Wow! We are blown away by all of your support! We are thrilled to announce that so far, we have read 451,733 minutes and raised $11,356.95. Our students are working hard to reach their goal of 500,000 minutes read by midnight tonight! Students are also working to continue getting sponsors so we can reach our goal of $16,000 raised! The good news is we have 10 days after our Read-A-Thon ends to continue raising money. Parents, please continue to share our Read-A-Thon information with family and friends, and ask them to sponsor your reader. Below is a re-cap of how the program works, in case you have any questions! Thanks again for all of your support! We've got this bears!
There are three parts to our Read-A-Thon: Reading, tracking your minutes on your Read-A-Thon Adventure Page, and raising money for our awesome school! All money raised will go toward additional technology in the classroom and for more campus beautification projects, like the mural in our media center!
Students can begin reading Friday, August 23rd through Friday, September 6th. All time spent reading counts (in school and at home). ALL READING COUNTS! Students can read independently, with a friend, to a sibling, listen to a parent/sibling read, host a reading playdate, or even Skype with a relative! Every kind of reading is Read-A-Thon reading!
Parents, we need you to help your child track their reading minutes outside of school. Tracking minutes is a quick and easy process and can all be done online through your child's Read-A-Thon Adventure page. Parents, we will need your help with activating your child’s Read-A-Thon page. Teachers will send home a flyer with instructions on how to log into the website with your child's secret code. Lost your flyer? No worries, just email your teacher and he/she can help get you that information.
Students are encouraged to ask family members and friends for their support by sponsoring their participation in our Read-A-Thon. Invitations can be sent through your child's online Read-A-Thon Adventure page through a variety of tools (Facebook, text, email, Twitter, printables, etc.). Sponsors will not make pledges but rather a flat donation.
Prizes and Awards:
While we all know that reading is a reward in and of itself, we also know that it's a ton of fun to participate in a little friendly competition and earn prizes! There are several different ways to earn prizes:
Set up your Read-A-Thon Adventure page = free prize
School-wide goal = Book Character Day!
If each student reads 100 minutes during our Read-A-Thon, we will hold a school-wide Book Character Dress Up Day on October 31st!
Personal prizes - 15% of funds raised = RAT Bucks
Students can shop in the Read-A-Thon online prize store. (Items will be shipped to the school after our Read-A-Thon closes.)
Classroom Winners = Free Book on Bookmobile
Top Reader in each class (most minutes) = Free Book on Bookmobile
Top Sponsorship in each class (most $ raised) = Free Book on Bookmobile
Grade Level Winners = Snow Cone Party!
Class on grade level with most minutes read gets a Snow Cone Party!
Class on grade level with most money raised gets a Snow Cone Party!
School Wide Winners = Kindle Fire Tablet
(2 winners per grade level)
Student in grade level with most minutes read gets a Kindle Fire
Student in grade level with most money raised gets a Kindle Fire
Grand Prize - Read-A-Thon Champion = Google Chromebook!
Student with the most minutes read overall
*Teachers of Grade Level Winning Classrooms get a $25 Target Gift Card!*
*Teacher of the class that raises the most money wins $100 to spend in his/her classroom!*
*Classes with the most minutes read and most money raised school-wide will each win a class pizza party!*
**Reading minutes logged must have occurred in the two week window starting Friday 8/23 and ending on Friday 9/6**
Attention 1st, 2nd & 5th Grade Parents
Your child will be participating in the 2019 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:
- Monday, September 9, 2019: Verbal Battery - Sections 1, 2, & 3
- Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Quantitative Battery - Sections 4, 5, & 6
- Wednesday, September 11, 2019: Nonverbal Battery - Sections 7, 8, & 9
- Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13, 2019: 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)
Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your student during testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sally Simmons at 770-963-6214.
Relay for Life Shirts!
Bedtime with the Bears!
The goal of this program is to strengthen our home-school connection while also building community. Tune in to Facebook Live every Tuesday night at 7PM and get to know our staff members as they read their favorite bedtime story. Be sure to like our school's Facebook page (link below). This Tuesday's guest reader is Assistant Principal for grades 3-5, Ms. Simmons. She is super excited to read to all of our bears!
Grandparent's Lunch Thursday 9/12 & Friday 9/13
Thursday 9/12: PreK, K, 1st, & 3rd Grades
Friday 9/13: 2nd, 4th & 5th Grades
Lunch visitors will not be allowed for students on the day their grade level does not have grandparents lunch as they will be eating in their classrooms, and have limited seating.
Dyer PTO - Everyone is a Member!
Calling All Shutterbugs! Get Your Work Published in Dyer's Yearbook!
Do you want to surprise your student and have a picture you've taken be featured in the yearbook? Please use the private Dropbox link below to submit candid pictures throughout the year of school events such as the First Day of School, Fall Festival, Holiday Lunches, and PTO events. We want to feature as many students as possible and your help is greatly appreciated!
Birthday Wishes in Big Lights!
2019-2020 Free/Reduced Lunch Applications
Students that received free/reduced lunch during the 2018-2019 school year will have a grace period until September 16th to re-apply for the 2019-2020 year.
6 - NFL Spirit Wear Day
9 - 12 CogAT Testing
12 - Grandparent's Lunches PK, K, 1 & 3
13 - Grandparent's Lunches 2, 4 & 5
12 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
18 - Bruster's Blue Ice Day
19 - School Picture Day
23 - 27 - Iowa Testing
26 - Sonic Spirit Night