Dryden Elementary School Newsletter

Home of the Young Cardinals - 4/16/21

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When you are picking your child up at the end of the day ...

As the weather is getting nicer I’ve noticed an issue that has come up in the end-of-the-day pick up line to the north of the school. It gets long and it doesn’t move.

If you are picking up your child and are going to leave your vehicle, please park in a parking spot, not in the pick up line.

The line is intended to move forward. If you’re parked there and not in your vehicle then the line doesn’t move. Some people don’t want to or can’t get out of their vehicle and those are the people who should be in the line.

If you are in a vehicle that is directly north of the school and blocked by the building your child cannot see you to know you are there.

Thank you for your help with this matter.

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M-STEP testing for our 3-6 graders

Starting next week, students will begin taking the M-STEP test. The M-STEP is Michigan's mandated state assessment for public elementary and middle school students. At the elementary school all students in grades 3-6 complete this test. The assessment evaluates performance in English Language Arts and Mathematics, along with Science and Social Studies in select grades.

Testing Schedule by Date:

April 20 - 5th grade science part 1

April 21 - 5th grade sciende part 2 (If time allows, this will be done on 4/20.)

April 22 - 5th grade math

April 27 - 6th grade ELA

April 29 - 6th grade math

May 4 - 5th grade ELA

May 6 - 5th grade social studies

May 11 - 3rd grade ELA

May 13 - 3rd grade math

May 18 - 4th grade ELA

May 20 - 4th grade math

Test Schedule by Grade:

3rd grade

ELA - May 11

math - May 13

4th grade

ELA - May 18

math - May 20

5th grade

science part 1 - April 20

science part 2 - April 21 (This may be completed on April 20 if time allows.)

math - April 22

ELA - May 4

social studies - May 6

6th grade

ELA - April 27

math - April 29

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How to Prepare Your Child for the M-STEP Test

1. Encourage good school habits all year long. Read at home, talk about things, notice things, play games together.

2. Tell your child you believe in them and praise them when they work hard at things.

3. Do your best to have them get a good night's sleep before the test.

4. Tell them to work hard on the test and to take it seriously. If you think they are prone to worry about it then maybe skip this.

5. Encourage your child to relax and remain positive.

COVID Letter to Parents

April 15, 2021

Dear Parents and Students,

We were notified today that an individual in the elementary school has a positive case of COVID-19. Mrs. Roys and I immediately contacted the Lapeer County Health Department.

Due to this exposure, Mrs. Maday’s second grade class is being quarantined. The dates of possible exposure were April 12 and 13. The quarantine will last through April 27, returning to school on Wednesday, April 28. All other students, including siblings of the quarantined students, are to report to school as normal tomorrow.

For Mrs. Maday’s class there will be no instruction tomorrow, Friday, April 16. It will start on Monday, April 19. Mrs. Maday will contact parents of quarantined students with your virtual instruction schedule by Friday afternoon. If you need to borrow a Chromebook please contact our front office.

At this time, due to the cleaning and social distancing measures put into place, no other classrooms or individuals in the building are affected.

As a precaution, Lapeer County Health Department is asking anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 14 days to avoid potentially exposing others. That means not attending school, staying home, and interacting with as few people as possible.

Remember, the symptoms of COVID-19 are not your usual runny nose and sneezing. Instead, COVID-19 symptoms include fever of >100.4, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can also mimic milder illnesses. Should your child develop milder cold-like symptoms testing would be warranted. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. If you feel well, you do not need to be tested. If you do become ill, call your doctor before going into the office. Testing will be determined based on risk assessment.

Other people in your household are not under quarantine. If you have other children they should report to school as normal. Please monitor symptoms and report them to the school and the Lapeer County Health Department.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should:

  • Stay home if you’re sick

  • Wash their hands frequently

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces

  • Avoid touching your face; avoid shaking hands

  • Follow suggested guidelines for social distancing

If you have specific questions or concerns that we can address, please do not hesitate to call or email us.


Mary Finnigan

Karen Roys

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It's Time to Make Your 6 Month Appointment - June 4

You now have the option to sign up their child online. You can simply visit www.MySchoolDentist.com and complete the form to allow your child to be seen by the in-school dentist.
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Application for Free or Reduced Meals

Use the link below to get to lunchapp.com to apply for free or reduced meals.

Math Discussions

Below are two visual prompts to start a math conversation at home. Sometimes there is one right answer and sometimes there are many right answers. The purpose of each question is to generate a discussion about how you determined an answer. If you find one answer, try to find another.
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Wear It Wednesday - Dress Up Theme

April 21 - Tie Dye Day

April 28 - Disney Day

May 5 - College/Armed Forces Day

May 12 - Beach day

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Do you have a 3 or 4 year old at home?

We offer free preschool (Head Start and GRSP) for families who qualify. See the flyer below.
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This is where you'll look for information specific for our virtual learners.
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Does your child have books at home to read?

It is very important that your child have access to books to read at home. We'd be happy to put together a bag of books for them. You'll just need to let us know what they are interested in and we'll get some books together we think they'll like.

Food Service Information for our Online Learners

What do you do if you want food service through Dryden Elementary School?

Hot Food Option - You have the option of ordering hot lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

  • The food served will follow the elementary school menu (above).

  • You must call the front office by 9:45am on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday or complete the order form below. If you know you will want this three days a week please tell Mrs. Marinkovski so you won’t have to call in on those days.

  • You can pick up hot lunch between 11am-12:30pm at the elementary school. If you order it but do not pick it up you will still be charged for it.

  • You will also be given bagged breakfasts and lunches to cover until the next day lunch can be ordered.

Cold Food Option - You have the option of picking up a week’s worth of bagged meals every Monday.

  1. To pick up 5 bagged breakfasts and 5 bagged lunches, please call our front office (796-2201) or return the order form by 9:45am on the Friday before to order for pick up on the following Monday between 11am-12:30pm.


Breakfast - Our elementary students get Universal Free Breakfast.

Lunch - We follow the same pricing structure as in-person students. Full Price = $3.00, Reduced = $0.40, Free - $0.

If the school needs to be closed for any reason these food service options

will change to our district-wide distribution method. That will be communicated to you if it happens.

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Important Dates

  • April 21 - Tie Dye Day
  • April 28 - Dress Up Day Theme - Disney Day
  • May 5 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • May 12 - Dress Up Day Theme - Beach Day
  • May 19 - Dress Up Day Theme - Athletic Wear Day
  • May 26 - Dress Up Day Theme - I'm not sure?????
  • May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday, no classes
  • June 2 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • June 6 - Graduation at 11am
  • June 9 - Dress Up Day Theme - Blast From the Past Day
  • June 14-16 - Exams for high school students, half days for elementary students, dismissal at 12:10.
  • June 16 - Last day of school

Parent and Student Resources

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Elementary Handbook

Please use this link for our Student Handbook. It can also be found on our Dryden Community School's website.

Would You Like to See Any Other Information in This Newsletter?

If you have ideas for information that would be helpful to have in this newsletter please let the office know.
Dryden Elementary School Calendar

Click here to see what's going on at the Elementary School!

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Dryden Community Schools

Karen Roys

Dryden Elementary School Principal

Mary Finnigan


Dryden Junior/Senior High School Principal