Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

October 6, 2017

No School Monday!

Monday, 10/9 is a student holiday, enjoy your long weekend!

Progress Reports Issued Today!

Progress reports were sent home in Friday folders today. Please be sure to sign and return the form acknowledging your receipt of the report.

As a reminder, elementary schools in Gwinnett County use semester grade reporting similar to the schedule used by middle and high schools. First semester report cards will be sent home in January 2018. We understand the importance of frequent communication about grades and want to ensure you have the information you need about your child’s progress. Dyer will be reporting interim progress reports after the 9th and the 27th week of school (March 2018). These interim reports will be sent home in your child’s Friday Folder.

Current grades also can be accessed on the GCPS Parent Portal at any time during the school year. If you do not have access to the Parent Portal, please contact our office for assistance on steps you will need to take to obtain a portal token.

In addition, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher—at any time during the school year— if you have any questions about your child’s academic progress. Working together, we can better support our students!

Parent Surveys


Please help us improve our school by taking a few minutes to complete two very important surveys: one for GCPS and one for the State of Georgia.

GCPS Survey:

Each year GCPS conducts a Parent Perception Survey which is available on the Parent Portal. Once you log-in to your account, the survey should automatically pop up on your screen (make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off if you don't see it). Click here to log-in to your account. If you haven't yet set up a Parent Portal account, please visit our main office at Dyer to complete the brief form and show your valid ID. We also have computers available in the Media Center for you to use to complete the GCPS survey.

State Survey:

The other survey is from the State of Georgia and assists with our College and Career Readiness Climate Star Rating. You may complete the State survey on your computer, smartphone, or tablet or again, at the Dyer Media Center. We would like ALL parents to complete this State survey, and all responses are anonymously submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Please click here to access the State survey.

We hope you will take a few minutes to complete these two surveys to help us improve Dyer Elementary. Thanks for your support!

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After School Clubs - Registration Ends Tonight

We are excited to offer several clubs this fall for your child, if you choose to participate. You can read more about each club offered on the flyer below.

Program Dates and Times:

All classes will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:10-4:10. Students will stay at school during dismissal and attend their clubs from there.

Fall Session dates are:

10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Cost: The cost is $40.00 for Fall session (6 classes). Please pay through MyPaymentsPlus. (This is the only option for payment.) The deadline for registration is Friday 10/6, classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If you do not see the class of your choice listed in MyPaymentsPlus, it has likely been filled to capacity.

Attendance: This program is optional and attendance is not mandatory. There will be NO refunds for absences or withdrawals from the program.

Transportation: Transportation home is not provided. Students will need to be picked up at 4:10. Students must have a car rider number in order to participate. In signing your child up for a program, you are agreeing to pick up your child AT 4:10pm. Students will be withdrawn from the program if they cannot be picked up on time.

Questions: If you have any questions please contact Amy Zanardo (

School Phone #: 770-963-6214

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Gwinnett Great Days of Service 10/16-10/20

Please help us collect canned food items for Gwinnett families in need. See flyer below for more details!
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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day- Monday 10/16

Please join us in thanking our wonderful bus drivers for all of their hard work. They are the first faces our bears see each morning, and the last they see before they get home. We appreciate all they do to get our students to and from school safely!

Picture Proofs & Orders

Picture proofs were sent home earlier this week. They came in a little ahead of schedule, and as such the photographer printed the flyers with a due date of 10/13. The actual due date will remain Friday 10/20 as previously communicated. Remember, these are the only school pictures that students will take this year.

Book Character Day is Coming: 10/31!

Dyer Elementary is excited to announce Book Character Dress Up Day on Tuesday, October 31. On that day, each student is invited to come to school dressed up as a character from a favorite book. Since this is a literacy celebration, the characters should come from a story that was a book first.

Please do not feel like you need to purchase a costume. A simple homemade costume is great!

Your child should bring a copy of the book the character appears in or a picture of the front cover of the book.

There will be prizes in each class and winners will each get to choose a book from the BookMobile! Watch for more details as the date draws near.

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Box Tops for Education!

PTO is excited to kick off the Box Tops Program!

Have you been collecting all summer? Do you have your family and friends collecting box tops for you? Your classroom can win an ice cream party each month as the class with the most box tops turned in will win!!!

· Box Tops will be collected the last Friday of each month and must be turned into your teacher by 8:15am.

· Monthly competition will be held! The classroom with the most Box Tops collected will win an ICE CREAM party!

· All Box tops turned in must be cut neatly and not ripped out or having a missing expiration date.

· Winners will be announced the following Friday! Good luck!


Turn in dates:

· October 27th

· November 17th (due to Thanksgiving break)

· December (no turn in due to Winter break)

· January 26th

· February 23rd

· March 30th

· April 27th

· May 18th

Bear Reader Program

The Bear Reader Program has begun. There are no special reading logs required. We are asking that the students read at least 20 minutes for five days of the week. The students already have reading logs that they have as part of their homework. Fill out the homework reading log every day. At the end of each month, the teachers will e-mail Mrs. Langford with the names of the students who have read at least 20 minutes for five days of the week. The students who complete this monthly reading goal will earn a brag tag. Brag tags are fun dog tags. The children will be able to collect a new brag tag at the end of each month. Let's see who can collect them all!

Birthday Wishes in Big Lights!

You may have noticed that birthdays can now be displayed on our school marquee. For just $5, you can wish your student a happy birthday during his/her birthday week. All proceeds benefit our "PAWS" initiative. (Summer birthdays will run during the last week of school, and during your child's birthday week.) To register your child, simply log into their MyPaymentsPlus account.

Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks are now on sale, order a copy today! Simply log on to and enter our school's order number: 10768.
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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

School Make-Up Days:

Mark your calendar!

Gwinnett County Public School students and staff will make up the missed days due to Hurricane Irma by attending school on the designated inclement weather make-up days in the calendar:

Friday, February 23

Friday, March 9

Friday, March 23

October Dates:

9th-Student Holiday

12th- After School Clubs Begin

13th- PINK Out -Relay for Life

16th- Bus Driver’s Appreciation Day

16th-20th- Can's for Cupcakes Food Drive

18th- Bruster’s Blue Ice ($2)

20th- School Picture Orders Due

23rd-27th- IOWA Testing (Grades 2 & 5)

24th- Sonic Spirit Night

27th- Box Tops Turn-In

31st- Book Character Day
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Parent Volunteers- Sign Up Here!

Help the Dyer Teachers!

All Grade Level Workroom Volunteers needed EVERY Tuesday Morning!

Sign-Up Today:

YOU are needed on a Dyer Family Fun Committee!

  • Donuts for Dads
  • Muffins for Moms
  • Bingo Night
  • Decorating Committee

Sign-Up Today!

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