Cardinal Crusader

December 2015


Home of the Young Cardinals

Week of January 4

January 4 - Back to School

Math Fact Practice

Dear Parent,

Building math fluency, specifically through math fact practice, is a critical skill that we are focusing on helping our students improve and expect our students to practice at home, too.

At school, we are dedicating 10 minutes of class time daily, as well as, using our Technology class for additional practice. Attached to this letter, you will find a sample of the form that will be sent home weekly for you to verify your child is practicing at home and includes different options for math fact practice. The weekly fact practice at home will be counted as a homework grade.

One way to practice is to use an exciting new web-based curriculum called Moby Max. Moby Max is tailored to your child's individual needs, and I think you will be very impressed by how fast your child will excel while using Moby.

Best of all, your child can access Moby from your home computer at any time.

Individualized login instructions have been mailed home and can be obtained in the office if necessary.

Once logged in, your child will immediately start the lessons and begin improving his or her skills by clicking on "Fact Practice".

You can sign in as a parent as well by selecting "Parent" from the drop-down menu and entering your child's username and password. You will be able to monitor your child's progress but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Recycle those Christmas Lights

The Color Me Green Team is helping to RECYCLE THOSE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!!!!

Working or Non-working!

Drop them off at Dryden Elementary or Dryden High School in the marked bin.


Collecting thru January 31, 2016

Any questions, please contact Lori Hall at 248-240-1777

(Recycling done by DD Electronics of Rochester Hills)

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 or in the main office.

Looking Ahead

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, 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.