Dryden Elementary School Newsletter

Home of the Young Cardinals - 12/11/20

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Mrs. Hofmann took this beautiful picture of the sun rising over our playground on December 10, 2020.

Holiday Schedule

Our last day of school before break is Friday, December 18. We return to school on Monday, January 4. We hope you have a festive, happy, and safe holiday season!
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Dress Up Themes

Merry Monday - Wear Red/Green (from your head to your Grinchy toes!)

Tender Tuesday - Wishing for Snow! Wear white and blue

Wrapping Wednesday - Ugly Chrismas Sweater/Christmas t-shirt

Tinsel Thursday: Santa's Little Helpers (Dress the part! Ex: Santa, Elves, Reindeer, Present, Tree, etc.

Festive Friday: Long Winter's Nap (PJ Day)

Congratulations High Flyers!

We want to recognize and congratulate the following students for being chosen to represent our school as a High Flier. Thanks for showing great leadership in being Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and Kind. The picture will be in next week's newsletter.

Penny Welby, Claire McWilliams, Colton Macumber, Madelyn Yatros, Holly Willson, Ella Gustner, Molly Miller, Robert Bruland, Conner Haslett

December 7, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

We were notified today that an individual in the elementary school has a probable case of COVID-19. Mrs. Roys and I immediately contacted the Lapeer County Health Department.

Due to this exposure, Mrs. Campbell’s Kindergarten/Begindergarten class is being quarantined. The dates of possible exposure were December 3 and 4. The quarantine will last through December 15th, returning to school on Wednesday, December 16th. All other students, including siblings of the quarantined students, are to report to school as normal tomorrow.

Recently the Lapeer County Health Department has allowed us to quarantine for 10 days instead of 14. However, they caution to still monitor for symptoms for 14 days, which would be through December 19.

Mrs. Campbell will contact parents of quarantined students with your virtual instruction schedule. There will be no instruction tomorrow, December 8. It will start on December 9. If you need to borrow a Chromebook please contact our front office.

At this time, due to the cleaning and social distancing measures put into place, no other classrooms or individuals in the building are affected.

As a precaution, Lapeer County Health Department is asking anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 10 days to avoid potentially exposing others. That means not attending school, staying home, and interacting with as few people as possible.

Remember, the symptoms of COVID-19 are not your usual runny nose and sneezing. Instead, COVID-19 symptoms include fever of >100.4, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can also mimic milder illnesses. Should your child develop milder cold-like symptoms testing would be warranted. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. If you feel well, you do not need to be tested. If you do become ill, call your doctor before going into the office. Testing will be determined based on risk assessment.

Other people in your household are not under quarantine. If you have other children they should report to school as normal. Please monitor symptoms and report them to the school and the Lapeer County Health Department.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people should:

  • Stay home if you’re sick

  • Wash their hands frequently

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces

  • Avoid touching your face; avoid shaking hands

  • Follow suggested guidelines for social distancing

If you have specific questions or concerns that we can address, please do not hesitate to call or email us.


Mary Finnigan

Mary Finnigan Karen Roys

(810) 448-4042 (810) 448-4001

mfinnigan@dryden.k12.mi.us kroys@dryden.k12.mi.us

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I just want to remind you that when your child is quarantined, we will still provide breakfast and lunch for them. Hot lunches are available for pick up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Bagged breakfasts and lunches can be picked up as well. Please call the front office by 9:45 to place your order.

If our school needs to be closed we will continue to provide breakfasts and lunches for all of our students. We do not want any of our learners to go hungry.

Math Discussions

Below are two visual prompts to start a math conversation at home. Sometimes there is one right answer and sometimes there are many right answers. The purpose of each question is to generate a discussion about how you determined an answer. If you find one answer, try to find another.
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Wear It Wednesday - Dress Up Theme

December 16 - Ugly Christmas sweater day

January 6 - College/armed forces day

January 13 - Hometown day

January 20 - Exams day

January 27 - Twin day

February 3 - College/armed forces day

February 10 - Heart day

February 17 - Silly socks day

Feb 24 - Superhero day

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Application for Free or Reduced Meals

Use the link below to get to lunchapp.com to apply for free or reduced meals.

Do you have a 3 or 4 year old at home?

We offer free preschool (Head Start and GRSP) for families who qualify. See the flyer below.
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This is where you'll look for information specific for our virtual learners.
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Does your child have books at home to read?

It is very important that your child have access to books to read at home. We'd be happy to put together a bag of books for them. You'll just need to let us know what they are interested in and we'll get some books together we think they'll like.

Food Service Information for our Online Learners

What do you do if you want food service through Dryden Elementary School?

Hot Food Option - You have the option of ordering hot lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

  • The food served will follow the elementary school menu (above).

  • You must call the front office by 9:45am on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday or complete the order form below. If you know you will want this three days a week please tell Mrs. Marinkovski so you won’t have to call in on those days.

  • You can pick up hot lunch between 11am-12:30pm at the elementary school. If you order it but do not pick it up you will still be charged for it.

  • You will also be given bagged breakfasts and lunches to cover until the next day lunch can be ordered.

Cold Food Option - You have the option of picking up a week’s worth of bagged meals every Monday.

  1. To pick up 5 bagged breakfasts and 5 bagged lunches, please call our front office (796-2201) or return the order form by 9:45am on the Friday before to order for pick up on the following Monday between 11am-12:30pm.


Breakfast - Our elementary students get Universal Free Breakfast.

Lunch - We follow the same pricing structure as in-person students. Full Price = $3.00, Reduced = $0.40, Free - $0.

If the school needs to be closed for any reason these food service options

will change to our district-wide distribution method. That will be communicated to you if it happens.

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Important Dates

  • December 16 - Dress Up Day Theme - Ugly Christmas Sweater
  • December 21-January 1 - Winter recess, no classes
  • January 6 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces
  • January 13 - Dress Up Day Theme - Hometown Day
  • January 18 - MLK Jr. Day, no classes
  • January 12 - Dress Up Day Theme - Exams
  • January 20-22 - Exams at the high school, half days for elementary students, dismissal at 12:10
  • January 22 - End of 2nd marking period & 1st semester
  • January 27 - Dress Up Day Theme - Twin Day
  • February 3 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • February 10 - Dress Up Day Theme - Heart day
  • Feb. 12-15 - Mid-winter break, no classes
  • February 17 - Dress Up Day Theme - Silly socks day
  • February 24 - Dress Up Day Theme - Superhero Day
  • March 3 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces day
  • March 4 - Parent Teacher Conferences (by invitation only)
  • March 10 - Dress Up Day Theme - Pajama Day
  • March 17 - Green Day
  • March 24 - Vacation Location Day
  • March 29-April 2 - Spring Break, no classes
  • April 5 - Easter Monday, no classes
  • April 7 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • April 9 - End of 3rd marking period
  • April 14 - Dress Up Day Theme - Tigers Day
  • April 21 - Tie Dye Day
  • April 28 - Dress Up Day Theme - Disney Day
  • May 5 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • May 12 - Dress Up Day Theme - Beach Day
  • May 19 - Dress Up Day Theme - Athletic Wear Day
  • May 26 - Dress Up Day Theme - I'm not sure?????
  • May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday, no classes
  • June 2 - Dress Up Day Theme - College/Armed Forces Day
  • June 6 - Graduation at 11am
  • June 9 - Dress Up Day Theme - Blast From the Past Day
  • June 14-16 - Exams for high school students, half days for elementary students, dismissal at 12:10.
  • June 16 - Last day of school

Parent and Student Resources

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Elementary Handbook

Please use this link for our Student Handbook. It can also be found on our Dryden Community School's website.

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Dryden Elementary School Calendar

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Dryden Community Schools

Karen Roys

Dryden Elementary School Principal

Mary Finnigan


Dryden Junior/Senior High School Principal