Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Wishing all of our Bears a wonderful holiday season! Enjoy your time off from school with loved ones. We look forward to seeing you back on Thursday, January 5th!
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Willy Wonka Casting List

Thank you to all who auditioned! What a great turn-out! There were over 75 students who auditioned for a limited amount of slots. If you did not make the casting list we encourage you to sign up for Spring Chorus as a Willy Wonka Ensemble Member. Information will be out after the New Year.

Willy Wonka- Kathryn H- Oakes

Candy Man- Sathathia B- Oakes

Mrs. Bucket- Penny S.- McEntee

Mr. Bucket- Ryan J.- Long

Charlie Bucket- Austin M- Hill

Phinneas Trout- Isabelle R- Murphy?

Grandpa Joe- Jayce M.- McEntee

Grandma Josephine- Juliet L- Dougherty

Grandpa George- Jahnnie P- Long

Grandma Georgina- Shafia A.- Murphy

Augustus Gloop- Jayden D- Hill

Mrs. Gloop- Liz C.- Murphy

Veruca Salt- Addison R-Oakes

Mr(s). Salt- Rylie S- McEntee

Violet Beauregard- Callie M.- Oakes

Mrs. Beaureguard- Jenna K- Hill

Mike Teavee- Joel T- Mullins

Ms. Teavee- Fiona L- Ellis

Matilda- Whitney R- Long

James- Saada P-Ware

Candy Man Kids Chorus:

Elizabeth H-Aleman

Gabby D- Ware

Mia Grace M.- Murphy

Haley R-Long

Mariana F- McEntee

Oompa Loompa 1- Sanai W- Davis

Oompa Loompa 2- Layla R- Hunt

Oompa Loompa 3- Aulani V- Dougherty

Lucky Tray Mondays in the Cafeteria!

Do you think you are Lucky? Join us for lunch every Monday for Lucky Tray Day! All you need to do is grab a delicious lunch from our Cafe every Monday. Winners will receive a special surprise!

Important Meeting: Wednesday 1/11 @ 5:30 PM Regarding Sexual Abuse Prevention

We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, school counselors are required to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education by way of interactive classroom lessons, classroom posters, role playing and corresponding activities. Think First & Stay Safe™ enables students to take an active and necessary role in protecting themselves from abuse and exploitation. A committee of professional school counselors reviewed the program and selected components that were developmentally appropriate for elementary students and developed lessons around those concepts.

Due to the importance of this topic, I want you to know when and how you may preview the materials and when the counselor will be presenting this information to your child's class. Please join me for previews on Wed., January 11th at 5:30 PM. We will meet in the Media Center. If you attended this meeting in the past four years, the program has not changed. The preview takes an hour for K-4 and an additional 30 minutes for 5th if you have not already seen the K-4 material. If you have a 5th grader, you will view the video Breaking the Silence (30 minutes) that 5th graders will see in February. If you cannot attend, please contact your child's counselor, Dawn Garner at 770-338-4782 if you would like to schedule a preview or if you have any questions or concerns. The materials will be available for preview from Jan 5th to January 11th during the school day as well. All parents who attend the preview night or schedule a preview will get a homework pass for future use for their students! In Jan. and Feb., the school counselor will offer the sexual abuse prevention and safety lessons to all K-5 students.

You can also learn more about the detailed lesson plans and research behind this program at Please be aware that more information is provided on the website than is actually used in Gwinnett County. The plan for Gwinnett includes the key concepts taught at all grade levels; each grade reviews what was learned in the previous grade(s) and then learns additional lures. Specifics are provided below:

Key Concepts

You can use your built-in computer and make safe choices.

People are like the weather. Most are safe, but they can change.

Lures are tricks used to get children away from safe adults and safe place.

Laws help protect children and there are adults who can help you.

Your instincts help keep you safe.

A stranger is someone you don’t know.

Someone may even use threats to trick you.

No one can take away your dignity.


Review key concepts

Pet Lure

Name Lure


Review key concepts

Assistance Lure

Fun & Games Lure

Affection Lure


Review key concepts

Bribery Lure

Friendship Lure


Review key concepts

Emergency Lure

Authority Lure

Hero Lure


Review key concepts

Job Lure

Ego/Fame Lure

Online Lure


Review key concepts

Review All Lures

Video: Breaking the Silence (30 minutes)

If you prefer that your child not participate in the sexual abuse and safety prevention lessons, please write and sign a note indicating your preferences and send it to your child’s teacher or school counselor. As always, the counselor is available to discuss any concerns you might have. Unless written documentation is received, your child will participate in the sexual abuse prevention and safety lessons.

Free Ticket to Six Flags!

Six Flags reading logs are coming home. If you child reads six hours, they will earn one free ticket to Six Flags to be used this summer. Please fill out the form and return it to school by January 31. You may return the form at any time.
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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

January Dates


Students return to school

Percussion Ensemble


Bear Reader Logs & Easy Money Turn In

Honor Chorus Auditions


PTA BOD Meeting

Chorus – Guest Clinician Workshop


Instrument Club Rehearsal

Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum Review for Parents


Illustrator Visit

Percussion Ensemble


Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night


MLK Jr. Day – No School


Bruster’s Blue Ice Day

Student Council/Beta Club


Percussion Ensemble


Instrument Club Rehearsal


Percussion Ensemble & Chorus Rehearsal




S.O.A.R. Wings to Soar Program (Assembly)

Percussion Ensemble


GMEA Chorus Performance


Drama Club Rehearsal


Boosterthon Kick-Off

Six Flags Reading Logs Due

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Bear Reader Volunteers Wanted

The Bear Reader Team is looking for a few volunteers to help Total Class Minutes for Bear Reader Student Logs.

You can do this from home!!

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Grades 1-5 Workroom

Come help out Grades 1 through 5 teachers by being an extra set of hands. All kinds of tasks are always available to do, and the teachers always appreciate the extra help. Teacher's jobs are not done when the kids go home, so helping out this way will help them in their "free" time! They give so much for our kids, so let's give back to them! We appreciate any time you can dedicate! Click here for the link to the SignUpGenius.

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