0660 Ext: 40645

Cory Dines Out

DINE OUT at ESTERS on Monday, December 4th between 5:00 and 9:00 pm. Esters will donate 20% of all food sales, dine in or take out, to Cory PTA. Visit Esters at 1950 South Holly Street, or call 303-955-4904 to place your take out order. Make sure to let your server know you are with Cory!

Calling All 3rd Graders! 

Please help us stock the Teachers Lounge on Tuesday, December 5th!  Please bring healthful snacks to the front lobby of our school on your way to the playground on Tuesday morning.  Our Teachers can use healthful muffins, granola bars, gfree treats, and any other snack you would like to share.  We will deliver the treats to the lounge and create notes of thanks from the 3rd graders for all the Teachers and staff to enjoy.

Winter Concert and Art Show Help Needed!

Please help us get ready for the art show on December 14 by signing up to help hang artwork for an hour, or donate to the hot chocolate stand. Sign up here: