Parent Post – March 17, 2017

Posted March 16, 2017

Update from the Principal

Top of the day to you!  St. Patricks Day is one of our favorite days of the year here at Cory.  We get to see a sea of green, students curiosity and wonder around if the leprechauns have come overnight as well as a little fun for our team, as it is our Annual Shamrock Shake Day (perfect for this year with the weather being so warm!  Not so perfect in other years where it just is not as refreshing to drink in the cold!).   Be sure to check-out our Facebook Page for fun pictures of our day (will post this weekend!!).

More than a few updates:

  • Four-Legged Friends:  Thank you so very much for keeping our students safe by not bringing our four legged friends onto school grounds.  We have noticed a significant decrease in dogs on campus and I really appreciate your awareness and respect to this important policy. As always, service dogs are welcome at anytime both inside and outside the building.
  • PARCC Testing:  We are ending a very successful week of PARCC Testing for our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  Thanks to all of you for making sure your children continue to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and get tons of encouragement to do their best!  Also, a special thank you to the volunteers for their understanding in the change of volunteer schedules.  As a reminder, our testing schedule is posted HERE as well as on our Google Parent Calendar on the website.
  • Personal Success Factors (PSF)-  Our PSF Character Strength this month is Grit.  Grit is defined as the following: You finish what you begin, stay committed to your goals, work hard even after failure or when you feel like quitting, and you stick with projects for more than a few weeks.   Here at Cory, our first and second grade students made cards for our 3rd-5th grade students to encourage them to have GRIT during their PARCC Test.  Be sure to check out the Character Lab site for more information on PSF.
  • Cory Spirit Gear Update:  Great news!  Cory Gear will be arriving next week! Students will receive their order as soon as it arrives.
  • Cory Vision Survey:  One of the goals of the CSC (Collaborative School Committee) is to provide guidance regarding decision making for the school.  The committee is looking for parent community feedback on what makes Cory great, as well as looking ahead to strengthen Cory’s vision for the future. Be on the lookout for the survey, coming soon!
  • Great Education Colorado Presentation:  Please mark your calendars on April 11, 6PM and  join us at UPark Elementary’s PTA in a presentation from Great Education Colorado.  This presentation will cover the dire state of our education funding in the state of Colorado, including information on how we as educators, parents and community members can help!  Click Great Education Colorado Presentation for more information.

Everyone enjoy this upcoming BEAUTIFUL weekend!

In partnership,

Jennifer Harris 


Make CHANGE for Cory Elementary Garden!

Help us raise $ for — kids size gardening gloves, handheld shovels, weed barriers, bird netting, clipboards an irrigation timer and more.

Bring your loose CHANGE to school and deposit it in your classroom jug each day.  We will weigh the jugs on Friday morning and host a pizza party for the class whose jug weighs the most.

Competition Dates:  NEXT WEEK, Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24 (Pizza Party Day!)


Cory Phil Service Day Information

Founded and run by a small group of Cory kids, the Cory Philanthropic Service Club is having it’s first annual service day event Sunday, March 19 from 2-4pm. Over the last year, Cory Phil members have been hard at work researching, touring and presenting information they’ve gathered on non-profit charitable organizations both local and around the globe. Last month, the group voted to have their service event benefit Sole Hope, an organization that makes shoes out of old denim for impoverished children in Uganda.

Ugandans are commonly afflicted by foot related infections, much attributable to the jigger bug. A minuscule insect that causes immense pain by burrowing deep into the foot, laying eggs then often leaving the host infected, jiggers are highly prevalent in this country. In rural areas children often go without shoes leaving them extraordinarily susceptible.

On our service day, we will have a local representative and elementary school teacher give a brief presentation of Sole Hope to be followed with directions on how to begin he shoe making process. The shoe kits that we make will be mailed to an Ugandan shoe maker who will sew the uppers and attach the soles. Guest are encouraged but not required to bring a check for $10 addressed to Sole Hope to cover cost for shipping ($2), pay the tailor ($3), shoemaker ($3), and for finishing supplies such as tires, thread, and glue ($2).

We would love to have the entire Cory community join but have to limit it to the first 25 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families who register online through signupgenius.

There will be a box for old denim near the office through March 17. Families are more than welcome to bring their own along with fabric scissors for cutting the day of the event. Please RSVP via signup genius. Feel free to reach out to me personally with any questions.

Thanks and hope to see you there!
Milli Wolfson


Dine Out Update – Save the Date for our next event at Kendra Scott

The dine out this week at Ester’s raised $260 for Cory. Thanks to everyone who came out and to Ester’s for their generous support!

Our next event will be at Kendra Scott, a new jewelry shop in Cherry Creek North (175 Fillmore St). On Thursday, April 27, 6-8 pm, the store will donate 20% of all sales to Cory, and adult refreshments and appetizers will be provided. Phone orders that day will also support Cory. This is a great Mother’s Day shopping opportunity! Visit to check out their great designs, and look for several Kendra Scott items in the Cory Auction!



Dear Families,

Discovery Link 2017-2018 registration will be opening for CORY families. All families fall into a specific category and we will be adhering to the times and deadlines strictly.
Current families April 17 – April 28.
Currently wait-listed families May 8 – May 12
New families May 8 – May 12

For more information on registration locations, dates and links visit our webpage.



Check out the 2017 Spring Schedule of classes with descriptions. Our Spring Enrichment Session will begin Tuesday, April 4th and continue for 7 weeks through Friday, May 19th. We will be offering many of the same classes from this Winter, as well as returning a few warm-weather classes like Skateboarding and Parkour! Registration will be open for 3 weeks, starting at 9AM on Monday, March 6th and closing on Friday, March 24th at 9PM. A link to register online can be found here: Spring 2017 Enrichment RegistrationWe will not be accepting late registrations except for special circumstances, so please sign up during our 3-week window. As always, feel free to email me at if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to another great session of enrichment classes to close out the year!


241 Denver South Sports Camp is BACK!

This summer we will host the second year of our 241 Denver South Sports Camp.  Last year’s camp was a great success as we partnered with 241 Sports, the national leader in sports sampling and physical literacy.  Nearly 90 campers joined us for a week of multiple sport offerings led by South’s varsity coaches and athletes.  Our camp is a great blend of instruction and FUN and was well received by campers and parents alike!

Due to building renovations at South High School, we will host camp at Thomas Jefferson HS this summer July 17th-21st.  Our camp staff will still be made up of Denver South’s Varsity Coaches and Athletes so same great staff/program, just a different location!

Our early bird discount ends on 4/15 so register now!  Please check us out:

Follow us! Instagram @241denversouth  Facebook @241denversouth

Life’s 2 Short 4 Just 1 Sport! 


Cory Annual Auction – Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute. It’s Time to Buy Your Tickets and Get Your Costumes Ready

It is hard to believe the big event just a few weeks away. The parent planning committee has spent months and countless hours working to ensure the 2017 Cory Annual Auction will be a fun night dedicated to raising money for our children’s education. Whether you know it or not, you (or your kids) have played a role to make the evening successful for the school. Some families made item, cash or wine donations. Some became Star Families. Some facilitated the class art projects each student has participated in creating that will be auctioned at the event. Big or small, your role has been important. Funds generated from auction sales pay for paraprofessional teachers in the classrooms who are vital to your child’s learning. They upgrade our P.E., Library, Art and Music teachers to full time status. They provide for technology in the classrooms. Every dollar raised benefits your child.

Now it is time to take on a different role. It’s time to buy your tickets and get ready to raise some money for your kids’ education. The Cory Annual Auction is our most important fundraiser of the year. It is also the most fun! It’s the parent’s opportunity to let loose and really get to know one another. Yes, it would more fun if you dressed as your favorite movie or television character-but dressing as yourself is great too. We just want you there! So what are you waiting for…? Buy your tickets today!

Hollywood: Lights, Camera, Auction!

April 7, 2017

6 p.m. Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. Live Auction and Paddle Raise
City Hall Events Venue
1144 Broadway

Tickets are $60 or $75 at the Door
Includes Hors d’oeuvres and Two Drink Tickets.
Dress As Your Favorite Movie or Television Character-You Don’t Have To, But It Would Be A Lot Cooler If You Did


Thank you to our corporate sponsors for supporting their community:

Downing Street Garage, Benson Orthodontics, Simons Pediatric Dentistry, Lori Rickert – State Farm Insurance , Keating Wealth Management , Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Alpine Bank, Hebets and McCallin, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Mike Jacobs with Alpine Bank Mortgage, Nicoloa Genaud with The Genaud Team at Keller Williams Realty, Mannequin the Band, Three Tomatoes Catering, Larimer Lounge, Lost Lake, Globe Hall and City Hall Events Venue.

Special thanks to our Star Family sponsors:

Ajay Bagal and Sarah Kienast
Gregg and Hyun-Jung Behmer
Justin and Miko Brown
Chris and Stephanie Campbell
Miles and Deanne Deeg
Bill and Kim Esbenshade
Jeff and Beth Forster
Brian and Lisa Glynn
Tyler and Karla Hand
Mike and Meg Harry
Bryan and Kristine Hawthorne
Bill and Cathy Holland
Jason and Lacy Jennings
Joe and Kristi Lindwall
Craig and Kimberly Lopez
Andrew Sarka and Pam Price
Don and Maggie Reaville
Andreas and Franka Rechkemmer
John Scherzinger and Jennifer Grumann
Marc and Ellen Sarti
Christian and Shannon Schmidt
Kris and Haven Smith
Jay and Samantha Sturhahn
Rhett and Lindsey Trees
Christian and Julie Toto
Jason and Pamela Wandry
Travis Wanger and Cindy Schatz
Michael Williams and Genevieve Hofman
Jason and Milli Wolfson
Andrew and Marti Freeman
Erik and Kate Knudsen
Chris and Kelli Murphy
Russell and Shahla Hebets
Chris and Samantha Powell
Deborah Freeman
Chad and Mona Krull
Jim and Laura Quartarone
Andrew and Margit Archer
Steve and Keely Dekoskie
Bruce Evans and Kathleen Watt
Steve and Alison Moore