Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

November 29, 2021

Welcome back! We hope you relaxed and enjoyed the Thanksgiving Break with your loved ones. We look forward to seeing our students back at Dryden and learning a lot with them during these next three weeks before the Winter Break!

Dates to Remember

11/29 - School resumes

11/30 - CogAT reports emailed to parents (Grades 3 & 5, and 4th grade students not tested last year)

12/1 - PTA Holiday Cheer Calendar begins

12/1 - Deadline to RSVP for PTA Parent Holiday Party

12/1 - 12/4 - Pick up pre-ordered ABC/25 Fundraiser Cocoa Bombs from Berry Yo

12/3 - ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge T-Shirt Design Contest entries due

12/8 - PTA Holiday Party (Parents Only) at Lola's Pizza Palace, 7:00 pm

12/12 - Last day to order Cocoa Bombs from Dryden PTA (pick up 12/19)

12/17 - Winter Wonderland & Pajama Day

12/19 - PTA Pajama Drive with The Pajama Program

12/19 - PTA Dazzling Light Display

12/20 - 12/31 - Winter Break

1/3 - School Improvement Planning Day - No School for Students

1/4 - School resumes for students

Car Line During Arrival and Dismissal

With the changing weather comes an increase in car drop-off and pick-up at Dryden. Please pull your car up as far as you can in the car line. Students may enter the building through any nearest entrance after 8:55 am. Please do not park and leave your car if in the car line. This will help prevent back-up at the intersection of Dryden & Rockwell where many children cross the street with the crossing guard. Thank you for your cooperation!

Guest Art Teacher Update

Art Teacher Mrs. Fuglestad will continue to be on leave through Winter Break. We continue to wish Mrs. Fuglestad and her family all the best. We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Runge will continue to guest teach art classes on Mondays and Tuesdays and Mr. Niro will guest teach on Wednesdays - Fridays. Mr. Niro has been a favorite guest teacher at Dryden and his former double major in art is a wonderful plus!

Author Visit with Andrea Wang

On December 8 & 9, students in kindergarten through third grade will Zoom with Author Andrea Wang. Her book, Magic Ramen: The True Story of Momofuku Ando, is a 2022 Monarch Award nominee. She has also written the picture book, Watercress, and the chapter book, The Many Meanings of Meilan. Books may be ordered from The Book Stall at a discounted price by returning the order form or by ordering online. All books will be delivered to Dryden and will include a signed bookplate from the author. Thank you to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for bringing Andrea Wang to students in our community.

Order Form:


Friday Flips

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At Dryden, we FLIP for good choices! The Dryden staff is on the lookout for students going above and beyond in big and small ways to make a positive impact on their school community. These Dolphin sightings are recognized during the morning announcements on Fridays. The students above were recognized for showing persistence, helping others, and taking care of their school environment. Stay tuned for weekly updates on these awesome Dolphin sightings and Friday Flips!

Dryden PTA

Check out the Dryden PTA website!!

PTA Dazzling Light Display

It’s back! The drive-through holiday light show in front of Dryden school will return on December 19 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm! Bring the whole family to enjoy this festive experience! Families must remain in their cars at the display. There will be stops set up to drop off new PJ sets for The Pajama Project and to pick up pre-ordered cocoa bombs. See you there!

PTA Cookies for Teachers and Staff

Next week, PTA will include a sign up link in the Splash to drop off your favorite holiday cookies for Dryden teachers and staff. Start deciding on your best recipe now!

PTA Holiday Cheer Calendar

The PTA invites you to join us for some holiday cheer throughout the month of December! In addition to several events, PTA has created a Holiday Cheer Calendar with festive activities to complete at home every day in December. Visit https://drydenpta.org to print out a copy. There is also a pdf download on the website containing instructions for the various activities. Don’t forget to tag @DrydenPTA on social media throughout the month!

PTA Cocoa Bomb Orders

Pre-order now to add some chocolaty cheer to your December! Follow the link to pre-order Cocoa Bombs from Berry Yo, $20 for a package of 4. When ordering, you will have the choice of three package options with different flavors. Orders will be available for pickup at the Dazzling Light Display on December 19 between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.

Here’s a link to pre-order:

PTA Pajama Drive

This holiday, PTA is collecting brand new pajama sets for children who are facing adversity via The Pajama Program. The Pajama Program works to “ensure that all children have a good night,” in spite of challenges they may be facing, including losing a loved one, new foster care placement, inadequate or unsafe housing, homelessness or violence in the home. Read more about this organization at the following link https://pajamaprogram.org/. The Pajama Program only accepts brand new, unused and complete pajama sets (tops and bottoms), sizes newborn through adult XXXL. Bring your set of pajamas for donation to the Dazzling Light Display on December 19 between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.

PTA Parents' Holiday Party

You're invited to the Annual Dryden PTA Parents' Holiday Party! Please join us on Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm at Lola's Pizza Palace (1612 E Rand Rd, Arlington Hts) for our private, parents- only event. Click HERE https://forms.gle/gQMRs9gA97UQMdJ6A to RSVP by December 1.
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Elementary School Lunch Menu

Click here to access the weekly elementary school lunch menu and nutrition information.

Weekly E-Flyers

Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.