Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

January 20, 2017

Dear Parents,

We hope that you have already heard the buzz about Dyer’s new PBIS program! PBIS stands for “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” and we are excited to be bringing this national program to Dyer. In a 2 year roll out, we will be investing in our student’s behavior and character by laying out specific expectations for all students to follow in all school settings. By having universal expectations for our students, we hope to see positive growth in the climate and culture of our school. We have already seen a tremendous impact in our students as we have begun our initial roll out of this program last Monday.

Our PBIS team, made up of classroom teachers from K-5 classrooms, special education teachers, specials teachers, and administrators, has developed the PAWS program. PAWS as an acronym for our school promise. Our promise is to show Personal Best Actions, Act Responsibly, Work and Play Safely, and Show Respect. In each of these areas, expectations are in development for each area of the school such as the playground, hallways, bus, and restroom. The area that the team has chosen to focus on for the beginning phase of this program roll out is the cafeteria. You may have seen posters around the cafeteria if you have come to eat lunch with your child highlighting our cafeteria rules.

The cafeteria monitors are watching for students using good table manners, only eating the food that belongs to them, walking slowly and talking quietly, and cleaning up after themselves. Once a student has been noticed doing one of these things, they are written a PAWS ticket to drop into a bucket on the way out the door of the cafeteria. On any given day, we have had 70-80 PAWS tickets written since we have started! Wow!

The goal of the PBIS program is to not only notice positive behavior, but also to reward that behavior. Students have been recognized on the morning announcements and given a prize if their ticket has been pulled out of the bucket. In a random drawing, with varying numbers of ticket pulled each day, students have been able to receive things like a free ice cream or a coupon for free chicken nuggets at McDonalds. The best part is that the students don’t know what they are getting as a reward and it changes daily! We will continue to draw tickets frequently to make sure that students know that we see their positive behavior for the remainder of the school year.

We hope that you take the time to talk with your child about the PAWS program and see if they have been given a ticket for taking on the PAWS promise in the cafeteria!

-The Dyer PBIS Team

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Cafeteria Guidelines for Parents


As most of you are aware, there are guidelines in place for lunch guests. Please review these policies below, and be sure to follow them when visiting the cafeteria. This will be a tremendous support for our new PAWS program.

  • Visitors must have permission to visit their student. (i.e. must be on pick up list, or have a note from parent/guardian to visit designated student.)
  • Visitors and students must eat at the parent tables, (visitors may not sit with the class.)
  • When the music is playing all cafeteria guests, including visitors are silent or talking quietly.
  • Birthday treats and/or ice cream treats can be shared with your student's entire class but not children in other classes. (This is for the safety of our students with food allergies.) Also, please be sure to check with the teacher on how many students are in your child's class, in order to share treats, you must have enough for everyone.
  • At the conclusion of your child's lunch period, visitors should check out in the front office. Visitors may not escort their child back to the classroom.

Join us for STEAM Night Tuesday 1/24!

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Chorus and Percussion Reminders :

-Dress rehearsal is on Monday from 3-6PM. You do not wear your uniform. This is a mandatory rehearsal.

-Tuesday is STEAM night. We will be performing at 7:30. Students need to be on the risers in full uniform by 7:15. Uniform information was sent home last Friday. Shirts will be distributed on Monday or Tuesday.

-There will be no Tuesday or Wednesday chorus. We are adding a Thursday morning rehearsal to stay current on our repertoire.

-Percussion has rehearsal Thursday afternoon from 3-5.

-Field trip permission slips are under the field trip column in MyPayments Plus. You will need to pay for your child’s Varsity Voucher too. I am getting vouchers next Thursday, so payment is due ASAP.

-Chaperones report to Dyer on Friday at 1:30. We will meet in the cafeteria to get organized.

-Busses will return from Athens around 9:30 PM in the Dyer Front Lot. All students will be seated in the cafeteria. Please do not take your children before Mrs. Coulombe gives the OK.

Click here for a copy of the GMEA Field Trip Letter that was sent home last week.

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Lucky Tray Mondays in the Cafeteria!

Do you think you are Lucky? Join us for lunch every Monday for Lucky Tray Day! All you need to do is grab a delicious lunch from our Cafe every Monday. Winners will receive a special surprise!

Free Ticket to Six Flags!

Six Flags reading logs are coming home. If you child reads six hours, they will earn one free ticket to Six Flags to be used this summer. Please fill out the form and return it to school by January 31. You may return the form at any time.
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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

January Dates


Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night


MLK Jr. Day – No School


Bruster’s Blue Ice Day

Student Council/Beta Club


Percussion Ensemble


Instrument Club Rehearsal


Percussion Ensemble & Chorus Rehearsal




S.O.A.R. Wings to Soar Program (Assembly)

Percussion Ensemble


GMEA Chorus Performance


Drama Club Rehearsal


Boosterthon Kick-Off

Six Flags Reading Logs Due

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Bear Reader Volunteers Wanted

The Bear Reader Team is looking for a few volunteers to help Total Class Minutes for Bear Reader Student Logs.

You can do this from home!!

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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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