Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

October 4, 2021

Dear Dryden Families,

It's hard to believe that it's already October and students have been in school for 29 days so far this year! So much has happened within the first few weeks of school. We've adjusted to new routines, made new friends, and enjoyed many special activities. We look forward to many more to come! This is the time of year when students begin to go deeper into learning. Sometimes we refer to this as engaging in "productive struggle" or going into the "learning pit". As students experience success and growth from appropriately challenging experiences, they become better problem-solvers, more persistent, more confident and more resilient.

While homework can be a helpful habit and positive way to reinforce classroom learning, it's most important that elementary students are able to have time at home to relax and play, get 10-12 hours of sleep each night, and eat a healthy breakfast so they are ready to do their best learning at school each day. Please feel free to contact your child's classroom teacher or me if we can help address any questions or concerns you may have about homework.

Lastly, a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to the Dryden PTA for their efforts and success in surpassing their fundraising goal this year. Many thanks to all of the families and community members who contributed. We are celebrating at Dryden with a dance party for our students at recess with a special visit by Echo the Dolphin on Monday, October 4. The dance party will be rescheduled if weather is inclement.

Wishing you all a GREAT Dolphin week!


Akemi Sessler, Principal

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So many SMILES on Picture Day!

Fantastic Fire Drill with the AH Fire Department!

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Dates to Remember

10/6 - Walk to School Day

10/7 - Board of Education Meeting, District Administration Center, 7:30 pm

10/11 - Institute Day, No School for Students

10/13 - MONDAY specials schedule

10/13 - PTA Running Club, 8:10 am in the Dryden field

10/13 - PTA Birthday Books for October birthdays

10/14 - 5th Grade Musical performance, 5:15 pm

10/15 - Kindergarten & New Student Health Forms are due

10/15 - PTA Fall Fest Movie Night, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

10/20 - PTA Running Club, 8:10 am in the Dryden field

10/21 & 10/22 - Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)

10/25 - RULER Parent Presentation, 7:00 pm, Dryden LMC

10/29 - Halloween Parade & Classroom Parties

10/31 - Last day for 5% off Yearbook price

11/4 - PTA Reflections Art Program entries due

Walk to School Day, October 6

We’d like to invite all Dryden students to join a route and walk with our staff to celebrate International Walk to School Day at 8:40 am on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021.

The aim of this day is to encourage physical activity, healthier habits, environmental concerns, and safe routes to school. We hope many Dryden families will join us on this day as well as consider this a preferred option for getting to and from school, weather permitting, throughout the school year.

Please see the map below for meeting locations and routes. Dryden staff will be wearing spirit wear and ID badges so you can spot them. We look forward to walking to school with you!

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No School for Students, October 11

There is no school for students on Monday, October 11. It is an Institute Day for teachers, and we will be reviewing the students' fall benchmark assessment data to plan for upcoming instruction. We hope you enjoy the three-day weekend!

Dryden PTA

Check out the Dryden PTA website!!

PTA Fall Fest Movie Night, October 15

Come create memories at Dryden PTA’s Fall Fest Movie Night! We will have an outdoor movie night on Dryden’s lawn, featuring 2019’s animated film, “The Addam’s Family,” on Friday, October 15. Bring blankets and get cozy at this free event starting at 6:00 pm with the movie beginning at 6:30 pm. There will be complimentary popcorn and cider available.

In addition, pre-ordered pizza, caramel apples and apple cider donuts will be available for pick-up at the start of the event (they will not be available for purchase at Fall Fest). Follow the link to pre-order and RSVP by October 8th. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dryden-fall-fest-tickets-181985963917

Any questions or concerns, please email Lindsey Kaplan at lindsey.kaplan@gmail.com.

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Reflections Art Program

Do you have a little Matisse at home? Or perhaps an aspiring poet or dancer? If your child is looking for a creative outlet, get them started on artwork for this year’s Reflections Art Program themed, “I Will Change The World By….”.

Dryden PTA will be accepting submissions through November 4 for the National PTA Reflections Art Program in the following categories: visual arts, photography, literature, music composition, dance choreography and film production. Student winners have the opportunity to advance through local, regional, state and national levels. For official rules, guidelines and the entry form, visit the PTA site: https://drydenpta.org/reflections-art-program/

Email Erika Pace at ErikaLPace@gmail.com for any additional questions.

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Dryden Yearbooks For Sale!

Dryden Yearbooks are on sale NOW! Purchase by October 31 to get 5% off! Follow the link to order your child's yearbook through TreeRing (Dryden Passcode: 1014123635244163). Please email drydenelementaryyearbook@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thank you!


Elementary School Lunch Menu

Click here to access the weekly elementary school lunch menu and nutrition information.

Weekly E-Flyers

Please check out the e-flyers in the above link to learn about additional programs that serve our students. There are wonderful activities and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.