Parent Post – November 11, 2016

Posted November 10, 2016

Principal Update

This week has been a historic week for our nation and there have been many uneasy feelings about the recent elections results, while other celebratory feelings by some.  This has put our schools in the unique position to handle and support the emotions that many of our students have carried into our place of safety, where they feel comfortable expressing their feelings.

Our Superintendent, Tom Boasberg, recently sent out an email to our community regarding how our schools are supporting students.  There is nothing I could say that is better than what he has written in terms of where we are as a school system and how we can support our children and families, including resources for you to have conversations.  If you did not receive this email, please click here for the letter.

At our particular school, we are encouraging students to talk to a safe adult either at home or school about any fears or wonderings they are grappling about.  Due to our age levels, we believe that these topics are best talked about with adults and will be sure to contact you if your child comes to us with deep feelings or fears.  This will be helpful in making sure they can get out their feelings without unintentionally hurting someone else’s.

We believe our job is to lead with love and compassion and continue to be kind to others at all costs.  After all, in our Cory Creed we state that, “we celebrate each others differences and accomplishments” and what better time to live out the creed than now.  Children are the BEST conduits of love, compassion and forgiveness and it is our job to support them with continuing to use this for the greater good.

In appreciation,

Jennifer Harris



THIS SUNDAY!  Cory’s Annual Grounds Clean Up Day!

Calling all leaf-rakers, wheel-barrow-riders, and donut-eaters!  Cory’s next community event is our annual Grounds Clean Up Day, happening THIS Sunday, Nov. 13 from 9am – 12pm!  We’ll be raking leaves, spreading mulch, and helping put the Cory Garden to bed for the year, all while enjoying refreshments (namely, donuts!) and good company!  Students, parents, siblings, alums, grandparents, and any other Cory fans welcome.  Sign up to bring some gear, or just yourself:

CSC Fall Forum- Join us!  Thursday, November 17, 4:00-6:00, Cory Library

Thank you to all of you who sent in topics for discussions. We took the feedback provided and have added a couple of new topics followed by a Q&A session.  Please click the agenda for details.  We hope to see you there!

RSVP:  Advance RSVP is not required, but is kindly requested. This will enable us to have enough materials for each participant and to ensure we plan for childcare.

Kindly RSVP HERE if you are planning on attending this informative evening!


Cory Scholastic Book Fair

Arrr!  The Book Fair is here!  T’is a grand time for treasure hunting!

Home page:

  • Open for Sales:  Mon 11/14 9 am-3:30 pm Adults Only, 3:30-5:30 pm All, Tue 11/15 and Wed 11/16 8 am-5:30 pm, Thur 11/17 8 am-6:30 pm (Shop before or after the CSC fall forum!)
  • We still need some hands on deck, especially Mon-Thur 3-5 pm and Tue-Thur 8-10 am.  (If you can’t do the full 2 hours, 8-9 am and 3:20-4:20 pm would be a huge help!)  Go to our Book Fair Home Page -> Volunteer (If you don’t have a Scholastic account, follow the link and click on “Register Today”.
  • Student Council is sponsoring a gently used book drive.  Drop off books by the Cory main entrance by Thursday 11/17 to benefit students in need of books at DPS International Academy of Denver at Harrington (ECE-5th).
  • Student Council is also partnering with Reach Out and Read Colorado to supply a local health care clinic with some much needed books from the book fair.  Buy a book from the fair or throw some loose change in the treasure chest by the register to benefit Colorado children growing up in poverty.
  • Online shopping is available now through 11/27.  Spread the word and the home page link to the grandparents.
  • Stop in the book fair to buy a book from the teacher wish list boxes in the back of the auditorium to add to your student’s classroom library.


Stocking Up for Winter Entertaining?  Choose Cory @ Checkout!(aka Grocery Cards):  This year, Cory is expanding our reloadable grocery cards program!  In addition to continuing our partnerships with Safeway and King Soopers, we are adding new retailers who will give a percentage of your purchase back to Cory!

What if a store offered to give $5 to a cause you believe in, every time you spent $100?  These days, dozens of retailers do.  All you have to do is choose a cause to support.  We hope you will choose Cory.  Through Cory’s new Choose Cory @ Checkout program, we are making it easier to support Cory no matter where, when or how you shop.

This is MORE than last year’s grocery card.  Last year, Cory’s Safeway and King Soopers grocery card programs were used by about 20 participants and raised just over $5,000 for Cory.  This year, we hope to grow our program to include MORE families and MORE retailers because…free money is a shame to waste!   While 5% of your purchase might not sound like much, the potential is as big as our community:  If every family used a Cory-connected gift card for just $100 of routine monthly purchases, Cory could raise over $21,000 this year!

I want to Choose Cory @ Checkout!  What do I do? 

First, our new program keeps our existing Safeway and King Soopers reloadable grocery card programs in place, so keep Choosing Cory @ Checkout by reloading and using those grocery cards!  (Need a grocery card?  Email to get one.)

Second, we’re adding the opportunity to support Cory at dozens of new, mainstream retailers through Benefit Mobile.  The Benefit Mobile app takes the place of traditional, plastic gift cards by letting you purchase digital gift cards online, and support Cory with each purchase.  Your digital gift cards appear upon purchase in your Benefit Mobile app, and work immediately for in-store or online purchases at dozens of retailers – from Whole Foods and Walmart to Target, ZapposStarbucks and more!

Ready to support Cory with the purchases you make every day?  Hooray!   Reload your Safeway and King Soopers cards (or get one now by emailing, and download the Benefit Mobile app for iPhone or Android, choosing Cory Elementary School PTA as your Beneficiary, today!




Calling all parents of 5th Graders!!

You are invited to attend a special breakfast and tour just for Cory families: Wednesday, November 16th from 8:00-9:00AM.  Hear from Principal Sylvester, engage with a student panel and take a tour of the school.  Students are welcomed to attend.  We will also have a limited number of student shadowing spots available from 8:30 – 9:45AM.

Please RSVP for the tour and student shadowing to Alice Franco, Merrill Parent and Community Liaison. | 720-424-0645.

Order Your Yearbook Today!
Yearbook order forms went home in your children’s folders a couple of weeks ago. If you need another form they can be found in the office. Yearbooks are $18 each if ordered by December 21st. After this date they are $20 each.
Night of the Arts!
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.
Please mark your calendars now to make sure the night of December 15th is one full of art and music!