Dryden Elementary School Newsletter

Home of the Young Cardinals - 10/23/20

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Halloween Costume Parade

As far as celebrating Halloween, the good news is that classes will be celebrating Halloween in some fashion in their classroom. The bad news is that we cannot allow visitors to enter the building so parents will not be able to attend as they have in the past.

We will be allowing costumes to be worn all day long if you want to help your child into their costume at home. Another option would be a costume that can be easily put on over the clothes they wear to school. We will be severly limiting the number of students who can use the bathroom to put their costume on because we cannot have numerous students from different classrooms in the bathrooms together so please keep that in mind when making costume decisions. Plus we need to keep the bathrooms available for students who actually need to use the bathroom.

Weather permitting, we will be having our costume parade outside through the downtown area. Students will be exiting the school around 2:30pm. We'd love for you to join us on the route to enjoy our parade.

If you plan to take your child home after the parade, you may see their teacher outside to sign them out or sign them out in the front office.

Letter Regarding Quarantine

October 22, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

This evening, we were notified that two students in the elementary school and one infant in our early childhood program are probable cases of Covid 19. Mrs. Roys and I immediately contacted the Lapeer County Health Department.

Effective immediately, all individuals in Mrs. Unruh’s and Mrs. Campbell’s classes, some students who attend Cardinal Club, some students who ride the bus, and children in our infant room must be quarantined. Our infants will be quarantined through Thursday, October 29 and will return Friday, October 30. All others will be quarantined through October 30, 2020 and will return to school on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Parents of the Cardinal Club students and bus riders affected by the quarantine will be called this evening. Mrs. Fuerst will contact all early childhood parents affected by this.

For students in Mrs. Unruh’s and Mrs. Campbell’s classes, remote instruction will begin on Monday, October 26, 2020. Login information and instruction time will be sent to you and your child tomorrow, Friday, October 23. If you need to borrow a Chromebook please call our front office to set up a time to pick one up tomorrow.

Other school age children affected by this quarantine can join remote instruction tomorrow if they have their teacher’s login information and class times.

The quarantine only applies to students in those two classes, as well as Cardinal Club students and bus riders called this evening. All other students should report to school as normal.

At this time, due to the cleaning and social distancing measures put into place, no other classrooms or individuals in the building are affected.

As a precaution, Lapeer County Health Department is asking anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 10 days to avoid potentially exposing others. That means not attending school, staying home, and interacting with as few people as possible.

Remember, the symptoms of COVID-19 are not your usual runny nose and sneezing. Instead, COVID-19 symptoms include fever of >100.4, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can also mimic milder illnesses. Should your child develop milder cold-like symptoms testing would be warranted. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. If you feel well, you do not need to be tested. If you do become ill, call your doctor before going into the office. Testing will be determined based on risk assessment.

Other people in your household are not under quarantine. If you have other children they should report to school as normal. Please monitor symptoms and report them to the school and the Lapeer County Health Department.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should:

  • Stay home if you’re sick

  • Wash their hands frequently

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces

  • Avoid touching your face; avoid shaking hands

  • Follow suggested guidelines for social distancing

If you have specific questions or concerns that we can address, please do not hesitate to call or email us.


Mary Finnigan Karen Roys

(810) 448-4042 (810) 448-4001

mfinnigan@dryden.k12.mi.us kroys@dryden.k12.mi.us

Letter Regarding Instruction for Sick Students

October 23, 2020

Dear Dryden Parents and Guardians,

As you know, one of our safety measures this year is that we are requesting that you keep your child home if they are sick or have any of the many symptoms of COVID-19. While that is helpful in keeping people healthy, it does have ramifications as far as the instruction they receive and may lead to truancy issues. In order to address both of these concerns, when your child is ill and is staying home they will have the option to log into their regular classes’ Google Meet or Zoom during instructional times. If they do that then they will still receive instruction and will not be marked absent.

This is not a requirement when your child is ill. If they are too sick to participate in this way they should focus on getting better.

If you are interested in this for your child, when you call the office to let us know they won’t be in please let Mrs. Marinkovski know your child will be logging on for class.

If your child’s teacher has not already shared your classes’ login and instruction times, they will in the near future. Attendance will be given for the instruction sessions attended. For example, if there are four times to log in during the course of the day, your child will need to be logged in all four times to be marked as having attended all day.

Please keep in mind that, especially for the younger students, their learning materials will be at school so their classmates may be working in a packet or on sheets that are not available to them. For short absences like this is designed for we will not be able to provide the learning materials for pickup at school.

Although I believe this is a good option to keep sick students out of the building, I do have some reservations. This is to only be used if your child is sick. Educationally this will not be equivalent to attending school and I don’t want to present it that way. If your child is not sick this is not an option for them and they should be in school.

Also, there is sometimes a unique stress and sense of urgency that comes with trying to tackle and troubleshoot technical issues. Teachers will help to the degree that they can but they also have a classful of students that they are trying to teach as well. A list of common technical issues and troubleshooting is at the end of this letter.

If you need a device for your child to use, that may be picked up at the office. The device will need to be returned the day they return to school.

If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher or me.


Karen Roys

Dryden Elementary Principal

Common Computer Issues

I can’t log in to my child’s Google Meet - Your child must be logged in to the device with an account through Dryden Community Schools. Your child has an email address (firstname.lastname@dryden.k12.mi.us) and password. This should be used to log into the device.

I can’t hear anything and the teacher can’t hear my child. - The microphone in the Zoom call or Google Meet might be muted. The speaker on the device might be muted.

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Halloween Spirit Week Dress Up Days

10/26 - Dress like your favorite book character

10/27 - Crazy hair, mismatch day

10/28 - orange and black colors

10/29 - Dryden Day, wear red and black

10/30 - Halloween costume

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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Wear It Wednesday - Dress Up Theme

October 28 - orange and black color day

November 4 - College/Armed Forces day

November 11 - Veterans/Red, White, and Blue

November 18 - Camoflauge day

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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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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This is where you'll look for information specific for our virtual learners.
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Does your child have books at home to read?

It is very important that your child have access to books to read at home. We'd be happy to put together a bag of books for them. You'll just need to let us know what they are interested in and we'll get some books together we think they'll like.

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 or complete the order form below. 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) or return the order form 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.

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Important Dates

  • October 28 - - Dress Up Day Theme - Halloween clothes (not costumes)
  • October 30 - end of first marking period
  • November 4 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces
  • November 11 - Dress Up Day Theme - Veterans/Red, White, and Blue
  • November 11 & 12 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 12 - Half day of school, dismissal at 12:10pm
  • November 13 - No school
  • November 18 - Dress Up Day Theme - Camo Day
  • November 23-27 - Thanksgiving holiday, no classes
  • December 2 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • December 9 - Dress Up Day Theme - Jersey Day
  • December 16 - Dress Up Day Theme - Ugly Christmas Sweater
  • December 21-January 1 - Winter recess, no classes
  • January 6 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces
  • January 13 - Dress Up Day Theme - Hometown Day
  • January 18 - MLK Jr. Day, no classes
  • January 12 - Dress Up Day Theme - Exams
  • January 20-22 - Exams at the high school, half days for elementary students, dismissal at 12:10
  • January 22 - End of 2nd marking period & 1st semester
  • January 27 - Dress Up Day Theme - Twin Day
  • February 3 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • February 10 - Dress Up Day Theme - Heart day
  • Feb. 12-15 - Mid-winter break, no classes
  • February 17 - Dress Up Day Theme - Silly socks day
  • February 24 - Dress Up Day Theme - Superhero Day
  • March 3 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces day
  • March 4 - Parent Teacher Conferences (by invitation only)
  • March 10 - Dress Up Day Theme - Pajama Day
  • March 17 - Green Day
  • March 24 - Vacation Location Day
  • March 29-April 2 - Spring Break, no classes
  • April 5 - Easter Monday, no classes
  • April 7 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • April 9 - End of 3rd marking period
  • April 14 - Dress Up Day Theme - Tigers Day
  • April 21 - Tie Dye Day
  • April 28 - Dress Up Day Theme - Disney Day
  • May 5 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • May 12 - Dress Up Day Theme - Beach Day
  • May 19 - Dress Up Day Theme - Athletic Wear Day
  • May 26 - Dress Up Day Theme - I'm not sure?????
  • May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday, no classes
  • June 2 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • June 6 - Graduation at 11am
  • June 9 - Dress Up Day Theme - Blast From the Past Day
  • June 14-16 - Exams for high school students, half days for elementary students, dismissal at 12:10.
  • June 16 - Last day of school

Parent and Student Resources

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Elementary Handbook

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

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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