Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

December 9, 2019

Hello! We hope you enjoyed the weekend! While it feels like Winter Break will soon be here, there is much work to be done by our students and teachers at Dryden over the next two weeks. There are several winter benchmark assessments taking place - MAP, Fastbridge and Fountas & Pinnell - depending on your child's grade. Classroom teachers have communicated specific details with parents. These assessments help us keep track of your child's academic growth and plan interventions and enrichment for specific students.


Also, please look for an email from our school tomorrow. This email will include a sign-up for your time preference for Parent Teacher Conferences that will take place on February 13 and 14, 2020.


We wish you a great Dolphin Week!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

12/11 - PTA December Birthday Books

12/11 - PTA Dine - Out Fundraiser (Noodles & Company, 66 S. Arlington Heights Road in Downtown Arlington Heights)

12/12 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 PM, 1200 S. Dunton Ave.

12/18 - Deadline for submitting T-shirt design entries for the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge

12/18 - 4th Grade Musical, 7:00 PM

12/20 - Winter Wonderland & Pajama Day

12/21 - 1/5 - Winter Break

1/6 - School Resumes

$2500 ABC/25 Membership Grant Opportunity for Dryden

Dryden is just 10 memberships short of achieving our $2500 membership grant! Every year we have been fortunate to receive this grant, and with it we have purchased new furniture for the LMC, robotics kits for student use, furniture and equipment for our outdoor learning space and books for classroom libraries. We hope to continue bringing quality resources to our school with this generous grant. Please help us get the word out and consider joining at https://abc25.org/donate/. Thank you!

Dryden PTA

Please visit the Dryden PTA website for important information on the Holiday Dessert Exchange for teachers, Winter Wonderland, the 4th grade musical, and other items of interest.

Winter Wonderland & Pajama Day, December 20

Students are invited to come to school in their pajamas on the last day of school before Winter Break! This will be a fun way for us to celebrate at Winter Wonderland and transition to a cozy, relaxing winter break. Students will be decorating lunch bags that will be donated to Meals on Wheels. They will also contribute to a snowflake mural that will be displayed throughout our main hallway to celebrate our unity and our uniqueness. There will be movement and dance activities and a story time at our Winter Wonderland as well.


Please consider signing up to volunteer. You can choose a time when your child will be visiting the commons if you like. You can visit the Sign Up Genius HERE.

4th Grade Musical

The 4th Grade Musical is the last one of 2019! As always, we would love to have the 4th grade parents sit back and relax during their child's performance, so we are asking all of our Dryden families to help out if they can. Please see the Sign Up Genius to see how you can help!


We are also in need of some costumes. If you would be willing to loan or donate any of the following, please contact Nikki mathfam4@gmail.com or Michelle mjcastaneda16@gmail.com.


Costume Needs:


  • Black suspenders
  • Red & black buffalo plaid shirt (lumberjack)
  • Penguin costumes or onesie PJs
  • Courier/messenger Bag
  • Snowman costume/onesie PJs
  • White &/or blue Lights
  • Orange pants to fit a 4th grader
  • Snowflake decor/lights


If your child has a role in the musical and you have an outfit for him/her, please let Michelle know.

Holiday Dessert Exchange for the Dryden Staff - Baked Goods Needed!

Dryden PTA Teacher Appreciation committee is looking for volunteers to bake or purchase desserts for a cookie exchange on Thursday, December 12, 2019. This will be our last special treat for the teachers and staff for 2019. Please bring in your treat 8:30 - 9:00 AM to the staff lounge through the front office. We will have goodie bags for the teachers to make their own take-away bags. Please volunteer via the following sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044FAFA92EA1FB6-holiday1. Thank you!

PTA Noodles Dine-Out, Wednesday, December 11

Visit Noodles in Downtown Arlington Heights from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 11. Show or mention the flyer, and 25% of the proceeds will come back to Dryden PTA.
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BIG Ask Fundraiser Recap - THANK YOU!!!

Thank you so much for your support during our annual fundraiser. We would have been excited to reach our goal of raising $7000, but instead we are ECSTATIC to report that we, the Dryden community, raised $10,385! With your incredibly generous donations, we are going to be able to continue our current programs, and we also are looking forward to adding new opportunities for Dryden's families. It is such a gift to have our children in a school where the staff and families are so committed to each child's elementary experience.

Enjoy the "Splish", a weekly video of highlights from our week at Dryden!

Dryden Splish 12.1.19