Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

January 5, 2019

Hello! Happy New Year! We hope the winter break was enjoyable and relaxing for you and your family. We look forward to seeing everyone back at Dryden bright and early tomorrow morning!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

1/6 - School Resumes

1/14 - Variety Show Auditions

1/15 - PTA Birthday Books for January & July birthdays

1/16 - School Board Meeting, 7:30 PM at Dunton Administration Center

1/17 - Neon Color Dress Up Day

1/20 - Martin Luther King Day, No School

1/22 - Kindergarten Registration

1/23 - Monday Schedule

1/24 - Kindergarten and 1st Grade Kidz Voice Articles due

1/28 - 5th Grade Band Concert at South Middle School, 7:00 PM

1/28-1/30 - PTA Book Fair

1/30 - Family Reading Night, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

NOW OPEN: 2020 - 2021 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open.


Click the following link to complete and submit the online form to request a Kindergarten Registration packet: Pre-Registration Form


Completed enrollment packets can be dropped off at Dryden during Kindergarten Registration, which will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 between 9:30 - 11:00 AM or 4:00 - 6:45 PM.


For complete information regarding kindergarten pre-registration, click here.


For information on registering students in grades 1 - 5 who will be new to Dryden for the 2020-2021 school year, please click here.


Please share this information with any of your neighbors who have kindergarten-age children, as this process helps us plan for 2020-2021 staffing needs at Dryden. Thank you!

Neon Color Day, January 17

Brighten up the dark winter days with neon colors on Friday, January 17. Students are invited to dress up in bright colors as much as possible from head to toe. Let your true colors and creativity shine!

Erin's Law

This year, Erin’s Law presentations will take place in classrooms at Dryden between January 22 and the end of February. Information about Erin’s Law and topics covered at each grade level are linked here. Like last year, Dryden Social Worker, Mrs. Thompson, will present in classrooms. Presentations will be one time for about 30 minutes.

5 Essentials Survey

The window to complete this survey is open through February 14. Parents, students (in grades 4 & 5) and staff are encouraged to complete the survey. This survey is sent out by the state and is intended to provide data and insight into a school’s organizational strengths and areas of opportunity across 5 essential factors for school improvement: effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment and ambitious instruction. Classroom teachers will administer the survey to students during the school day. Please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ to take the parent survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu. Thank you!

Dryden PTA

Please visit the Dryden PTA website for important information on the Variety Show and other items of interest.

Variety Show is ON!

Calling all Dryden Students! Do you have a special talent that you’d like to share with the Dryden Community?! Now’s your chance! The Dryden Variety Show will be held on Friday, February 21st! All ages and all school appropriate acts are welcome (example: dance, magic, song, poetry). You can perform a solo piece or with a group. Below are the directions on how to sign up.


Dryden Variety Show: Friday, February 21st, 6:30pm


Auditions: Tuesday, January 14th, after school


Start Here: If interested, please start by filling out the form below so that we have all of the necessary information. If performing in a group, you only need to submit one form on behalf of the group but be sure to include the name of each performer (this is displayed on the Google form).
Google Doc Info Sheet


Last Step: Once the form is filled out, then sign up for an audition time using the link below. Only one person from the group needs to sign up for an audition time. Please be on time so that we can keep things on schedule.

Sign Up Genius Link

Arlington Heights Council of PTAs T-Shirt Design Contest

Arlington Heights Council of PTAs (AHCPTA) would like to invite current Kindergartens through 7th graders to share how they “KEEP CALM” by creating a T-shirt Design and complete the phrase “Keep Calm AND ______.”

Deadline: January 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Four (4) Winners will be selected to receive a *$250 D25 Summer U Voucher- one each from grades: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7. Top Winner will have design turned into a T-Shirt, and will receive free T-shirt. KEEP CALM T-Shirt sales will be available in early Spring. 100% profits from T-shirt sales will support 2021 AHCPTA/D25 Scholarship Fund. Everyone will be encouraged to wear the “Keep Calm ” T-shirt during Mental Health Month in May. Date to be announced.

Recipients will be chosen at the AHCPTA Meeting on February 6th and contacted shortly after. For more information and entry form: https://forms.gle/wEveVps7JXSirDFbA

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