Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

October 20, 2017

Parent Surveys


Please help us improve our school by taking a few minutes to complete two very important surveys: one for GCPS and one for the State of Georgia.

GCPS Survey:

Each year GCPS conducts a Parent Perception Survey which is available on the Parent Portal. Once you log-in to your account, the survey should automatically pop up on your screen (make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off if you don't see it). Click here to log-in to your account. If you haven't yet set up a Parent Portal account, please visit our main office at Dyer to complete the brief form and show your valid ID. We also have computers available in the Media Center for you to use to complete the GCPS survey.

State Survey:

The other survey is from the State of Georgia and assists with our College and Career Readiness Climate Star Rating. You may complete the State survey on your computer, smartphone, or tablet or again, at the Dyer Media Center. We would like ALL parents to complete this State survey, and all responses are anonymously submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Please click here to access the State survey.

We hope you will take a few minutes to complete these two surveys to help us improve Dyer Elementary. Thanks for your support!

Fundraiser Orders Are On Their Way!

The folks at School Fundraising-Specialists delivered spirit wear orders this morning. If you placed an order, your student should be bringing it home this afternoon.

IOWA Assessments 10/23-10/27

Students in 2nd & 5th grade will be participating in the 2017 administration of the IOWA Assessments between Monday, October 23rd and Friday, October 27th.

About the Iowa Assessments

The Iowa Assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. These assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The Iowa Assessments help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.

How your student can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help

A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your student do his or her best by considering these tips:

  • Make sure that your student is in school and on time on test days.
  • Make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.
  • Remind your student that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your student during testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jaime Fooks at

Sonic Spirit Night -Tuesday 10/24!

Sonic Spirit Night!

When: Tuesday, October 24th from 5-9 PM

Where: Sonic, 812 Dacula Rd., Dacula, GA

Why: 10% of total sales comes back to the school for things like Guided Reading books and technology for classrooms!

**The class with the highest participation wins a free Milkshake Party for the entire class that Sonic will deliver to the school!**

Book Character Day is Coming: 10/31!

Dyer Elementary is excited to announce Book Character Dress Up Day on Tuesday, October 31. On that day, each student is invited to come to school dressed up as a character from a favorite book. Since this is a literacy celebration, the characters should come from a story that was a book first.

Please do not feel like you need to purchase a costume. A simple homemade costume is great!

Your child should bring a copy of the book the character appears in or a picture of the front cover of the book.

Each teacher will select one student to be interviewed as their character by Mrs. Langford. In addition, each class will vote for their "Favorite Character" and "Most Original/Creative Character" (think creative use of materials.) That makes for a total of 3 prize winners per class, those students will get to choose a book from the Bookmobile!

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Carmen Deedy Visits Dyer on 11/15!

Children’s author and story-teller, Carmen Deedy, will be visiting Dyer Elementary on November 15, 2017. Some of her beloved books include The Library Dragon and 14 Cows for America. Carmen Deedy will entertain the children with her stories and share what it takes to be an author. She will be autographing her newest book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

If you would like to purchase a book for her to autograph, go to your child’s My Payments Plus Account under the Events category to select either a hardcover or paperback copy of the book. A hardcover copy of the book costs $17.99 and a paperback copy of the book costs $6.99. All books must be purchased by the end of the day on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Please make sure you enter in your child's name, grade level, and teacher when you are ordering the book.

When the books are delivered, they will be held in the Media Center until after the author visit. The autographed books will be handed out to the students the day after the author visit.

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Box Tops for Education!

PTO is excited to kick off the Box Tops Program!

Have you been collecting all summer? Do you have your family and friends collecting box tops for you? Your classroom can win an ice cream party each month as the class with the most box tops turned in will win!!!

· Box Tops will be collected the last Friday of each month and must be turned into your teacher by 8:15am.

· Monthly competition will be held! The classroom with the most Box Tops collected will win an ICE CREAM party!

· All Box tops turned in must be cut neatly and not ripped out or having a missing expiration date.

· Winners will be announced the following Friday! Good luck!


Turn in dates:

· October 27th

· November 17th (due to Thanksgiving break)

· December (no turn in due to Winter break)

· January 26th

· February 23rd

· March 30th

· April 27th

· May 18th

Bear Reader Program

The Bear Reader Program has begun. There are no special reading logs required. We are asking that the students read at least 20 minutes for five days of the week. The students already have reading logs that they have as part of their homework. Fill out the homework reading log every day. At the end of each month, the teachers will e-mail Mrs. Langford with the names of the students who have read at least 20 minutes for five days of the week. The students who complete this monthly reading goal will earn a brag tag. Brag tags are fun dog tags. The children will be able to collect a new brag tag at the end of each month. Let's see who can collect them all!

Birthday Wishes in Big Lights!

You may have noticed that birthdays can now be displayed on our school marquee. For just $5, you can wish your student a happy birthday during his/her birthday week. All proceeds benefit our "PAWS" initiative. (Summer birthdays will run during the last week of school, and during your child's birthday week.) To register your child, simply log into their MyPaymentsPlus account.

Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks are now on sale, order a copy today! Simply log on to and enter our school's order number: 10768.
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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

School Make-Up Days:

Mark your calendar!

Gwinnett County Public School students and staff will make up the missed days due to Hurricane Irma by attending school on the designated inclement weather make-up days in the calendar:

Friday, February 23

Friday, March 9

Friday, March 23

October Dates:

23rd-27th- IOWA Testing (Grades 2 & 5)

24th- Sonic Spirit Night

27th- Box Tops Turn-In

31st- Book Character Day

Looking to November:

1st- Chili’s Spirit Night

1st- Red Ribbon Day

9th- Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

10th- Donuts with Dad

15th- Bruster’s Blue Ice ($2)

20th - 24th - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

29th- Holiday Lunch (K, 4)

30th- Holiday Lunch (1, 2)

* Dec. 1st - Holiday Lunch (3, 5)

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Parent Volunteers- Sign Up Here!

Help the Dyer Teachers!

All Grade Level Workroom Volunteers needed EVERY Tuesday Morning!

Sign-Up Today:

YOU are needed on a Dyer Family Fun Committee!

  • Donuts for Dads
  • Muffins for Moms
  • Bingo Night
  • Decorating Committee

Sign-Up Today!

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