Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

April 19, 2020

Dear Families,

We hope you were able to enjoy the nice weather this weekend!

Here is the link to the landing page with all of the grade level remote learning plans for this week.

I will still be at Dryden on Wednesdays from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, if you need to stop by and drop anything off or pick anything up, such as paper copies of remote learning activities. Please contact me at asessler@sd25.org or 847-398-4280 ext. 6501 in advance.

Although we were deeply saddened by the reality that our school community will not be able to reconvene in person due to this public health crisis, our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning. We look forward to making the most of the next couple months of this school year for our students!

This is not the school year that any of us imagined, so your continued patience and understanding as we work through this unprecedented situation together is so greatly appreciated. It’s important we continue to work together to support our students. I'm confident that our collective strength and compassion will shine through and we will emerge even stronger. I can't thank you enough for all that you are doing as we all work together through this.


Akemi Sessler, Principal

Dolphins, Go, Go, Go!

All of us at Dryden want to bring cheer to our students and families. We miss seeing your smiling faces at school and we care about you very much! Last week, we tried creating something new for you (see video below). It didn't turn out exactly as we would have liked, but we had a lot of fun trying and wanted to share our message with you, regardless. We hope you will sing and dance along, and have a good belly-laugh as you watch our blooper reel at the end! Many thanks to Assistant Principal Mrs. Beane for her video-editing talents and to Mr. Deptula's awesome musical leadership!
Dryden School Sing-Along

Video Message from Mrs. Sessler for Dryden Students

Please share this video with your children. I miss seeing them at school, but when I'm feeling down, I choose to focus on GRATITUDE, and I encourage our students to do the same! This week, we have two opportunities to express our gratitude at Dryden - It's Volunteer Appreciation Week and April 22 is Administrative Professionals Day!
2020.04.19 Message for Students from Mrs. Sessler

Dryden Family Challenge #3!

Get creative as we appreciate our incredible Administrative Professionals, Mrs. Sprenger and Mrs. Kemperas and celebrate Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 22. Please check out our latest challenge on Flipgrid using the code: https://flipgrid.com/wasik8370

Password: Dolphins25

Many thanks to our Student Learning Coach Mrs. Wasik!!

Student Information Profile for 2020-2021 Class Placement

If you wish to share information about your child that you would like us to consider for your child’s 2020-2021 class placement, please complete this survey by Friday, May 1. Responses will be shared with grade level teacher teams. Please complete one form for each child. Please do not include personal statements about individual staff members. Such statements will be deleted because they place our teachers in a very difficult position. You may contact Principal Akemi Sessler at asessler@sd25.org or 847-398-4280, ext. 6501 to discuss any specific concerns regarding your child's class placement. Class assignments will be finalized in mid-August and then emailed to parents. We appreciate your understanding and support.

Not Returning to Dryden for 2020-2021?

If you have a student at Dryden currently in kindergarten through fourth grade and are planning to NOT return to Dryden for the 2020-2021school year, please let us know by filling out this form.

Weekly Zoom Class Meetings

Please see the schedule below of the weekly Zoom class meetings that will take place at Dryden. We hope this will help you plan out your week, especially if you have multiple children! We tried to avoid schedules that could pose a conflict for siblings. Teachers have planned additional opportunities to interact and provide feedback to students as well. Of course, all class meetings are optional, and we understand if you choose for your child not to participate.

To protect the privacy of those who do participate, we request that parents monitor and make sure that no one takes pictures, screenshots, or recordings of video sessions and definitely not post anything on social media. Thank you!

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Coronavirus: A Book for Children

You can access this free book and others at https://stayhome.candlewick.com/. This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses several key questions.

Dryden PTA

Please visit the Dryden PTA website for important information on PTA Take Action Item: Tell Congress to Meet the Needs of Students and Families During COVID-19.

Yearbook Signing Update

Since we will not be returning to school this year, we have a new way for kids to sign each other's yearbooks. Your child can send and receive digital signatures to and from friends via the TreeRing website or app. Their friends have the option of adding these signatures to their custom pages. If you do not add the signatures to your child's custom pages they will not print in their yearbook.

To add signatures from friends and fellow students, please see the video below, or -

  1. Login into the TreeRing Website (Not App)
  2. Click on yearbook and click edit custom pages
  3. Add received signatures to that custom page by clicking on the signature button on the right side of the page you are editing.

We have extended the custom page deadline to accommodate this change. Additionally, all yearbooks will be sent directly to your home versus the school. Please complete your custom pages and signatures by April 27, 2020.

e-signatures for yearbook

5th Grade Lawn Signs, a Gift from PTA

The PTA will be purchasing yard signs to recognize and celebrate our 5th graders. This will be at no cost to you. We will order the signs and there will be a specific date and time for a safe pickup (by car) at Dryden. We will give more details on pickup later, but for now we just need to know if you would like a sign for your child so we can get an accurate count for ordering.

Please fill out this link by April 20th (tomorrow) to let us know if you would like a sign.

AHCPTA Keep Calm and Go Outside T-shirt Sales (Winning Design by Sofia F. at Dryden!)

D25 families are invited to support the Arlington Heights Council of PTAs Scholarship Fund by purchasing a Keep Calm and Go Outside T-shirt (Winning Design by Sofia F-2nd grader at Dryden Elementary!!!). Now more than ever we can all use the reminder to Keep Calm and Go Outside! Profits from t-shirt sales will go toward the 2021 D25 Scholarship Fund that benefits current D25 students as well as graduating high school seniors. T-shirts will be shipped to Scholarship Coordinator and distributed in May. May is Mental Healthy Awareness Month. Watch for future notifications on sharing how you Keep Calm and Go Outside!

Link to T-Shirt Sale: https://ah25keepcalm.itemorder.com/sale

Questions: d25scholarship@gmail.com

Website: www.ahcpta.org Facebook: @AHCPTA Twitter: @AHC_PTAs

5th grade families! CLASS OF 2020: Get Your South Middle School Spiritwear!