Dryden Elementary School Newsletter

Home of the Young Cardinals - 11/20/20

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Our Schedule

School will not be in session the week of November 23-27. We'll see you on November 30! Have a great week!

COVID 19 Letter to Families

November 19, 2020


Dear Parents and Students,


We were notified today that an individual in Mrs. Unruh’s first grade class tested positive for COVID-19. Mrs. Roys and I immediately contacted the Lapeer County Health Department. The date of exposure was on November 12, which was a half day of school.


Effective immediately, all individuals in Mrs. Unruh’s class who were at school on November 12 must be quarantined through Thursday, November 26. November 27 is the first day after quarantine and students will return to school on Monday, November 30, 2020.


Students in Mrs. Unruh’s class will not be attending class tomorrow, November 20. The quarantine only applies to students in Mrs. Unruh’s class. 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.

Sincerely,


Mary Finnigan

(810) 448-4042

mfinnigan@dryden.k12.mi.us


Karen Roys

(810) 448-4001

kroys@dryden.k12.mi.us

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Cold Weather Gear

We’ve had some cold weather already and I want to remind you to make sure to send your child to school with appropriate winter clothing. Fresh air and outside play are a big part of our day and help to contribute to student success. Barring severe weather, our students will be going outside for recess.


What do we consider appropriate clothing?

  • Grades K-4 - In order to play in the snow students need boots and snow pants. A coat, hat, and gloves are a given. In addition to boots they should have other shoes to wear inside of the school.

  • Grades 5 and 6 - Boots and snow pants are recommended but not required to play in the snow. Once again, a coat, hat, and gloves are expected.

It is recommended that you write your child’s name in every piece of winter gear - from the boots on the bottom to the hat on the top and everything in between. It is incredible how many valuable articles of clothing end up in Lost and Found each week.


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Vision and Hearing Screening for Grades 1-6

The Lapeer County Health Department is coming November 30th and December 1st to do vision and hearing screenings.


First, Third and Fifth grades will have their vision checked and second, fourth, and sixth will have their hearing checked. BK and K students will also have a re-check that day if they were absent on November 4th.


If your child needs the screening that their grade is not scheduled for, please send a note to their teacher.

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SMILE Dentistry is Returning - Dec. 4th

Dear Parents,


Great news! Our school has partnered with Smile Programs…the mobile dentists to offer in-school dental care. Sign up your child today at www.myschooldentist.com.


Even better, dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including
Medicaid and CHIP. For those without insurance, a low cost self-pay option is available.

Convenient and comfortable


Our in-school dental program saves you time and provides a safe and comfortable
place for your child to receive gentle dental care from licensed local professionals.
Dental care includes a complete dental exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and sealants
when necessary, and in some cases, restorative care such as fillings.

Dental care for a healthy life


Children who see a dentist regularly may have fewer health issues like:

  • Early tooth loss caused by dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired speech development

Help keep your child healthy, in school and learning.


Use the link below to make an appointment for your child.

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

December 2 - College/Armed Forces day

December 9 - Jersey Day

December 16 - Ugly Christmas sweater 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.


Prices

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

  • 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

Superintendent

Dryden Junior/Senior High School Principal