Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

May 11, 2020

We hope you enjoyed celebrating and honoring the special moms in your lives this weekend!


Here is the link to the landing page with all of the grade level remote learning plans for this week. If you would like paper copies of the student practice, please email Mrs. Sessler at asessler@sd25.org to arrange a time for pick-up.


The Dryden Teachers and Staff would like to extend our gratitude to the PTA for the kind and generous Amazon gift cards for Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week. We also immensely enjoyed all the caring and creative messages of appreciation from our students and families throughout the week. You mean so much to us!!

Dates to Remember

May 12-14 - Pick-up & Drop-off of Student Materials, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


  • May 12, 10:00 - 12:00 - Last Names A - C
  • May 12, 1:30 - 3:30 - Last Names D - H
  • May 13, 10:00 - 12:00 - Last Names I - L
  • May 13, 1:30 - 3:30 - Last Names M - P
  • May 14, 10:00 - 12:00 - Last Names R - S
  • May 14, 1:30 - 3:30 - Last Names T - Z


May 14 - Virtual PTA Meeting via Zoom, 7:00 PM


May 21 - Crazy Hair Day


May 22 - Institute Day, No School for Students


May 25 - Memorial Day, No School


May 29 - Last Day for Students


June 1 - 5 - Teacher Institute Days


June 3 - Reverse Parade, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


June 5 - Report cards emailed to parents


June 12 - School Supply Pack Order Deadline

Mrs. Sessler's Show & Tell

Mrs. Sessler is excited to share some great news with our students about Gertrudes (that is not a typo) in the Dryden courtyard! Please watch the video below to learn more!
Gertrude 2020

One Last Time with Dolphin Pods

Over the next couple weeks, please look for an email with a zoom link from your child's Dolphin Pod Leader. All 36 Dolphin Pods will have an opportunity to connect one last time this school year between May 18 and May 29. We look forward to this special opportunity with our special groups!!

Reverse Parade, June 3

On Wednesday, June 3 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, Dryden families are invited to take a drive past Dryden School as teachers and staff (safely distanced six feet apart) hold signs, wave and cheer our students in person one last time this school year. We look forward to wishing our students all the best and celebrating their extraordinary positive efforts in this manner! More details to come!

Not Returning to Dryden for 2020-2021?

If you have a student at Dryden currently in kindergarten through fourth grade and are planning to NOT return to Dryden for the 2020-2021school year, please let us know by filling out this form.

Dryden PTA


Please visit the Dryden PTA website for important information on PTA Take Action Item: Tell Congress to Meet the Needs of Students and Families During COVID-19.

5th Grade Service Project- Journeys

Prior to Spring Break and the subsequent school closing, our 5th grade students had voted as a class to support Journeys - The Road Home for their service project.


JOURNEYS is a non-profit agency that provides shelter, social services and housing to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in 37 towns in north/northwest suburban Cook County.


Unfortunately, the kids are not at school to help collect and support this service project, but we hope to still try and show support for Journeys - The Road Home from our own homes. The PTA will be purchasing items from Journey's Amazon Wishlist, in the class of 2020's name, with any money leftover from the 5th grade gift to Dryden.


If you are so inclined, you can support this organization by purchasing items from its Amazon Wishlist. The link to the wish list is:

JOURNEYS Amazon Wishlist


If you would like to learn more about the organization and its needs, please click on the link below:

JOURNEYS | The Road Home - Home


Thank you in advance for any support that you may be able to provide during this time of uncertainty for those in the most need!

School Supply Packs

It's time to order your 2020-2021 School Supply Packs! We’re thrilled to announce that we have partnered with a new LOCAL company this year, Shane's Kits!


What is staying the same? Our supplier passes quantity discount savings along to us, so the kits are usually less expensive, more accurate, and more convenient than shopping on your own. And custom name labels for your supplies are included with each pack.


What has changed? You can now ship your kit directly to Dryden AND pay no shipping fee! If you order by June 12, your kits will be shipped directly to Dryden with no shipping costs. The packs will be distributed to each child's classroom - we'll let you know these details closer to next Fall - but no more struggling to school on the first day with that overflowing backpack!


What else? Mid-summer orders! If you miss the June 12 deadline, you can still order through much of the summer! Orders placed between June 13 and through August 3 will be delivered to your home. The price for the kits are the same, with a shipping fee of $9.95 per order (not per kit). Kits should arrive within 10-15 business days or sooner.


To order, click here and enter Dryden School code DRY25. Be sure to select the grade your child will be in next year. If you're having trouble placing your order, try a different browser, device, or try clearing your cache. We've gotten feedback that other sites use cookies that can interfere with the checkout process.


Questions? Contact Deb Closs at (773) 510-6563 or deb0429@comcast.net.

PTA Meeting on Thursday, May 14, 7pm - via Zoom

We'll be having our final General PTA Meeting of the year on Thursday, May 14 via Zoom. We'll send out the invite that week, and we'll be voting in our new officers and recognizing our staff retirees and lifetime PTA recipients. Mark your calendars! Here is the invitation:


Topic: Dryden PTA General Meeting

Time: May 14, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84698504101?pwd=TmVCWHBJVlp5ZGVPb3hUcktmOGpnUT09


Meeting ID: 846 9850 4101

Password: 381576