Dryden Elementary School Newsletter

Home of the Young Cardinals - 9/3/20

No School on Monday

September 7 (Monday) is Labor Day. School will not be in session.

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Free Lunch For All Students Through December 31 (or until the $ runs out)

Last year we were able to offer Universal Free Breakfast to all students at Dryden Elementary School. We have just received news that the USDA extended free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students through December 31, 2020, or until the money in the funding program runs out. So, the free breakfasts will continue all year. Free lunches will hopefully go through December 31, 2020.

Effective immediately all meals are free to all students ages 18 and under.

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We Are Looking for Recess and Lunch Help

Do you have an extra 2 hours in the middle of your day and love working with students? Have you considered being a recess/lunch aide? You would help monitor lunch and/or recess.

This is a GREAT way to get your foot in the door in our school. Many of our full time support staff started with us helping out at recess and lunch.

Please call Mrs. Roys at (810) 448-4001 or email at kroys@dryden.k12.mi.us for more information.

Before You Pick Up Your Child From School

If you have picked up your child outside behind the school you will know that it's hectic and it seems like there are kids going everywhere. After a while it will become routine.

Before you take your child please have some sort of contact (connecting eyes, speaking to, nodding to, etc.) with your child's teacher. This is especially important for our younger students and until teachers and parents recognize each other.

One day this week a parent unexpectedly picked their child up. The teacher didn't know and didn't see the student leave. We thought we had lost a student, which is one of the worst things that can happen at a school. There were about ten minutes with worried staff frantically searching for the student before we could confirm that she was picked up.

This also highlights the importance to call the front office if your end of day plans change.

Adult Guests Entering the Building

All adult visitors who enter the building (going past the front door) will need to wear a face mask, complete a paper health questionnaire, have their temperature taken, wash/sanitize their hands, and sign in. Many of these you probably already do, but having your temperature taken will likely be new.

According to the Return to Learn Roadmap that we need to follow for our BK-6th grade students, it is strongly recommended that we not allow guests in the building. Clearly there are some times when parents need to be in the building but we do need to limit it and follow our protocol.

It feels so unwelcoming to me to send out this information. We will gladly welcome our early childhood parents back in the building when we can.

Students Should Bring in Waterbottles

For safety reason students will be using our bottle filling stations rather than drinking fountains this year. Please make sure your child has a water bottle with their name on it.
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Free Face Masks

If you live in Lapeer County you can receive free face masks from the Lapeer Human Development Commission. All you need to do is call 810-664-7133 ext 1 and talk to Amy. At that time, she will coordinate a time for them to pick them up.

Do You Want New Cardinal Gear?

Now is the time to update your Cardinal Spirit Wear wardrobe with some new items. The online store at https://fancloth.shop/RLR5Q is open through September 10th. Orders will bemailed directly from the company to your home.
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Application for Free or Reduced Meals

Use the link below to get to lunchapp.com to apply for free or reduced meals.
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This is where you'll look for information specific for our virtual learners.
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Virtual Learners - Sometimes There Will be Supplies to Pick up

For our virtual learners, if your child's teacher has supplies to be picked up, they will be in the tub in front of school. Your child's teachers will let you know when there is something to be picked up.

Do Our Virtual Students Have Specials?

Yes, they do! We offer technololgy, music/band, art, and physical education for our specials classes. You will be receiving a Smore newsletter with more information next week.

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.

  1. 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?

We offer free preschool (Head Start and GRSP) for families who qualify. See the flyer below.
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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.

Choosing Productive Over Destructive

There are countless examples of people who have used feelings of anger, frustration or rage as fuel toward something great. They used these feelings to positively change their world and the world of others.

Take Candy Lightner, whose 13-year-old daughter Cari was killed by a drunk driver one evening in 1980 on her way to a church carnival. Candy was enraged to learn that drunk driving was rarely prosecuted harshly. Consequently, she founded Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Today, according to the organization’s website, MADD’s efforts have saved nearly 330,000 lives and counting.

Like Candy, many others in the world are fighting through the pain of discrimination and disrespect by taking action. In these moments, they seek to find a positive outcome. Many times parents will face this scenario when interacting with other parents, school systems, health offices, and many other organizations.

When these moments come, if our strong feelings lead to responses that hurt others or ourselves, it augments the problem. It can also perpetuate it by establishing an example. However, a parent with Street Resilience will do something productive about it, rather than throwing up the hands or retaliating in a destructive way.

To read more, use the link below or go to resilienceguide.org.

Source: WhyTry.com

Math Discussions

Below are two visual prompts to start a math conversation at home. Sometimes there is one right answer and sometimes there are many right answers. The purpose of each question is to generate a discussion about how you determined an answer. If you find one answer, try to find another.
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Health Insurance

Many families are without health insurance for their children due to becoming recently unemployed. Free or low-cost health coverage for children under the age of 19 or pregnant women of any age is available through MI Child and Healthy Kids. The number is 1-888-988-6300 or apply online at newmibridges.michigan.gov

Parent and Student Resources

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Elementary Handbook

Please use this link for our updated Student Handbook. It can also be found on our Dryden Community School's website.

Would You Like to See Any Other Information in This Newsletter?

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Dryden Elementary School Calendar

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Dryden Community Schools

Karen Roys

Dryden Elementary School Principal

Mary Finnigan


Dryden Junior/Senior High School Principal