Posted October 6, 2016
What another wonderful week we have had at Cory. Who can beat a week filled with learning and laughter, starting with having Mayor Hancock and Miles the Bronco? Be sure to “like” our Cory FB Page to scroll through all the pictures! Special thank you to Sam Powell for her amazing organization and tenacity to make National Walk to School Day such a huge success.
You may have heard at the dinner table that we had our first lock-down drill. I am very happy to report that everyone was able to lock down their classrooms in under 11 seconds. AMAZING! While it is sad that lock-downs are the new “norm” for schools, I want all of you to feel confident that we take Safety and Security very seriously and make every effort to make sure your children know what to do in an emergency. For more information on our Emergency Procedures, please click here. Practice is key, so we make sure to complete lock-down drills four times a year. Common questions your child may ask:
Please contact me with any additional questions.
Friends of Cory Update-The Countdown Has Begun
The time to make your donation is now. We are entering the final week in the Friends of Cory Annual Giving Campaign with $23,000 left to raise and 125 families left to participate. Whether you are able to donate $5 or $500, your donation makes a difference to Cory Elementary. The students, teachers, staff and fellow parents are relying on you to take that step and MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY! Your donation is vital to the school’s ability to keep our P.E., Library, Music and Art teachers at full-time. Your donation is essential to providing a paraprofessional in the classroom to assist Cory’s wonderful teachers and keep our kids learning at a high level.
Your donation is integral to developing Cory into a 21st century learning environment. This can only be achieved if you participate. You are that important!
You can walk into the school office with cash or check. You can hand a PTA member a $5 bill. You can go online to donate or set up monthly payments. It all comes down to you. MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY!
Get your Cory Gear! Our spirit drive is coming to an end! Don’t miss out! Get your Cory T-shirt now! Please go online: CLICK HERE to order Cory Spirit Gear! The last day to order for this drive is Monday October 10, 2016. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Cory Elementary PTA would like to send a special thank you to all of the volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of the school to raise much needed dollars and to organize all of the amazing community building activities we have experienced so far. You are our super heroes and Cory continues to be an exceptional school because of your extra effort. Thank you!
The Friends of Cory Campaign is nearing its end date of October 14th. Please support our school and make your donation as soon as you can and to the best of your ability. Cory depends on parent-led fundraising. We need all families to participate in order to maintain Cory’s tradition of providing an excellent education to our kids.
Destination Imagination (DI) Parent Information Night
I am excited to see so many students and families interested in participating in Destination Imagination at Cory!
To help me answer some of your questions, and give you a better sense of what DI entails, Minda McGurk, the DPS coordinator of Destination Imagination, will be hosting a Parent Night here at Cory on Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30.
As is often the case, there are currently more interested students than spots on teams — I am actively recruiting managers and co-managers, especially for parents of 1st-3rd graders! Please consider whether this is a possibility for you. It’s the best way to guarantee your child a spot on a team! If you choose to become a manager or co-manager, we do waive dues for your child as a thanks for taking on this important role.
Teams generally practice after school or on weekends, usually once a week for about an hour. Managers set an agenda for the meeting and collect materials as needed for Instant Challenges (more about that at the meeting), but otherwise all the work is done by the students on the team. In fact, there is a strict Non-Interference policy! Other parents can also help with snacks, bringing supplies, and anything else managers need.
Hope to see you on the 18th! If you can’t make it, but would like more information, please let me know.
Rainy LaVenture, 5th Grade Literacy Teacher and DI Representative
Music Updates from Mrs. Polete
Please see below for two fun music opportunities!
Trick or Treat Street
The 4th Annual Trick or Treat street at Thomas Jefferson High School will be held on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 4pm-6pm. CLICK HERE for more.
Cory Annual Auction-Save the Date for April 7, 2017
Lights, Camera, Auction!
Take a Leading Role to Benefit Our Kids
Get your costumes ready to dress as your favorite 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.
The parent-led auction committee is looking for Live Auction Items, Silent Auction Items and Corporate Sponsorships. Vacations, experiences, themed baskets and alcohol are always the best sellers. 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 at email@example.com.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have silent auction items you would like to donate-gift certificates, wine, liquor, services, etc…-contact Dana Schoonover at email@example.com.