Cardinal Crusader

March 2016


Home of the Young Cardinals

Week of March 21 - Happy Easter!

Monday, March 21 —

  • The start of a 4-day week

Tuesday, March 22 —

  • Good Luck Addie Tresnak! County-wide Spelling Bee tonight 6:30

  • Mini Volleyball Clinic ~ Grades 4,5,6 ~ Girls 3:35-5:00

Wednesday, March 23 –

  • Prospective Family Open House 5:00-6:00

Thursday, March 24 –

  • Jump Rope for Heart Kick-off 2:45-3:15

  • Mini Volleyball Clinic ~ Grades 4,5,6 ~ Girls 3:35-5:00

Friday, March 25 –

  • Good Friday - NO SCHOOL today or Monday

Looking Ahead

March 22-24 - Fire Prevention Classes

March 25 – 28 Good Friday – Easter Monday – No Classes

March 31 - Preschool/Kindergarten Roundup

April 4 – 8 Spring Break – No Classes

April 15 End of Marking Period

April 21 Parent Teacher Conferences - Elementary and High School

May 30 Memorial Day - No Classes

June 14 - 16 Exams - Half Day for Students

June 16 Final Scheduled Day for School - End of Second Semester

Upcoming PTA Events:

  • Mother Son event - TBA
  • Bingo-March
  • Duffy Scholarship Road Rally- March/April
  • Mom to Mom Sale- April 23, 8am-1pm
  • Moms N Muffins- April 26 & 27
  • Grandparents Day- April 25
  • Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6
  • Dads N Donuts TBA
  • Carnival - June

PTA Sponsored Grandparents Day and those considered Grandparents :)

Monday, April 25th, 8:30-11:30am

3835 North Mill Road

Dryden, MI

You're invited to spend a morning with your grandchild! See their classroom, meet their teachers, make a craft together and then have lunch.

Grandparents that are able to join us should meet in the elementary cafeteria at 8:30am to sign-in and enjoy some muffins and coffee. From there, you will be escorted by PTA volunteers to the various classrooms.

For lunch, feel free to bring your own OR there will be pizza provided by the PTA. Lunch is at 11:00. Kindergarten will eat in the cafeteria at that time while the 1st/2nd graders will eat in their classrooms.

Please RSVP or contact the office with questions at 810-796-2201.

March is Reading Month - Click here for a story

March is Reading Month and the State Superintendent is asked each year to come to schools all across Michigan and read to the students.


Kindergarten and Preschool Roundup for Dryden Elementary School will be on Thursday, March 31, 2016 for children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2016. The following times have been set up for your convenience:

Thursday, March 31: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If you have younger children, you can sign up for one of our Preschool Programs. We have a tuition-based program available for children 3-5 years old and a free Great Start Preschool program for qualifying families.

We ask that you bring:

  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Immunization record
  • Proof of residency
  • Bring your prospective kindergartener for hearing and vision testing

If you have any questions, please call the elementary school at 810-796-2201.

"Wired to Move: The Difference in Boys' and Girls' Learning Needs"

Tuesday, March 29th, 1-3pm

Marguerite deAngeli Library

Register now at 810-664-2737.

This workshop introduces participants to new research on how the brains of girls and boys are developmentally, structurally, and functionally different. Based on these differences, participants will learn helpful approaches customized to the distinctly different learning styles of girls and boys.


This workshop is presented by Gloria Sherman, owner of Parenting with Great Learning Opportunities (GLO). She is a retired Middle School Counselor and has been providing consultation and presentations to parents and teachers individually and in workshops nationally for years.

Insurance Questions?

Did you know....

The Health Plan Marketplace can be a daunting adventure for anyone who is looking to get health coverage. It is especially confusing now as Michigan has re-bid all of its Medicaid health plan providers statewide. This means that all families with children covered by Medicaid Health Plans will need to re-apply for their health coverage in the next few months!

Things to consider:

1. Is your current doctor part of the new plan

2. Is the hospital the one you want

Click the link below for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources

Math Fact Challenge

Monday, Jan. 25th, 8:30am to Friday, April 1st, 3:30pm

Your Child's Classroom

Dear Parent,

Building math fluency, specifically through math fact practice, is a critical skill that we are focusing on helping our students improve. At school, we are dedicating 10 minutes of class time daily, as well as, using our Technology class for additional practice.

But for a ten-week period we are challenging our students to practice their math facts at home for 10 minutes per day, five days a week and are requesting your help in this endeavor.

As part of the ten week challenge though 1st-6th graders may earn ONE of the following rewards:

Return all 10 of the weekly practice at home sheets = Mystery Field Trip

Return 8 or 9 of the weekly practice at home sheets = Movie Day at school

Return 7 of the weekly practice at home sheets = Pizza for lunch

Make sure to contact your child’s teacher regarding their expectations and/or ideas for how practicing at home might be accomplished.

Are We Going Outside for Recess?

15 degrees Fahrenheit including the wind chill is our cut off. We consult the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website to determine the temperature:

School Hours 8:35am-3:35pm

The building opens at 8:00am and the cafeteria opens for breakfast at 8:15am

Students dismissed to classrooms at 8:25

Morning Drop Off

Parents dropping students off should use the north parking lot beginning at 8:00am. For the safety of our students, please do not drop off students at the front of the building.

Afternoon Dismissal

Parents picking up students at the end of the day should use the north parking lot. You'll notice that some parents like to park and gather by the big tree.

Cardinal Club (Latchkey)

Cardinal Club (Latchkey) is available from 6:30am-8:30am and 3:35pm-6:00pm.

Lunch Price Changes

Elementary prices are now at $2.50 and the H.S. at $2.75 for lunches. Forms for Free and Reduced Lunch are available online through the school website at or in the main office.


Math Advice for Parents

Given the performance and test-driven culture of our schools, with over-packed curriculum and stressed out students, what can parents do to transform maths for their children? Here are some steps to take:

Wondering "What is the M-STEP?"

Wednesday, March 23rd, 5-6pm

3835 North Mill Road

Dryden, MI

In June 2014, the Michigan Legislature required the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to develop a new test for spring 2015, creating a need to reduce a normal three-year test development process to nine months.

That initial test prompted recommendations from parents, students and teachers and there have been some changes and modifications made to the assessments/testing process.

M-STEP assessments includes: English language arts and mathematics assessed in grades 3–8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade, which consists of a college entrance exam, work skills assessment, and M-STEP summative assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Please join us if you would like to learn more about it.

Parent Volunteer Form

Are you looking for a way to volunteer at the school?

The Leader In Me - How schools can develop leaders one child at a time.

Family Literacy Center

Call Family Literacy Center at 810-664-2737 for more information and to register your child.

New Family Play Groups for the New Year

Free play groups for children (birth to 5 years) and parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Have fun while learning through song, play, friendship, and crafts. Children will enjoy a snack, social time with other children, and a free book.

NOTE: All sessions are held at the Marguerite deAngeli Library, 921 W.. Nepessing St., Lapeer

February 22, 29, March 7,14, 21, 28 - Mondays - 10-11:30 am

April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 - Tuesdays - 10-11:30 am

New Ready, Set Go Workshops for the New Year

This is an entertaining FREE workshop for 3-5 year olds and parents/grandparents/caregivers. Enjoy FUN learning activities that will help develop your child's skills and prepare him/her for school..Children also enjoy a snack, story time, and a free book. Siblings are welcome!

NOTE: All workshops are held at the Marguerite deAngeli Library, 921 W.. Nepessing St., Lapeer.

Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 21, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 19, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 23, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Mission Statement

  • To provide an educational foundation of academic excellence that promotes responsible social, civic, and ethical conduct.

Vision Statement

  • Passionate teachers developing 21st Century Skills for all students
  • An individualized and challenging curriculum
  • Commitment to a safe, technology-rich learning environment
  • Encouraging community and family engagement