Bear Essentials


Read-A-Thon Thanks!

Thank you to everyone for your support of our Read-A-Thon program! In just two short weeks our students read a total of 474,658 minutes! minutes and raised $13,220.90! That is absolutely INCREDIBLE! We are so grateful for each and every one of our supporters.

Congratulations to our classroom, and grade level winners (listed below)!

Prize orders have been shipped and should arrive at the school sometime next week. Our Snow Cone parties will be held on Monday, 10/7!

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PAWS Thank you

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers that helped to make our first PAWS party of the year a success. We couldn't have done it without you. If you weren't able to help this time, no worries. We have 5 more parties scheduled for this school year and there will be lots of other volunteer opportunities.
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Iowa Assessments 9/23-10/1 (2nd & 5th Grade)

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.


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 amazing Art teacher, Ms. Bonin!

Make Up Pictures 9/26!

If your child was absent on picture day, they will be able to take a make-up picture next Thursday.
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Scholastic Artic Adventure Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families,

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.

Two NEW shopping options! Book Fair eWallet is a safe and convenient digital payment option for your student to shop the Fair cash-free. If you’re not able to attend the Fair, try our new online shopping. We’ve partnered with the Scholastic Store to offer over 6,000 products that ship direct to home (with free shipping on book-only orders of $25 or more)!

Visit our homepage to get started:

Digital payment option for students: eWallet! Now you can send your child to shop the fair cash-free! Visit our Book Fair Homepage to learn more and to create an account:

Payment Options: eWallet (see the back for more information), cash, check (made out to Dyer), credit card

Book Fair Dates and Shopping Hours:

· Family Event: Open During the Fall Festival on October 18

(Opens at 6pm, an hour after the start of the Fall Festival)

· Monday, October 21 -- 8:30am – 2:30pm

· Tuesday, October 22 -- 8:30am – 2:30pm

· Wednesday, October 23 (Early Release) -- 8:30am – 4:00 pm

· Thursday, October 25 (Early Relaease) -- 8:30am – 4:00pm

· Friday, October 26 -- 8:30am – 12:30pm (Packing up Book Fair at 12:30pm)

** We will have some Carmen Deedy books available for purchase that she will autograph when she visits on January 9, 2019. We will hold the purchased Carmen Deedy books in the Media Center until her author visit. After she autographs the books, we will give them to the students.**

Remember, all purchases benefit our Media Center. It helps us to purchase new books and to pay for author visits.

We hope to see you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Shirley Langford, Jennifer Burnette & Emily Rutgers

Media Specialist & Media Clerks

Wanted: Arctic Adventure Book Fair Volunteers

The first book fair of the year is always the biggest and most exciting for the students. We need some fun loving, book loving volunteers to help make this Arctic Book Fair a success. If you are good at decorating, we need you! If you like to organize and display products, we need you! We are also looking for volunteers to help with preview days, which requires helping the kids write down what they want to buy. We need people who are willing to run the cash registers. The children need help with shopping and counting out their money. We cannot have a successful book fair without the help of wonderful volunteers like you.

If you can help, please click on this link to get to the volunteer sign-up-genius.

Link to volunteer:

Thanks... and stay cool!

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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!

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 under the School Events tab. Please note, requests will be processed the next business day.
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September Events:

23 - 10/1 - Iowa Testing

26 - Make Up Pictures

26- Sonic Spirit Night

Looking to October...

2- Custodian Appreciation Day

10-14 - Fall Break (No School)

15-18 - National School Lunch Week

16- Bruster's Blue Ice Day

18 - Fall Festial + Book Fair Preview

21- Bus Driver Appreciation Day

21-25 - Book Fair

21-25 - Cans for Cupcakes Food Drive

25- 12-Week Progress Reports Go Home

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