Dryden Elementary School Newsletter

Home of the Young Cardinals - 3/19/21

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March is Reading Month

This week's schedule -

March 22 - read chapter 16

March 23 - read chapter 17

March 24 - read chapter 18 - Wear it Wednesday - vacation location

March 25 - read chapter 14 - Dress like a Magical Character - magician, dragon, unicorn, wizard

March 26 - Book Celebration

March 27 - Comfy, Cozy Reading Day (wear your sweats and read as long as you can)

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Our Spring Break is from March 29-April 5, coming back to school on Tuesday, April 6.

COVID 19 Letter to Parents

March 18, 2021



Dear Parents and Students,



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


Due to this exposure, both fifth grade classes are being quarantined. Additionally, three sixth grade students who were exposed during specials class and six students exposed on bus 52 are being quarantined. The dates of possible exposure were March 15th and the morning of March 16. The quarantine will last through March 26, returning to school after Spring Break on April 6. All other students, including siblings of the quarantined students, are to report to school as normal tomorrow.


Virtual instruction for all students quarantined will start on Monday, March 22. Those teachers will contact parents of quarantined students with your virtual instruction schedule before Monday. 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.

Sincerely,


Mary Finnigan Karen Roys

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

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It's Time to Make Your 6 Month Appointment - June 4

You now have the option to sign up their child online. You can simply visit www.MySchoolDentist.com and complete the form to allow your child to be seen by the in-school dentist.
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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.

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

March 24 - Vacation Location Day

April 7 - College/Armed Forces Day

April 14 - Tigers Day

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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.


Prices

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

  • 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.

Would You Like to See Any Other Information in This Newsletter?

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Dryden Elementary School Calendar

Click here to see what's going on at the Elementary School!

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Dryden Community Schools

Karen Roys

Dryden Elementary School Principal


Mary Finnigan

Superintendent

Dryden Junior/Senior High School Principal