Bear Essentials

Dyer Newsletter

September 9, 2016

Here We Grow Again!

Dear Bears,

It's been another fantastic week here at Dyer Elementary! It was so wonderful to see so many new, and some familiar faces during Grandparent's Lunches. I hope you enjoyed spending time with your students.

Speaking of new faces, I am pleased to announce that we will have two new teachers join our family on Monday. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Diane Pinero to our 1st grade team, and Ms. Shemaiah Youngblood to our 3rd grade team. As I mentioned during Curriculum Night, we are over our projected enrollment, and the county has provided additional funding to allow us to hire these two incredible teachers.

I look forward to seeing many of you this evening at PTA's Family Bingo Night!

Your Principal,

Mr. Mike DiFilippo

Today is the Last Chance to Order Relay for Life Shirt

Mondays are Relay for Life T-Shirt Day here at Dyer! Only $10 each, with all profits benefiting Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society! The shirts are white, and our theme this year is "Dr. Suess".

**All orders are due on or before Friday, 9/9!**

All money and orders will be completed throughMyPaymentsPlus.

Please note: We will NOT be ordering extra shirts, so PLEASE don't delay & miss out on getting your Dyer RFL Shirt.

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Family Bingo Night is Tonight!

Where: Dyer Elementary School

When: Friday, September 9th

Time: Session 1 - 5:30-7:00 & Session 2 - 7:30-9:00

Who: Dyer families

This is a great FAMILY fun night!

Ticket prices:

  • $3 for PTA members (please have your membership card)
  • $4 for non-members (memberships can be purchased at the door).

Ticket prices include:

  • Bingo card, a slice of pizza, a bag of chips, and a drink


  • Bingo card, 4 wings, and a drink (limited availablility)

Additional pizza drinks, baked goods, and candy available for purchase as well

Don't forget:

  • Get an extra BINGO card for each canned good or non-perishable donation! Donations support local families in need.
  • Bring your Pennies! Please consider leaving your pennies on the table to donate to the Dyer Care TEam which helps Dyer families in times of need. (Pennies will be available to for purchase at the door.)

Great prizes for every BINGO winner!

Kindergarten Color Days!

Calling all Bears!

Kindergarten is celebrating color words, and everyone is invited to join in on the fun! All students, staff and visitors are invited to wear their colors as outlined below.

Monday 9-12-16 Red

Tuesday 9-13-16 Blue

Wednesday 9-14-16 Green

Thursday 9-15-16 Orange

Friday 9-16-16 Black (Spirit Day)

Monday 9-19-16 White

Tuesday 9-20-16 Yellow

Wednesday 9-21-16 Purple/Pink

Thursday 9-22-16 Brown

Friday 9-23-16 Black/Gold (Spirit Day)


Let Chili’s do the cooking and support Dyer Elementary School at the same time. When you tell your server you're with Dyer, Chili’s will donate 10% of the event day sales back to this great organization.

J.G. Dyer Elementary School Give Back Event is:

TUESDAY September 13th, 2016

11:00am- 11:00pm

(Lunchtime thru Closing, be sure to tell them you're with Dyer!)

only at: Chili’s Hamilton Mill

2705 Hamilton Mill Road, Buford, GA 30519


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PTA Hat Day is Friday 9/16!

Who: Dyer Students & Staff

When: Friday 9/16

What: Wear your favorite/craziest hat to school

Cost: $1 (all proceeds benefit Dyer PTA)

Attention 1st, 2nd & 5th Grade Parents!

Dear Parents,

First, second, and fifth grade students will be participating in the 2016 administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) which measures students’ verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities. The results of this test will help assess how well your child is performing and assist with plans to meet your child’s academic needs.

The administration will be delivered as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016: Verbal Battery - Sections 1, 2, & 3
  • Thursday, September 22, 2016: Quantitative Battery - Sections 4, 5, & 6
  • Friday, September 23, 2016: Nonverbal Battery - Sections 7, 8, & 9
  • Monday, September 26, 2016: Make-up Session
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016: Make-up Session

Thank you for making sure your child is present and on time each of these days. Our staff wants to provide your child with the best opportunity to be successful. Since the formal testing environment cannot be duplicated in a make-up session, it is to your child’s advantage to be at school during these scheduled test days. Once testing has begun each day, no child will be allowed to enter the classroom tardy.

Although no studying or preparation is necessary for this test, the following recommendations should help your child do his/her best each day:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Be at school on time
  • Be prepared (glasses if needed)

Thanks for your support during this important assessment period.

Media Center News

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

· Set the example. Let children see you read.

· Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace

with changing tastes and reading skills.

· Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books

to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

The money raised at the book fair help our school’s Media Center program. For example, the funds raised at our book fairs help pay for author and illustrator visits.

Here are the dates and times for the Bookaneer Book Fair.

Book Fair Dates: September 26 – September 30

Shopping Hours: Mon-Tues 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM

Wed-Thurs (early release/conference days) 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Fri 8:15 AM -12:15 PM

Payment: Cash, *Checks (made out to Dyer Elementary), and credit cards (adults only).

*If sending your child with a check, please send a note or write on the memo line the max amount your child may spend.

Remember to send enough money to cover the 6% sales tax.

If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the Book Fair online at Our Online Fair is from September 23 to October 3. All online orders will be sent to the school and delivered to your child after the book fair ends.

We look forward to having you participate in our Fair, and remember, all purchases benefit our school.


Shirley Langford

Media Specialist


The Scholastic Bookaneer Book Fair arrives next month. We cannot make a Book Fair happen without the help of amazing volunteers. We need help with decorating, setting up, and sales between the dates of September 22 – September 30. It is fun to help and all Book Fair volunteers get 10% off of their Book Fair purchases. If you can volunteer, please follow this link. When you are on the Book Fair web page, scroll down to the blue button that says, “VOLUNTEER.”

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Picture Day is Coming - Tuesday, September 27th

This will be our only picture day this year!

Students will take individual and class pictures.

No need for pre-orders, just be sure your child is picture ready on Tuesday 9/27.

Proofs are scheduled to go home on Friday, 10/21.

Orders will be due the following Friday, 10/28.

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Early Release & Conferences

Dear Parents,

Early Release conferences are fast approaching. Dyer students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th . Please be sure to note these important schedule changes.

The purpose of a parent-teacher conference is to discuss student achievement and progress. Each parent-teacher conference will last for a period of twenty minutes, and both parents are urged to attend. Please be prompt as these conferences are scheduled consecutively. If a situation arises and you are unable to attend your scheduled conference, please notify the teacher so the conference can be rescheduled.

To schedule your conferences this year, simply follow this link. There you will be able to see all teachers’ schedules and sign up for a time that best suits your schedule. Computers will be available at Dyer for you to sign-up there as well. The ability to sign up for a conference online will close on Friday, September 23rd at 11:59 pm. Please contact the teacher directly to sign up after the close of online scheduling.

We look forward to seeing you during conference week.

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PTA 2016-2017 Reflections Program

This year's Reflections program is, "What is Your Story?"

Tell YOUR story through dance, a short film, a poem, or story, an original song, a photo or visual work of art.

Entries should be submitted to Mrs. Sturgeon, and are due on or before Friday, September 30th.

PTA Reflections Contact:

Leigh McDonald

Please visit the school website for additional information, rules & entry form.

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Dyer's Fall Festival is Coming....

Dyer Elementary School’s

2016 Fall Festival

October 7, 2016

5:00 PM—8:00 PM

Inflatables, Games, Food, Music and Fun

Wristbands are available now and at the door for only $10.00 per student.

Methods of Payment: My Payments Plus

At the Door: Cash or Credit

(Includes unlimited jumping and carnival games)

Carnival treats and fun will also be available for 1 ticket.

We will have popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, crazy hair, and our famous cake walk!

1 ticket: $1.00

Donations Needed for Fall Festival Baskets


We need your help! Each year at the Fall Festival, we raffle off fabulous themed baskets. This would not be possible without your help! In order to make sure we have enough items for each themed basket, we divide them among grade levels (see below). Please consider helping to "fill our baskets"! Donations for baskets will be accepted through Friday, September 30th, and may be given to classroom teachers or dropped off in the front office. Proceeds from the baskets will support our cultural arts program here at Dyer. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, that is welcome too, simply send in your desired contribution to your child's classroom teacher or the front office. Someone from our staff will then use your monetary contribution to shop for items to fill your grade level's basket.

Disney Mania: Kindergarten and Pre-K

Boys Sleepover: 1st Grade

UGA: 2nd Grade

Girls Sleepover: 3rd Grade

Family Fun Night: 4th Grade

Fun Fall: 5th Grade

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Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

September at a Glance

9th - PTA Bingo

12th PTA Board of Director’s Meeting

13th – Chili’s Spirit Night

16th – PTA Hat Day

19th School Council Meeting

21st – 23rd CogAT – Grades 1, 2 & 5

26th – Book Fair Begins

27th – School Pictures

27th - Zaxby’s Spirit Night

28th & 29th – Early Release

30th – United Way Pajama Day

30th - Last Day of Book Fair

30th – Reflections Entries Due

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Please Consider Serving - See Opportunities Below!

Dear parents and family members,

There are so many wonderful things planned for this school year, and we would love for you to be a part of them! None of our events could not take place without the help of our fabulous volunteers. There are several opportunities to serve Dyer, and we will list them in this section of the newsletter each week. Please tale a look below, and consider signing up to help out! Any amount of time you have to offer is incredibly valuable, and much appreciated!

Bingo Night - Friday, 9/9 - Help Wanted!

We are looking for some folks to help our Bingo Night run smoothly. Please click the link if you can help out!

Book Fair, 9/26- 9/30

Mrs. Langford & Mrs. Burnette are looking for some folks to help out with Book Fair. Any amount of time you can help will be greatly appreciated. Click here for more information!

Here's What's Happenning in the Community:

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