Parent Post – October 6, 2017

Posted October 6, 2017

Hello Cory Families,

This has been another busy week at School. Walk to School Day was a rousing success! Thank you to the parents who worked on all of the planning for this event and to those of you who could make it to the dance party/celebration! It was exciting to hear from Councilman Paul Kashmann speak about the investment the city is making, in the name of safety,  to make the neighborhood safer for kids to walk and bike to school.

In instructional news, on Thursday and Friday of this week we met with each grade level team for a half/day to work through a planning process, as a school, called Backwards Design. The purpose of backwards design is to plan our units with our end goals in mind. This process allows us to have a vertical approach grades 1-5 in how we name specific student understandings, big ideas and essential questions, as well as specific skills and strategies kids will need to know, understand and be able to apply.

Through this process we can move beyond just following our curriculum to enhancing, deepening and further developing rich learning opportunities, using depth and complexity, within our lessons and units. This helps support our teachers in differentiating for the variety of strengths and areas for growth in a classroom. We will be continuing this work throughout the year.

Finally, we celebrated our first round of students who were recognized for the Personal Success Factor “Self-Control” this week. Congratulations to all of these kids for setting an example in the community! Please see the picture below.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend and enjoy your fabulous kids.

Elizabeth TenCate
Interim Principal
Cory Elementary

Friends of Cory Annual Giving Campaign 2017-18

We are beginning our third week of the Friends of Cory campaign! We only have two weeks to go!

Thank you to those who have donated already. So far, we have 10% of our families participating for a total of approximately $14,000 in donations. Our goal is to raise $65,000 with 100% student family participation, which contributes a huge chunk toward the $550 per student that the PTA funds.

Keep an eye out at the Cory Carnival this Sunday for a table where you can donate and potentially receive a free Cory t-shirt! And as always, you can donate online on the Cory website.

Get friends and family involved! Be sure to check your child’s Friday folder for a friends and family giving form. You may have a family member, family friend, grandparent or other member of the community who may be interested in supporting your child’s education. Your child’s Friday folder includes an easy-to-fill-in letter for your child to complete that explains the campaign and its wonderful benefits to Cory and asks for a donation. Feel free to make copies of the letter as you need. Instructions for how to donate are detailed in the letter and the form on the back.

Remember every dollar counts and benefits your child. Past donations have ranged from $10 to $10,000. Please give as generously as your budget will allow. The best way to grow the potential of our children is to invest in their education!

Friends of Cory supports:
Paraprofessional educators
Full-time Music, Art, and PE teachers
School events and enrichment programs
Technology upgrades in the classroom and for the school

Participate today on the Cory website!

If you have any questions regarding Friends of Cory, please contact:
Karla Hand:
Susie Moutray:
Lisa Cervantes-Glynn:

Exciting Library News! 

Cory’s parent and local publisher, Skeeter Buck, is organizing a fundraiser for the Cory library.  Please check out the flyer/form and consider purchasing her book The Toothless Fairy.  She will be presenting her book in 1st through 3rd grade on Thursday, October 19th.

Dawn Miller
Teacher Librarian/Technology Teacher


Sunday, October  8 | Noon-3 p.m. | Cory Playground
Mark your calendars for the rescheduled date! Admission is free. Wristbands to participate in games and obstacle courses are now $15 at entry.  The Cory Carnival is one of our best loved traditions. Come join the fun!


5th Grade Open House at Merrill Middle School

When: October 12, 2017 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: 1551 S. Monroe Street Denver, CO 80210
Who: Parents and future 6th graders

Learn about Merrill Middle school, tour the facilities, meet and greet staff
For more information contact Stephanie Porteous at 720-424-0645

New Cory Spirit Gear for the year!

There’s some exciting news Cory Cougars! We are having a Spirit Gear Drive for two weeks only! October 2,2017-October 16,2017. Along with this information is an order form. No need to send orders or payment back, simply visit the website online link to order:

After Spirit Gear receives your order and payment, they will ship all orders to Cory and we will deliver to classrooms. Please allow three weeks from the end of our drive to receive your order. Any damaged items can be returned within two weeks from receiving them. No extra items will be available so don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to get new Cory Gear!

Any questions, please email:

Can’t wait to see you in your new Cory gear!

Go Cougars!
Bliss Barela
Denver Public Schools