Parent Post- October 26

Posted October 25, 2016

Spooky Story TONIGHT!  The PTA invites you to join us for Spooky Story Night TONIGHT from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Costumes Welcome! Check out the spooky stories, improv storytelling, games, crafts, snacks and awesome fun for the whole family.  We are still looking for one volunteer to help read stories to the kids. Please email Karen Levine if you are interested in volunteering. Hope to see you there.

Fall Festivus (Fall Festival)- Monday, October 31

Costumes: Bring your costume to school to be put on in the afternoon. Students need to be able to put on their own costumes independently in 15 minutes or less. No part of the costume may be worn before 2PM. No blood, no weapons, no clowns, only friendly masks (not scary).

Students can put on their costumes beginning at 2:00. The parade will start at 2:15. 1st grade will start and we will parade through 5th and then one walk around the school.

Classes will all have their celebrations after the parade from 2:45-3:20. We look forward to seeing all of you for this fun celebration to kick off the fall season!

Candy Buy-Back Program– Click CANDY-BUY-BACK 2016 for information on a Candy Buy Back Program.

Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Update:

  • Personnel Committee Representatives and Community Member Representative Needed- Three more Parent Representatives are needed for our Personnel Committee.  Thank you, Sam Powell for being our first Parent Representative!  In addition, we also need a Community Member to serve on our CSC.   For both of these applications, click HERE.
  • CSC Agenda for Thursday, November 3– Click HERE
  • CSC Fall Forum on Thursday, November 17th:  It is time for our Annual Fall Forum!  At the forum, Jennifer Harris (Principal) will provide an update of the school performance updates and growth scores for the school we will also have the opportunity to hear feedback from all of you regarding the breakout sessions. Childcare will be provided.   Below is our schedule for the evening.

4:00-5:00 PM- School Performance Updates and Break-Out Sessions.  We will also hold small group discussions on matters that are important to the community. We have come up with a few suggested topics for the break-out sessions based on parent feedback and last years parent satisfaction survey results. We would like to know which of these topics you would most like to see discussed and would love to hear suggestions for any additional topics.   Please click HERE for a survey to help us develop the breakout sessions.

5-5:30- Mystery Readers- Mystery readers will be reading some books from our Book Fair that celebrate our Personal Success Factor strengths!

5:30-6:00- ELA Parent Advisory Break-Out-  ELA Parents! Join our new ESL teacher, Kara Butte, in Room 209A from 5:30-6pm for a time to meet and greet other ELA parents at Cory. We will hear more about the new English Language Development curriculum we are using at Cory this year. Please bring a favorite snack from your culture to share.

5:30-7:00 Book Fair Open

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

Cory’s Annual Thanksgiving Lunch

Cory will be hosting our Annual Thanksgiving Lunch this year on Thursday, November 17th.  Look for ticket forms to come home with your student today.  You can also access the form by clicking THANKSGIVING PAYMENT FORM.  Ticket prices are $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for non-students.  Cash or check only.  Please make checks payable to the Cory Lunchroom.  Tickets need to be purchased by November 11.

Cory Book Fair

Ahoy! The Cory 2016 Scholastic Bookaneer Book Fair is on the horizon. It is a pirate theme…Where Books are the Treasure! Volunteers are also the treasure. We need you! Please take a moment to view our sign-up sheet to see what roles interest you. There are volunteer opportunities from 11/10-11/18. We need many hands on deck to help promote reading and literacy at Cory. (Book fair profits will benefit the Cory library and your student’s classroom.)

View the sign-up sheet by clicking HERE.  If you do not have a Scholastic Account, follow the link and click on “Register Today”.

Thank you,

Danielle Duffy and Cathy Holland (Book Fair Co-Chairs)

PTA Update

Monthly PTA Meeting: Great news! In order to give parents that work outside the home and Cory teachers a chance to participate in the monthly PTA meeting, we have decided to move the meeting to the first Tuesday of every month and hold the meetings in the evening at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 1st. We hope this new time will allow for greater parent involvement as well as allow for teacher participation. In addition to this monthly meeting, we will continue to have the first Friday morning meeting at 8:45 a.m. but these meetings will be informal in nature.

Box Tops: IT’S BOX TOPS SUBMISSION TIME! Our school will be sending in the Box Tops we’ve collected by October 21, 2016. Remember, our goal this year is to earn $1000.00! You can help us reach that goal by sending in your Box Tops by this Friday. The class with the most box tops wins a special party! Submit today!  Also, earn extra Box Top points for Cory by downloading the App. Visit here for more information.

Friends of Cory: Special thanks to all the parents who contributed to the Friends of Cory annual giving campaign. We had an impressive 85% participation rate and raised $68,349.90 in donations!

Cory Dines Out

Our next Cory Dines Out is November 10th at Potbelly! CLICK HERE for details.
Cory Dines Out at Tokyo Joe’s raised $209 and Cory Dines Out at the Garlic Knot made $294 for Cory.
Thank you to everyone that stopped by to support our school!

Cory Open House

TELL YOUR FRIENDS! TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS!  We are hosting an OPEN HOUSE for prospective parents on Friday December 2nd from 9:00am – 10:30 am.    Please SEND THIS link onto anyone who might be interested.

Cory Auction – APRIL 7th!

Lights, Camera, Auction!
Take a Leading Role to Benefit Our Kids

City Hall Events Venue
1144 Broadway, Denver

$60 per person / $75 at the door

Live Auction | Silent Auction | Paddle Raise | Wine Toss | Gift Card Draw

Tickets and Family Sponsorship Coming Soon!

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.  Live Auction items so far include the Wine Cellar, Bartender’s Dream, two parking spots at Cory, and a facility rental for City Hall Events Venue.

Special thanks to our corporate sponsors:   Downing Street GarageBenson OrthodonticsSimons Pediatric DentistryState Farm InsuranceKeating Wealth Management , Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and Alpine Bank

The parent-led auction committee is looking for Live Auction items, Silent Auction items, Corporate Sponsorships and Swag Bag 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 Margit Archer.

If you have silent auction items you would like to donate-gift certificates, wine, liquor, services-contact Dana Schoonover.

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 Amy Duclos.

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 Haven Smith.


Brochure of classes and registration will be posted on Monday, October 31st…thank you for your patience while the schedule is finalized to be the BEST YET for Cory/C3.

To be included on email distribution to be notified the SECOND it’s released, email Todd at expressing interest.

Thank you for your support of Cory/C3 enrichment….stay tuned!


The transition to middle school can be a stressful and daunting one, but THE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER AT CORY & C3 is here to help…We have enlisted the help of Cory/C3 alumni to serve as “Ambassadors” and to answer questions for our current fifth grade students in the process of finding a middle school for them. Any questions, for an individual ambassador at a certain school or group as a whole, can be “delivered” via email to

Now on Wednesday, November 30th (SAVE THE REVISED DATE!) from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Cory cafeteria, come get more information on each of the middle schools IN PERSON at our First Ever Cory/C3 Fifth Grade Fair Night. All student ambassadors, alongside adult representatives from many middle schools (Highline, DSST: Byers, Merrill, Morey, GALS, Grant Beacon) will be present to answer questions and lead discussion in break out rooms. Come get more information on middle schools at this informative, personalized event…grab some free food, too!!

For more information or with any questions, please contact Todd Moore at