Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

September 7, 2021

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend! We are so proud of our students and all they have already accomplished in the first two full weeks of school. It's been so great to see how they have quickly adjusted to school routines and are getting deeper into their learning!

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We at Dryden are!!

Thank you, PTA, for decorating this beautiful bulletin board!

Dates to Remember

9/8 - PTA Birthday Books for September Birthdays

9/9 & 9/10 - MAP Testing at Dryden for Grades 3 - 5

9/10 - Sing Along by Flagpole, during morning arrival

9/12 - PTA Dryden Spirit Wear Sale Ends

9/13 - Fund the ‘Phin PTA fundraiser begins

9/14 - 5th Grade Band Registration, 3:45 - 6:30 pm, South Middle School

9/15 - PTA Running Club, 8:10 AM, Dryden Field

9/16 - No School

9/24 - Board of Education Meeting, District Administration Center, 7:30 pm

9/30 - PTA Picture Day

9/30 - Last Day for 10% Discount on PTA Yearbook Purchase

Cross Walk Safety

It's been fantastic to see so many students and their families taking advantage of the nice weather and walking or biking to and from school. Please help us remind students to cross the street with the crossing guard, Mr. Poteracki, at Dryden and Rockwell, or at the crosswalk by Orchard and Dryden. Crossing mid-street is highly discouraged, especially during arrival and dismissal when there are many cars driving up and down Dryden. Also, at Dryden and Rockwell, please remind students to WAIT to cross the street with the crossing guard. Thank you!

Patriotic Sing Along by the Flagpole, September 10

In honor of 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, students, staff and families are invited to meet Music Teacher Mr. Deptula by the flagpole on Friday, September 10 for a Patriotic Sing Along during the morning arrival. Students are invited to wear red, white and blue to school. At school we will talk about thanking our service workers and doing good deeds for others.

MAP Testing

MAP Testing will take place at Dryden on September 9 and 10 for Grades 3 - 5. For Grades K - 2, MAP testing will now take place at a later date as NWEA addresses some logistics for the district. Classroom teachers will email specific testing times to parents. MAP is a district-wide, computer-administered adaptive test, which means that test questions adjust to each student’s ability level as they navigate the assessment. The mathematics and reading assessments align to the Illinois Learning Standards. MAP testing for all D25 students will provide teachers and families with a common assessment to capture students’ progress throughout their D25 schooling. For more information about MAP resources for parents, access the NWEA Family Toolkit here.

Fun Fluency

Fun Fluency is an engaging before & after school language program where kids can play, dance, sing, act and laugh all in a new language. Parents can register their children at funfluency.com. The fee for the year is $295 for instruction one day a week over 25 weeks.

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Close Contact Possibilities for Students at Dryden

During the vast majority of the school day, students would likely not be considered close contacts if exposed to an individual in the school who contracts COVID. This is because students are able to maintain the required minimum three-feet social distancing in the classroom or during indoor recess while masked. Students are also not considered close contacts when outside and unmasked.

There are, however, two instances at Dryden in which students could potentially be considered close contacts and therefore need to quarantine - during the 20-minute lunch period and when riding the school bus. During lunch, students are seated at least three feet but less than six feet apart indoors. Since they are unmasked while eating, the 2 -3 students seated less than 6-feet away from a COVID-positive individual for 15 cumulative minutes in a 24-hour period would be considered close contacts and need to quarantine. We continue to consider equitable, alternate possibilities for lunch seating that may further minimize the potential for close contacts while also keeping our students' social needs and opportunities in mind.

Students are allowed to go home for lunch. Parents are asked to contact the school office in advance. Students will need to be signed out by a parent or caregiver prior to leaving the building.

Additionally, on school buses, students who are exposed to someone with COVID while less than six feet apart for a cumulative 15 minutes in 24 hours are considered close contacts and would need to quarantine.

Once district SHIELD testing begins (anticipated after September 22), parents may opt that their child to test-to-stay if identified as a close contact, which could potentially help prevent the need for their child to quarantine. For more information on the school district COVID-19 protocols and procedures, please click here. You are also invited to contact Principal Akemi Sessler at asessler@sd25.org or 847-398-4280 if you have any questions.

Safety Drills

Throughout the school year, schools participate in a variety of routine safety drills: evacuation (fire), lockdown (intruder) and shelter-in-place (tornado). Parents will be notified in advance of these drills. Officer O'Leary, our School Resource Officer from the Arlington Heights Police Department, will accompany us on our first lockdown drill, which will take place in the morning of September 13.

School Lunch Food Labels

Elementary and Middle School food labels are now available our website (www.sd25.org/FoodService) and by clicking the links below.

*PLEASE NOTE, due to the supply chain disruptions and shortages, items linked below could change without notice.*

As a reminder, lunch is free this school year for all District 25 students.

Thank you,

District 25 Food Services


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WANTED: CAP Supervisors

The Arlington Heights Park District runs a before and after school student supervision program at all District 25 Elementary Schools and they are in need of and currently hiring CAP supervisors/activity leaders!

For more about the positions and to apply, click the link here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ahpd?keywords=cap

If you have any questions about the job, you can email the AH Park District's CAP and Day Camp Supervisor, Katie Waszak (kwaszak@ahpd.org).

For information on the CAP Program, CLICK HERE or read below.

Dryden PTA

Check out the Dryden PTA website!!

Dryden Spirit Wear Sale

Swim on over and grab your Dolphin Spiritwear! The store will only be open until September 12!


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Fund the ‘Phin

Support Dryden PTA in our largest fundraiser of the year, Fund the ‘Phin! PTA provides a wide variety of activities and events to support all students and staff at Dryden, but we need your help. Details and link to donate coming soon.

PTA Running Club

The PTA Running Club is back for Fall! Expose your kids to the joys of running in a relaxed and FUN environment! Think games, obstacle courses, calisthenics and more. Each session will be different. Meetings take place in the Dryden school field from 8:10am to 8:50am.


  • Wednesday, September 15
  • Wednesday, September 22
  • Wednesday, September 29
  • Wednesday, October 13

Questions? Contact Nickie Cecola at nvavrik@gmail.com. Sign-up by Wednesday, September 8, through the following link: https://forms.gle/fc8ZxgErFPBtH7ms7 Looking forward to seeing your kids soon!

Dryden Yearbooks For Sale!

Dryden Yearbooks are on sale NOW! Purchase by September 30 to get 10% off! Follow the link to order your child's yearbook through TreeRing (Dryden Passcode: 1014123635244163). Please email drydenelementaryyearbook@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thank you!


Weekly E-Flyers

Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.