Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

September 22, 2017

School Make-Up Days:

Mark your calendar!

Gwinnett County Public School students and staff will make up the missed days due to Hurricane Irma by attending school on the designated inclement weather make-up days in the calendar:

Friday, February 23

Friday, March 9

Friday, March 23

Early Release & Conferences

Dear Parents,

Early Release conferences are next week. Dyer students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, September 27th and Thursday, September 28th . Please be sure to note these important schedule changes.

If you have not yet signed up for a conference with your child's teacher, one has been scheduled for you. Your child's teacher will be communicating your assigned time to you. If you have any questions regarding your conference time, please communicate directly with your child's teacher via email.

We look forward to seeing you during conference week.


Jaime Fooks

Wild West Book Fair is Coming!

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 up 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.

Here are the dates and times for the rest of the fair.

Book Fair Dates: Septemer 25 – September 29

  • Shopping Hours: Mon-Tues 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday (early release/conference day) 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Thursday (early release/conference day) 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday 8:15 AM -12:15 PM

Special Family Shopping Night at the Wild West Book Fair:

The Book Fair will be open during the Fall Festival from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

Since it is the last day of the Book Fair, some items may be sold out.

However, there will still be plenty of books and items to purchase!

If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the Book Fair online at Our Online Fair is available for an extended time from September 22 – October 1.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Shirley Langford

Media Specialist

School Picture Make-Ups

If your child was absent on Thursday, 9/14 they can still have their school picture taken. Make-ups have been scheduled for Wednesday, 9/27, first thing in the morning.
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Fall Festival - Friday 9/29

Dyer Elementary School's 2017 Fall Festival

Friday, September 29

5:00-8:00 PM

Inflatables, Games, Food, Music, Dancing & Fun!

Wristbands are available to purchase now (via MyPaymentsPlus) and at the door; cost is $10 per student and includes unlimited jumping and carnival games.

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

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

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After School Clubs

We are excited to offer several clubs this fall for your child, if you choose to participate. You can read more about each club offered on the flyer below.

Program Dates and Times:

All classes will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:10-4:10. Students will stay at school during dismissal and attend their clubs from there.

Fall Session dates are:

10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Cost: The cost is $40.00 for Fall session (6 classes). Please pay through MyPaymentsPlus. (This is the only option for payment.) The deadline for registration is Friday 10/6, classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If you do not see the class of your choice listed in MyPaymentsPlus, it has likely been filled to capacity.

Attendance: This program is optional and attendance is not mandatory. There will be NO refunds for absences or withdrawals from the program.

Transportation: Transportation home is not provided. Students will need to be picked up at 4:10. Students must have a car rider number in order to participate. In signing your child up for a program, you are agreeing to pick up your child AT 4:10pm. Students will be withdrawn from the program if they cannot be picked up on time.

Questions: If you have any questions please contact Amy Zanardo (

School Phone #: 770-963-6214

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Counselor's Corner

Dear Dyer Families,

Thank you for your commitment to your child’s education! This is an attendance update for all parents. We are proud that Dyer has a history of excellent attendance. Let’s keep it that way by having all students present and on time as much as possible.

We are slightly above the county average for tardies. Students can enter the building at 7:45 for breakfast and to begin learning right away. Students are counted tardy as of 8:15. Arriving late does not make for a stress-free relaxed beginning of the day. They also miss the morning announcements. Children who ride the bus always arrive before 8:00.

The attendance record of students at all public schools is evaluated yearly as part of the Georgia College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI). Once students accumulate six absences (excused or unexcused), our school’s overall attendance record is negatively impacted. This correlates with research from the Georgia Department of Education, which indicates that missing more than five days of school each year begins to impact student academic performance and starts shaping our children’s attitudes about school. Students should attend school every day, arrive on time, and remain at school for the entire day unless there is a contagious illness or serious reason for being absent. Please attempt to make doctor and dentist appointments after school hours and avoid taking off the whole day for check-ups. Coming to school before 11:30 or not checking out until after that time keeps your child from being counted absent for the day. If your child has a chronic medical condition, please document this with the school if you have not already done so.

Also please keep in mind that taking additional days off around student holidays (such as the upcoming one on October 9th) can add up to many absences over the course of the year, especially if your child also becomes ill at some point. If you have questions concerning your child’s attendance or if there is a problem that the school can help resolve, please contact the counselor, Dawn Garner, at

We appreciate your involvement and support!

Bear Reader Program

The Bear Reader Program has begun. There are no special reading logs required. We are asking that the students read at least 20 minutes for five days of the week. The students already have reading logs that they have as part of their homework. Fill out the homework reading log every day. At the end of each month, the teachers will e-mail Mrs. Langford with the names of the students who have read at least 20 minutes for five days of the week. The students who complete this monthly reading goal will earn a brag tag. Brag tags are fun dog tags. The children will be able to collect a new brag tag at the end of each month. Let's see who can collect them all!

Birthday Wishes in Big Lights!

You may have noticed that birthdays can now be displayed on our school marquee. For just $5, you can wish your student a happy birthday during his/her birthday week. All proceeds benefit our "PAWS" initiative. (Summer birthdays will run during the last week of school, and during your child's birthday week.) To register your child, simply log into their MyPaymentsPlus account.

Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks are now on sale, order a copy today! Simply log on to and enter our school's order number: 10768.
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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!


18th-21st- CogAT Testing

19th- Sonic Spirit Night

20th- Bruster’s Blue Ice ($2)

25th-29th- Book Fair

27th - 28th - Early Release

29th- Fall Festival

Looking to October:

2nd- Custodial Worker’s Appreciation Day

6th- PJ Day (United Way) ($2)

9th-Student Holiday

12th- After School Clubs Begin

13th- PINK Out -Relay for Life

16th- Bus Driver’s Appreciation Day

16th-20th- Can's for Cupcakes Food Drive

18th- Bruster’s Blue Ice ($2)

20th- School Picture Orders Due

23rd-27th- IOWA Testing (Grades 2 & 5)

24th- Sonic Spirit Night

31st- Book Character Day
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Volunteers are needed to help make the first book fair of the school year a success. The first book fair is always the biggest, so we need a lot of help.

Please click on the link for the Sign Up Genius to volunteer for a day and time that works for you. Working at the book fair is fun because you get to see the children get excited about the books they want to read. Even better: All volunteers get 10% off of their book fair purchases.

Parent Volunteers- Sign Up Here!

We are thrilled to have an amazing team of parents. Please follow this link to our electronic volunteer sign-up form so we can get you in the game!
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