Dryden Dolphin Splash Newsletter

January 26, 2020

Hello! We hope you have been staying warm and enjoying the three-day weekend! We look forward to seeing everyone at Dryden bright and early tomorrow morning! We wish everyone a great Dolphin week!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

1/28 - 5th Grade Band Concert at South Middle School, 7:00 PM

1/28-1/30 - PTA Book Fair

1/29 - PTA Reflections Participant Celebration at Ivy Hill School, 7:00 PM

1/30 - Family Reading Night, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

1/31 - Summer U Scholarship T-Shirt Design Contest Ends

2/4 - PTA Book Club starts

2/5 - Global School Play Day

2/5 - PTA February Birthday Books

2/12 - Classroom Valentine Parties

2/13 & 2/14 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, No School for Students

2/17 - Presidents' Day, No School

Safety First! Important Car Line Reminder

Please DO NOT pick up your children in your vehicles on Rockwell or near the intersection of Dryden & Rockwell. This causes dangerous congestion at the crosswalk where our crossing guard is trying to safely cross many students and families. Please remind your children to wait in front of the school building for you to pick them up. For more information about car line procedures, click here. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding!
2020-2021 School District Calendar

Please click on the link above to access the 2020-2021 school district calendar or see the document below.

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Dryden PTA

Please visit the Dryden PTA website for important information on the Variety Show, Book Fair, Parents Night Out, Book Club, and other items of interest.

PTA Book Fair, January 28-30

The Scholastic Book Fair will be taking over the LMC January 28 - 30. The Book Fair will be open during regular school hours. All students will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their class.

New this year, starting January 13th, you’ll have the option to load money in an eWallet for students so they can spend prepaid funds at the Fair. Click here, (https://www.scholastic.com/bf/drydenelementaryschool7) scroll down, and follow eWallet instructions.

If you'd like to preview the books that will be available or if you'd like to shop online, you can visit our online Scholastic website (https://www.scholastic.com/bf/drydenelementaryschool7). Online shopping will be available January 22 - February 4. Books ordered online will be shipped to Dryden and delivered to your student.

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Please see the “2020 Dryden Book Fair Sign Up” below. Any time you can spare to assist with this event is much appreciated!


Contact Alina Laurie with any questions (alinalaurie@gmail.com.)

Family Reading Night, January 30

Get ready for a cozy night of reading with your family! Dryden's annual Family Reading Night will be on Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 PM. Wear your jammies and get ready to listen to stories read to you and your whole family by your favorite Dryden staff members. The PTA Book Fair will be set up in the LMC that night, so you can purchase some great books, too! Family Reading Night will end at 8:00 PM after a whole group story and bedtime snack (chocolate chip cookies - ingredients are listed below) in the gym, but the book fair will be open until 8:30 PM.

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PTA Book Club

The PTA Book Club begins on Tuesday, February 4. The club will run during the first three lunchtimes in February. This year's theme is Kindness. If your child is interested in participating, please complete the registration form by January 31.

There is no cost to the students for this program. Book Clubbers will discuss the book each week with their peers using the Literature Circle method. Participating students will receive the chosen book from the Dryden PTA!

The links to sign your child up and to be a parent volunteer are below:

Book Club, 1st Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Book Club, 2nd Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Book Club, 3rd Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Book Club, 4th Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Book Club, 5th Grade Student Participant & Parent Volunteer Sign Up

We have planned some really great books and small activities for the kids to take part in this year and we are looking forward to getting started!

If you need help registering or have any questions, please contact Mindy Turner at melinda.turner880@gmail.com or Mary Wicklein at mary@wicklein.org!!


The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs (AHCPTA) would like to invite students in kindergarten through 7th grade to share how they “KEEP CALM” by creating a t-shirt design and completing the phrase “Keep Calm and ______.”

Deadline: January 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Four winners (one from each grade range: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7) will be selected to receive a D25 Summer U Voucher for $250. The top winner will have their design turned into a T-Shirt, and will receive free T-shirt. KEEP CALM T-Shirt sales will be available in early spring. 100% of the profits from the T-shirt sales will support the 2021 D25 AHCPTA Scholarship Fund. Everyone will be encouraged to wear the “Keep Calm” T-shirt during Mental Health Month in May (specific date to be announced).

Recipients will be chosen at the AHCPTA Meeting on February 6 and contacted shortly after. Please click on the following link for more information and entry form: https://forms.gle/wEveVps7JXSirDFbA .

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