Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

January 20, 2020

Hello! We hope you have been staying warm and enjoying the three-day weekend! We look forward to seeing everyone at Dryden bright and early tomorrow morning! We wish everyone a great Dolphin week!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

1/21 - Superintendent Open Door at Dryden, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

1/22 - Kindergarten Registration

1/23 - Monday Schedule

1/23 - PTA Dine Out Fundraiser at MOD Pizza (1021 N. Elmhurst Road, Mt. Prospect)

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

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

1/28-1/30 - PTA Book Fair

1/29 - PTA Reflections Participant Celebration at Ivy Hill School, 7:00 PM

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

2/4 - PTA Book Club starts

2/5 - Global School Play Day

2/5 - PTA February Birthday Books

2/12 - Classroom Valentine Parties

2/13 & 2/14 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, No School for Students

2/17 - Presidents' Day, No School

Dolphin Pods

You may be hearing about Dolphin Pods from your child(ren). We are looking forward to kicking off this very special teacher-created program with our students this week. Dolphin Pods are groups of 13-14 students spanning kindergarten through fifth grade and will be facilitated by 40 Pod Leaders (Dryden teachers & certified staff). The Pod Leader will be a different person than your child's current classroom teacher. Students will remain with their same Pod Leader throughout their years at Dryden. Beginning this Wednesday, Dolphin Pods will meet once a month for about a half hour to participate in a variety of fun team-building, collaboration and social-emotional learning activities. Our staff wanted to bring Dolphin Pods to Dryden for the following purposes:
  • Strengthen relationships among students across grade levels
  • Increase students' positive relationships with adults at school
  • Provide leadership opportunities for students in intermediate grades
  • Strengthen students' sense of security, community and belonging
We are excited to begin this worthwhile endeavor! Please look for a note introducing your child's Pod Leader later this week!

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!

Dryden PTA

Please visit the Dryden PTA website for important information on the Variety Show, Book Fair, Dine Outs, Parents Night Out, and other items of interest.


Variety Show auditions went well - congrats to all of the amazing acts who came out! Currently, all of the act and emcee spots are filled.

We need some parents back stage, selling concessions, and helping the show run smoothly. Please check out the sign-up to see where you can help.

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Attention all Kindergarteners and 1st graders! This is your opportunity to write an article for the PTA’s student newspaper, Kidz Voice. Stories, recipes, poems, or jokes are just some ideas. All entries are due by Friday, January 24 to Evie Carlson at evie_cz@hotmail.com. Entries may also be turned into the school office.

Soup/Chili Lunch for Teachers - Cooks needed!

The PTA Teacher Appreciation Committee is looking for volunteers to make and bring in either a soup or chili for Thursday, January 23, 2020. We are asking that volunteers bring their soup/chili in their own crockpot. We are asking volunteers to please bring in their soup/chili around 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 23 and please return by 3:00 PM to grab your crockpot and any additional dishes. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the following for more information and to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E044FAFA92EA1FB6-soupchili We appreciate everyone's help!

MOD Pizza Dine Out: Thursday, January 23

1021 N. Elmhurst Road, Mt. Prospect

10:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Click on THIS LINK for more information!

PTA Book Fair, January 28-30

The Scholastic Book Fair will be taking over the LMC January 28 - 30. The Book Fair will be open during regular school hours. All students will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their class.

New this year, starting January 13, you’ll have the option to load money in an eWallet for students so they can spend prepaid funds at the Fair. Click here, (https://www.scholastic.com/bf/drydenelementaryschool7) scroll down, and follow eWallet instructions.

If you'd like to preview the books that will be available or if you'd like to shop online, you can visit our online Scholastic website (https://www.scholastic.com/bf/drydenelementaryschool7). Online shopping will be available January 22 - February 4. Books ordered online will be shipped to Dryden and delivered to your student.

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Please see the “2020 Dryden Book Fair Sign Up” below. Any time you can spare to assist with this event is much appreciated!


Contact Alina Laurie with any questions (alinalaurie@gmail.com.)

Family Reading Night, January 30

Get ready for a cozy night of reading with your family! Dryden's annual Family Reading Night will be on Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 PM. Wear your jammies and get ready to listen to stories read to you and your whole family by your favorite Dryden staff members. The PTA Book Fair will be set up in the LMC that night, so you can purchase some great books, too! Family Reading Night will end at 8:00 PM after a whole group story and bedtime snack in the gym, but the book fair will be open until 8:30 PM.

PTA Book Club

The PTA Book Club begins on Tuesday, February 4. The club will run during the first three lunchtimes in February. This year's theme is Kindness. If your child is interested in participating, please complete the registration form by January 31.

There is no cost to the students for this program. Book Clubbers will discuss the book each week with their peers using the Literature Circle method. Participating students will receive the chosen book from the Dryden PTA!

The links to sign your child up and to be a parent volunteer are below:

Book Club, 1st Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Book Club, 2nd Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Book Club, 3rd Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Book Club, 4th Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Book Club, 5th Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

We have planned some really great books and small activities for the kids to take part in this year and we are looking forward to getting started!

If you need help registering or have any questions, please contact Mindy Turner at melinda.turner880@gmail.com or Mary Wicklein at mary@wicklein.org!!

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