Bear Essentials


Early Release & Parent Teacher Conferences

January 24, 2020

Dear Parents,

Early Release conferences are fast approaching. Dyer students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, February 19th and Thursday, February 20th. 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 go to our school’s conference site and click on your teacher’s name. The schedule will open on Friday, January 31st at 4:00pm. There you will be able to see your teachers’ schedules and sign up for a time that best suits you. 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 Thursday, February 13th 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.


Sally Simmons

Assistant Principal

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After School Clubs are Coming!

We are excited to offer several clubs this spring for your child, if you choose to participate. You can read more about each club offered on the back of this paper.

Program Dates and Times:

All classes will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:10-4:10. Students will stay at school during dismissal and attend their clubs from there. Spring Session dates are

2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26

Cost: The cost is $50.00 for Spring session (7 classes). Registration is now open on MyPaymentsPlus. (This is the only option for payment.)

*Deadline to Register is Thursday, 1/30*

*Each club has a limited number of participants and admission is

first come, first served. Don't delay, register today!*

Attendance: This program is optional and attendance is not mandatory. There will be NO refunds for absences or withdrawals from the program.

Transportation: Transportation home is not provided. Students will need to be picked up at 4:10 in the Car Rider line beside the building. We will not be dismissing in the front of the building. Students must have a car rider number in order to participate. In signing your child up for a program, you are agreeing to pick up your child AT 4:10pm. Students will be withdrawn from the program if they cannot be picked up on time.

Questions: If you have any questions please contact Amy Zanardo (

School Phone #: 770-963-6214

K-2 Directed Drawing Club with Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Zanardo

Let’s Draw! Do you love to draw but don’t know where to start? In this club, we will draw various pictures following step-by-step instructions using basic shapes and lines.

K-2 Craft Club with Ms. Hicks and Ms. Burton

Crafty, crafty, crafty! Do you love making crafts? In craft club, students will read a variety of books, and then create a craft inspired by the text!

1-3 Origami Club with Ms. Long

Do you love being creative and learning how to make new things? Then Origami club is the one for you! Origami is the art of paper folding. Students will create unique three-dimensional objects from flat pieces of square paper. We will explore the relationship between math, art, and paper folding. Please, crease, bend, flip, and fold your way to our club!

3-5 Running Club with Ms. Lopez and Ms. Hunter

Do you love running? Maybe you prefer to walk. Then this is the club for you! Students will run/walk outside with a goal for students to develop a healthy and active lifestyle.

3-5 Volleyball Club with Ms. Rose and Ms. Bonin

Do you love the game of volleyball or wonder how to play? If you are interested, then join in the fun! Students will learn the basics of volleyball through easy to learn drill and fun games!

3-5 Movement and Dance Club with Ms. Cureton

If dancing is your passion, then you will want to join this club! Students will engage in fun dance routines and songs! Students will have the opportunities to teach popular dance moves with friends!

3-5 Lego Robotics with Mrs. Frates and Ms. Shea

Do you enjoy Legos and making things? Then join us in Lego Robotics where students create their own robots and learn how to make them move!

5th Grade Girl Squad! with Mrs. Buck and Mrs. Janda

Calling all girls to be a part of our squad where they will learn to be empowered young women who care for themselves, their community, and others. Activities will include making bath bombs, spreading positivity, and learning how to navigate life!

3-5 Games Galore! With Mrs. McEntee and Mrs. Hill

Games, games, games galore! Come learn some games and play some more! Sorry! Yahtzee, Witzzle Pro, Apples to Apples, and Skip Bo. Games, games, games galore!

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PAWS News!


We are so lucky to have such caring and committed parents here at Dyer Elementary! Your support of our PAWS (PBIS) program is a huge part of our students' success. In addition to our PBIS Rewards App, we are always looking for ways to strengthen the home - school connection. This week in your child's Friday folder, you will find a bookmark that gives an overview of the PBIS (aka. PAWS) program and tips for ways you can utilize positive behavior interventions and supports at home. We hope you will find this resource helpful! If you have not yet downloaded the PBIS Rewards App, please email your child's teacher, and ask them to re-send you an invitation!

Another way you can help build a positive cimate in our schol is by helping us to celebrate our students positive behavior at our Valentine's themed PAWS PARTY! Students will be decorating donuts and creating their own Valentine. We would love your support and help to make this a great party for our Dyer bears! Parties will be held during each grade level's recess. If you are able to help, please sign up via this link to our SignUpGenius.

Book Fair Jungle Is Coming!

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading increases knowledge and vocabulary, lowers stress, and supports your child’s emotional growth. But perhaps the best benefit is the lasting bond you create with your child when you read with them.

Save the date!

Book Fair dates: Tuesday, February 18 – Monday, February 24

Shopping hours: 8:45 am – 2:30 pm

Special activities: Open until 4:00 pm on the early release days, February 19th and 20th

NEW In-School and Online Shopping Options! With Book Fair eWallet, a safe and convenient digital payment account, your student can shop the Fair cash-free! And if you’re not able to attend the Fair, try our new online shopping option. We’ve partnered with The Scholastic Store™ to offer over 6,000 products that ship direct to your home (with free shipping on orders of $25 or more)! Visit our homepage to access eWallet or shop online.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

Seeking Volunteers for Our Book Fair Jungle!

Dear Parents and Families,

The Scholastic Book Fair Jungle will be at our school soon.

Volunteers are the motivators to help any Book Fair become a success. We hope that you share with us your skills to help students discover the power of reading.

If you have time to help us with the Book Fair, please sign up on the following website:

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Afternoon Alternate Transportation Notification

We know many of you need to change your child's afternoon transportation method from time to time. In order to make those communications easier for parents, and our Transportation Coordinator, Mrs. Carroll, we have created an Afternoon Alternate Transportation Form for you to use. Simply print out the form (link below), fill it in and send it to school in your child's backpack. Of course, a regular hand written note is still acceptable but this form will guide you in making sure all of the pertinent information is communicated.

Also just a few reminders about transportation changes:

  • For your child's safety, any change in his/her regular method of transportation must be communicated in writing by 12:30PM of that day. (No faxes, texts or emails are permitted for security reasons except in the case of emergency as deemed appropriate by an administrator.)
  • Notes are valid for a maximum of 10 consecutive school days.
  • Bus passes are issued for emergencies only.

Six Flags Read to Succeed!

"Earn one free ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia! Log in 6 hours of reading on the Six Flags Read to Succeed website (hyperlink in flyer below) by March 20 to receive your tickets. New this year, all reading logs must be submitted online by a parent or guardian using the code given on the flyer below. Teachers will not be collecting reading logs. Don't miss out on this great incentive for reading!"
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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!

Don’t forget your EASY MONEY TURN in is coming up!!!

Easy Money Turn in Dates:

November 15th

December 20th

January 17th

February 21st

March 20th

April 17th

May 15th

New prizes for Easy Money winners coming in the 2019-2020 school year!!!

The student who turns in the most Box Tops, Tyson A+ UPC’s, and Coke reward codes by the end of the school year will win a Chromebook. (One student from the downstairs classrooms and one student from the upstairs classrooms) ***in case of a tie, a drawing will decide the winner. ***

The class who turns in the most Box Tops, Tyson A+ UPC’s, and Coke reward codes each turn in date will win ice cream during lunch. (One class from the downstairs classrooms and one class from the upstairs classrooms) ***in case of a tie, a drawing will decide the winner. ***

Students: be sure to put your full name, teacher’s name, and grade number on the bags you turn your easy money rewards in so you get credit for the year end Chromebook prize and the monthly ice cream party!!!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact

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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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