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Dyer Newsletter

October 27, 2017

Book Character Day is Tuesday, 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 & Mr. DiFilippo. 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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Volunteers Needed for our PAWS Party, Tuesday 10/31!

In addition to our Costume prize winners, students that used their PAWS tickets to attend the October PAWS party will also get to select a book from the Bookmobile. We are looking for volunteers to help us run and manage this super fun event. The kiddos will have pizza, a fall dance, and a visit to the Book Mobile. Volunteers will be needed to serve pizza & drinks, supervise the dance party, and assist with the Book Mobile. There are several one hour shifts to choose from between 12:15 -2:45. Please sign up here if you can help out!

Dyer Celebrates Red Ribbon Day, Wednesday 11/1!

Staff and students are invited to wear red to show their support of red ribbon day next Wednesday, 11/1. See flyer below for more details.
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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!

Donuts with Dad - Friday 11/10

Where: Dyer Elementary School Cafeteria

When: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Who: Dads* and Dyer Students

*If dad is not available, another adult may attend with a student.

Start your day with a delicious donuts and put a smile on your child's face. Dyer Elementary PTO will serve members FREE donuts, coffee and juice in the cafeteria!

**We are looking for some Moms (or anyone!) to help serve our Wonderful Dads during this event: Donuts for Dad Please click the link if you can help out!**

Fundraiser Order Questions?

Fundraiser orders were delivered last Friday. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your order, please don't hesitate to reach out to the vendor, School Fundraising Specialists. You can reach them by phone at 404-702-0926 or via email at:
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Carmen Deedy Visit - Book Order Deadline Extended!

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 29, 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.

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:

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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