Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

September 2, 2016

Thank You - Again!


Thank you again for another wonderful week! Sonic Night was a huge success, and fun was had by all! We also enjoyed seeing all of our Bear Moms at Muffins with Mom. A huge thank you to all of the fabulous volunteers that helped make each of these events a success. (Be sure to visit our Facebook page to see pictures of these wonderful events.)

We look forward to seeing more friendly faces next week at Grandparents' Lunches, and Family Bingo Night!

Tech Talk!

We are so excited to see so many of our students embracing technology in the classroom. Just a friendly reminder, that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a privilege. Not following the BYOD rules or the GCPS Responsible Use Policy for Technology may result in the loss of the privilege. Please be sure to review the rules below with your child.

BYOD Rules:

  • Students should bring devices to school fully charged. Devices can only be charged at home.
  • Students must connect to and sign into our school’s Wi-Fi, GCPS-Mobile, to access the Internet.
  • Students may only use devices when the teacher has said that it is time to use your device.
  • Students may only use teacher directed websites and apps.
  • Students may not use devices outside of the classroom. (such as the bus, cafeteria, recess, restroom, hallway, and stairs)
  • Students may not share or borrow other students personally owned devices.

Room Parent Meeting Tuesday, September 6th


TIME: 8:30 AM

WHERE: Dyer Elementary Cafeteria

If you have signed up for the Room Parent Volunteer opportunity in your child’s class, please make plans to join us for our 1st Meeting! Please email or call with any questions


Bruster's Blue Ice Day - Wednesday, September 7th!

As a special treat, Bruster's will be selling their famous "Blue Pop" Italian ices for $2 in the cafeteria during lunch.
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Grandparents' Lunches Thursday 9/8 & Friday 9/9

Calling all grandparents! Please join us for a special lunch in your honor! (Adult lunches are $3.00, please bring exact change.) In order to allow room for our additional guests, we will be splitting grade levels into two days. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday 9/8: Kindergarten, 2nd & 3rd Grades

Friday 9/9: 1st, 4th, & 5th Grades

Lunch visitors will not be allowed for students on the day their grade level does not have grandparents lunch as they will be eating in their classrooms, and have limited seating.

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Fundraiser Orders Due Friday 9/9!

There is just one week left to help support our Fall Fundraiser! This will be the school's main fundraiser for this year. There are lots of great items to choose from in the catalogs, including magazines and even more items available online! Our goal is for each student to sell 10 items. As a special reward, all students that sell 20 items will earn a limousine lunch with Mr. DiFilippo. Students also have opportunities to win prizes for every two items sold. See the parent letter included in your fundraiser packet for more details.

Your support of this program means so much to the students at Dyer. The money raised last year, went directly to enriching our students' education. Specifically, we were able to purchase Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Reading and 35 guitars for our music program! We could not have provided these opportunities without your help.

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Family Bingo Night

Where: Dyer Elementary School

When: Friday, September 9th

Time: Session 1 - 5:30-7:00 & Session 2 - 7:30-9:00

Who: Dyer families

This is a great FAMILY fun night!

Ticket prices:

  • $3 for PTA members (please have your membership card)
  • $4 for non-members (memberships can be purchased at the door).

Ticket prices include:

  • Bingo card, a slice of pizza, a bag of chips, and a drink


  • Bingo card, 4 wings, and a drink (limited availablility)

Additional pizza drinks, baked goods, and candy available for purchase as well

Don't forget:

  • Get an extra BINGO card for each canned good or non-perishable donation! Donations support local families in need.
  • Bring your Pennies! Please consider leaving your pennies on the table to donate to the Dyer Care TEam which helps Dyer families in times of need. (Pennies will be available to for purchase at the door.)

Great prizes for every BINGO winner!

Bingo Night - Help Wanted!

We are quickly approaching one of the most popular family events at Dyer, Bingo Night on Friday September 9th!!! We need your help to continue to make this family fun night a success - we are taking donations of drinks (see below) as well as individually wrapped Baked Good from our "Dyer Chefs".

Please drop off the drinks and goodies in the PTA room or front office anytime before 3pm Thursday September 8th. For Baked Goods, we'd like to get them on September 8th/9th!!!

Any questions, please contact: Dawn Campbell - or Tim Adams -


Kindergarten: Capri Sun or Juice Boxes

1st Grade: Sprite

2nd Grade: Diet Coke

3rd Grade: Coke Zero

4th Grade: Coke

5th Grade: Bottled Water

All Grades - Individually wrapped goodies

Volunteering for BINGO is easy through the following link: Family Bingo Night

Thank You! We look forward to seeing you at Bingo!

Relay for Life

Mondays are Relay for Life T-Shirt Day here at Dyer! Only $10 each, with all profits benefiting Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society! The shirts are white, and our theme this year is "Dr. Suess".

**All orders are due on or before Friday, 9/9!**

All money and orders will be completed through MyPaymentsPlus.

Please note: We will NOT be ordering extra shirts, so PLEASE don't delay & miss out on getting your Dyer RFL Shirt.

Media Center News

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

· Set the example. Let children see you read.

· Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace

with changing tastes and reading skills.

· Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books

to read.

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.

The money raised at the book fair help our school’s Media Center program. For example, the funds raised at our book fairs help pay for author and illustrator visits.

Here are the dates and times for the Bookaneer Book Fair.

Book Fair Dates: September 26 – September 30

Shopping Hours: Mon-Tues 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM

Wed-Thurs (early release/conference days) 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Fri 8:15 AM -12:15 PM

Payment: Cash, *Checks (made out to Dyer Elementary), and credit cards (adults only).

*If sending your child with a check, please send a note or write on the memo line the max amount your child may spend.

Remember to send enough money to cover the 6% sales tax.

If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the Book Fair online at Our Online Fair is from September 23 to October 3. All online orders will be sent to the school and delivered to your child after the book fair ends.

We look forward to having you participate in our Fair, and remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Shirley Langford

Media Specialist


The Scholastic Bookaneer Book Fair arrives next month. We cannot make a Book Fair happen without the help of amazing volunteers. We need help with decorating, setting up, and sales between the dates of September 22 – September 30. It is fun to help and all Book Fair volunteers get 10% off of their Book Fair purchases. If you can volunteer, please follow this link. When you are on the Book Fair web page, scroll down to the blue button that says, “VOLUNTEER.”

Thank you in advance for your help.

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PTA 2016-2017 Reflections Program

This year's Reflections program is, "What is Your Story?"

Tell YOUR story through dance, a short film, a poem, or story, an original song, a photo or visual work of art.

Entries should be submitted to Mrs. Sturgeon, and are due on or before Friday, September 30th.

PTA Reflections Contact:

Leigh McDonald

Please visit the school website for additional information, rules & entry form.

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Dyer's Fall Festival is Coming....

Dyer Elementary School’s

2016 Fall Festival

October 7, 2016

5:00 PM—8:00 PM

Inflatables, Games, Food, Music and Fun

Wristbands are available now and at the door for only $10.00 per student.

Methods of Payment: My Payments Plus

At the Door: Cash or Credit

(Includes unlimited jumping and carnival games)

Carnival treats and fun will also be available for 1 ticket.

We will have popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, crazy hair, and our famous cake walk!

1 ticket: $1.00

Donations Needed for Fall Festival Baskets


We need your help! Each year at the Fall Festival, we raffle off fabulous themed baskets. This would not be possible without your help! In order to make sure we have enough items for each themed basket, we divide them among grade levels (see below). Please consider helping to "fill our baskets"! Donations for baskets will be accepted through Friday, September 30th, and may be given to classroom teachers or dropped off in the front office. Proceeds from the baskets will support our cultural arts program here at Dyer. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, that is welcome too, simply send in your desired contribution to your child's classroom teacher or the front office. Someone from our staff will then use your monetary contribution to shop for items to fill your grade level's basket.

Disney Mania: Kindergarten and Pre-K

Boys Sleepover: 1st Grade

UGA: 2nd Grade

Girls Sleepover: 3rd Grade

Family Fun Night: 4th Grade

Fun Fall: 5th Grade

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

September at a Glance

5th – Labor Day (No School)

6th – Room Parent Meeting

7th – Bruster’s Blue Ice Day

8th – Grandparent’s Lunches (GradesK, 2 & 3)

9th – Grandparent’s Lunches (Grades 1, 4 & 5)

9th - Fundraiser Orders Due

9th - NFL Spirit Wear Day

9th - PTA Bingo

12th PTA Board of Director’s Meeting

12th School Council Meeting

13th – Chili’s Spirit Night

16th – PTA Hat Day

21st – 23rd CogAT – Grades 1, 2 & 5

26th – Book Fair Begins

27th – School Pictures

27th - Zaxby’s Spirit Night

28th & 29th – Early Release

30th – United Way Pajama Day

30th - Last Day of Book Fair

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Please Consider Serving - See Opportunities Below!

Dear parents and family members,

There are so many wonderful things planned for this school year, and we would love for you to be a part of them! None of our events could not take place without the help of our fabulous volunteers. There are several opportunities to serve Dyer, and we will list them in this section of the newsletter each week. Please tale a look below, and consider signing up to help out! Any amount of time you have to offer is incredibly valuable, and much appreciated!

Bingo Night - Friday, 9/9 - Help Wanted!

We are looking for some folks to help our Bingo Night run smoothly. Please click the link if you can help out!

Here's What's Happenning in the Community:

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