Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

October 7, 2019

Hello! We hope you have been enjoying the crisp, fall weekend! Speaking of which, as you prepare for your child's week at school, you may want to have your child bring a sweater or sweatshirt for the cooler morning temperatures. Our building's system has not yet been switched from cooling to heating.This switch is usually a daylong process. Therefore, it is only completed by our district maintenance team once later in the fall and then switched back once again in the spring.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

10/6 - 10/12 - National Fire Prevention Week

10/9 - PTA Running Club, 8:10 - 8:50 AM

10/9 - PTA October Birthday Books

10/14 - Columbus Day - No School for Students

10/15 - MONDAY Specials Schedule

10/15 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Camp Duncan

10/16 - PTA Running Club, 8:10 - 8:50 AM

10/17 - Board of Education Meeting at Thomas Middle School, 7:30 PM

10/18 - Bus Evacuation Drills

10/18 - PTA Sweetest Day Family Dance, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

10/24 & 10/25 - Parent Teacher Conferences, No School for Students

10/28 - Reflections Entries Due to the office

10/29 - First Grade Musical, 7:00 PM

10/31 - Halloween Parade and Classroom Parties

Fire Prevention Week

We thank the Arlington Heights Fire Department for coming to Dryden to educate our students about fire safety and prevention. Our whole school is planning to participate in a fire drill with the AHFD later this week, so if you see the fire engines in front of our school you will know why they are here. Students will also have a chance to see their vehicles and equipment up close. We are grateful for all that our local firefighters do to keep our community safe!

Columbus Day / School Improvement Day, October 14

There will be no school for students on Columbus Day, Monday, October 14. This is a School Improvement Day for School District 25 staff. We will be reviewing students' benchmark assessments and planning for their instruction accordingly. Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about student benchmarks and goals for the year during Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 24 and 25. We hope you enjoy the three-day weekend!

October 15 - MONDAY Specials Schedule

Please keep in mind that we will follow the MONDAY specials schedule when students return to school on Tuesday, October 15. There are several of these "switch" dates scheduled throughout the year in our school district to balance out the number of specials classes (art, library, music and physical education) for all of our students.

Bus Evacuation Drills, October 18

Students will participate in an annual bus evacuation drill with their classroom teachers on Friday, October 18. This is a helpful refresher of how to stay safe when riding a school bus.

Cognitive Abilities Testing, Grades 3 & 5

The district assessment window for Cognitive Abilities Testing in grades three and five will be open through October 23. Classroom teachers will inform parents of specific test dates and times. Please look for a letter from District Assessment Coordinator, Kristin Williams, this week for more information about this test.

Dryden PTA

Please visit the Dryden PTA website for important information on the Sweetest Day Family Dance, Parent Social Activities, Reflections (a Fine Arts Contest), and other items of interest.

PTA Sweetest Day Family Dance, October 18

Please join the PTA for this new family activity on Friday, October 18 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Dryden Commons. We'll have a DJ, crafts, a professional photographer taking family photos, and snacks for purchase. Presale tickets are $10 through Cheddar Up and $15 at the door. We can only accept cash or checks at the door.

Click HERE or visit https://family-dance.cheddarup.com to find out more details and to purchase your tickets in advance!

Please click HERE if you'd like to volunteer to help out at the dance.

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Call for Entries - National PTA’s Reflections program

The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. Entries are due by October 28th and can be turned into the office. Email amyhorndavis@gmail.com with any questions. To view rules and entry form, visit the Dryden PTA website, drydenpta.org.

To learn more about the Reflections program click here: https://www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections

PTA Kidz Voice

Check out the talents of the 2nd and 4th graders in this edition of Dryden PTA's literary publication, Kidz Voice.
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Enjoy the "Splish", our weekly video of highlights from Dryden!

Dryden Splish 10.4.19

District e-Flyer Website

Please remember to check out the e-flyer link here to see local programs that are available to our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.