Dryden Elementary School Newsletter
Home of the Young Cardinals - 8/13/20
Updates for Next School Year
I have updated the Frequently Asked Questions document with questions and answers our 100% virtual program. Please email me other questions you have. email@example.com.
You can access this document from the link in the email sending this newsletter.
Face to Face or Virtual Instruction - Have you completed this survey?
August 19 August 19 August 19
It will be staggered by last name. PLEASE attend only during your scheduled span of time.
A-G - 4:00-4:45
H-M - 4:45-5:30
N-S - 5:30-6:15
T-Z - 6:15-7:00
Each teacher will have a table outside of school. You can meet them and pick up your folder of paperwork.
You will receive a postcard invitation/reminder in the mail before the event.
Begindergarten and Kindergarten parents - We understand our youngest students may need time to see their classroom and lockers. Your child's teacher will be taking you in the school in small groups.
K/BK split - Mrs. Campbell
1st grade - Mrs. Unruh
2nd grade - Mrs. Maday
3rd grade - Ms. Hudson
4th grade - Mrs. Colmer
5th grade - Mrs. Howell
6th grade - Ms. Sobek
Music and Band - Mrs. Klann
Physical Education - Mrs. Margrif
Art - Mrs. Torok
Technology - Ms. Highley
Special Education - Ms. Haddad
Special Education - Ms. Highley
Schedule for our First Few Weeks of School
August 28 (Friday) - No school.
September 4 (Friday) - No school.
September 7 (Monday) - Memorial Day. No school.
Order a Sack Lunch for the First Day of School
Do you love working with children?
- Parapro in our Special Education program. Monday - Friday, around 30 hours a week.
- Lunch/recess aide - A couple of hours mid-day. We'd love if you're available every day of the week but will also consider candidates who need a more flexible schedule.
If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Roys at (810) 448-4001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application for Free or Reduced Meals
Your Child's Schedule
In the beginning of the year a lot of time is spent in the classroom getting to know each other, learning and practicing routines, and in general, training students how to be back in school. Academics are light in the beginning and increase in length and difficulty as students are time goes on.
Food Service Information for our Online Learners
What do you do if you want food service through Dryden Elementary School?
Hot Food Option - You have the option of ordering hot lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The food served will follow the elementary school menu (above).
You must call the front office by 9:45am on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. If you know you will want this three days a week please tell Mrs. Marinkovski so you won’t have to call in on those days.
You can pick up hot lunch between 11am-12:30pm at the elementary school. If you order it but do not pick it up you will still be charged for it.
You will also be given bagged breakfasts and lunches to cover until the next day lunch can be ordered.
Cold Food Option - You have the option of picking up a week’s worth of bagged meals every Monday.
To pick up 5 bagged breakfasts and 5 bagged lunches, please call our front office (796-2201) by 9:45am on the Friday before to order for pick up on the following Monday between 11am-12:30pm.
Breakfast - Our elementary students get Universal Free Breakfast.
Lunch - We follow the same pricing structure as in-person students. Full Price = $3.00, Reduced = $0.40, Free - $0.
If the school needs to be closed for any reason these food service options
will change to our district-wide distribution method. That will be communicated to you if it happens.
Do you have a 3 or 4 year old at home?
School Supply Lists
Building a Resilient Family
Every single one of us - students, parents, staff - is going through a challenging time right now. I recently read a great book titled The Resilience Breakthrough by Christian Moore. If there is ever a time to build up my resilience it is now! I highly recommend it.
The following information is from the Parent Guide from WhyTry, which is an organization started by the author of that book. The link for the complete parent guide is below.
Flipping the Switch:
When you flip the switch, you stop for a moment, realize you can turn pain into power, and move forward, committed to being resilient.
Have you ever walked into a dark room and bumped into furniture, or stepped on an unsuspecting Lego? It can be frustrating to not see what’s in front of you. But when you flip on the light switch, that all changes – you can see the obstacles in your path, find what you’re looking for, and be on your way. Imagine that there’s also a light switch inside your brain. When it’s turned on, you’re responding resiliently to life’s challenges. When it’s off, you’re not.
Flipping the switch happens in the moment of a challenge – it’s your decision right then and there to take your challenge by the horns and not shut down or give up. When you really think about it, change doesn’t have to take a long time. It’s instantaneous. It’s actually not changing that takes time. You can be resilient right now.
To read more, use the link below or go to resilienceguide.org.
Super Summer Success With Reading
Summer reading loss is a real issue and we want to do something about it! Research indicates that over the summer, many students lose up to 30% of their reading progress. That could mean sliding back two, whole reading levels! Would you like to maintain the reading success your child has experienced this year? Well, we have a simple and easy method for doing so: Encourage your child to read books throughout the summer. Yes! That’s all it takes. Research indicates when students read self-selected books at an appropriate level, they will avoid what is called the “summer slide” or falling behind in reading during the summer months. Sound too good to be true? It’s not!
As flowers need care to grow during the summer months, so does your child’s reading ability. How? Set up a daily routine for your child to read books across the summer. They can read the same books over and over again, or they can select new books based on their interests. We are asking that these books try to be returned during the first week of school in the fall. Encourage your child to read these books, other books or magazines in your home, books from our school’s Little Free Library and books from the local library. Don’t forget to keep books in the car and take them on trips with you! (And don’t forget about digital texts online--Kindle, Raz-Kids, Epic, National Geographic Kids, etc) The more your child reads, the more he or she will maintain his/her reading growth. Help make it happen – set up a reading routine and stick to it.
Remember: The best predictor of summer reading loss or summer reading gain is whether or not students read during the summer. Help your child maintain the reading progress they have made in school this year. Encourage them to read daily! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Mrs. Kristal White (Early Literacy Coach) & Dryden Elementary Teachers