Bear Essentials

09/06/2019

Read-A-Thon Updates

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!



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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!


Reading:

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!


Tracking Minutes:

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.


Sponsors:

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

Dear 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.


Sincerely,

Sally Simmons

Assistant Principal

Relay for Life Shirts!

The Dyer Relay for LifeTeam is ready to start our biggest fundraiser of the year and we would love your family participate! Our Relay for Life T-Shirts are now on sale!!!! The theme for this year is "Claws for the Cause" and the shirts will be comfort colors in black with gold writing. All proceeds go to the Gwinnett Relay for Life from the Dyer Team. Help us be one of the top teams in Gwinnett County contributing this year! Cost of the shirts is $14.00 and you can have the name of a loved one printed on the shirt "in Honor of" or "in Memory of" for an additional $5 per name . The names on the shirt will be a separate payment. All payments are in Mypaymentsplus. Shirts can be purchased for your entire family. Your favorite teachers will be wearing Relay For Life shirts every Monday starting on October 7 . Please join us! Please note the hard deadline for shirt orders is September 17.
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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

Calling all grandparents! Please join us for a special lunch in your honor! (Adult lunches are $3.00, please bring exact change.) In order to allow room for our additional guests, we will be splitting grade levels into two days. The schedule is as follows:


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.

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Thursday 9/12

Come support J.G. Dyer during Spirit Night From 5-8 PM on Thursday, 9/12! There will be Cow appearances from 5:30pm-7:30pm and Chick-fil-A will make a donation to our school! Be sure to mention you're there to support Dyer when placing your order.
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Dyer PTO - Everyone is a Member!

Our PTO is the best around! Be a part of our fun, all-inclusive parent community in a way that speaks to you! There are so many different ways for parents to be involved, check out our PTO's website for more information on how you can get started!
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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!


https://www.dropbox.com/request/H7tym8NoJ440KcqLPcbE

Birthday Wishes in Big Lights!

This year we will continue to implement and expand our PAWS (PBIS) program school-wide. The goal of this program is to not only notice positive behavior, but also to reward that behavior. You can help support the funding of this program, and wish your child a happy birthday on our school marquee at the same time. It's a win-win! For a $5 contribution, a Happy Birthday message along with your child's first name and last initial will be displayed on our marquee for three days during the week of your child's birthday. Summer birthday? Not a problem, We will display summer birthday messages during the last week of school and during their birthday week. NOTE: Your child's name will be displayed on their birth date as well as the day immediately before and after. Orders can be placed via Mypaymentsplus.com under the School Events tab. Please note, requests will be processed the next business day.

2019-2020 Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

As a reminder, free/reduced lunch applications must be filled out each school year. To re-apply or find out if your student is eligible for free/reduced lunch, please visit: https://www.schoollunchapp.com/


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.

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September Events:

2 - Labor Day (No School)

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

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