Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

October 21, 2016

Picture Proofs in Today's Friday Folders

Picture proofs were sent home in Friday folders today! Orders are due next Friday, 10/28. Please remember, this is the only opportunity for pictures (including class pictures) this school year.

Important Attendance Update!

Thank you for your commitment to your child’s education and for reading this important message! The attendance record of all public school students is evaluated yearly as part of the Georgia College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI). Once students accumulate six absences (excused or unexcused), our school’s overall attendance record is negatively impacted. This correlates with research from the Georgia Department of Education, which indicates that missing more than five days of school each year begins to impact student academic performance and starts shaping our children’s attitudes about school. Students should attend school every day, arrive on time and remain at school for the entire day unless there is a contagious illness or serious reason for being absent. Students can enter the building at 7:45 for breakfast and to begin learning right away. Students are counted tardy as of 8:15. Arriving late does not make for a stress-free relaxed beginning of the day. They also miss the morning announcements. Children who ride the bus always arrive before 8:00. Children in the Early Intervention Program or Response to Intervention do best when they arrive at those classes by 8:00. Please attempt to make appointments after school hours and avoid taking off the whole day for check-ups. Parents should be sure to get an excuse note. Coming into school before 11:30 or not checking out until after that time keeps your child from being counted absent for the day. If your child has a chronic medical condition, document this with the school if you have not already done so. Keep in mind that taking additional days off around student holidays can add up to many absences over the course of the year, especially if your child also becomes ill at some point. If your child is out, send in a note or email your child’s teacher to explain the absence. If your child is out sick more than 2 days, please consider going to the doctor and getting a note. Take a moment to review your child’s absences and tardies on the parent portal to be sure it is accurate. If you have questions concerning your child’s attendance or if there is a problem that the school can help resolve, contact the counselor, Dawn Garner, at dawn_garner@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. We appreciate your involvement and support!

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DYER’S Annual FALL COSTUME DANCE!

When: Friday, October 28th 6:00-8:00pm


Where: Dyer Elementary Gym


Attire: Come dressed in your favorite costume

(no weapons, masks or inappropriate costumes please)


Cost: Tickets are $5.00 per child at the door.

*New this year: Pre order tickets for only $3 per child + 1 bag of candy by October 24th.*

Child tickets include a meal (a slice of pizza, chips, and a drink).

Adult admission is FREE (no meal included, concessions may be purchased at the dance).

Order forms went home in Friday folders today, click here if you need another copy.


Entertainment: Live D.J.


Activities: Costume Parade, costume contest for all age groups with AWESOME prizes, games, Halloween grab bags, tattoos, and of course DANCING!!


Concessions: Cheese/ pepperoni Pizzas, chips, baked goods, candy and drinks!


All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Your ticket cost goes toward payment for our DJ, decorations, and clean-up costs for this event.

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

October at a Glance

25th- Red Ribbon Day


26th- Iowa Assessments Begin


28th- Picture Orders Due

28th- PTA Fall Dance


31st- Easy Fundraising & Bear Reader Log Turn-In Day

Looking to November

1st - IOWA Assessments Continue 11/1-4


7th - PTA Board of Directors Meeting


8th - Student/Teacher Holiday-General Election (Presidential)

8th - Zaxby's Spirit Night


10th - CFA Spirit Day


11th - Picture Orders Home


15th - Chili’s Spirit Night


16th - Bruster’s Blue Ice Day


17th - Dyer Skate Night


21st-25th - Thanksgiving Break


30th - Holiday Luncheon Grades K & 4

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Grades 1-5 Workroom

Come help out Grades 1 through 5 teachers by being an extra set of hands. All kinds of tasks are always available to do, and the teachers always appreciate the extra help. Teacher's jobs are not done when the kids go home, so helping out this way will help them in their "free" time! They give so much for our kids, so let's give back to them! We appreciate any time you can dedicate! Click here for the link to the SignUpGenius.

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Mountain View Cluster Foundation Meeting Tues. 10/18

The Mountain View Cluster Foundation will hold a planning meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the high school. All parents and community members in the Cluster are invited to attend and join in supporting the Foundation.

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