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(607) 844-8694 ext. 1454

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(607) 844-8694 ext. 1449

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(607) 844-8694 ext. 1888

DES has been identified by the NYS Education Department as needing to develop a Local Assistance Plan. Click this link to read the Self-Review and Report for DES. This document has the action items that DES will be implementing.

The Board of Regents amended the requirements for the provision of Academic Intervention Services (AIS). Click this link to read a letter explaining how Academic Intervention Services are provided in Dryden Schools.

Lil Lions Dance Program

End of the Year Dates

Due to the number of snow days we incurred this year, the District has had to add days to the calendar.  The last day of school will be Friday, June 23rd; students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. 

 

Monday, June 19th is a regular, full day. 

Tuesday, June 20th is a half-day with dismissal at 12:20 pm. 

Wednesday June 21st is a half-day with dismissal at 12:20 pm. 

Thursday, June 22nd is a half-day with dismissal at 12:20 pm.  

Friday, June 23rd students will be dismissed at 11:00 am.

 

The fifth grade “Moving Up” Ceremony will be Thursday, June 22nd at 9:15.

 

How Are The Kids Really Doing

 

K-12 Dean of Students Bryan Ford will be making a community presentation on Dryden’s youth development work, in particular focusing on thought-provoking data about our children from our "40 Developmental Assets" and "Communities that Care" surveying.

 

Topics include:

Prevalence of risky behaviors (drug use, sex, etc.)

Self-esteem and mental health

Connections to positive role models

How our kids feel the community sees them

Academic motivation and connection to school

How our kids see their future

Interpersonal struggles

Differences we see in the data between boys and girls

How Dryden students compare to national and regional norms

And more...

 

Date: Tuesday May 23

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: HS/MS Auditorium

 

More information on the youth development initiative at Dryden can be found at:

www.Dryden.k12.ny.us/youthdevelopment

Family Engagement Survey

Dryden Elementary School has been designated as a Focus School by the New York State Education Department.  A focus School is a school that has room for improvement in areas that are specific to the school.  As part of the process, Focus Schools will receive targeted and tailored solutions to meet the school's unique needs. 

 

This is the second year of a required state review. One important component of this process is to collect the perspectives of all of our families through a district-wide survey. We will be using your voice to help us plan our improvement efforts and to measure our progress over the next several years.

 

The Family Engagement Survey will be open until May 12th. Please use this link https://www.research.net/r/WM7WF25 and the password Family2017. Paper copies of the survey are also available, by request, from each school office. The survey should take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete. All survey responses are anonymous.  If you have children in more than one school, we would appreciate it if you would fill out a survey for each building.

We have selected PLC Associates, Inc. to administer these assessments, compile the data and provide comprehensive reports which will be very helpful to us in planning forward. PLC Associates, Inc. has worked with hundreds of schools and is a certified provider of these instruments by the New York State Department of Education.

 

If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Covell at ccovell1@dryden.k12.ny.us.

 

We look forward to your input.

 

News

5/5/17

Dryden Elementary School has been designated as a Focus School by the New York State Education Department.  A focus School is a school that has room for improvement in areas that are specific to the school.  As part of the process, Focus Schools will receive targeted and tailored solutions to meet the school's unique needs. 

 

This is the second year of a required state review. One important component of this process is to collect the perspectives of all of our families through a district-wide survey. We will be using your voice to help us plan our improvement efforts and to measure our progress over the next several years.

 

The Family Engagement Survey will be open until May 12th. Please use this link https://www.research.net/r/WM7WF25 and the password Family2017. Paper copies of the survey are also available, by request, from each school office. The survey should take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete. All survey responses are anonymous.  If you have children in more than one school, we would appreciate it if you would fill out a survey for each building.

We have selected PLC Associates, Inc. to administer these assessments, compile the data and provide comprehensive reports which will be very helpful to us in planning forward. PLC Associates, Inc. has worked with hundreds of schools and is a certified provider of these instruments by the New York State Department of Education.

 

If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Covell at ccovell1@dryden.k12.ny.us.

 

We look forward to your input.

 

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5/5/17

Greetings all 3rd and 4th grade parents!  An exciting opportunity is coming to all 3rd and 4th graders on May 15th.  On this day, all students will observe an assembly and be introduced to the instruments of the band.  All students, who wish to join band for the first time, will leave the assembly with a packet that explains everything about the band program and how to sign-up for band.  Students are only able to enter the band program in the beginning of 4th or 5th grade, so please take a moment to consider this opportunity.  Interviews will be held the following week for those that hand in a permission slip.  Band can be an exciting and rewarding experience that builds self-confidence, creates a sense of belonging and teaches the fundamentals of reading and playing music.  For more information visit the band website:  search for “Join Dryden Cub Band.”  Please consider joining the band!

 

~Mr. Phillips-Burdge,

DES Band Director

 

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5/5/17

Reading to your child(ren) at home is an essential part of developing literacy skills; not only in Pre-K, but throughout life. Reading to children from an early age helps them learn to love books and reading. This love will help them engage in books throughout their school career. The tips in the chart to the left has ideas about how to help your children become lifelong readers and learners. Most importantly, enjoy this time with your children.

 

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5/5/17

Second graders have been learning so much!  They are currently finishing up a unit on insects.  Students have been so engaged in this unit and have learned so many different facts about insects.  They can’t wait until they get their Painted Lady caterpillars, where they will get to observe the life cycle of butterflies.  The Civil War is up next!  For Skills, students will continue learning new grammar as well as revisiting the War of 1812 in our readers.  For math, students have been working on the foundation of multiplication with making arrays!  Second graders have been doing a great job identifying and creating their own arrays.  All classes have had two visits with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.  During these visits the musicians played their instruments and prepared the students for the Ithaca High School Band concert in May.  Students can’t wait to go and see the performers play!

 

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5/5/17

This month our 3rd grade students took the ELA portion of the New York state test.  Students worked hard during the three days of testing. We appreciate your support in preparing your child by making sure that your child was well rested, had a good breakfast and tried his/her best! Our students were extremely proud of the work they did!  The math portion of the test will take place the first week of May.

 

Our students recently began a new unit of study: Wolves.  Guiding our thinking and learning is the question “Who is the wolf?” both in fiction and nonfiction texts.  Students continue to close read, ask and answer questions, and develop and support his/her opinion with supporting details.  Students will conclude their study by authoring a narrative piece utilizing the wolf as the main character and presenting their character with a problem and solution based on their learning of wolf facts.

 

In math, our students have been working with fractions and graphing! Students have focused on comparing fractions, drawing and plotting fractions on a number line, and finding equivalent fractions.  The students have also collected, organized and plotted data using bar graphs and line plots.  Additionally, multiplication, division, and multi-step word problems have been reviewed and practiced in preparation of the NYS math assessment.

 

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5/5/17

Fifth graders are ramping up for a very busy end of the school year!  We start the month of May with the NYS math assessments (Tuesday, May 2 - Thursday, May 4) and then we have lots of hands-on learning in store that your kids are sure to enjoy!  During school, students will learn more about birds after our recent trip to the Cornell Ornithology Center in Sapsucker Woods.  We'll also get back to nature on the 26th when we release the trout we have raised in our classrooms all year.  In math, we'll continue learning about area and volume and then we'll begin our final module which involves graphing and the coordinate plane.  In ELA, students are learning about natural disasters and how scientists learn from them to prevent death and injuries in subsequent catastrophes.  Fifth graders will also be showing off their talents after school with the Art Show on the 16th and the Lion Band Concert on the 22nd.  We'll also have the Scholastic Book Fair on the 15th & 16th.  As we get ready to transition into the Middle School, watch for reminders being sent home for important information you and your student will need to know!

 

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5/5/17

“Spring” into Reading and Writing:

 

· Write your spelling words in chalk on the sidewalk

· Read under a tree

· Keep a nature journal

· Take a bike ride to the library

· Read about places you want to go on vacation

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5/5/17

How much TECHNOLOGY use is recommended for children?

We live in a world today where children under the age of 5 are more familiar with how to use technology than their parents!

In our world today, technology use starts young. But how young is too young? How much technology use is recommended for a child per day? An even more concerning question is--can too much technology use be harmful for our children? 

Here are some helpful guidelines to help the adults decide how and when to allow children to use technology.

The American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends:

· infants ages 0-2 should not have ANY exposure to technology

· ages 3-5 years old are recommended to have less than 1 hour per day

· children ages 6-18 years are recommended to use technology 2 or fewer hours per day

However, children today use 4 to 5 times the recommended amount of technology per day. And, there is research to show that it can have serious effects on our children's health if they use too much technology.  Research has found that:

· When children between the ages of 0-2 are overexposed to technology, the overstimulation of their brain is associated with executive functioning and attention deficits, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and a decreased ability to self-regulate (manage their emotional reactions)

· When children are using technology, this most likely means they are not actively moving their bodies through natural play. Restricted movements (like sitting and looking at a screen for several hours) can delay typical development

· Overuse of technology with TV/video games increases the risk of obesity and being overweight. Again, kids are not actively moving and burning calories if they are watching TV, video games, using tablets, etc.

· Technology use in a child’s bedroom can cause sleep deprivation to the degree that a child’s grades are negatively impacted

· Overuse of technology is a factor in the rising rates of childhood depression, anxiety, attention deficits disorders and problematic child behavior

· Violent media content can cause childhood aggression

· Now that you know that our children are using too much technology, what can you do as a parent?

· Get outdoors!  Kickball, playing catch or tag, climbing trees, playing in a sandbox, making mudpies---a child learns on multiple levels when engaged in natural play outdoors. A child’s brain actually develops at a much faster rate playing outdoors compared to playing indoors.

· Encourage imagination and creative play! Creative and imaginative play with others strengthens our connections and relationships with others. Imaginative and creative play with others also provides opportunities for children to practice essential social skills like turn taking, sharing, problem solving, etc. When children have the opportunity to freely use their imagination, they become better learners at school.

· Be Active! Enjoy nature walks in your neighborhood, go for a bike ride, play hide and seek, walk to your local park or pool, etc.

 

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5/5/17

Now that the weather is getting nicer, it is a perfect time to get outside!  Playing outside can bring fresh opportunities to develop communication, language and literacy skills.  Some ways to do this include:

 

· Encouraging your child to go out and play

· Acting out stories and games that encourage a range of imaginative movement, such as slithering, galloping, pouncing and wriggling, and introduce the words alongside the actions.

· Linking language with physical movement in action games and songs and exploring forces and movement.  Games such as 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' or 'May I?'. Discuss the rules and how to play.

· Exploring print in the environment, such as notices, signs and warnings.  Talk about the signs you see and what they mean.  Get chalk out and write different messages to the children and color on the sidewalk together. 

· Encouraging children to experiment with voice pitch and volume, for example, going from high to low as they come down the slide or shouting from the top of the climbing frame.

· Negotiating plans, activities and use of equipment and space with siblings and peers.  When arguments or disputes take place, give children the opportunities to talk and listen to each other, rather than just uttering 'sorry'. Model appropriate language for them - for example, 'Please don't crash into me again, because it hurts.' As there are usually two sides to each story, allow the aggressor to voice the reasoning behind their actions, and to express remorse in a meaningful way - for example, 'If you don't like it, I won't do it again.'

· Using language to recreate roles and experiences, such as driving a car or climbing a mountain.

· Using language to increase vocabulary related to the outdoors including discussing weather, plants, traffic.

· Devising a treasure hunt with easy clues and then encourage children to create their own.

· Creating an outdoor book area or reading corner, with cushions and blankets. Place it in a  shady spot in summer.  

· Helping your child build and create with equipment, furniture or other things they find outside

· Having children help with everyday tasks such as weeding, sweeping the driveway, watering vegetables or hanging clothes on the line.  Discuss what you are doing, how to do it, and why you are doing it.

· Letting them come up with their own game and teach you the rules and how to play. 

· Going for a walk and talking about the noises you hear, the signs you see, as well as discussing road and pedestrian safety.

 

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5/5/17

Reading to and with your child is one of the most effective ways to help them be more successful in school! Check out these ways you can support your reader if they are struggling.

 

10 Things Parents Need to Know to Help a Struggling Reader

 

*Notice your child’s success

* Celebrate every success

* Be honest and set realistic goals

*Don’t let poor spelling stop your child

*Share your own difficulties with your kids

*Read-Aloud to your child-It’s fun and helpful

*Kids feel supported when they see their parents and teachers working together (teamwork!)

*Talk about the story-before you read, while you read, and after the story is done

*Its ok to read slowly

*Teach your kids how to help themselves –use strategies they’ve been taught

 

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3/1/17

 

Please remember there is NO PARKING in the Fire Lane at anytime.  There is also NO PARKING or DROP OFFS in the Union Street bus circle between 8-9am and 2:30-3:30pm. 

 

If you are dropping off your child off please use the James Street Circle or park in the parking lot on Union Street.

 

Dryden Police have been monitoring this and they will start issuing tickets to those people not following the parking regulations.

 

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1/3/17

All absences need a written excuse sent in with your student on the day they return to school. 

A written note or email to the teacher as well as to the attendance office need to be supplied if you are picking up your child for any appointments or dismissal changes.  The email address is

desattendance@dryden.k12.ny.us

 

 

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11/1/16

Many families use the James Street Circle to drop off and pick up their children.  We know that when families are dropping off children in the morning that they are anxious to get to work and we know that in the afternoon when picking children up families are trying to keep a schedule in order to get to appointments or activities.  However, we ask that parents please exercise extreme caution when moving through the James Street Circle.  We ask that parents please be mindful of their surroundings and their speed as they pull into and out of the circle.  We are working with children on how to move safely to and from their vehicle, and we are asking parents to have similar discussions with their children as well.  We appreciate everyone’s support in keeping all children safe as the come to and from school.

 

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11/1/16

Remember to watch your speed for the entirety of Pleasant, James, Montgomery, and Union Streets.  Speed Limit is not to exceed 15 miles per hour in these areas. 

 

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10/12/16

Dryden Police continue to monitor traffic (Stop signs and speed) around Dryden Elementary School.  Please come to a complete stop before entering the parking lot and also coming out of the bus circle.  Please be aware of your speed when driving near the school and watch for those STOP signs.

 

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10/12/16

October  - Responsibility—making good choices without being told to, taking accountability for what you do and say, doing your best on every task.

November - Thankfulness—being grateful for what you have, appreciating the little things around you and within you every day.

December  - Caringgiving love and attention to people and things that matter to you.

January - Patienceremaining calm and tolerant when waiting your turn or when things do not go as planned.

 

February - Friendlinessbeing a good friend, taking interest in others, going out of your way to make others feel welcome

March - Honesty—being open, trustworthy and truthful

April - Confidencehaving faith in something or someone, feeling sure of yourself and your abilities

 

May - Respectan attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity, valuing ourselves and others.

 

 

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School Messenger

The Dryden Central School District uses SchoolMessenger as our emergency notification system. The contact information in SchoolMessenger is pulled from our student information system, schooltool. Therefore, if you would like changes made to your SchoolMessenger contact information please contact the following people:

Michele Wendel at the Elementary School
Deb Perine at Cassavant
Tami Natale at Freeville
Patty Helms at the Middle School
Attendance Clerk at the High School

Bus Pass Guidelines

If it becomes necessary for your child to be transported to a different location after school, please send in a note with the name and address of the drop off location, date, child's full name, teacher's name and include parent/guardian signature. Bus passes are issued for daycare purposes only. We do not accept bus changes over the telephone. If you need to change your child's drop off location during the day, please stop in the main office with a written note, send an email to Kati Coon or fax Kati Coon at (607) 844-9449.

Bus Advisory Procedure

Due to extreme inclement weather, the Superintendent of the Dryden Central School District may declare a “Bus Advisory”.  The notification of a bus advisory will be transmitted to parents and students in the same format as emergency closing/delay announcements via TV and Radio announcements, as well as posting on the Dryden Central School District Web Site.
During a bus advisory, school bus drivers will not expect students to be waiting at the pick-up point upon arrival.  Students that normally walk to a school will be offered busing to their schoolThe bus assigned to a pick-up point will make a complete stop at the designated location.  If visibility permits, it is expected that students will exit their residence in time to meet the bus.  There will be a full and complete expectation that students picked-up at a stop will promptly exit their residence to demonstrate a presence and that the distance to the bus will be covered as quickly as it can be safely accomplished.
It should be expected that the bus, as it progresses through its scheduled route, would start arriving later than usual.  This may, near the end of the route become upwards to 10 minutes.  To maintain a basic schedule during a bus advisory, it will not be possible for bus drivers to wait for extended periods of time for students to walk up to .5 miles or for door-to-door pick-up.  Therefore, if the designated pick-up point is not at a residence but at a point separated from a residence, (at an intersection for example), it is our sincere hope that some type of protective measures will be taken by the parents/students to insure the safety and welfare of the students. 

School Hours

9:00 AM - 3:22 PM

Student arrival time is no earlier than 8:40 AM

Students arriving after 9:00 AM will be considered late and must sign in at the main office.

Entrance Procedure

Visitors to Dryden Elementary have an extra security step to follow before entering the building.  As you approach the main entrance, you will notice a “doorbell” mounted on the brick wall to your right.  You will need to push the button to alert staff to your presence.  Staff can observe visitors with a small video camera and also speak to visitors outside via an audio system. You will then be “buzzed” in and follow our normal procedures for signing in and picking up a visitor badge.

Please Sign In

For the safety of our children, all visitors to the school building must sign in at the main office and get a visitors badge. If you have an appointment with a teacher, if you are volunteering in a classroom, or if you need to be in school for any other reason, please report to the main office upon your arrival.
Please bring identification.

Student Pick-ups & Drop-off

All routine drop offs and pick ups must take place at the "old" entrance on James Street. Staff will be available in the school to assist young students in getting to their classrooms. No vehicles will be allowed in the Union Street bus circle from 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Violators may be ticketed. This procedure was developed for safety reasons. Parents must park in the parking lot at the end of Union Street. No vehicles will be allowed in the Union Street bus circle from 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Then, come to the main office and sign out your child. Wait in the lobby for your child to come to you. **Teachers will dismiss walkers from school. Please call the school office if you have any questions.

Books for Birthdays

Each day we celebrate students' birthdays by announcing their birthday on the morning announcements and having them come to the office where the Principal lets them pick a new book from our "Books For Birthdays" box and signs the book. Thank you to the Dryden Elementary PTA for donating all of the books.