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Published: 2/5/18




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Please complete the attached form if you have a child entering Kindergarten in the Dryden Central School District in September 2018.  Your child must be 5 on or before December 1, 2018.

Student Data Form

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DISMISSAL CHANGES ON FULL SCHOOL DAYS

MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 2:15PM

 

 

DISMISSAL CHANGES ON HALF DAYS

MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:15 AM

 

*Changes from the normal method that your child uses to go home must be submitted in writing. 

 

*Any person picking up a child from school must show identification.

 

*Changes in pick up may be faxed to 607-844-9449

or emailed to desattendance@dryden.k12.ny.us

prior to 2:15 pm on full school days and 11:15 am on half days.

 

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To show support for our community, students at the three Dryden elementary schools collect non-perishable food items to donate to the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard.  Please consider sending an item or two to school with your child between Monday, January 29th and Thursday, February 8th.  Donation ideas include soups, cereal, granola bars, canned fruit or vegetables, or pasta.  On Friday, February 9th, we will tally the contributions during an assembly! 

 

Thanks for helping us keep this tradition going as well as supporting our students and our community!

 

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The North Pole came south to Dryden Elementary School on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  Everyone that attended Santa’s Secret Workshop had a great time! You could buy books, jewelry, crafts, bags, hair accessories, soaps and more. Thank you to all of the people that helped set up, decorate, donated raffles, made yummy baked goods, worked the book fair, craft tables and cleaned up.  A big thank you to our amazing community for all that was donated! This was one of the best years for our raffle table. Also, a special thank you to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit! 

 

Remember to keep cutting and sending in those Box Tops! Our Box Tops program helps the PTA pay for yearbooks to ensure that every child can get one!

 

The February PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00pm in the DES Library. PTA meetings are open to all and usually end at 8:00pm. Please feel free to stop in and hear what's going on, coming up, and where you might be able to help!

 

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Our Children and Language Skills: The Earliest Years Count!


Back in the early 2000’s, I read an article in the American Federation of Teachers journal called, The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3 (Spring 2003). This article was so frightening to me, I have never forgotten it. Now there is a book out that references this work and expands upon it. Of course I am reading it! It is called, Thirty Million Words: Building A Child’s Brain, by Dana Suskind, MD (2015). Let me explain why the  original article was so disturbing to me.


This study pointed out two disturbing findings. First, they identified a 30,000,000 word difference in words heard by some groups of children over other groups and the children who heard the most words out performed their peers who heard fewer words. Second, encouraging interactions with caregivers out numbering the times of prohibitive speech also correlates to higher achievement in school. These two findings have powerful potential to positively impact our children.


This was a 3-year study of 42 young children ages 13 months to 3 years. Researchers went to the families homes to collect data on the number of words heard by the children and the ratio of spoken encouragement compared to spoken discouragements or prohibitions. When all of the data was analyzed, the researchers were “awestruck” by the language discrepancies discovered and, after they checked in with the same children when they were in 3rd grade, they found that the deficits in language skills followed them. The researchers were, “...awestruck...measures of accomplishments at age 3 predicted measures of language skill at 9-10.” (2003. American Federation of Teachers)  This is what I read and reacted to so many years ago. Knowing this connection, what can we do to help our children develop the language skills they need for school and beyond?


When I read all this back when I was just starting my career, all I could think was, “What can I do to help my children!”  I just wanted to do something to change the odds for my kids. That may be how you are feeling too. I think it is important to point out, it is not the money families make, it is two critical aspects of our child’s earliest experiences in our homes: the spoken words heard by children and the number of encouragements they receive as compared to discouragements from their caregivers. That is what was found to have such an impact on later school success.  


The main point of the article was the importance of our children growing up in a language-rich home environment. It was the amount of words heard by a child and the interactions of encouragement as compared to discouragements that were predictive of future language skills.

 

“The data answered the paramount question: Was a child’s ultimate ability to learn related to the language heard in the first years of life? Three years of painstaking analysis left no doubt. It did. Counter o prevalent thought...neither socioeconomic status, nor race, nor gender, nor birth order was the key component in a child’s ability to learn...The essential factor that determined the future learning trajectory of a child was the early language environment: how much and how a parent talked to a child.”

thought...neither socioeconomic status, nor race, nor gender, nor birth order was the key component in a child’s ability to learn...The essential factor that determined the future learning trajectory of a child was the early language environment: how much and how a parent talked to a child.”


And here was the most important point that could be missed:


“Children in homes in which there was a lot of parent talk, no matter the educational or economic status of that home, did better.” (D. Suskind. 2015)


So, what I took away from this study, and what I hope you take away from it, is to talk to children; read to children...a lot!  Also, we need to be mindful of the amount of encouragement (“I like the way you…”, “I love you”, “That was nice of you.”, “I believe in you”, etc.) that we give our children. Keep our prohibitive talk (No’s, “You can’t do it!”, “What’s the matter with you!?”, “You’re dumb” etc.) comparatively less than our encouragements. When we think of the messages we give our kids during their earliest years, we know we can instill responsibility and a sense of worth or we can inculcate a sense of not being good enough and a lack of confidence. All parents desire their children to be successful.


So we parents CAN make a difference in the language development of our children and we can build up their sense of self-worth; we just need for them to hear lots and lots of words! Talk to our children, talk, talk, and talk some more! Read to our children, read, read, and read some more! The challenge of the times we live in today is to fight the addiction to our electronics. We can all get lost in our Facebook feeds and texts. TV and videos games are two other electronic thieves of our precious time. We can keep in mind that our child’s future success at school and in the work world often depends on their ability to use language well. Knowing the research and how precious the gift of words is for our children, we might find it easier to prioritize our time and not let lower priority pursuits steal it.


We can talk about anything! Talking about what your child is interested in will hold their attention. Talk to your child about your interests, hopes and dreams, and what you thought about when you were their age. Read regularly to you child; even babies love to be read to. I have read to high school students; they wanted more! Our children will not only develop their language skills, they will love us for it!


If you would like to read the full article or the book mentioned:

Thirty Million Words Building a Child’s Brain, by Dana Suskind, MD (2015)

 

  The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3 (Spring 2003)

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Dryden Elementary School is so fortunate to have such an exceptional Band led by Mr. Phillips-Burdge.  On Monday, December 11th, the Lion Band performed their Annual Winter Concert.  The cafeteria was a Standing Room Only crowd as many family members and friends gathered to hear students play.  Students worked hard throughout the Fall to prepare for the evening’s event. 

 

Mrs. Wilson and Mr. King would like to give a special thank you to Mr. Phillips-Burdge for all of his hard work in organizing this evening of music.

 

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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 12/22/17




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The North Pole came south to Dryden Elementary School on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  Santa and many of his elves from his workshop set up in the gym and the cafeteria.  The elves were busy selling and making many hand-made crafts.  Our own DES Green Team sold ornaments made from reused and repurposed materials.  The North Pole in the lobby of the school indicated you were in the right place!  Students were excited to work on Christmas crafts.  This is always a popular stop for students who are looking to create a homemade gift for friends and family members.  The book fair and Face painting were a “must see” in the gym as well.  Pampered Chef representatives were selling everything you needed to bake Christmas cookies except for the eggs and butter.  You will need to get those at Clark’s!  You could buy jewelry, crafts, bags, hair accessories and more in the Santa’s Secret Market.  Santa’s Secret Workshop was a fun-filled action packed three hours.  Everyone at Dryden Elementary School would like to thank our amazing PTA and their volunteers for getting in touch with Santa and organizing this festive day.  We know it was not easy to get Santa down here to visit our school let alone get all of his elves to organize games, prizes, crafts, and products to buy.  You guys are terrific!

 

We can hardly wait for Santa to come next year in 365, 364, 363, 362, 361, 360, 359 days-well you get the idea!

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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 12/22/17




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School breaks are a good time to reconnect. We often get so caught up in everyday responsibilities, we just do not have the time or  energy to make those special moments with our kids as often as we would like. School vacations can often create those opportunities. It is not money that is required as much as their caregivers’ individual attention doing some shared activity. Reading a book, going for a hike, going to the library, sliding (if there is enough snow). Have fun together! It’s not the activity as much as it is your attention.

 

The pace most of us live today makes truly attentive interactions rare; we are constantly multi-tasking. Our kids often end up with divided attention. We have all felt, at one time or another, when someone we care about gives us their full, undivided attention.  Really looks at us, listens to us and it is obvious that they love being with us. There is nothing that beats that feeling of belonging and being loved. Those are the moments that build a child’s’ self-worth. “I matter to someone.” It is a basic need of every human being. School vacations are opportunities to slow down a little and do some things together that we do not usually get to do with our kids.  Vacations are times that can allow us to ‘single-task’ occasionally and send the definite message to our children, “You are valued.’; “You are loved.”

 

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Published: 12/22/17




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Our December meeting will be on December 5th at 7PM in the school     library.

 

December is all about the Santa’s Secret Workshop.  It will be held on December 9th from 10am to 1pm.  This is a wonderful event for friends, families, and the whole community. If you would like to get involved, please contact Jess Couch at Jessicacouch81@gmail.com and she will relay your message to the proper   person.

 

Activities include: a Scholastic Book Fair, community vendors, craft activities, bake sale, entertainment, gift wrapping, and a visit from Santa.

 

Come and help us make this a holiday festivity our kids will always remember!

 

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Published: 12/1/17




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The 2017-2018 STAR (Students Taking Action Respectfully) members played a vital part in our Annual Thanksgiving Drive this year.  They decorated the collection boxes and made morning announcements to remind the Dryden Elementary Community of the food drive.  They displayed a Turkey with feathers representing the character traits they felt best represented the food drive.  Those traits are Caring, Cooperation, Compassion, Generosity, Service and Unity.  The STAR members would like to say a BIG Thank You to those who were able to participate in helping to provide 160 families in our district with a Thanksgiving Basket this year!

 

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Published: 12/1/17




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It’s that time of year again…when the weather gets worse and we need to think about appropriate dress for outside play in the snow and cold.  Please note that we try to get the children outside every day unless it is raining or too cold (below 15 degrees) so warm dress is important for the children to enjoy this one time of day that they are free to play. 

 

Once the snow starts, we do require students to have boots in order to play out in the snow.  Students who forget boots will still play outside, but they will be restricted to playing on the blacktop behind the school.  We also encourage the use of snow pants so that children do not have to be wet and uncomfortable for the rest of their day.  One alternative to snow pants is to send in an extra pair of pants and socks for your child – that way they can change to play outside and still have dry clothes for the rest of the school day.

 

If you need a winter coat, boots or snow pants for your child, please let us know in the office.  We are here to help you in any way we can…please let us know what you need.

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Published: 12/1/17




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The safety of all the children here at Dryden Elementary School is our top priority.  If you pick up or drop off your children at the James Street Entrance, please be mindful of your speed as you enter and leave the circle.  Everyone has busy, tight schedules and we know that picking up your children is just one of the many things you are doing in the afternoon, but there are many students on foot in the area at dismissal time, and we want to keep everyone safe. Thank you for all your help and continued support.

 

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Published: 12/1/17




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We here at DES we wish every student and family that we serve a month filled with joy, excitement, and happy memories made with family and friends. Remember, with all the hussle and bussle, to also take time for yourself. Relax and spend some quiet time reading a book with your child or taking a walk to enjoy the fresh air together. Those times strengthen relationships and make beautiful memories too!

 

From all of us at DES….We Wish You a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

 

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Published: 12/1/17




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If it is October, it means Fire Prevention Week!  Our outstanding and supportive Dryden Firefighters were on hand at Dryden Elementary School on October 10th to help students and staff understand ways to prevent fires and what to do in a fire emergency.  Each day during Fire Prevention Week, our local firefighters greeted students and staff as they entered the building.  This was a great way to start each day.  The firefighters assisted students and staff during a fire drill.  The firefighters also conducted  several presentations for students.  Dryden Elementary School appreciates everything our Firefighters did for us this year during Fire Prevention Week!  We look forward to next year!

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Published: 11/6/17




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Our November Meeting will be on November 14th at 7:00pm in the school library. Come and see how you can help make this a great year for your child. 

 

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Published: 11/6/17




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The STAR team will be performing a skit to talk about the character traits highlighted during the food drive.  Here at Dryden, we show caring, compassion, cooperation, unity, and service. The food drive will be going on from October 30th through November 9th.  Students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable items such as:  stuffing, pumpkin, desserts, canned vegetables.  All donations are welcome and appreciated.  The hope is that along with other community groups we will be able to help 160 families with a Thanksgiving Dinner in our community.

 

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Published: 11/6/17




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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 they come to and from school.

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Published: 11/6/17




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October marks a good time to take a look at attendance rates for DES. Research has made direct connections between consistent attendance and student achievement. Though, “Teacher effectiveness is the strongest school-related determinant of student success”, frequent absences reduce the effect of even the best teachers. Chronic absenteeism in the primary grades results in lower achievement in that school year as well as in subsequent school years. This creates an ever widening learning gap that becomes very difficult to combat. Thus, high school dropouts often have exhibited, “high levels of absenteeism throughout their childhood.” The pattern of missing school tends to start in primary school and continue to follow a student. When you look at the challenges of falling behind academically and socially, as well as at how difficult it is to try to catch up once you have fallen behind, it is understandable that a child starts to not want to come to school because they feel uncomfortable and out of place. When this pattern follows a child into the 9th grade, “attendance was shown to be a key indicator significantly correlated with high school graduation.”

 

With this in mind, DES and NY State have set the bar high. We are striving for a 95% overall attendance rate. We want all of our students to have access to the education that will support future success in employment as well as success socially and emotionally. We have the opportunity to give our students the knowledge and skills that they need to build confidence and ensure graduation. Thus, with support from home, effective teachers, high quality content, and the all important, regular attendance, we can serve our students and ensure citizens who are prepared to take on 21st century challenges.

 

 

Why Does Attendance Matter?” Retrieved on October 30, 2017, from:https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/attendancedata/chapter1a.asp

 

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Published: 11/6/17




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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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Published: 10/3/17




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Welcome back to school from the music department!

~Mrs. Lutz, Mrs. Mincer, and Mr. Phillips-Burdge

 

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Published: 10/3/17




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5th Grade Art: Objects with Purpose

As long as humans have been around, we’ve set our minds to solving problems. Even the simplest tasks, such as containing water, required problem solving. The solution might seem obvious now, but every ancient culture had to invent a way to hold water. Many designed vessels, or hollow containers. The function of every vessel is to contain something, but each vessel’s form--how it looks--can be unique. Fifth graders have begun constructing cylindrical vessels using a slab-construction method. While everyone is working with the same material (low-fire clay), each student will have to make and execute decisions about the form (what it looks like) and function (how it is used). Check out some of our plans and works in progress:

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Published: 10/3/17




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Pre-k students and staff are very excited about all that we are going to learn this year. The first month has been filled with learning about our routine and meeting our new classroom friends. We have started practicing songs, chants, morning meeting routines, and call backs that help us become more engaged learners. Our favorite activities so far are trains, playdoh, and cooking up some tasty food in our “kitchen” to then sell using our cash registers. This month we will begin using the NYS CKLA (ELA) and Math modules. We are really going to enjoy learning through play as we acquire all the skills we will need to be exceptional kindergarteners next year.

 

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Published: 10/3/17




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Dryden PTA meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (except for in December, when it is the 1st Tuesday) at 7:00pm in the DES Library.

 

Some upcoming PTA sponsored programs and events:

-DES Lego League program which starts in November and runs through January. Sign ups will be coming home with your child.

 

-Science Night on October 12th from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

 

Also, keep those BOX TOPS coming. The money raised from the box tops directly benefits all our children!

The Dryden PTA is an organization of parents and teachers working together to benefit students, faculty and staff. Please be on the look out for membership forms coming home with your child.

Hope to see you at our next meeting on October 10th at 7pm in the DES Library.

 

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Published: 10/3/17




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The students, staff, Mrs. Wilson and Mr. King would like to thank all the families that attended the open houses that were held over the last few weeks.  The Second and Third Grades kicked things off with their Open House on September 13th.  This was followed by the PreK, Kindergarten and First Grade Open House on September 19th.  Finally, Fourth and Fifth Graders had their Open House on September 27th.  Each night classrooms were jam packed with families looking at all the hard work students have been doing the first few weeks of school.  Kindergarteners enjoyed showing off their new classroom space while Third Graders enjoyed showing their family members their very first locker.  Fifth Graders walked with a certain pride as they were able to show their families not only their new classroom spaces, but their new status as the student leaders of the building.  It was great to see families and teachers building the home and school relationship which is so important for the success of children.  We look forward to seeing you all throughout the year at school events!

 

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Published: 10/3/17




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Off to a Good Start!


We are coming to the end of our first month of this school year.  Students and staff have begun to settle into new routines and are positively interacting with the new faces in their lives.  Our school-wide PAWsitive intervention plan has been embraced by our students who are busy earning their ‘paws’ for exceptional behavior.


New aspects of our schedule, Pride Time and WIN time, are being planned for and utilized.  These times are designed to provide our students with the reading supports, enrichment, AIS, and/or related services that they need.  It is always brave for teachers to try something different from the normal routine; DES teachers are very brave!  We are the lions of Dryden CSD! We look forward to tracking the reading progress our students make this year and using it to inform our instructional practices.


DES’s positive behavior intervention system (PBIS) was introduced with a whole school assembly.  Later in the week, during our half day, students ran through PBIS stations that were designed to teach students the social skills that they need to be successful during critical times during the day (transitions, P.E., lunch, etc).  Many teachers ran stations and presented engaging and interactive stations for our students.  The day was a great success!


We now look ahead to many days of engaging curriculum, happy social interactions with friends, and:


Learning & Growing Together!

 

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Published: 10/3/17




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9/7- First Day of School for PK-9

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Have you ever wanted to know what lives in our wonderful Dryden Middle and High School natural areas? We are going to attempt to identify as many species as possible on the school property in one day. Our BioBlitz will take place on Saturday May 13th from about 6 am to 6 pm. You and your families are welcome to attend as many or as few hours as you can. We may even extend the search to include some hours at night to search for owls.

 

BioBlitz events have been conducted all over the world since the late 1990’s. They are an attempt to identify and describe the biodiversity of a particular area in a short amount of time (no more than 24 hours). These events have been sponsored by National Geographic, Nature Conservancy, universities, and national parks.

 

If you love nature, put this event on your calendar and come help our effort. The event is open to teachers, students and their families, and community members who are interested in observing and identifying organisms in our woods, fields, streams, and ponds. We will be uploading our data to a website called iNaturalist to share with the larger community of scientists studying biodiversity.

 

For more information and to express an interest in participating, please get in touch with Carole Erslev at cerslev1@dryden.k12.ny.us or Karen Taylor at ktaylor1@dryden.k12.ny.us. If you have particular expertise in identifying certain kinds of organisms, please let me know.

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Published: 5/8/17




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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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Published: 5/5/17




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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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Published: 5/5/17




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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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Published: 5/5/17




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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

 

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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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___ 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

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Student’s Name: ________________________________________

Phone or Email:_________________________________________

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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At the beginning of the year, the Speech Department introduced the new Language Acquisition Specialist who is working with all students in the UPK and kindergarten classrooms this year. What kinds of activities have been added to the classrooms with the presence of a speech pathologist?

 

The children are joining the speech teacher in a small group lunch in rotation, where they listen to a book related to the curriculum and talk about it, practice conversation skills, and talk about a work of art, using an art and language program called Visual Thinking Strategies.

 

Sometimes there is time to play a game- language-related, of course! The children sit together at a tablecloth-covered table and try to practice their best table manners. They seem to love having lunch together in the small group and clamor for their turn.

 

They have increased opportunities to act out stories, sometimes from books related to the curriculum or those that are told, working to develop pictures in their head. These are foundational skills for writing their own stories as well as developing literacy skills. In some classrooms, we are playing language games or working on reviewing or using new vocabulary during center time. Sometimes pretend activities fit in neatly, such as pretending to be vendors or customers at a farmers market during the farm unit. All the kindergartners made their own ice cream as part of the farm unit, experiences also aid language growth.

 

In other classrooms we are working on sequencing, learning about the elements of a story, storytelling, creating storyboards and puppet plays. If your child comes home with an illustrated story in kid language (uncorrected) that is their proud creation as part of this work. Children love having an audience for their stories; there is evidence that this fun and creative activity leads to significant language growth.

 

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Third graders recently practiced the art of marbling, a process in which paint or ink is dropped over size (thickened water) and swirled into patterns, before being printed onto paper or fabric. We found that marbling requires reflection, and creating a balance between controlling the paint and allowing the paint to move on its own. It was important to use observation skills and notice what the paint was doing to respond accordingly. After experimenting with various color schemes, third graders transformed their marbled papers into artworks for our PTA’s Square 1 Art fundraiser.

 

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The art room has been busy since the winter holidays with the children completing an artwork for the Square One Art fundraiser. The PTA organizes this project every year, with some of the proceeds being used to support enriching programs for our school community. The highlight of this project is that the children’s artwork can be printed on a variety of objects, anything from aprons to sketchbook covers. The order forms will be arriving home in a few weeks for you to view and make selections. Every child will also receive a sheet of complimentary (free!) stickers featuring their own artwork, just for being a part of the project!

Kindergarten students were able to show their school pride through the making of an artwork featuring our school mascot, the purple Dryden lion! They used a variety of skills, including: printmaking, cutting, folding, glue stick usage, and drawing shapes with oil pastels. The first, second and third grade students that have art with Ms. Keeler were involved in an indepth self-portrait study. They made multiple drafts, engaged in a critique with classmates, and monitored the quality of their self-talk and practiced being observant in their work. The children were able to appreciate their own progress through this thoughtful, engaging process.

 

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

 

Did you know that this is the 20th anniversary of Read Across America, which is celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd?!  In honor of this, celebrate with your child by:

Read your favorite Dr. Seuss book

Go to the library

Buy a new book

Read aloud to your child

Order a magazine subscription for your child

Ask your child to read to the pets

Turn the tv off or turn the closed captions on

Make your own book together

Read some recipes and make cookies

 

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The month of March is a busy and exciting time in the DES band room.  The Cub Band began rehearsing as an ensemble for the first time last month and experienced the thrill of making music as a team.  Playing together with all of the instruments is always challenging and exhilarating.  One student left the band room after the first rehearsal saying, "That was so much fun! I can't wait to do it again next week!"

 

The Lion Band is looking forward to their music collaboration with both the high school band and 6th grade band this month.  On March 15th all three band will join each other on the district stage for the closing piece, "Bandorama."  This annual event helps to showcase some of the opportunities available to band musicians as they continue to progress through the grades.  It also allows the older students to act as mentors and gives the younger musicians something to aspire to.  Please join us at the district auditorium at 7pm on March 15th for this musical event.

 

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Second Grade students across the district are learning in library how to ask a good question.  Students did an activity with pictures – choosing the one that was most interesting to them-and asked a good question about it.  These questions will help lead the students into their research projects.  Some questions students have asked are –

· I wonder why are these all different colors?

· I wonder if those eggs belong to her?

· I wonder how that light got in there?

· I wonder why the flowers are growing in the cactus?

 

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In the month of March, students in 5th grade will be finishing the last unit on rainforests in ELA class. Students will apply what they’ve learned about how scientists take notes and communicate their research with the world, and deepen their own knowledge of the rainforest by researching an insect and communicating their findings through a field journal. The field journals will allow for students to blend both informative and narrative writing by incorporating specific facts about their insect while including a narrative containing sensory details to enhance their writing.  Finally, they will provide a detailed picture of their insect with labels and text boxes.

In Math, students will continue deepening their understanding of fractions and how to find “like units” to help solve math problems. 5th graders are also encouraged to practice their basic math facts daily to build fluency.

In integrated Studies we are learning all about Chemistry! Students first learn what matter is, the different phases of matter (solid, liquid, gas), and what is needed for states of matter to change. Then, we learn about the periodic table; how it shows all elements in the universe and organizes the elements by chemical properties. Students will finally apply what they’ve learned by conducting various experiments with their peers.

 

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February has been a hard working month in second grade. In math we wrapped up our 4th Module on adding and subtracting within 200 and began Module 5-adding and subtracting within 1,000. Students learned a variety of strategies to use when solving their equations such as: the vertical algorithm, using a place value chart with chips, breaking out a 10 for easier adding/subtracting, using the arrow way and a number line. Students were introduced to all of these strategies with emphasis on the vertical algorithm and place value charts. If your child is struggling to remember how to solve a specific problem, refer to the Parent Newsletter that was sent home on the purple paper at the beginning of the new module. If you cannot locate it, please request a new one from your child’s teacher. In Skills, students have continued to work on their long and short vowel spellings to wrap up Unit 3 and moved into r-controlled vowels (or ‘bossy r’) to start Unit 4. The students are doing well in identifying nouns and verbs in given sentences as well as identifying which words are singular and which as plural. This will continue through Unit 4 for the next few weeks as well. We wrapped up Domain 4 in Listen & Learn where students learned a multitude of facts and information around the War of 1812. Students were excited to hear the lessons each day and share their knowledge whenever they had the chance. In Domain 5: Cycles in Nature, students have learned about the cycles of day/night, the four seasons, life cycles of plants, trees, chickens, frogs, butterflies, and the water cycle. Be sure to ask them what they are hearing so they can show off what they know! Freeville and Cassavant schools joined Dryden Elementary for our Annual Dryden Has Heart assembly on Friday February 17th where the grand total of donated food for the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard was revealed. Thank you to all who sent in donations for this cause!

 

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In first grade, we are learning about Astronomy.  Our study has focused on the center of our solar system, our sun, the rotation of our Earth and the Earth's revolution around the sun, constellations and all of the planets.  We also visited the Planetarium to further our study of these concepts.  Our future astronomers have really enjoyed this unit!

 

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The kindergartners have been studying Native Americans.  To conclude our study the children were able to see what real Native American tools were like and feel animal fur and hide.  We had an amazing visit from local Taxidermist Richard Burke.  He brought many Native American like tools and animal fur and hide for the children to examine and touch.  The children enjoyed this event immensely. We give a special Thank You to the DYOF and Richard Burke. 

 

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Reading to toddlers each and every day is very helpful in preparing them for school in so many ways. Here are some reasons to read to toddlers...

Studies show that kids with active exposure to language have social and educational advantages over their peers — and reading is one of the best exposures to language.

Reading to toddlers sets the foundation for later independent reading. Reading problems can be challenging to fix when discovered in elementary school, but most reading problems can be prevented if exposure to reading starts in the toddler and preschool years. Before children can read independently, they need emergent literacy skills. These include:

· having a large vocabulary of words and knowing how to use them

· understanding that words are made up of smaller sounds (called phonemic awareness)

· understanding that marks on a page represent letters and words

· knowing the letters of the alphabet

· You don't need games, flashcards, or special instruction for a toddler to gain these skills. Just reading to your child as often as possible is the best way to help him or her learn to read independently.

· Found at: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/reading-toddler.html

 

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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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During the month of March, DES like many elementary schools throughout the country, celebrate Dr. Seuss.  Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born on March 2, 1904, is an American author who wrote many children's classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat.  Many people know these great works by Dr. Seuss, but Dr. Seuss worked in advertising as an illustrator and was also a political cartoonist.  Before he was an award winning author, Dr. Seuss won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1947.  During World War II, Dr. Seuss then known as Army Captain Theodor S. Geisel created comics about a mosquito named "Ann" who infected soldiers with malaria.  The comic's purpose was to keep soldiers from contracting this deadly disease.  This work helped to save many lives.   For these and many more reasons, we stop to celebrate this icon's birthday.  The celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday often leads to a broader celebration of reading. DES will host a Dr. Seuss Night on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

 

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The New York State ELA exams will be held for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders starting promptly at 9:20 A.M. on March 28, 29, 30, 2017.  The New York State Math exam will be held for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders starting promptly at 9:20 A.M. on May 2, 3, 4, 2017 The 4th Gr. 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 Science 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.

 

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Students at Dryden Elementary, Cassavant Elementary & Freeville Elementary participated in a “Dryden Students Have Heart” food drive for the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard that ended with a special assembly on February 17th.  Students collected 1,269 cans of food.  This food drive was a way for students and staff to show their love and compassion to our community through a generous act of service.  It was a very happy, proud day for the students!

 

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Every school year, each First and Fourth Grade classes from Cassavant, Dryden, and Freeville Elementary Schools are able to experience starry nights through a portable planetarium that is brought to the District by BOCES and set-up in the upstairs gym at Dryden Elementary School.  First and Fourth Grade students study astronomy as part of their Science Curriculum.  Students are able to observe key constellations in a clear night sky in school during daylight in relatively comfortable temperatures as opposed to trying to observe constellations in the overcast, cold weather of February.  The planetarium experience is one of the many benefits that a school district receives when it partners with BOCES to provide Science Kits on key topics related to that grade level's Science curriculum.  The planetarium is an educational tradition that we look forward to each year.

 

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At some point this Spring, Dryden Elementary School will test its protocols for a Lockdown by conducting a Lockdown Drill.  For Lockdown Drills, DES partners with local agencies such as the Dryden Village Police Department, the Dryden Fire Department, the Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police.  These local agencies offer us valuable support and feedback before, during, and after our drills that help us to maintain a high level of safety for the students and staff.  The Lockdown Drill also allows us to test our School Messenger communication system.  The School Messenger system is what is currently used to notify you of school delays and closings.  In the event of a true emergency, the system would also be used to communicate the nature of an emergency and its current status.  On the day the Lockdown Drill is conducted, you will receive a School Messenger communication announcing that a Lockdown Drill has been held.  We understand that Lockdown Drills can produce some questions and anxiety from students and the staff does an amazing job of addressing these concerns.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office or your child's teacher if you have any questions about the upcoming Lockdown Drill.

 

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Click on the link to view our Reading Activities Calendar for February.

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Car rides are perfect for developing your children’s language skills. These days, we’re all so accustomed to looking at our electronic devices wherever we go that we forget about some of the built-in opportunities to help our children develop their vocabulary, sentence structure, inferential language, listening and memory skills. The next time you’re riding in the car – whether it is a short ride to the store, dance lesson, basketball practice, or a longer ride to visit a relative – try a screen-free ride and fill the time creatively.  Below are a few ideas to get you started.

 

· Play a guessing game – take turns describing objects (it can even be something viewed from the car window)

· I’m thinking of a farm animal. It’s white, soft and it gives us wool.  Its baby is called a lamb.  Follow up with questions such as: What were the clues? At a higher level, you might ask, Why didn’t you guess goat?

· I’m thinking of a piece of furniture. It has a back, arms, legs and cushions. It’s in the living room. Three or four people can sit on it at the same time.  What were the clues? Why couldn’t it be a chair?

· I’m thinking of a fruit. It’s large, heavy and oval shaped. It’s green on the outside and red on the inside. You have to cut it open with a knife and you don’t eat the rind. What were the clues? Why isn’t it a cantaloupe?

· Play a memory game such as “I’m Going on a Trip.” 

· I’m going on a trip and I’m packing a____.  The next person repeats the sentence and adds one more item.  See how long you can keep it going.

· Have your child retell a story that he/she read recently.  Ask them to compare it to another one of their favorite books. Which one did they like better and why?

· If you’re driving through a city, talk about what the people on the street are doing, or name as many different occupations that you can see (e.g. firefighter, bus driver, police officer, construction worker, shopkeeper, mail carrier, etc.). Name all the different types of buildings you pass (e.g. bank, post office, library, school, church, grocery store, police station, etc.) and talk about how living in the city is different than living in the country. If they were given a choice, would they rather live in the country or the city? Why?

· Riding time can be a wonderful relaxing time to chat with your child and share thoughts and feelings about things happening at school, with friends, at home and after-school activities. Ask questions that invite your child to share his/her ideas and feelings, like “What was the best thing that happened at school today?” or “What was the hardest thing you had to do at school today?”

· The more practice your children get speaking and listening, the better they get and the easier it becomes. Have fun with your captive audience!

 

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What is the most difficult, yet the most rewarding job?

 

Parenting.  Parenting is all about communication, both talking and listening. As we practice this skill, we are modeling for our children effective communication skills.  Here are some tips for creating open communication with your child.

 

· When your children talk to you about their concerns, stop what you are doing and listen.

· Show interest by looking at them, repeating back what you are hearing, and asking questions to find out more.

· Withhold judgments, even if what they are telling you is hard to hear.

· Allow them the chance to finish talking before you begin.

· When you do respond, keep your child’s feelings in mind and resist the urge to argue.

· Remember that you always have the option to come back to a discussion later or agree to disagree.

 

Communication is something that we work on all throughout our lives and following these tips will put our children on the road to being great communicators as well.

 

There is a unique opportunity to attend two back to back parenting classes in Dryden beginning January 31, 2017.  You can attend one or both of the classes.  The first session will focus on parenting styles, thinking about how you were parented, what the community was like then, and the influence that has on how you parent today.  The second session will focus on 5 parenting skills including encouragement, can do, choices, self-control and respecting feelings.  This class will add new skills to your parenting tool box. Please see attached flyer for more information.

 

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Questions to ask your child while reading fiction text:

· Who is the main character?

· What is the setting in the story?  Does the setting change?

· What was the problem in the story and how was it solved?

· Did the character change during the story?  How?

· How are you like the main character?  How are you different?

· What do you predict will happen in the next story?

· Why do you think the author chose this title for the story?

· Do you like the title of the story?  Why or why not?

· Can you think of a different title for the story?

· Which character from the story would you choose to be your friend?  Why?

· Which part of the story was the most exciting?  Why?

· Did you like the end of the story?  Why or why not?

· Which parts in the story could really happen?  Which parts could not really happen?

 

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Learning Targets:

· I can make a print

· I can identify printmaking tools and materials

Fourth grade students in our MAPS program are learning about the art of printmaking.  We learned about special tools and materials that are used for printing, such as brayers (a brayer is a tool used to apply ink to the printing plate) and printing plates (a printing plate is the surface on which you create a design)One of our most exciting discoveries made is that once a printing plate is created, it can be used over and over again!  To learn more about printmaking, visit https://www.moma.org/interactives/projects/2001/whatisaprint/flash.html

 

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Online Resources

Tumblebooks - online interactive books

tumblebooklibrary.com

user name:         drydenes

password:          books

 

Bookflix – online interactive book pairs fiction/nonfiction

http://bkflix.grolier.com

user name:         drydenes

password:          remote

 

World Book Online

www.worldbookonline.com

user name:         drydenes

password: tstboces

 

Pebble Go Animals-primary resources in 4 areas – Animals, Biographies, Earth and Space, and Social Studies

www.pebblego.com

user name: drydenes

password: school

 

These resources are available to Dryden staff, students and parents in school and at home.  They have been purchased through the library budget and TST BOCES to support curriculum and provide additional resources to our users. 

 

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Mrs. Holland's primary PE classes are currently in the middle of a Bowling Unit.  Students from Pre-K to 2nd grade are learning about etiquette, how to choose the correct weighted ball and multiple other aspects related to this life time sport.  The students have had a day of Rock and Bowl simulating the disco version held at local bowling venues and alleys.  Children are aware of how to achieve a strike and spare as well as learning how to correctly follow through with their swing.  Safety is stressed throughout the lesson as the students will know not to throw or drop a PE bowling ball and to be self aware when near the pins.  We have had 6 lessons in this unit and the children are totally grasping the concept of waiting their turn, simple strategies and bowling etiquette.

 

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In ELA, we are continuing our rainforest unit.  Students have been using text evidence to respond to questions about what they are learning to prove what they have learned.  Our students are working hard to become better writers through lots of practice!   In math, we are continuing to learn about fractions and how we can use "like units" to solve everyday math problems.  Finding a common denominator (like unit) enables students to use numbers that make it possible to compare numbers by converting them to a common unit.  For example, when adding two fractions with unlike denominators, it is necessary to find a denominator that is equivalent (1/2 + 1/3 is equivalent to 3/6 + 2/6 and can now be added together to make 5/6).  Students are also learning about the life and needs of trout.  We have several tanks of trout in our classrooms and students are busy caring for them as well as recording observations for future research work.  The trout are still rather small, but will continue to grow and your children are really engaged watching the progress!  Bill the Trout Guy will be back in our classrooms this month to guide the students into the next phase of the trout life cycle.  Be sure to ask your child all about the trout at Dryden Elementary!

 

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The 4th grade mathematicians have started Module 4 with a focus on geometry.  Students are learning how to read, understand and create various angles including acute, obtuse, straight and reflex.  They are learning to use protractors to measure angles with units of degrees.  Students are also expanding their understanding of geometry with lines, line segments, rays, points, perpendicular and parallel lines.  Soon they will put all of their understanding and skills together to apply their angle understanding to the adjacent and vertical rules of angles and angle rules of various triangles.

 

This month in ELA, we have studied animal defense mechanisms.  We have read several non-fiction texts to assist us in gaining knowledge about different animals, and how they survive against predators.  Students have started an animal research project.  The animal choices included a monarch butterfly, springbok gazelle, three banded armadillo, and the mimic octopus.  Students will be using non-fiction texts and the internet to research the defense mechanisms that their chosen animal uses to protect itself.  Students are working towards writing a “choose-your-own-adventure” story featuring their chosen animal.  Students have participated in meaningful science talks where they discuss a topic question in a group in front of the class.  The science talks are student led, and all students should participate.  We have had a lot of fun learning about new animals and their defense mechanisms!

 

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Third grade students have been learning what behavioral and physical adaptations a bullfrog has in order to survive in its environment.  Through a book called Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, students have practiced close reading, generated questions, built vocabulary and located information in order to answer questions.  We will continue to become experts on frogs as we read additional books!

 

Students have begun to explore area and relate it to their prior understandings of multiplication.  They started by using tiles to cover rectangles making sure there were no overlaps or gaps.  They then progressed to drawing their own area models.  The module culminates with students designing a simple floor plan that conforms to given area specifications.   Keep practicing your multiplication facts!

 

Chinese brush painting at the Johnson Museum.

 

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This month in Second Grade we have had a great start to the New Year!  We have started a new decodable reader titled “The Job Hunt.”  We are working on reading and writing vowel teams and some tricky letter sounds.  In Math we are working hard to show addition and subtraction the vertical way using the mathematical algorithms.  We also are practicing drawing detailed, neat and organized math drawings to show our work.  During Listening and Learning we have been listening to Greek Myths and now have started learning about the War of 1812.  The students love learning these interesting and engaging pieces of history and show excitement to find out what happens next.  The Second Grade thoroughly enjoyed the field trip to the Sciencenter.  The trip inspired them to explore how machines work, what is in our sky and what lies under the ocean with the hands-on activities, the astronomy room and the touch tank!

 

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As part of the ELA and Literacy curriculum, First grade students have been listening to read alouds and having discussions about Early World Civilizations.  Students were introduced to the development of early civilization in ancient Mesopotamia (in the Middle East) and ancient Egypt.  The importance of farming, the establishment of cities and government, and the creation of writing were discussed.  Students learned about cuneiform (the earliest known form of writing) and the use of hieroglyphs in Egypt.  Students are shown creating clay tablets by marking shapes that represent his/her initials  in cuneiform.

 

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In Listening and Learning, kindergarten students have been focusing on the topic of farms.  The children have been learning about farm animals, specifically cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep.  Students are also learning that farm animals need food, water, and shelter, and why farmers raise animals.  Students are gaining knowledge about crop names, what farmers need to provide so that the crops will live and grow, and why farmers raise crops.  Kindergarten classes talked about what happens on a farm during each of the four seasons—planting, growing, and harvesting.  Lastly, kindergarten students are learning how food gets from the farm to the market.

 

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January in Pre-K has been full of winter cheer.  We loved playing in the snow at recess as well as all of the winter crafts to celebrate snow, winter animals, and January holidays.  We spent a week learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he did to contribute to equality in America.  We talked about how we are all the same, yet different.  We then went on to learn about our 44th president, Barack Obama.  We learned about his job as a president as well as who he was before he became our president.  At the end of the month we celebrated Chinese New Year with many authentic stories and decorations from China.  We look forward to learning so much more as we venture into February.

 

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Our February Meeting looks to be very informative.  Mrs. Sherwood and our business manager, Emily Shipe, will be speaking at the beginning of our meeting to discuss the parts of the upcoming building proposal that will directly affect DES.  This information will help you make an informed vote in May.

 

Our February meeting will be on 2/14 at 7:00p.m. in the library.

 

Please add to your calendar:  Dr. Seuss night which is scheduled for March 2 from 6:30 to 7:30

 

Keep those BOX TOPS coming.  The money raised from the box tops directly benefits all of our children.

 

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Dryden Elementary School has partnered with Dryden Middle School to create an opportunity both for our Primary Students and our Middle School students. Every other Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, Middle School students and staff read with our students in grades K-2.  The Middle School students also bring an activity to do with students that go with the books they are sharing.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Middle School students to return to DES as mentors to our younger Lions and our primary students benefit from this relationship in many ways as well.

 

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Thursday, December 22, 2016, the Fourth and Fifth Grade chorus put on a terrific Winter Concert. The students sang songs that made the audience laugh and reminisce with selections that warmed our holiday hearts.  Dryden Elementary School is fortunate to have such an outstanding chorus.  Mrs. Primo and Mrs. Bennett would also like to thank Mrs. Mincer for working so hard to coordinate a great concert.

 

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Dryden Elementary, Cassavant Elementary, and Freeville Elementary Schools are happy to announce that they will once again be hosting the “Dryden has Heart” Can Drive which will benefit The Kitchen Cupboard here in Dryden.  Students can start bringing in canned food items on Monday, February 6, 2017.  The last day to collect cans will be Friday, February 17, 2017.  On the last collection day, the three elementary schools will come together to celebrate their efforts in an assembly at DES.  A representative from the Dryden Kitchen Cupboard will be presented with the donations.  This year a group from George Jr. has been collaborating with the Character Ed.  Committee to help support us.  They have been busy making collection boxes for all three buildings.  Please consider donating a can or two to our effort!

 

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Dear Families,


My name is Brett King and I am so excited to have started here at Dryden Elementary School as the new Assistant Principal.  Since arriving here I have been having a great time getting to know everyone from the students to the staff, and the community.  I am very lucky to have found such a warm and welcoming community to work with.


For the past 12 years, I have spent my educational career on the other side of the state, working for the Gloversville Enlarged School District in Gloversville, NY.  While there I taught many different levels of curriculum from kindergarten through fourth grade in both regular education and special education settings.  Last year working with my principal, I completed a 6 month principal internship in Gloversville and then received my Educational Leadership degree this past August from Stony Brook University. With this background I am very eager to begin working here in Dryden.


Currently my wife, 2 year old daughter, and 6 year old son are still living outside of Gloversville, and I am living outside of Union Springs with family temporarily until we are able to locate more permanent housing in the area.  I look forward to relocating the rest of my family to this area as soon as we can so that I am able to be an even larger part of the greater Dryden community.


I am very eager to continue working with Mrs. Primo and the great staff here at Dryden Elementary School.  I feel very fortunate to have found a school with such a great family environment and support.  The elementary school years are those of great development for children and having a great system of community, family, and school support will allow all of the students here to thrive.  I look forward to getting to know each student and family over the next few months.  If you ever have any question please do not hesitate to call as I have always felt that open lines of communication are a key to all students success.

Sincerely,

Mr. King

 

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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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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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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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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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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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