Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

February 12, 2016

Important February Dates

o 12th – 26th Box Tops Drive

o 15th – Student Holiday/Snow Make-up #1

o 17th – Bruster’s Blue Ice Day

o 19th – Dyer Fun Run Count Day #1

o 19th – Carmen Deedy Visits

o 20th – Candy Land (Father/Daughter) Dance

o 22nd – 26th – Book Fair

o 22nd –After School Program Begins

o 24th & 25th – Early Release/Conferences

o 25th – Sky Zone Spirit Night

o 26th – Dyer Fun Run Count Day #2

o 29th – 1st Grade Field Trip (In-House)

Reminder: No School for Students Monday!

Wow, What a Week!

It has been a very busy week here at Dyer Elementary! It was wonderful to see all the Dyer moms during Muffins for Mom! A big thank you to Heather Forthofer, Amanda Henderson, and Emily Rutgers for volunteering countless hours to create the beautiful decorations, coffee station, and photo booth! The cafeteria looked absolutely beautiful! We would also like to thank our custodians, and all of the volunteers that helped make this event a success.

On Thursday, our Chorus and Percussion Ensemble performed at the Carter Center for President and Mrs. Carter. The students and Mrs. Coulombe did an outstanding job. Everyone in attendance was singing their praises, including Mrs. Carol Boyce, Gwinnett County Board of Education member. (Please see her email to Mrs. Coulombe, and the Chorus and Percussion Ensemble below.)

From the looks of it, everyone had a blast at the Dyer Fun Run today! Thank you parents and family members for coming out to support our students! We are almost to our goal! The folks at Boosterthon have issued the students a weekend challenge. Any student who gets a $1 pledge per lap or a $30 flat donation will earn the Bonus Prize of a Bungee Rocket!

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward additional playground enhancements. As many of you know, Dyer recently earned the National Let’s Move Active Schools Award. The money raised from previous fundraisers helped to fund our track, and swings which were a crucial component to our earning this prestigious award. The AJC recently published this article about our school, and our fabulous PE teacher, Ms. Hewitt. Mrs. Carol Boyce also took notice of this, and wrote a lovely email to Mrs. Hewitt congratulating her on her achievements. (We’ve shared that email below as well.) Again, we thank you for your continued support of our school. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful community!

Have a fabulous Valentine’s Day weekend, and remember students have no school on Monday!

Dear Mrs. Coulombe and the Chorus and Percussion Ensemble of Dyer Elementary,

Today's concert at the Carter Center was truly a unique and beautiful event. I was honored to be invited to participate in such a moving gift for President and Mrs. Carter. All of the selections were very special and performed with great skill, heart, expertise, and emotion. Everyone in attendance genuinely appreciated experiencing this tremendous performance.

Thanks go to Mrs. Coulombe for taking the initiative to organize and orchestrate this lovely tribute to President and Mrs. Carter.

Dyer students have an outstanding opportunity working under the direction of Mrs. Coulombe who seeks unique performance experiences for them.

Thanks go to the student musicians for expertly performing selections chosen specifically for the Carter family which tapped into their passions, deeds, spirit, and history.

Thanks go to Mr. Stephen Jean for the beautiful and meaningful composition which poignantly captured the essence of President Carter's legacy.

Thanks go to Mr. Josiah Siska for his charming rendition of a very special song for all Georgians as well as being a role model for student musicians.

Thanks go to Superintendent Richard Woods for reiterating the importance of the arts in education.

Thanks go to everyone who participated in the Cuddles campaign to make the generous contribution which President Carter said would be used to eradicate the guinea worm in Africa.

Thanks go to all the support staff and parents who helped make this day a reality.

What a wonderful demonstration of how music is a magical medium which can open doors, unite people, and share visions.

All in all...a perfect day!

With my highest regards,

Carole Boyce

Gwinnett County Board of Education, District 1

Hello Ms. Hewitt,

Opening the paper today and seeing the wonderful article about the tremendous opportunities you are creating for students at Dyer was a treat for me. The habits you are instilling in the lives of your students will remain with them throughout their lives demonstrating your impact for certain. You are to be commended for taking the initiative to provide positive healthy practices and leading the whole school.

Congratulations and please give my best to everyone at Dyer!

With highest regards,

Carole Boyce
Gwinnett County Board of Education, District 1

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Early Release & Conferences

Dear Parents,

Early Release conferences are fast approaching. Dyer students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, February 24th and Thursday, February 25th . Please be sure to note these important schedule changes.

The purpose of a parent-teacher conference is to discuss student achievement and progress. Each parent-teacher conference will last for a period of twenty minutes, and both parents are urged to attend. Please be prompt as these conferences are scheduled consecutively. If a situation arises and you are unable to attend your scheduled conference, please notify the teacher so the conference can be rescheduled.

To schedule your conferences this year, simply go to our school’s website and click on “Conferences.” There you will be able to see all teachers’ schedules and sign up for a time that best suits your schedule. Computers will be available at Dyer for you to sign-up there as well. The ability to sign up for a conference online will close on Friday, February 19th at 11:59 pm. Please contact the teacher directly to sign up after the close of online scheduling.

We look forward to seeing you during conference week.


Jaime Fooks

Assistant Principal


There will be a mini book fair on the evening of the Candy Land Dance. For the gentlemen who will be in attendance, swing by the Media Center with your princesses and enjoy shopping for books together.

The feelin' groovy Book Fair is Coming!

Please see the flyer below for more information.

Our book fair cannot be groovy without some fabulous volunteers. It is always fun to work with our students as they look for fantastic books to read.

All volunteers receive a 10 percent discount on purchases. Please click on this link to sign up to volunteer.

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2016-2017 Dyer PTA Leadership Elections

Calling All Nominees! Get Involved in Your PTA!

Want to be more involved in your child’s school? Do you love to make a difference? Do you have a calling for service? Do your kids love PTA event?

The Dyer PTA is looking for a few good men and women to serve on the 2016-2017 Dyer Elementary PTA Executive Board.

We are currently accepting nominations for the following executive board positions:

· President/Co-Presidents

· Vice President/Co-Vice Presidents

· Treasurer

· Secretary

The PTA is entirely volunteer run and is always seeking volunteers with new, fresh ideas! If you are interested in a less involved (but just as important) role for the 2016-2017 PTA, we will also accept nominations for Committee Chair / Co-Chair positions. Several of these positions can be done in the comfort of your home (or office).

The available Committee Chair positions are:

· 5th Grade Activities

· Bear Reader

· Bingo Nights

· Communications

· Cultural Arts

· Dances

· Donuts for Dads

· Easy Money Fundraising

· Fundraising/Spirit Nights

· Hospitality

· Membership

· Reflections

· Spirit Wear

· Volunteers/Room Mom Coordinator

· Website

· Yearbook

Not sure what serving in a position involves? Please contact Amanda Henderson at with any questions!

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for an executive board and/or board officer position, please fill out a PTA/PTSA Leadership Nominating Form, and return it via email to or you can turn it in to the front office. Forms can be found here, on the PTA Website, and in the front office. All nomination forms are due no later than Friday March 4th.

Thank you for your continued support of Dyer and our PTA!

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PTA Scholarship Information

Did you know your High School child may be eligible for a scholarship from the Georgia PTA? If you have a High School Senior preparing for a youth related field he/she may apply via mail no later than March 11, 2016. Eligible students must be a member of their school’s PTSA.

Qualifications and Eligibility
A student is eligible to apply for a Georgia PTA Scholarship if he/she:
1. Is a graduating senior of a Georgia high school with a PTA/PTSA. The PTA must be in good standing (i.e., dues paid, approved bylaws on file).
2. Is interested in attending a college or university education to prepare them to work in a youth related field.
3. Has exhibited good character.
4. Has a satisfactory scholastic record.
5. Will attend a college or university during the upcoming school year.
6. Demonstrates a need for financial assistance.
7. Is a current PTA/PTSA member and must submit a copy of your PTA membership card with this application.

Application is below, or application and additional information can be found on the Georgia PTA website.
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