Cardinal Crusader

December 2015

DRYDEN ELEMENTARY

Home of the Young Cardinals

Week of December 14

December 14 - School Board Meeting at 7:00 at the high school

December 15 - PTA Meeting at 6:30

December 15 - 4th-6th grade boys basketball practice from 7:00pm-8:30pm

December 17 - 4th-6th grade boys basketball practice from 7:00pm-8:30pm

December 18 - Christmas Singalong starts at 2:30

We're Looking for...

Are you interested in helping out at the school? We're in need of a few people to help us as Recess Aides and Crossing Guards.


Your help would be greatly appreciated!


Please contact the main office at 810-796-2201 to find out more.

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DES Night at Buffalo Wild Wings!!!

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 5-9pm

700 South Main Street

Lapeer, MI

It's Dryden Elementary School night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lapeer!


Take your family and friends out to eat for a delicious meal at Buffalo Wild Wings and present the cashier with the certificate that the school will provide to you.


Certificates will be sent home on Monday, December 14th or can be picked up in the office or download the certificate by clicking on this link. Certificates are not allowed to be distributed at the restaurant so make sure you have yours ahead of time.


BW3's will donate 15% of all pre-taxed food sales to our school. Only one certificate per tab is required.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Toys for Tots

It's that time of year again where our Student Council is helping coordinate a Toy Drive for local families. There is a collection box for new and unwrapped toys located in the main hallway. Donations will be accepted through December 14.


Thank you in advance for your generous donations and thank you Student Council for taking on such a worthwhile cause.

School Hours 8:35am-3:35pm

The building opens at 8:00am and the cafeteria opens for breakfast at 8:15am

Students dismissed to classrooms at 8:25

Morning Drop Off

Parents dropping students off should use the north parking lot beginning at 8:00am. For the safety of our students, please do not drop off students at the front of the building.

Afternoon Dismissal

Parents picking up students at the end of the day should use the north parking lot. You'll notice that some parents like to park and gather by the big tree.

Cardinal Club (Latchkey)

Cardinal Club (Latchkey) is available from 6:30am-8:30am and 3:35pm-6:00pm.

Lunch Price Changes

Elementary prices are now at $2.50 and the H.S. at $2.75 for lunches. Forms for Free and Reduced Lunch are available online through the school website at www.dryden.k12.mi.us or in the main office.

Do You Shop at Shopko?

An Easy Way to Earn Money for our Young Cardinals

Recognizing that education is fundamental to an individual’s health and functionality in society, the Shopko Foundation has developed the Help Us Give Back program to provide critical support to schools across the country, while raising awareness to the budgetary challenges many districts face. During the holiday season, we encourage your community to join in the support and Help Us Give Back.


The Shopko Hometown Foundation will donate up to $2,000 to your local School District. Customers who visit your neighborhood Shopko Hometown between December 1st and December 24th can simply sign their name to show their support; no donation or purchase required. Each signature will count towards a $1 donation to your School District, up to $2,000.

Looking Ahead

Dec. 21 – Jan. 1 Winter Break – No classes


January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No Classes

January 27 - 29 Exams - Half days for Students

January 29 End of First Semester


February 12 - 15 President’s Day – No Classes


March 25 – 28 Good Friday – Easter Monday – No Classes


April 4 – 8 Spring Break – No Classes

April 15 End of Marking Period

April 21 Parent Teacher Conferences - Elementary and High School


May 30 Memorial Day - No Classes


June 14 - 16 Exams - Half Day for Students

June 16 Final Scheduled Day for School - End of Second Semester

From the Desk of Superintendent Dr. Richards

Inclement Weather

According to most meteorologists, the winter for us this year should be warmer because of what is being called a Godzilla or Super El Nino. It is being compared to the strongest El Nino ever recorded, which was in 1997. That year, mudslides made a mess in California, tornadoes tore through Florida, and the Southeast was deluged with floods. Only in the Midwest did people get off easy with a mild winter.


Although I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for a mild winter, frigid cold, more snow and ice may soon be upon us (YUCK!). As you can imagine, the decision to close school is quite complex. For example, the school district covers a large territory, with extreme terrain variations. Conditions in one area of the school district can be quite different from another area of the school district. Additionally, weather patterns and conditions can change suddenly, without warning.


On days when the weather is questionable and the schools are open, parents always have the right to keep their children at home if they do not believe their children should go to school. Under no circumstances should parents risk the safety of their children. If parents feel that driving conditions are dangerous or will become worse, they are encouraged to use their best personal judgment regarding attendance. Students will be excused.

Mission Statement

  • To provide an educational foundation of academic excellence that promotes responsible social, civic, and ethical conduct.


Vision Statement

  • Passionate teachers developing 21st Century Skills for all students
  • An individualized and challenging curriculum
  • Commitment to a safe, technology-rich learning environment
  • Encouraging community and family engagement


Human Development Commission's Walk for Warmth

Saturday, Feb. 20th 2016 at 9am

Lapeer Historic Courthouse

Walk for Warmth is a statewide event sponsored by Community Action Agencies for the purpose of raising funds for individuals and families in desperate need of assistance with heat and utility emergencies. It is a voluntary effort on the part of area citizens who gather pledges and walk a predetermined one-mile route. Many of the people served are struggling on fixed incomes and/or are ineligible for other types of assistance. In the past, HDC's Walk for Warmth efforts have assisted seniors, handicapped, and the working poor.


If you have any questions, please contact Brenna Cavanaugh, Sandi Klein, or Tara Dunham at 810-664-7133.