Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

February 17, 2017

No School Monday 2/20!

We Need Your Help!

Parents, please help us improve our school by taking a few minutes to complete two very important surveys: one for GCPS and one for the State of Georgia. Each year GCPS conducts a Parent Perception Survey which is available on the Parent Portal. Once you log-in to your account, the survey should automatically pop up on your screen (make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off if you don't see it). Click here to log-in to your account. If you haven't yet set up a Parent Portal account, please visit our main office at Dyer to complete the brief form and show your valid ID. We also have computers available in the Media Center for you to use to complete the GCPS survey.

The other survey is from the State of Georgia and assists with our College and Career Readiness Climate Star Rating. You may complete the State survey on your computer, smartphone, or tablet or again, at the Dyer Media Center. We would like ALL parents to complete this State survey, and all responses are anonymously submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Please click here to access the State survey.

We hope you will take a few minutes to complete these two surveys to help us improve Dyer Elementary. Thanks for your support!

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Today is the Last Day for 2017-1018 Executive Board Nominations!

Are you interested in working with a dedicated group of parents to make key decisions, plan events, and fundraise for Dyer Elementary? The Nominating Committee is seeking volunteers to help fill our PTA Board for the 2017-2018 school year. The only qualifications you need are a "can-do" attitude, and a willingness to provide leadership for Dyer ES. If you are interested in serving on the board or nominating someone in any of the areas listed, please fill out this electronic form no later than February 17, 2017.


We are currently accepting nominations for the following executive board positions:


· President/Co-Presidents

· Co-Vice Presidents

· Treasurer

· Secretary


The PTA is entirely volunteer run and is always seeking volunteers with new, fresh ideas! If you are interested in serving on a PTA committee for the 2017-2018 school year, or serving as a Committee Chairperson, please fill out this electronic form. Please note that Committee Chairs are appointed by the PTA Presidents and approved by the Executive Board Members. Committee Chairs will be appointed after May 24, 2017.


Not sure what serving in a position involves? Please contact Jennifer York at Jennifer_York@gwinnett.k12.ga.us with any questions!


Thank you for your continued support of Dyer and our PTA!

Fun Run Pledge Collections

Thank you all so much for your support of our Fun Run! Pledges were due yesterday, but if you weren't able to send them in, it's not too late. You can continue to send them in next week as you receive them.

Dyer's Music Program Honored at State Capitol

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Congratulations to Mrs. Coulombe and the Dyer Chorus and Percussion Ensemble for being honored at the State Capitol on Friday. School Board member, Carole Boyce, joined them for the honors. The resolution states: "Recognizing and commending Dyer Elementary School Chorus and Percussion Ensemble as one of the top Elementary Music Programs in the great State of Georgia in 2017." We are so very proud of our talented bears!

Spring Chorus Information - FAQs


What is Spring Chorus?

Spring Chorus is an extension of Drama Club. Members of Spring Chorus will be involved as an Ensemble Chorus Member for Willy Wonka Kids. Spring Chorus is open to students with good behavior in grades 3, 4 & 5. Due to space limitations, I must limit membership to 60 students. Once the cut-off is reached you will not be able to register. Drama Club members do NOT sign up for Spring Chorus, you are already accounted for.


When does Spring Chorus Meet?

Spring Chorus meets every Monday morning from 7:15-8 AM in the chorus room. Drop off is between 7:05-7:15 in the car rider line. Please be considerate and pull all the way forward in the car rider line if you are first. Not doing so delays the start of rehearsal and creates excess traffic in the parking lot.


My child was in Fall Chorus, do I need to reregister?

Yes. Go to MyPayments Plus and fill out the paperwork and make the payment.


How much does Spring Chorus Cost?

For returning members the cost is $30.

For new members the cost is $45.


What do Spring Chorus Fees Include?

Putting on a stage show is very costly. Expenses include Show Kit, Licensing Rights, some costuming, sets, props and our audio technician.

New members have an additional cost to cover their Dyer Music Shirt.


What are the important dates that I need to be aware of?

-We meet each Monday. Drop off is at 7:05. Please be on time.

-Monday, February 20 is a day off. We will have practice on Tuesday morning, February 21st .

-Thursday, March 23 MANDATORY after school rehearsal for both Drama and Chorus until 5:30 PM.

-Monday, March 27 MANDATORY after school rehearsal for both Drama and Chorus until 5:30 PM.

-Tuesday, March 28th we will be performing our musical 3 times. We will perform twice in the morning for our students. Our evening production begins promptly at 7:00. Call time for performance is at 6:15PM in the gym.

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Early Release & Conferences

Dear Parents,


Early Release conferences are next week. Dyer students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, February 22nd and Thursday, February 23rd. Please be sure to note these important schedule changes. Also, please note that we will not be accepting lunch visitors on these early release days due to 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.


If you have not yet had an opportunity to schedule your parent-teacher conference, please email your child’s teacher directly for an appointment.


We look forward to seeing you during conference week.

Happy Camper Book Fair is Here!

Here are the dates and times for the Happy Camper Book Fair.

Book Fair Dates: Friday, February 17 – Friday, February 24

Shopping Hours: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM February 17 and February 21

8:15 AM - 4:00 PM on early release/conference days – February 22 and 23

** Special Dad shopping morning on Feb. 24 at 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM, during Donuts with Dads. Dads and children must shop before they go to the cafeteria for donuts. **

8:15 AM – 12:00 PM Friday, February 24

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.

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Wanted: Enthusiastic volunteers to help with our Happy Camper Book Fair. We need help February 15 - February 24. There are opportunities to help on different days at different times. If you can't come in to volunteer, we could use donations of Dum-Dums lollipops. Please click on this link to volunteer. It is fun to decorate and to help the children shop. All volunteers get 10% off of their book fair purchases. Thank you in advance for your help!

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Famous Author, Patricia Polacco is Coming to Dyer!

Author, Patricia Polacco, will be visiting our school to speak with students on Tuesday, March 21. If you would like to purchase a book for your child as a special memory of this event, you may order one on your child's My Payment Plus account. Look under School Events in My Payments Plus. Hardcover books will cost $14 and paperback books will cost $7. When Patricia Polacco visits, she will give our school special book plates (stickers) to put inside each book. When the books arrive, we will hold the books until her visit. We will place the book plate stickers inside each book and then deliver them to the children either the day of the visit or the day after the visit.


The deadline to order books is March 1. No orders can be accepted after Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Please look at the flyers below to see which books are being offered. You can select the books you want when purchasing them on My Payments Plus.

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

February Dates

2/20:

Student Holiday


2/21-24:

Book Fair


2/21:

Spring Chorus Rehearsal


2/22:

Early Release/Parent Teacher Conferences

Drama Club Rehearsal


2/23:

Early Release/Parent Teacher Conference

Stock Market Game Club


2/24:

Doughnuts for Dads

2/27:

PTA Read Across America

Spring Chorus Rehearsal

Drama Club Rehearsal


2/28:

PTA Read Across America

5th Grade Parent Meeting @ Twin Rivers

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Fun Run Count Day Volunteers Needed!

We could use some help on a few Friday Mornings (2/24, 3/3, and THURSDAY-3/9) to count some Fun Run Money!! Even if you can only come for an hour, that would be a BIG help! Sign-Up Today!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4aa4aa2ca20-dyer
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