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5th grade has an Engineering and Design project that asked students to work as a cooperative team to design, plan, and build a robot-like creations out of recycled materials. 5th Grade students then observed and nominated these creations for different awards.  Ideas for these robots were inspired by everything in their lives including faculty members who go out of their way to positively impact student lives, like Dan "the man" Morris.  


 

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Published: 5/4/18




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Greetings all 3rd and 4th grade parents! An exciting opportunity is coming to all 3rd and 4th graders on May 14th.  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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Published: 5/4/18




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Greetings all 3rd and 4th grade parents! An exciting opportunity is coming to all 3rd and 4th graders on May 14th.  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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Published: 4/1/18




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On Friday, March 6, 2018, 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.  Mrs. Wilson 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 Second Grade concert was held last Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Dryden Elementary School cafeteria.  The children did an amazing job under the direction of Mrs. Kelly Lutz, the primary music teacher.  The Second Graders sang songs related to the book The Day The Crayons Quit.  Mrs. Wilson and Mr. King are very proud of the students and appreciative of Mrs. Lutz.


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The 3-5 New York State ELA exam will be held on April 11th & 12th starting at 9:30 A.M. .  The 3-5 New York State Math exam will be held on May 1st & 2nd.  The New York State Science Performance Test for 4th grade will be held between May 23rd—June 1st.  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.  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.  Breakfast will be served at school for all students in Grades 3-5 before going into the testing environment.

 

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Published: 3/1/18




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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 9th.  Students collected 835 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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Published: 3/1/18




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Every school year, each First and Fourth Grade class 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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Published: 3/1/18




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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 Friday, March 2, 2018

 

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Published: 3/1/18




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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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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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Published: 2/5/18




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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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Published: 2/5/18




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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Welcome back to school from the music department!

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

 

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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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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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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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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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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 10/3/17




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

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Posted by: Sarah McCrobie
Published: 8/31/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
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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Posted by: Kati Coon
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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Posted by: Kati Coon
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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 5/5/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 5/5/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 5/5/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 5/5/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 5/5/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 5/5/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 5/5/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 3/1/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 1/3/17




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 11/1/16




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 11/1/16




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 10/12/16




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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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Posted by: Kati Coon
Published: 10/12/16