Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

September 26, 2021

Dear Dryden Families,

We hope you have been able to enjoy another beautiful weekend! I'm excited to introduce two new staff members to Dryden.

Please help us give a warm welcome to Mrs. Kim Dyer, who is joining Dryden as itinerant PE teacher for Mr. Poliszczuk's and Mrs. Samuels' third grade classes. Mrs. Dyer formerly taught science at South Middle School and PE at Olive. She was also the PTA president at Dryden when her children attended our school. Mrs. Dyer will begin at Dryden on Tuesday, September 28.

Additionally, at their meeting this past Thursday, the Board of Education approved the hiring of Mrs. Cara Giacomin-Ferris as Dryden's new part-time assistant principal. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Mrs. Giacomin-Ferris, too! Mrs. Giacomin-Ferris comes with experience as a music teacher from Barrington School District 220 as well as experience on school and district leadership teams for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, School Improvement and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Supporting a positive learning environment for students, families and staff that is nurturing, caring and welcoming is very important to Mrs. Giacomin-Ferris. Mrs. Giacomin-Ferris, will begin at Dryden on Monday, October 4.

You can see their photographs and get to know a little more about Mrs. Dyer and Mrs. Giacomin-Ferris as well as all of our staff members in our Dryden Staff Directory below. We look forward to another "wonder-full" week of learning at Dryden!


Akemi Sessler, Principal

Dates to Remember

9/26 - Fund the ‘Phin PTA fundraiser ends

9/27 - Fire Drill with AHFD

9/28 - Dryden PTA Dine-Out at Noodles & Company, 4:00 - 8:00 pm

9/29 - PTA Running Club, 8:10 am in the Dryden field

9/30 - School Picture Day

9/30 - Last Day for 10% Discount on PTA Yearbook Purchase

9/30 - Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up Genius emailed to all parents, 7:00 pm

10/1 - MAP Reports sent home

10/1 - PTA Parent Social Event

10/6 - Walk to School Day

10/7 - Board of Education Meeting, District Administration Center, 7:30 pm

10/11 - Institute Day, No School for Students

10/13 - MONDAY specials schedule

10/13 - PTA Running Club, 8:10 am in the Dryden field

10/13 - PTA Birthday Books for October birthdays

10/14 - 5th Grade Musical performance, 5:15 pm

10/15 - Kindergarten & New Student Health Forms are due

10/15 - PTA Fall Fest Movie Night

10/20 & 10/21 - Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)

10/25 - RULER Parent Presentation, 7:00 pm, Dryden LMC

10/29 - Halloween Parade & Classroom Parties

Family Friendly Dryden Staff Directory

Click on the image below to see and get to know a little about all the amazing staff members that make up the Dryden dream team. Enjoy!

Parent - Teacher Conference Sign-Ups

Please look for a Sign-Up Genius email from Dryden for all parents on Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 pm for Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Ups.

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place at Dryden on October 21 and October 22.

Walk to School Day, October 6

We’d like to invite all Dryden students to join a route and walk with our staff to celebrate

International Walk to School Day at 8:40 am on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021.

The aim of this day is to encourage physical activity, healthier habits, environmental concerns, and safe routes to school. We hope many Dryden families will join us on this day as well as consider this a preferred option for getting to and from school, weather permitting, throughout the school year.

Please see the map below for meeting locations and routes. Dryden staff will be wearing spirit wear and ID badges so you can spot them. We look forward to walking to school with you!

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Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found is filling up with water bottles, lunch boxes, jackets and hoodies. Please make sure these items are labeled clearly with your child's name. Any unlabeled and unclaimed items in the Lost & Found will be donated at the end of each month. If you are missing anything, please have your child check the Lost & Found located outside the lunchroom across from the custodian's office.


Please pack a second mask in your child's backpack. Throughout the school day, your child's mask may break, get wet or soiled, or start drooping. Or sometimes we forget a mask when getting out the door in the morning, and it's nice to have an extra one handy when coming into the building. While we have extra masks in the office, some students are particular about what kind of mask they're wearing, and would prefer one from home.

Bringing Your Dog to School?

Many of us love pets of all kinds! Mrs. Sessler has had dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, chameleons, frogs and more. Bringing pets onto school property, however, can cause some concerns. We do have students who are allergic to some pets. We also have students who are very afraid of dogs. If you do need to bring a pet with you to pick up your student, please keep your pet leashed and please clean up after it. Also, please know that some children are very anxious seeing a dog on school grounds. Thank you for helping our students feel safe at school.

RULER Parent Night, October 25

Parents of Dryden students are invited to join us for a presentation on RULER, our school district's new social emotional learning program on the evening of Monday, October 25 at 7:00 pm in the Dryden LMC. The presentation will be provided by staff members on the Dryden Social Emotional Learning Committee. This will also be a nice opportunity to meet Dryden's new social worker, Miss Caroline Sorrentino, and assistant principal, Mrs. Cara Giacomin-Ferris. We hope you can join us!

Halloween Costumes

We want all of our students to enjoy Halloween so as you are planning your child’s costume for our school celebration, please keep in mind that we are a kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school. Some costumes that may be deemed appropriate for older children or adults can be quite frightening to younger children. School-appropriate costumes should not include sharp objects, weapons, "squirting or dripping" blood, unnecessary gore, or anything violent or immodest in nature. Students may not bring any type of toy or real weapon (knife, gun, sword, light saber, claw, hooks, etc.) as an accessory to their costume. As a school, we model care, respect and acceptance, so please avoid costumes that target any cultural group or convey hatred towards any individual. Please consider selecting a costume that reflects an upbeat, positive theme. In the interest of safety, please help your child by selecting costumes that allow your child to walk and sit comfortably and allows your child to see where s/he is walking, since masks can can sometimes obstruct the student's view.

Please look for a separate email at the beginning of October detailing the Halloween celebration at Dryden.

HELP WANTED: CAP Supervisors

Are you fun, energetic, and like to keep school aged children involved & safe in a great recreational program? If you answered yes – then working for Children at Play (CAP) is the perfect part-time job for you! CAP is hiring staff to join our team and work before and/or after school hours.

AM hours are 7:00 am – start of school.

PM hours are after school – 6:00 pm.

Please help us spread the word to others you know! We love our schools and this a great job to serve our students who need extended care.

Apply today at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ahpd

Dryden PTA

Check out the Dryden PTA website!!

Fund the ‘Phin

A huge THANK YOU! to the Dryden community for supporting Fund the 'Phin! In the final days of our annual PTA fundraiser, you helped us zoom past our goal to a total of $10,600 donated! These donations will be used to provide a wide variety of activities, events and support at Dryden. We can't wait to continue planning a wonderful 2021-2022 school year for each and every Dryden Dolphin! Thank you!

Dine-Out at Noodles & Company

PTA presents the first Dryden PTA Dine-Out of the year on September 28 at Noodles and Company in downtown Arlington Heights (66 S. Arlington Heights Rd) from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Dryden PTA will receive 25% of the profits. Please mention Dryden when ordering. Online orders on the app or at www.noodles.com/order with the code GIVING25 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm will also be included.

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Picture Day is Thursday, September 30!

It's time to show your smile! Place your order online at www.inter-state.com/order. Please use the Code 61068XF. Package details will be shown after you enter your child’s name, teacher and grade. Inter-State Studio photographers and representatives will follow the mask policy in place at Dryden. If you have questions regarding Picture Day, please contact Shani Jarrett at info@austinjarrett.com.

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Dryden Yearbooks For Sale!

Dryden Yearbooks are on sale NOW! Purchase by September 30 to get 10% off! Follow the link to order your child's yearbook through TreeRing (Dryden Passcode: 1014123635244163). Please email drydenelementaryyearbook@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thank you!


Dryden PTA is hosting its first parent-only social event of the year on October 1st. Click the link for details and to RSVP!


PTA Fall Fest Movie Night, October 15

In this season of cooler breezes, bountiful harvests, and cozy moments fireside, come enjoy creating memories with family and friends at Dryden’s Fall Fest Movie Night! This year, we will have an outdoor movie night on Dryden’s lawn, featuring 2019’s animated film, “The

Addam’s Family.” There will be warm drinks, sweet treats, pizza, photos, and lots of memories for all. We hope to see you, October 15, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. More details to follow. Any questions or concerns, please email Lindsey Kaplan at lindsey.kaplan@gmail.com.

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Elementary School Lunch Menu

Click here to access the weekly elementary school lunch menu and nutrition information.

Weekly E-Flyers

Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.