Parent Post – February 2, 2018

Posted February 18, 2018

Hello Cory Community,
The SLT (School Leadership Team), with significant input from staff, reviews of multiple visioning and other surveys completed last year, together with the CSC (Collaborative School Committee), has been working to draft a vision and mission for our school. The idea was to capture as much of what makes Cory unique as well as what the ideal Cory looks like in educational practices, values and community.  This process has challenged us to continue to think about how we design our learning experiences for students,  our staff professional development, our hiring practices as well as our leadership search, to the ideas and outcomes in our vision and mission statements.  We are very excited to have a vision that captures Cory and sets a roadmap forward for what we hope to achieve and inspire in all of our students.
Cory Vision:
As an integrated HGT/GT magnet and neighborhood school, Cory engages every student in challenging and meaningful learning experiences. We build authentic and lasting relationships within our school community.  We inspire students to be globally aware, inquisitive and compassionate individuals. We bring life to learning and learning to life.  
Cory Mission (How will we achieve the vision?):
As an integrated HGT/GT magnet and neighborhood school, Cory engages every student in challenging and meaningful learning experiences.
·         Through:
·         Differentiated instruction that drives academic growth and sparks the curiosity of every child.
·         Explorations of the world around us.
·         Opportunities for creative expression using technology and the visual and performing arts.
·         A focus on a healthy mind and body
We build authentic and lasting relationships within the school community.
·         Through:
·         A focus on social-emotional learning and mindfulness practices.
·         Celebrating each other’s differences and accomplishments.
·         Respectful, caring, and responsible actions.
We inspire students to be globally aware, inquisitive, and compassionate individuals.

  • Through:
    • Authentic connections to the community, country, and world.
    • Inquiry based learning.
    • Service learning and social action projects.

We bring life to learning and learning to life.
We are excited to have this driving vision to anchor our work here at Cory.
This month, we have several events that tie to our mission—
We inspire students to be globally aware, inquisitive, and compassionate individuals.
Through: Authentic connections to the community, country, and world and through service learning and social action projects.
Please join us for arts night, Tuesday February 6th from 5:30-7:30 (pizza provided until we run out J) where we will be creating art projects that benefit several non-profits including creating toys for an animal shelter, sculptures for kids, valentines for seniors and kindness rocks for the community. We are also in throes of Jump Rope for Heart to benefit the American Heart Association and our Student Council is also hosting a “Pennies for Patients” change drive to benefit the  Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students who donate can wear their pajamas on February 9th.  We hope to see you at Art Night and encourage your participation in both Jump Rope for Heart and Pennies for Patients.
And of course, we could not let the Olympics go unnoticed! February 8th students are encouraged to wear Red, White and Blue in honor of the start of the Olympics and the kick off to our Olympic Reading Challenge!
Thank you for all you do to support the community at Cory.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Liz TenCate

CSC Meeting

February’s CSC meeting has been moved from February 8th to February 21st at 4pm in the Cory library.

Cory Dines Out

Dine Out at Four Friends Kitchen: February 19 and 20, 7 am – 2:30 pm
Mark your calendars for a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch on Monday and Tuesday, February 19-20, 7 am – 2:30 pm (Cory no school days!). Four Friends Kitchen is a new restaurant near DU (2070 S. University Blvd.) serving southern-inspired comfort food. They have a great kids menu and lots of games for kids as well. Four Friends will be giving 20% of sales to Cory when you mention our school! 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our recent event at Viale. We raised over $1,200 for Cory!

ELA PAC Meeting

Tuesday, February 6

4:30-5:30 pm in the Cory Library

ELA families from Cory & Stephen Knight are invited to a fun and informative meeting where we will learn how to support literacy through cross-cultural storytelling.  A light snack will be provided.

Cory Elementary PTA Presents the 2018 Annual Auction
The Price is Right!
Friday, April 20
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Silent Auction
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Live Auction, Heads or Tails and Paddle Raise
9:00 – 10:30 p.m.  Live Entertainment and Dancing
The Cable Center
2000 Buchtel Blvd S.
Denver, CO 80210
$50 Per Person for Early Bird Pricing (Through March 15)

Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Three Tomatoes Catering
COME ON DOWN for the 2018 Auction. Don’t miss your chance to compete in the Showcase Showdown to win incredible prizes! This is Cory PTA’s most important fundraiser of the year and an event you won’t want to miss.  Enjoy an evening of live entertainment, food from local restaurants and spending time with other members of Cory’s extraordinary community while we raise MUCH needed funds for our children’s education.

To make this event a successful fundraiser for our kids:
Be a Star Family for Cory Elementary with your $125 Family Sponsorship-family sponsors 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 20th.
Donate wine-at our Stock the Cellar Party (More details to follow)
Donate auction items-Cory needs your timeshares, vacation homes, chef’s dinners and other experiences!  Get other families together to create Buy-A-Shares and Live Auction items!
The parent-led auction committee is looking for Live Auction items, Silent Auction items, Corporate Sponsorships, Swag Bag and Buy-A-Share items:
If you have a mountain residence, vacation, chef dinner, experience or other big ticket item you would like to donate to the Live Auction, contact Leisa Sollenberger  
If you have silent auction items you would like to donate-gift certificates, wine, spirits, services-contact Lindsey Trees

If you have a business and would like to sponsor, granting your brand access to 200+ households in the Cory Merrill-Belcaro-Bonnie Brae demographic, contact Leisa Sollenberger
If you have a business or work for a company that hands out logo items, product samples or coupons that you think would be great for Swag Bags, contact Jaala Sheldon.
If you would like to host a Buy-A-Share party or experience, contact Holly Carpenter.