Parent Post – December 2, 2016

Posted December 2, 2016

All School Field Trip – Reminder

Please make sure your child is at school on time Tuesday, December 6th as we are going on the the all school field trip to DU Hoops day.

Cory Dines Out!

Thank you to Potbelly for supporting Cory last week and to everyone who stopped by or ordered takeout. Save the date for our next event at the Kitchen Next Door, Monday, Dec. 5, 5-9 pm. Take a break from your holiday prep – the Kitchen will donate 50% of sales to Cory, don’t forget to tell your server you are there for Cory!

Book Fair Fun Stats

Cory parents provided more than 160 volunteer hours!
Book Fair Sales = $15,548!
More than 3,000 books were purchased (translates to more than 555,000 minutes of reading)!
10 large boxes of gently used and new books were collected by Student Council to bring smiles to many children at the International Academy of Denver at Harrington and through Reach Out and Read Colorado!
Cory has more than $8000 in profits to spend through Scholastic to benefit the library and classrooms!
367 treasures were in the guessing jar – Congrats Dylan on your guess of 367!

Thank you to Kristi Lindwall, Sam Powell and Milli Wolfson who will take over chairing next year’s Fair!
Thank you to a great community of readers and volunteers! Have fun reading!
Danielle Duffy
Cathy Holland
Book Fair Co-Chairs

Art and Music Announcement

A reminder from Art and Music to mark your calendars now for Cory’s “Night of the Arts 2016!” 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students will be featured in a night of visual and performing arts! All are welcome to join!
When: Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Art Walk (at Cory) begins at 5:00pm, followed by a Winter Concert (at Merrill Middle School) beginning at 6:00pm.
General and grade-specific information can be found on Ms. Polete’s website

Ms. Polete will once again be singing with the Cherry Creek Chorale for their holiday concert, “Gloria!”, on December 9th and 10th. Come enjoy an evening of holiday music with the Cherry Creek Chorale and special guests from the Denver Brass. More information, including how to purchase tickets, can be found on the Cherry Creek Chorale website

Cory Annual Auction – Family Sponsorships Needed

Be a Star Family for Cory! Family sponsorships are vital to making the Cory Annual Auction a successful fundraiser for our kids. Your $125 donation goes directly to support the teachers and programs that make Cory one of the best elementary schools in Colorado. Each family sponsor will receive a digital image for social media use, recognition on the auction’s Facebook event listing and entrance in a VIP drawing at the auction on April 7. CLICK HERE TO BE A STAR FAMILY FOR CORY!

***Families do not have to purchase tickets, family sponsorships, etc… all at one time.

Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Auction!
April 7, 2017
6-10 p.m.
City Hall Events Venue
1144 Broadway, Denver
$60 per person or $75 at the door
Live Auction | Silent Auction | Paddle Raise | Wine Toss | Gift Card Draw

CLICK HERE for more information and to buy tickets. Let’s take a leading role to benefit our kids. Get your costumes ready and dress as your favorite TV or movie character! This is Cory PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year and an event you won’t want to miss.

PTA Updates

Monthly PTA Meeting: Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. We will have an auction update and begin to discuss programming for next year.  Childcare will be provided as well as pizza for the kids!

Neighborhood News

You’re invited! Cory-Merrill’s 3rd Annual Lights of Love Luminaria will take place Thursday, December 8. “Lights of Love” will again support No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger in Colorado. SIGN UP HERE TO DONATE AND PARTICIPATE . A donation in the amount of your choice is required to participate.
The luminaria will take place at sunset- the same night as Cory Merrill Neighborhood Association’s (CMNA) Tree Lighting event at Louisiana and Clayton. Enjoy tree-trimming and goodies provided by CMNA and take a holiday hayride around the block! Rides are first-come, first-served every 20 minutes from 5-7pm. Donations to No Kid Hungry are welcome. It’s a great way to celebrate the season with neighbors and support the many hunger-challenged children in Denver.

Enrichment Parents

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your patience during this time. I am very happy to announce that registration for the WINTER 2017 enrichment session will go live on Friday, December, 12 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Mark your calendars!
This session will begin the week of January 9th and go until mid March. Below is the link to the online registration to keep on hand for the big day! Keep a lookout for the brochure with class details early next week. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Once again, thank you for all your patience and support of Cory/C3 Enrichments.

Registration link goes live 12/9/16 @ 10:00 a.m.

Discovery Link Families

This school year we expanded the number of sites that we offer full-day dismissal programming at, referred to as Discovery Day. Comparing registration numbers from last year to this year there has been an increase in registration which could indicate we are offering a service, you as our customer desires. Due to this we are looking at offering an expanded number of camp sites this summer. Please take the following survey to help us determine if we should follow this course of action. It will take you less than a minute and will give us valuable feedback.

Many thanks,
Discovery Link Team

Need Tour Volunteers

If you are interested in joining Cory’s tour team, we would love to have you! It’s roughly one hour a month and YOU set the time that works for you. We need volunteers to properly showcase our school. Please email Maria at

Choose Cory @ Checkout this Season!


As you prepare for the holidays, remember the two EASY ways you can benefit Cory without spending an extra cent! This year, our “Choose Cory @ Checkout” program includes two great options:

  • Safeway and King Soopers reloadable gift cards (available for purchase on the Cory website
  • the option to benefit Cory through use of the Benefit Mobile app.  Through Benefit Mobile, digital cards are purchased at no added cost and delivered within seconds to your mobile app for immediate in-store redemption. Each purchase earns up to a 20% rebate that is sent to the cause you choose (ahem, such as Cory Elementary!)

Learn more and download the app at
5% back may not sound like a lot, but it can ADD UP!  If the family of every Cory student used a Cory-connected gift card for just $100 of routine monthly purchases, Cory could raise over $21,000 this year!  Choose Cory @ Checkout, and support Cory without spending an extra cent!  For more on grocery cards and Benefit Mobile digital gift cards, visit Cory’s Choose Cory @ Checkout page. 

South High School News


We have almost reached out goal of $30,000!
Thank you parents and community…we’re almost there…not quite!

A huge shout out to our PTSA members who put on a great fundraiser!
We are getting closer to our $30,000 goal so help us reach our goal!
If you wish to consider a donation, and make the I AM DENVER SOUTH CAMPAIGN a HUGE success,
consider a donation by cash, check or online at:


See below for a link to our amazing students helping to pass a Civil Rights Resolution with Denver City Council.
Our councilman, Paul Kashmann, supported us to make this happen!
South students had a unique and engaging opportunity last Monday, November 21st.

Here’s a paragraph from our City Council Representative, Paul Kashmann.

“Thank you so much for your participation in our Council resolution Monday night.
It was truly a pleasure to meet Marisa and her student contingent,
all of whom were bright, engaging and tolerant of being introduced to Councilperson after Councilperson. The presence of your students,
as well as Ms. Hanson’s fine statement, added a needed bit of gravitas to what otherwise would have been an evening of words with little real world grounding.
Watch the video of the meeting. The portion devoted to the social justice proclamation begins at 36:10.
After that is a proclamation declaring Denver a Compassionate City.

Paul Kashmann, Denver City Council, District 6

Our students who represented South with Paul Kashmann and Marisa Vasquez (South Assistant Principal)
You may also visit our South FB page to see the full video