Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

May 5, 2017

BOGO Book Fair is Next Week!

The Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair has arrived. All items at the book fair are BOGO! You pay for the book that costs more. The less expensive book is the free item. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on books for summer reading. The BOGO Book Fair will be in the Media Center the week of May 8 - 12.

Cafeteria & School Nurse Appreciation!

Next week is cafeteria appreciation week, these folks work hard each day to make sure our students are provided a nutritious breakfast, and lunch. Dyer will be treating them to lunch on Wednesday as a small token of our appreciation. Please encourage your student to tell them how much they appreciate them too!

Wednesday 5/10 is National School Nurse Day! We are so fortunate to have Mrs. Drumm here at Dyer to care for all of our Bears! She does a fantastic job making sure that all of our students are cared for, and safe! We will be recognizing her with a small gift, but the greatest gift she could receive would be words of appreciation from the children she loves so dearly. Please encourage your student(s) to write a note of thanks, or to stop by her office, and tell her thank you for all she does!

Important News from the Cafeteria

There will no be lunch charges for the remainder of the school year. Please take a moment to log into MyPaymentsPlus to be sure your child has adequate funds in their lunch account for the remainder of the school year.

2016-2017 Parent Group Update

Mr. DiFilippo is working with the 2016-2017 PTA Executive Board, and our Dyer Staff to form a Founding Board for our new parent-teacher group for the 2017-2018 school year. One of our first orders of business is to name this new group. Additionally, we would like parent input regarding events that you would like to see remain here at Dyer, as well as ideas for new events/programs that you would like to see added. Please take a moment to complete this electronic form; your feedback is important to us!

Student Placement for 2017-2018

Dear Parents,

When considering student placement for the upcoming school year there are several criteria we consider to ensure academic success for all of our students.

Our job is to ensure that there is a highly-qualified, passionate teacher in every classroom who believes that all students can learn, and challenges each child to meet his/her potential. Each teacher provides a safe and secure environment for students, and each teacher works with the others on the grade level to plan rigorous yet differentiated lessons.

However, even though our teachers provide input on unique student needs, if you have a concern, we want you to be able to share that information with us. You can do so by completing this electronic form. All forms should be submitted no later than Monday, May 8, 2017. We will not be able to accept forms after that date. The form allows you to write about the type of learning environment that will be most successful for your child, along with any additional information that should be considered. Please note,

we do not honor specific teacher requests in the placement of children at Dyer.

Yearbooks are Here!

Our Yearbooks have arrived! Due to a very busy schedule today, we were only able to distribute yearbooks for grades K-2. Yearbooks for grades 3-5 will go home next week.

If you haven't purchased yours it is not too late. Yearbooks will be on sale on My Payments Plus for $35.00 each. Act fast because supplies are limited. Click this link to go directly to My Payments Plus to get yours today.

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Dyer's Reading & Rollicking Fun Summer

Get a little R & R (Reading and Rollicking Fun) this summer. Relax throughout the summer by reading some great books. Enjoy bouts of rollicking fun by exploring things that excite your mind. All students who complete our R & R program will earn prizes when school starts in the fall.

You must do the reading and complete the Rollicking Fun activity to earn a prize.

Go to Dyer’s Summer Learning Page at to learn more, find links to fun learning activity ideas, and to learn about the prizes.


Read 60 minutes a week (beginning the first week of June) You can record your minutes in two different ways:

1. Record minutes on the Beanstack website provided by Gwinnett County Public Library. The username and PIN will be created at school. You can also create your own parent and student Beanstack account at home. Website:

2. Print out a reading log from the Dyer Summer Learning web page.


Come up with two weeks’ worth of activities that excite your mind. Projects require think time to plan, gather, and create your masterpiece. Have fun expressing your interests.


  • Caine’s Arcade (Watch video and create your own cardboard arcade mini arcade)

  • Chain reaction challenge (Watch video and create your own Rube Goldberg machine)

  • Music lessons, Dance Class, Art Class (Classes/Lessons that require you to learn about a topic/skill and create a final product at the end – like a painting, performance, etc.)

  • Computer programming. You can use a program like Scratch

  • Summer Bridge, Scoring High: ITBS, or other learning activity workbook

  • Summer Learning Camp like Camp Invention

  • Any other creative and learning activity that involves think time to plan, gather, and create!

After you finish your activity, create a way to share it with your class. For example, you can make a poster, write a paragraph, make a collage, or make a video highlighting your project. You are only limited by your imagination. If you choose to do a summer learning workbook, you can turn in the workbook.

During orientation or the first week of school, bring your reading log and your Rollicking Fun proof to your teacher. Make sure to write your name and your 2017-2018 grade level on your work.

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

May Dates

8th - 12th - Book Fair & Cafeteria Appreciation Week

10th -

Fifth Grade Field Trip

School Nurse Appreciation Day

11th- Kindergarten Cub Camp

15th -19th PTA Penny Wars & Custodian Appreciation Week

17th -

Bruster’s Blue Ice Day

5th Grade Ceremony Rehearsal @ Hebron

18th -

5th Grade Skate Night

Volunteer Appreciation Event

23rd -

5th Grade Events Day & Walk

End-of-Year Class Parties


Last Day of School

5th Grade Ceremony
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BOGO Book Fair - Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair. We anticipate a lot of students shopping, because it is a BOGO book fair. We cannot have a successful fair without the help of wonderful volunteers like you! If you have time to volunteer any time between May 5 - May 12, please follow this link to the Sign Up Genius in order to pick a time that works for you. Helping the children is a lot of fun. There is not a volunteer discount at the BOGO fair, due to the nature of the sale. However, you will have the satisfaction of helping us raise money to buy more books for our Media Center. We appreciate your help!

Penny Wars is Coming!

1,2, 3, 4...We declare a Penny War! We need your help for our end-of-the-year fundraiser! Come help us count some money at 8:15am! Your support makes these events possible!

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