Contact Us

Nurse's Office -

(607) 844-8694 ext. 1454

Attendance Office / Registrar -

(607) 844-8694 ext. 1449

Main Office -

(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.

Calendar Change

On March 27th the Board of Education approved a change to the 2016-2017 school calendar:

Please note: 

School will be in session for a half-day for elementary students on Friday, June 23, 2017.  June 23rd will be a regular work day for all staff.



On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Dryden Elementary School conducted a Lockdown Drill in cooperation with many local law enforcement agencies as well as other first responder agencies such as fire and EMS.  During a Lockdown Drill students under the direction of the staff practice a set protocol that protects staff and students in the unlikely event that there was an imminent threat to the school community directly outside or inside the school.  The District appreciates the involvement of the outside agencies during these types of drills as it helps to strengthen our partnerships with each other.  The staff does an amazing job of approaching and conducting Lockdown Drills in a developmentally appropriate way.  After the Lockdown Drill was completed, each family should have received a text, email, or phone call via our School Messenger system alerting you to the fact that a Lockdown Drill had been conducted.  The School Messenger system will be the District’s primary method of communication with families during an actual emergency.  If you did not receive a message, please let the office know so that we can rectify the issue.



The New York State Math exam will be held for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders starting promptly at 9:00 A.M. on May 2nd , 3rd, 4th.  The New York State Science Performance Test will be held between May 24th—June 2nd.  Each classroom will rotate through the room set-up for the performance test. Your child’s teacher will inform you of the date(s) your child will be doing the test so you can plan accordingly.  New York State testing regulations require us to take testing security very seriously.  We ask that you please have your child here on time on testing day.


In addition to having your child here on time on testing day, we ask that you refrain from scheduling any appointments for your child on testing days that would require them to leave school early or come late.  It would help your child to get a good’s night sleep before each testing day, as well as, have a good breakfast at home or eat breakfast at school before going into the testing environment.



On Thursday, March 2, 2017, DES celebrated Dr. Seuss Night in honor of the children’s author Dr. Seuss.  Students made Dr. Seuss crafts, experimented with Gooblek, and played games related to Dr. Seuss stories.  Students and families had a great time reading Dr. Seuss stories to each other.  Many families brought cupcakes to share and all students walked away with a prize from the raffle that was held.  Mrs. Bennett and Mr. King would like to thank all the staff members who volunteered their time to make this evening so special for our students.



The Second Grade concert was held last Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Dryden Elementary School cafeteria.  We all sing with one voice was the theme of this year’s concert.  The children did an amazing job under the direction of Mrs. Kelly Lutz, the primary music teacher.  The Second Graders sang songs about making the world a better place.  Mrs. Bennett and Mr. King are very proud of the students and appreciative of Mrs. Lutz.



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.  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 as a new band member.  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. After the assembly, students that are interested in band must turn in a permission slip.  Mr. Phillips-Burdge will meet personally with each student that returns 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. F or more information visit the band website—search for “Join Dryden Cub Band.” Email Mr. Phillips-Burdge with questions. Please consider joining the band!


~Mr. Phillips-Burdge, DES Band Director



Earlier in the month, the Lion Band joined the High School Band for a joint concert in the MS/HS auditorium. The Lion Band is directed by Mr. Adam Phillips-Burdge, and he did an incredible job of preparing the students for the concert. The students were able to show off their months of hard work to their older peers and family members. At the end of the concert, both bands assemble on stage together to play a final piece. It is a great way to end an evening that celebrates music!



Do you have a child ready to come to school? Wondering what you could work on so they are ready for Kindergarten? These are some of the academic skills that we specifically target in Pre-K. In addition to the academic readiness, children also benefit from practice communicating their needs, problems solving issues before asking for help, and sharing toys/games/items. Routines, schedules, and participating in guided learning tasks are all great activities to start now so when they enter kindergarten they are not solely used to free choice and play all day. Reading stories daily to your child is always a beneficial activity that leads into great listening and comprehension skills.



Kindergarten students have been learning about Kings and Queens.  The students are striving to meet the following learning targets:


1. I can retell a story with a beginning, middle and end;

2. I can retell a poem;

3. I can describe characters, setting and plot; and

4. I can explain what makes someone a king or queen.


The students have been actively listening to fiction and non-fiction text. The read-alouds have given the students factual information about the lives of royalty.  The students have enjoyed listening to fairy tales and poems about royal characters.  Our next unit will be on Seasons and Weather.



First graders just completed a unit on Astronomy.  We had a planetarium set up in the gym, and we learned more about night and day, the rotation of the Earth, and the universe while being inside the planetarium “under the stars”.  What a fun experience!



Our Second Graders are fresh off of our Winter Recess and ready to work our way into spring!  We have learned a lot so far!  We just finished learning about The Westward Expansion, and we are about to begin learning about insects.  We believe the students will really enjoy learning about insects, and we are excited to introduce this new domain.  During Skills we have been working on the “schwa” sound and how there are spelling spoilers out there to keep 2nd graders from becoming good spellers!  We have also worked to understand the components of a complete sentence.  Our new decodable reader, titled “Sir Gus,” has been a big hit in our rooms!  We are going to be using this series of Sir Gus stories to inspire our students for a process writing piece that includes rewriting the ending of their story to reflect their creativity.  As we are wrapping up Math Module 5, we continue to work to show addition and subtraction the vertical and place value way using the mathematical algorithms.  In Module 6 we will learn more about arrays and geometry for the rest of this month.  The Second Grade enjoyed an assembly which included meeting the author Matthew MacElligot!  We had the opportunity to listen to one of his stories, learn about what it takes to be an author of a book, and even watch him create a new character!  This seemed to really inspire our students; we look forward to taking this momentum into our next process writing piece!



April is Autism Awareness month! Autism affects 1 in every 45 children ages 3-17.  What better way to show your support and ‘shine blue’ than to come out and join our 9th  Annual Autism Walk! It will begin at 4:30 outside the front doors of Dryden Elementary School, 36 Union St., on Wednesday April 26th, 2017.  Feel free to bring a friend, family member, sign, and a smile!  We will walk around the village briefly, and then return to the James St. side of Dryden Elementary to enjoy some light refreshments.  We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!



Spring is here and there is a lot going on in third grade!

Students in our third grade classes have been busy becoming experts on the topic of Freaky Frogs!  Our E.L.A. module has had students focusing on the overarching question of how frogs survive.  In order to answer that question, our third graders became ‘frog experts’ and learned so much about the various species of frogs throughout the world, including poison dart frogs from South and Central America as well as special frogs that live in Australia.  The research on these frogs culminated in a fantastic project where students made Freaky Frog trading cards.  These cards feature the students’ research and an informational narrative writing piece.  They came out beautifully, and the students enjoyed making them!  Our next module is all about wolves!  The third graders are very excited to study this topic.

In math, fractions are what we are about this module!  It has been challenging, yet fun to see how fractions are a part of our everyday life!  We have learned so much!



Spring cleaning ideas – for cleaning up those bookshelves at home. 


Get rid of books:

· …you have read and you don’t care for.

· …you read and won’t read again.

· …you know you’ll never read.


We have a lot of local opportunities to donate these books.  Look for Solar Express donations, book drives, as well as the Little Red Bookshelves around town. 


Keep books:

· ...you read and loved and will read again.

· …you read and liked.

· …that have special memories tied to them.

· …you know you can loan out to a friend.

· …that felt like an accomplishment to read.

· …that were given to you by friends.

· …you just don’t want to get rid of.


The point here isn’t to clear out shelves for the sake of clearing out shelves, but to make the books you want easier to find and make room for new books.



Are you interested in helping us prepare for the K-5 District Wide Art Show?  If so, please fill out the form below and return the bottom half to either Ms. Keeler or Ms. Ejaz.  Thank you in advance!


We need volunteers for the following:

· Prepping the artworks on April 13th & 27th, and May 4th and 11th at 3:45 pm (primary and intermediate art rooms at DES)

· Set up at 3:45 pm on Monday, May 15th, and 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 16th  (DES Gym)

· Break down at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 16th (DES Gym)

· Questions?  Email us at bkeeler1@dryden.k12.ny.us or aejaz1@dryden.k12.ny.us

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□ I would like to help prepare artworks and I am available on the following days at 3:45 pm: 

___April 13th  ___April 27th  ___May 4th ___May 11th


□ I would like to help set up the Art Show at:

___ 3:45 pm on Monday, May 15th in the DES Gym

___ 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 16th in the DES Gym


□ I would like to help break down the Art Show at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 16th in the DES Gym

Your Name:____________________________________________

Student’s Name: ________________________________________

Phone or Email:_________________________________________



A strong memory makes learning and recalling information much easier.


Fun ways to help your child improve memory skills include : 


· Crazy 8’s, Uno, and Go Fish.  These games help to develop the child’s ability to remember the rules of the game and players’ cards.

· Simon Says helps to improve memory and the ability to follow directions.

· Memory match- turn over 2 cards at a time to find a match.

· Given a magazine page, have your child circle all the instances of a chosen word (such as ‘the’ or ‘to’) in one minute.

· Have the child look at several word or picture cards.  Allow time to study the words/pictures then turn the cards over.  Have your child recall the words/pictures.  You can even use your child’s spelling or sight words.

· Show your child a picture scene and allow he/she to study it for 15 seconds (time can be adjusted depending on age).  When time is called, ask detailed questions, such as What color shirt is the man wearing?, How many dogs were in the picture?  What was in the sky?, etc.

· In My Grandmother’s trunk (similar games have various names).  The 1st player starts by saying, “In my grandmother’s trunk I found…(an item is named).   The second player repeats, “In my grandmother’s trunk I found… and the 1st item is repeated and a 2nd item is added.  Each player says the beginning phrase and all the items in the list, in order.  Items can be named in alphabetical order or in a chosen category to make the game easier/harder.




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.



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





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.



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. 



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.



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.