Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

September 15, 2017

Cognitive Abilities Test: 9/18 - 9/20

Dear Parents,

First, second, and fifth grade students will be participating in the 2017 administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) which measures students’ verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities. The results of this test will help assess how well your child is performing and assist with plans to meet your child’s academic needs.

The administration will be delivered as follows:

  • Monday, September 18, 2017: Verbal Battery - Sections 1, 2, & 3
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Quantitative Battery - Sections 4, 5, & 6
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017: Nonverbal Battery - Sections 7, 8, & 9
  • Thursday, September 21, 2017: Make-up Session
  • Friday, September 22, 2017: Make-up Session

Thank you for making sure your child is present and on time each of these days. Our staff wants to provide your child with the best opportunity to be successful. Since the formal testing environment cannot be duplicated in a make-up session, it is to your child’s advantage to be at school during these scheduled test days. Once testing has begun each day, no child will be allowed to enter the classroom tardy.

Although no studying or preparation is necessary for this test, the following recommendations should help your child do his/her best each day:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Be at school on time
  • Be prepared (glasses if needed)

Thanks for your support during this important assessment period.


Jaime Fooks

Assistant Principal

Fundraiser Orders Due!

Being out of school for three days this week was definitely disorienting. If you did not yet have a chance to turn in your fundraiser orders, it's not too late. You can still submit orders and payment in through next Tuesday. You can also continue to shop online at or on the mobile app by texting dyerspirit to 25827. Orders and payment are now due Tuesday, 9/18 (checks should be made payable to Fundraising Specialists). Thank you for your support!
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Sonic Spirit Night: Tuesday 9/19!

Sonic Spirit Night!

When: Tuesday, September 19th from 5-9 PM

Where: Sonic, 812 Dacula Rd., Dacula, GA

Why: 10% of total sales comes back to the school for things like Guided Reading books and technology for classrooms!

**The class with the highest participation wins a free Milkshake Party for the entire class that Sonic will deliver to the school!**

Bruster's Blue Ice Day- Wednesday 9/20

Bruster's Blue Ice Day is next Wednesday! Students will be able to purchase a famous "Blue Ice" for $2 during their lunch. A portion of the sale will come back to Dyer.

No Chorus Wednesday 9/20

There will be no chorus on Wednesday, 9/20 due to CogAT testing. Rehearsal will resume the following week on Wednesday, 9/27.

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!

Relay For Life T-Shirt Orders

Mondays are Relay for Life T-shirt Day here at Dyer! ONLY $10 each with all profits benefiting Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society! The shirts are blue and our theme this year is ‘Up’.

*All orders due on or before Fri, 9/22!*

All money and orders will be completed through

*Please note: We will NOT be ordering extra shirts so PLEASE don’t delay & miss out on getting your Dyer RFL Shirt.

Early Release & Conferences

Dear Parents,

Early Release conferences are fast approaching. Dyer students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, September 27th and Thursday, September 28th . Please be sure to note these important schedule changes.

The purpose of a parent-teacher conference is to discuss student achievement and progress. Each parent-teacher conference will last for a period of twenty minutes, and both parents are urged to attend. Please be prompt as these conferences are scheduled consecutively. If a situation arises and you are unable to attend your scheduled conference, please notify the teacher so the conference can be rescheduled.

To schedule your conferences this year, simply go to our school’s conference site and click on your teacher’s name. There you will be able to see all teachers’ schedules and sign up for a time that best suits your schedule. Computers will be available at Dyer for you to sign-up there as well. The ability to sign up for a conference online will close on Friday, September 22nd at 3:00pm. Please contact your child’s teacher directly to sign up after the close of online scheduling.

We look forward to seeing you during conference week.


Jaime Fooks

Wild West Book Fair is Coming!

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Here are the dates and times for the rest of the fair.

Book Fair Dates: Septemer 25 – September 29

  • Shopping Hours: Mon-Tues 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday (early release/conference day) 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Thursday (early release/conference day) 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday 8:15 AM -12:15 PM

If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the Book Fair online at Our Online Fair is available for an extended time from September 22 – October 1.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Shirley Langford

Media Specialist

School Picture Make-Ups

If your child was absent on Thursday, 9/14 they can still have their school picture taken. Make-ups have been scheduled for Wednesday, 9/27.
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Fall Festival - Friday 9/29

Dyer Elementary School's 2017 Fall Festival

Friday, September 29

5:00-8:00 PM

Inflatables, Games, Food, Music, Dancing & Fun!

Wristbands are available to purchase now (via MyPaymentsPlus) and at the door; cost is $10 per student and includes unlimited jumping and carnival games.

Carnival treats and fun will also be available for $1 per ticket.

We will have popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, crazy hair and our famous cake walk!

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!


18th-21st- CogAT Testing

19th- Sonic Spirit Night

20th- Bruster’s Blue Ice ($2)

25th-29th- Book Fair

27th - 28th - Early Release

29th- Fall Festival

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Volunteers are needed to help make the first book fair of the school year a success. The first book fair is always the biggest, so we need a lot of help.

Please click on the link for the Sign Up Genius to volunteer for a day and time that works for you. Working at the book fair is fun because you get to see the children get excited about the books they want to read. Even better: All volunteers get 10% off of their book fair purchases.

Parent Volunteers- Sign Up Here!

We are thrilled to have an amazing team of parents. Please follow this link to our electronic volunteer sign-up form so we can get you in the game!
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