Bear Essentials

09/13/2019

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone for your support of our Read-A-Thon program! We are thrilled to announce that the students read for a total of 474,658 minutes! That is INCREDIBLE! We are proud of all of the students' hard work, and would like to congratulate each of them for their accomplishments.


While the reading portion of our Read-A-Thon has ended, we still have untilThursday, 9/19 to continue getting sponsors. So far we have raised $12.760.90. Your support has been AWESOME! We are still working to reach our goal of $16,000 raised by next Monday. We will announce the winners for most minutes read and money raised in each grade level and individuals after that date, so stay tuned!


Don't forget, your readers get to spend 15% of their sponsorship money in the online prize store. Your child has until Thursday, 9/19 to complete their shopping. After that time, they will close out orders and ship them to the school for distribution.

More Thanks....

Thank you to all of the grandparents that were able to join us for lunch this week! It was such a treat to see our little bears' faces light up when their special guests arrived. If you weren't able to make it, please know that you are welcome to join us for lunch anytime! Just be sure you're on your students' emergency contact list or that a parent/guardian sends a note granting permission on the morning of your visit.
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Iowa Assessments 9/23-10/1

Dear Parents/Guardians,


From September 23 – October 1, 2019 your student will take the Iowa Assessments™. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about the tests so that—with your support and encouragement—your student will do his or her best on the tests.


About the Iowa Assessments

The Iowa Assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. These assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (grade 5 only), and Social Studies (grade 5 only).


The Iowa Assessments help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.


Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help students understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.


For most tests, students read the questions and mark their answers by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice, and the tests last an average of 10 to 35 minutes.


How your student can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help:

A student who is well rested, well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your student do his or her best by considering these tips:



  • Make sure that your student is in school and on time on test days.
  • Make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.
  • Remind your student that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.
  • Remind your student to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing. Encourage your student to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.


Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your student during testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sally Simmons, 770-963-6214.


Sincerely,

Sally Simmons

Assistant Principal

Dyer Elementary

Bedtime with the Bears!

The goal of this program is to strengthen our home-school connection while also building community. Tune in to Facebook Live every Tuesday night at 7PM and get to know our staff members as they read their favorite bedtime story. Be sure to like our school's Facebook page (link below). This Tuesday's guest reader is our Awesome Media Specialist, Mrs. Langford!

Bruster's Blue Ice - Wednesday 9/18

As a special treat, Bruster's will be selling their famous Blue Pop Ice during lunches on Wednesday, 8/21. Cost is $2, and proceeds help to fund our PAWS Program!
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Attendance Awareness

According to the Georgia DOE “Data indicates that missing more than five days of school each year, regardless of the cause, begins to impact student academic performance and starts shaping attitudes about school.” Good daily school attendance aligns with our vision, mission and goals for our students therefor please let us work as a team to encourage the best daily attendance possible. Let us know if your child is struggling with health, social or emotional issues impacting their attendance and academics. According to www.attendanceworks.org “Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even preK, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year.” Students who come to school consistently report feeling more connected to their peers and community, develop social skills and friendships, and are more likely to graduate.

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Relay for Life Shirts!

The Dyer Relay for LifeTeam is ready to start our biggest fundraiser of the year and we would love your family participate! Our Relay for Life T-Shirts are now on sale!!!! The theme for this year is "Claws for the Cause" and the shirts will be comfort colors in black with gold writing. All proceeds go to the Gwinnett Relay for Life from the Dyer Team. Help us be one of the top teams in Gwinnett County contributing this year! Cost of the shirts is $14.00 and you can have the name of a loved one printed on the shirt "in Honor of" or "in Memory of" for an additional $5 per name . The names on the shirt will be a separate payment. All payments are in Mypaymentsplus. Shirts can be purchased for your entire family. Your favorite teachers will be wearing Relay For Life shirts every Monday starting on October 7 . Please join us! Please note the hard deadline for shirt orders is September 17.
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Dyer PTO - Everyone is a Member!

Our PTO is the best around! Be a part of our fun, all-inclusive parent community in a way that speaks to you! There are so many different ways for parents to be involved, check out our PTO's website for more information on how you can get started!
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Calling All Shutterbugs! Get Your Work Published in Dyer's Yearbook!

Do you want to surprise your student and have a picture you've taken be featured in the yearbook? Please use the private Dropbox link below to submit candid pictures throughout the year of school events such as the First Day of School, Fall Festival, Holiday Lunches, and PTO events. We want to feature as many students as possible and your help is greatly appreciated!


https://www.dropbox.com/request/H7tym8NoJ440KcqLPcbE

Birthday Wishes in Big Lights!

This year we will continue to implement and expand our PAWS (PBIS) program school-wide. The goal of this program is to not only notice positive behavior, but also to reward that behavior. You can help support the funding of this program, and wish your child a happy birthday on our school marquee at the same time. It's a win-win! For a $5 contribution, a Happy Birthday message along with your child's first name and last initial will be displayed on our marquee for three days during the week of your child's birthday. Summer birthday? Not a problem, We will display summer birthday messages during the last week of school and during their birthday week. NOTE: Your child's name will be displayed on their birth date as well as the day immediately before and after. Orders can be placed via Mypaymentsplus.com under the School Events tab. Please note, requests will be processed the next business day.

2019-2020 Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

As a reminder, free/reduced lunch applications must be filled out each school year. To re-apply or find out if your student is eligible for free/reduced lunch, please visit: https://www.schoollunchapp.com/


Students that received free/reduced lunch during the 2018-2019 school year will have a grace period until September 16th to re-apply for the 2019-2020 year.

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September Events:

12 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

18 - Bruster's Blue Ice Day

19 - School Picture Day

23 - 10/1 - Iowa Testing

26 - Sonic Spirit Night

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