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Dyer Newsletter

February 9, 2017

Thank You for Your Support of our Fun Run!

Parents, your students did such a great job at the Dyer Fun Run! Thank you for supporting our school these past two weeks. Even though the Fun Run is over, we’re not finished yet. It’s now time to focus on collections. Please have all of your pledge money turned in by February 3rd. Simply place all pledge money into the collection envelope your students will come home with, and send that back to school. Thank you again! Have a wonderful weekend!

No School Tomorrow!

Friday, 2/10 is our first of three unused snow make-up days. Enjoy the long weekend with your family! Looking for something fun to do on your day off? Friday is also Dyer Spirit Day at Stars & Strikes in Dacula! (See flyer below for more details.)

We Need Your Help!

Parents, 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. 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.

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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Currently Accepting Nominations for the 2017-2018 Board

Are you interested in working with a dedicated group of parents to make key decisions, plan events, and fundraise for Dyer Elementary? The Nominating Committee is seeking volunteers to help fill our PTA Board for the 2017-2018 school year. The only qualifications you need are a "can-do" attitude, and a willingness to provide leadership for Dyer ES. If you are interested in serving on the board or nominating someone in any of the areas listed, please fill out this electronic form no later than February 17, 2017.

We are currently accepting nominations for the following executive board positions:

· President/Co-Presidents

· Co-Vice Presidents

· Treasurer

· Secretary

The PTA is entirely volunteer run and is always seeking volunteers with new, fresh ideas! If you are interested in serving on a PTA committee for the 2017-2018 school year, or serving as a Committee Chairperson, please fill out this electronic form. Please note that Committee Chairs are appointed by the PTA Presidents and approved by the Executive Board Members. Committee Chairs will be appointed after May 24, 2017.

Not sure what serving in a position involves? Please contact Jennifer York at with any questions!

Thank you for your continued support of Dyer and our PTA!

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Spring Chorus Information - FAQs

What is Spring Chorus?

Spring Chorus is an extension of Drama Club. Members of Spring Chorus will be involved as an Ensemble Chorus Member for Willy Wonka Kids. Spring Chorus is open to students with good behavior in grades 3, 4 & 5. Due to space limitations, I must limit membership to 60 students. Once the cut-off is reached you will not be able to register. Drama Club members do NOT sign up for Spring Chorus, you are already accounted for.

When does Spring Chorus Meet?

Spring Chorus meets every Monday morning from 7:15-8 AM in the chorus room. Drop off is between 7:05-7:15 in the car rider line. Please be considerate and pull all the way forward in the car rider line if you are first. Not doing so delays the start of rehearsal and creates excess traffic in the parking lot.

My child was in Fall Chorus, do I need to reregister?

Yes. Go to MyPayments Plus and fill out the paperwork and make the payment.

How much does Spring Chorus Cost?

For returning members the cost is $30.

For new members the cost is $45.

What do Spring Chorus Fees Include?

Putting on a stage show is very costly. Expenses include Show Kit, Licensing Rights, some costuming, sets, props and our audio technician.

New members have an additional cost to cover their Dyer Music Shirt.

What are the important dates that I need to be aware of?

-We meet each Monday. Drop off is at 7:05. Please be on time.

-Monday, February 20 is a day off. We will have practice on Tuesday morning, February 21st .

-Thursday, March 23 MANDATORY after school rehearsal for both Drama and Chorus until 5:30 PM.

-Monday, March 27 MANDATORY after school rehearsal for both Drama and Chorus until 5:30 PM.

-Tuesday, March 28th we will be performing our musical 3 times. We will perform twice in the morning for our students. Our evening production begins promptly at 7:00. Call time for performance is at 6:15PM in the gym.

Bruster's Blue Ice Day: Weds. 2/15

As a special treat, Bruster's will be selling their famous "Blue Pop" Italian ices for $2 in the cafeteria during lunch.
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Early Release & Conferences

Dear Parents,

Early Release conferences are fast approaching. Dyer students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, February 22nd and Thursday, February 23rd. 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 follow this link. 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, February 17th 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.

Happy Camper Book Fair is Coming!

Here are the dates and times for the Happy Camper Book Fair.

Book Fair Dates: Friday, February 17 – Friday, February 24

Shopping Hours: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM February 17 and February 21

8:15 AM - 4:00 PM on early release/conference days – February 22 and 23

** Special Dad shopping morning on Feb. 24 at 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM, during Donuts with Dads. Dads and children must shop before they go to the cafeteria for donuts. **

8:15 AM – 12:00 PM Friday, February 24

Payment: Cash, *Checks (made out to Dyer Elementary), and credit cards (adults only).

*If sending your child with a check, please send a note or write on the memo line the max amount your child may spend.

Remember to send enough money to cover the 6% sales tax.


Wanted: Enthusiastic volunteers to help with our Happy Camper Book Fair. We need help February 15 - February 24. There are opportunities to help on different days at different times. If you can't come in to volunteer, we could use donations of Dum-Dums lollipops. Please click on this link to volunteer. It is fun to decorate and to help the children shop. All volunteers get 10% off of their book fair purchases. Thank you in advance for your help!

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

February Dates


Stars & Strikes Spirit Day

Student/Teacher Holiday


Spring Chorus Rehearsal

PTA Board of Directors Meeting

Drama Club Rehearsal


2nd Grade Field Trip

Bruster’s Blue Ice Day

Student Council/Beta Club Meeting


After School Program

CFA Spirit Day

Stock Market Game Club

Drama Club Rehearsal


Book Fair


Student Holiday


Book Fair


Spring Chorus Rehearsal


Early Release/Parent Teacher Conferences

Drama Club Rehearsal


Early Release/Parent Teacher Conference

Stock Market Game Club


Doughnuts for Dads


PTA Read Across America

Spring Chorus Rehearsal

Drama Club Rehearsal


PTA Read Across America

5th Grade Parent Meeting @ Twin Rivers

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Miss Mountain View Scholarships Pageant!

Miss Mountain View Scholarships Pageant is coming up March 18, 2017. Our Pageant has a place for EVERY girl… A Miss Mountain View girl grows in confidence and leadership through various opportunities to serve in our community. We are looking for girls to join our program to participate in our pageant and volunteer and serve our community. Please consider joining our sisterhood where we support each other, have positive attitudes and form life-long friendships. Please visit our website at for registration information which is open now until February 6th. Don’t delay, register today!!!

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