Parent Post – September 30, 2016

Posted September 28, 2016

Principal Update

MIC DROP!  This is all I have to say this week:

Cory Elementary School

2016 National Blue Ribbon School Profile


Jennifer Harris

PROUD, PROUD, PROUD Principal of the Cory Cougars!



  • Fall Carnival was a HIT!  Click this video re-cap!  Special thank you to all of the volunteers who dedicated their time to make it a success!  Very special thank you to Christina Imamura and Shannon Bell for chairing the Fall Carnival and giving ENDLESS time to organize this successful day!  Video courtesy of Brandy Mello!
  • Lost and Found – Friendly reminder that we clean out the Lost and Found on the 10th of every month and donate items to charity.  Next Friday (Walk Your Child to Class Day) is a great opportunity to make a pit-stop at the lost and found to double check none of those items are yours.
  • GT Nomination Process Details:  Click this link for details on how to nominate your child to go through the Gifted and Talented identification process.   Please contact Grace Hopley for any questions.
  • GT Parent Information Night at the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Conference: The annual Parent Institute  will be occurring on Monday, October 10th from 6:30 – 9:00PM. There will be a panel of renown experts from the field of gifted education who will discuss the importance of nurturing creativity in your children and answer questions from the parent audience. It is just $20 to register as an individual or for two adults from the same household. 

Friends of Cory Update

Happy Friday!  Congratulations to the entire community for helping Cory Elementary become a National Blue Ribbon School.  What an amazing honor-due in part to participation in fundraising efforts like Friends of Cory that ensure the school has money to support the teachers, technology and programming needed to maintain Cory’s tradition of excellence.  It is so wonderful that our kids attend one of the best schools in the United States.

Another piece of exciting news is that Friends of Cory has reached $34,000 with 91 families participating.  This means we have reached half of our fundraising goal of $65,000.  To celebrate, there will be popsicles on the playground today after school.

We still have two weeks  left, $31,000 more to raise and 149 more households to participate in order to reach our $65,000 goal with 100% family participation.  We can do this!  We are one of the best schools in the country!


National Walk to School Day with Miles & the Mayor! 

THIS Wednesday, October 5th is the 20th Anniversary of National Walk to School Day and we are celebrating in a BIG way at Cory Elementary. Mayor Michael B. Hancock has chosen our school to attend on this exciting morning – he is going to participate in a quick physical activity with Mr. Conklin and we are also lucky enough to have him say a few words to our Cory Community! In addition, Miles the Bronco mascot will be in attendance and will participate in our event – so this is a great opportunity for our kids to wear any Bronco gear they have! Please note that we are going to start at 8:30am on the playground! So leave a little early and try to walk, bike or scoot to school by 8:30am…if your child is already at school that morning, they will be brought out to the playground to participate.

Walk to School Day is a reminder of how important it is to walk, bike or scoot to/from school if possible. Making an effort to do this gets your child up to 15min of physical activity before school as well as decreases traffic & pedestrian accidents around our school. At Cory we are trying to highlight our continued safety issues for our families who do choose to walk to school and we hope that the Mayor’s presence will move us even closer to our goals.

We need some help!! Luckily, it is a short event and requires very little commitment – and there are also some options to donate a snack or have your child help with a poster! Please see the link below if you can help us and thank you so very much for all your support of the health and safety of our wonderful children!

Volunteer for Walk to School Day!

Merrill Open House

Merrill Middle School will be holding AN OPEN HOUSE for those interested in learning more about our school’s academics and numerous enrichment opportunities.

Merrill Middle School Open House
Wednesday, October 12th, 6:00 – 7:30PM
1551 S. Monroe Street, Denver CO 80210

Spanish and Arabic interpretation will be provided.