Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

March 29, 2020

Dear Dolphins,

As we return from spring break, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe, well and adjusting to our new temporary normal. We will come through this in due time. For now, we will stay the course and support one another in being strong on this journey!

This week, classroom teachers will email parents each morning by 9:00 AM with a link to the remote learning activities for the day. Our teachers and support staff will be available to assist your children's learning throughout the school day. These activities, routines and interactions from our staff have the power to bring some sort or normalcy to our students' lives during this unusual time. Thanks to our wonderful staff for all they are doing!

We are constantly aware of the balance we are all trying to maintain while working from home when we also have our own children to work with. We trust that everyone is doing their best, and we greatly appreciate everyone's support and understanding for one another!

Although we miss seeing our students at school, we look forward to the remote learning, playing and interacting we CAN do this week. Best wishes for continued health and safety to you and your families!


Akemi Sessler

Video Message from Mrs. Sessler for Dryden Students

Please share this video with your children. I miss seeing them at school and want to wish them well!
March 29 Message from Mrs Sessler

Upcoming Dates to Remember

3/30 - Remote Learning Day 5

3/31 - Remote Learning Day 6

4/1 - Remote Learning Day 7

4/1 - Live Draw-Along with Mrs. Fuglestad, 1:00 PM

4/1 - PTA Window Walk - Funny Lawn Displays

4/2 - Remote Learning Day 8

4/2 - PTA Doughnuts With a Grown-Up - CANCELLED (But we hope you will enjoy a special treat at home with a special grown-up!)

4/3 - Remote Learning Day 9

4/4 - PTA Window Walk - Bunny & Easter Eggs

4/6 - Remote Learning Day 10

4/9 - PTA Movie Night - CANCELLED (But how about a Family Movie Night at home?)

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A big thank you to our PTA, PE Teacher Mr. Gries and the "5th Grade Squad" of 2020! The students successfully surpassed their goal of collectively shooting 1,000 baskets, for a grand total of 1,036! Here is the breakdown:

Ms. Dietrich's Class - 232 baskets

Mrs. Eggert's Class - 273 baskets

Mr. Holston's Class - 300 baskets

Mrs. Schindler's Class - 231 baskets

Fantastic job, 5th Grade!! Money raised from the shoot out will go towards a legacy gift to the school. More information about this will be coming shortly!

Congratulations, Zoe!

We were excited to see this special Dolphin in the Daily Herald on March 19! Zoe was recognized as the winner of the national Artsonia art contest. Way to go!

Live Draw-Along with Art Teacher Mrs. Fuglestad, March 30 at 1:00 PM

Grab a pencil, paper, and join Mrs. Fuglestad on her first attempt to go live on youtube for a draw-along on March 30, 2020 at 1:00 PM CST. Use this link. The video will also be archived!

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Parent Educational Opportunity: 5 Steps to Healthy Emotion Regulation at Home

Have you been riding a rollercoaster of emotions? You aren’t alone. There are strategies that can help make the ride a little smoother. In this free webinar, Dr. Marc Brackett, director, and Dr. Robin Stern, associate director at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will discuss how we can grow our emotion regulation skills, and apply them to a variety of situations that are coming your way. The webinar will take place on Monday, March 30 at 1:00 PM. Click here to register. The webinar recording will be sent after the session to anyone registered for the event or on the waitlist.

COVID-19 and Other Health Resources

Click here to access District 25 COVID-19 information on the following:
  • Letters from Dr. Bein
  • Lunch Pick-Up & Delivery
  • Remote Learning
  • Help Dealing with COVID-19

Videos to Help Kids Understand COVID-19:

If you are in need of a primary care provider for your children, you can get more information and apply here.

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Dryden PTA

Please visit the Dryden PTA website for important information on other items of interest.

Dryden PTA Community Window Walks

If you'd like to participate in our Dryden Community's Neighborhood Window Walk/Bike/Drive, all you need to do is place the item of the day in your window or on your door. Get as creative as you like, but nothing fancy required - just the desire to connect, safely from afar, with our Dryden community.

Here's the schedule:

April 1 - Funny lawn displays (decorate your lawn white those old flamingos, lawn chairs, Halloween decor, whatever you've got!)

April 4 - Bunnies or Easter eggs

Time to Order your YEARBOOKS!

It's officially March, which means it's almost the April deadline to order your child's Dryden 2019-2020 Yearbook! Go to www.treering.com/validate and enter in Dryden's code (1014123635244163) to order.

If you need help customizing pages for your child's book, please contact us at Drydenelementaryyearbook@gmail.com.

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ABC 25 Get Burbed Race Update

The run scheduled for Saturday, April 25th has been cancelled. ABC25 is reaching out to all registrants with an option of donating their registration, getting a refund, or having their registration moved to next year's run. They will also reach out to the company donors (over $15,000 of company donations) to offer the same.