Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

March 15, 2020

Dear Dolphins,

We have entered "uncharted waters" and are embarking on new remote learning adventures together!

As Superintendent Dr. Bein and Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning Dr. Fitzpatrick have previously communicated, tomorrow will be our first Remote Learning Day. Links for accessing Remote Learning Plans are shared below. Starting on March 18, classroom teachers will email parents and guardians at the beginning of each Remote Learning Day.

I invite our school community to continue sharing and celebrating with one another the wonderful learning that is happening via our school Twitter:





These snapshots can help us to stay connected, and positively support and encourage one another throughout our upcoming learning adventures.

As a mom of three kids, I have been discussing new routines with my own family as we aim to have a balance of learning, creating, tech time, exercise, outdoor time, structured time, chores and free play time at home. As I try to emphasize the purpose and importance of social-distancing during the current school closure with my kids, I am seeing that it will be a relatively easy adjustment for my child who is more introverted and calm, and quite challenging for my child who is very extroverted and high-energy!

Whether we are physically in the building or not, caring for and supporting our entire school community remains my top priority. Do all of our students have appropriate childcare, meals, internet access, learning resources and devices? This is something that weighs heavily on my mind. Please know that you can continue to contact me on Remote Learning Days should you need assistance or if you have any questions. You can reach me via email at asessler@sd25.org or phone at 847-398-4280, ext. 6501.

Throughout my eight years at Dryden, I have been continually inspired by the kindness and support that our school community has provided one another. The coming days are an opportunity to show our strength. We will continue to communicate with you and support our students, staff and families. Thank you for your partnership as we work together to keep our school community healthy and safe. It is very important to take care of yourselves, your families and each other. And please, keep washing your hands! Together, we will see this through. Together we can help our school community to continue learning and keep safe and healthy.


Akemi Sessler, Dryden Principal

Video Message from Mrs. Sessler for Dryden Students

In the spirit of remote learning, my son Will helped me make the video below of a message I wanted to share with Dryden students while school is closed. Thank you for sharing it with your children for me. Enjoy!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

3/16 - Remote Learning Day 1

3/17 - Election Day, No School

3/18 - Remote Learning Day 2

3/19 - Remote Learning Day 3

3/20 - Remote Learning Day 4

3/23 - 3/27 - Spring Break, No School

3/29 - Next Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter to Families

3/30 - Remote Learning Day 5

4/2 - Doughnuts With a Grown-Up - CANCELLED

Remote Learning Links

Click HERE to access remote learning links that were recently shared by our school district for Remote Learning Days 1 - 5.

Please contact our school office at 847-398-4280 if you need paper-based materials. They can be picked up at Dryden by 4:00 PM on Monday, March 16.

Click HERE to apply for a program that will provide free Internet for 60 days for qualified families from Comcast. (We are not sure how long it will take to get it up and running at this point. )

Dryden PTA

Please visit the Dryden PTA website for important information on Tennis Club and other items of interest.

Doughnuts With a Grow-Up - CANCELLED

Originally, Doughnuts With a Grown-Up was scheduled for Thursday, April 2. In response to the recent COVID-19 concerns, Dryden Elementary PTA is following the direction of both the Arlington Heights Council of PTAs and District 25 and cancelling activities that host more than 250 people. We are hoping to reschedule this event later in the school year!

Tennis Club at Dryden!

Tennis Club at Dryden!

We are excited to announce that Tennis Club is coming to Dryden thanks to our PTA! If your child would like to participate (no experience or equipment needed!), be on the look out for a time-stamped sign up form on Monday, March 16th at 9 a.m. Tennis Club will take place on Mondays starting April 6 during lunch recess. There is limited space for Tennis Club, so there will only be 20 spots for each lunch recess. The PTA looks forward to sharing this wonderful sport with your children! If you have any questions, please reach out to Stacey Nunez at snunez77@comcast.net.

Time to Order your YEARBOOKS!

It's officially March, which means it's almost the April deadline to order your child's Dryden 2019-2020 Yearbook! Go to www.treering.com/validate and enter in Dryden's code (1014123635244163) to order.

If you need help customizing pages for your child's book, please contact us at Drydenelementaryyearbook@gmail.com.

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ABC 25 Get Burbed Race Updates!

Audition now to perform the national anthem live at the ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! D25 students may audition by sending a video recording of themselves or with one friend performing the national anthem "a capella" to abc25challenge@gmail.com. In your video, please state your name, grade, and school. Entries must be received by 11:59 PM, Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Register today for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! Choose the 5k or 1 mile and walk or run with friends and neighbors who are coming together to support the ABC/25 Foundation. All proceeds from this event go directly back to SD25 classrooms through grants awarded to the teachers! Register by Friday, March 22, 2020 to receive early registration perks including a $5 discount on the entry fee, a guaranteed race t-shirt and the option to have your race packet delivered to your D25 school. Race day is Saturday, April 25, 2020! REGISTER NOW!

Not a runner? Nursing an injury? Looking for a different experience on race day? We are always in need of volunteers to make race day a success! Many options are available and most are flexible to enable you to volunteer and also participate in a race. Sign up here!

Don’t miss any race updates. Follow ABC25 Get Burbed Challenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

In lieu of the weekly Splish video, we are sharing a handwashing video recently made by our students. We are so proud of their efforts to be positive and proactive!

Hand Washing 2020