Sunday, April 23, 2017


Many of us at Dryden use Twitter for our professional learning and for highlighting the amazing things that are happening at school on a daily basis. You can follow us on @DrydenSchool or @AkemiSessler. #FormerDolphins highlights the wonderful accomplishments of students who previously attended Dryden. We recently added the hashtag, #DrydenRocks. Following are some examples from the week of why we believe Dryden rocks:

Walk to School Day
We had wonderful participation by our students and staff! What a healthy, fun way to start our day together! Thanks to all who participated!

5th Grade Musical Performance
The fifth grade students gave outstanding vocal, instrumental, dance and dramatic performances! They truly rocked! 

Recognizing Earth Day
Second grade students made and used jump ropes out of plastic bags after reading the book One Plastic Bag. What a great way to reduce and reuse!

Skyping with Students in Brazil
Fourth grade students at Dryden and in Brazil read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. During their first Skype session, they discussed the problems the story characters encountered. Next, they will be designing solutions to the weather-related problems in the story. We're excited to see what their creative minds will devise!

Book Buddies Club
It's been wonderful to see children across all of the grade levels come together to read and talk about some of their favorite books! We thank Mrs. Nolan, our literacy teacher, for facilitating this great opportunity for our book lovers. 

ABC/25 Just Move It Challenge
What a great turnout from Dryden! We are thankful to all of our Dryden families and staff who were able to participate in this good cause to raise money for the ABC/25 Foundation. To promote innovation and excellence in education, the ABC/25 Foundation provides many grants to teachers in our school district. It was a beautiful morning to be outside running and walking with friends and family! 

Lastly, congratulations to Art Teacher, Mrs. Fuglestad, and the 5th Grade Students who worked with her in creating the "FugleFlick", Don't Crush My Dreams. This film was recently shown at the Screen Test Student Fest Film Festival at the Prairie Center for the Performing Arts in Schaumburg, Illinois. You can read more about this wonderful experience on Mrs. Fuglestad's blog

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Shining Stars

Our fifth grade students really shined during these past two weeks as they ran a donation drive to benefit the Buddy Foundation and Kay's Animal Shelter. The fifth grade students took the lead in publicizing the event during morning announcements. They made posters and decorated collection boxes, which they placed throughout the school. Fifth grade students were responsible for sorting, counting, packing and delivering the supplies they collected. We are so proud of their leadership and efforts! Thank you to our PTA leaders for guiding our fifth grade students on this special project. We are also grateful to the Dryden community for all the generous donations of pet supplies. You will make many dogs and cats very happy!

The generosity and kindness of the Dryden community also shined at our recent PTA Family Skate Night and food drive to benefit the Wheeling Food Pantry. The PTA collected two van-fulls of food! It was so fun to see so many students, families, teachers and former Dolphins skating together. 

Our students were truly starstruck to see author/illustrator Peter Brown come to Dryden. They had been reading The Wild Robot with their teachers and learning about Peter Brown's other books while in the LMC. It was so fascinating to hear Peter Brown talk about how he gets ideas for his books and works at his craft of writing and illustrating. It was especially exciting to watch Peter Brown draw a popular tiger character from his book!

Each year, while the weather is not so nice outside, I have recess bunches in my office with every student at Dryden in grades 1-5. It's very important to me to know each child on a personal level, to learn about their interests and to hear their ideas for making Dryden the best school we can be. I'm always touched by how genuinely appreciative they are of their kind and caring teachers and classmates. Truly, all of our staff, students and families at Dryden are shining stars! Together we make Dryden rock!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Initiative & Innovation Keeps the Learning Exciting & Engaging!

We were excited to return from Spring Break and see the daffodils emerging. Signs of spring are emerging all around us!

Author Peter Brown will soon be at Dryden! We can't wait to welcome him this Tuesday. Everyone has been busy reading and discussing his books. It's always so interesting to learn how an author develops their craft. You can learn more about Peter Brown and his books here

We are so proud of the work of our 5th grade students on their service project. They are overseeing the entire process of collecting pet supplies to benefit  The Buddy Foundation and Kay's Animal Shelter. They have created posted, decorated collection boxes, made public service announcements, and are keeping an inventory of their collections. Donations can be dropped off at Dryden through April 13. 

Eagle Scout candidate and former Dryden student, Michael Kosinski, was honored at the Board of Education this past Thursday. His leadership and initiative brought about the construction of this beautiful seating area and collection of children's books to enhance the warmth and welcoming environment of our school office. We are very grateful for his service to Dryden!


Several Dryden teachers were recognized and celebrated for obtaining ABC/25 grants to benefit student learning. Their grants brought straw rockets, Break-out EDU, Art-bots, Bee-bots, document cameras, bridge-building kits, Osmo technology and dramatic play materials to Dryden students. 

Proceeds from the ABC/25 Just Move It! Challenge 5K Run / 1 Mile Run-Walk will go towards future teacher grants. This event takes place on Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 AM at South Middle School. We would love to see the whole Dryden community participate and support ABC/25. You can sign up to run, walk or volunteer here.

It's been a great week back to school after spring break! Thanks to our caring and innovative teachers, our students have been engaged in so many interactive, hands-on learning activities. The students are so proud of their work! Rightfully so! 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

It's official!  The counts are in!
Mr. Poliszczuk's class made 333 baskets. 
Mr. Holston's class made 211 baskets
Miss Feck's class made 278 baskets. 
Mrs. Schindler's class made 249 baskets. 
The total number of baskets was 1,071! The students surpassed their goal of 1,000 baskets and collected $1,401.50 for a class gift for the school. Students are selecting outdoor games for the courtyard. We thank the PTA volunteers and PE teacher, Mr. Gries, for making this a successful event for our students!


On Crazy Hair Day, students expressed their fun, creative sides. 
We were impressed by the wild, wacky and artistic hair do's! 


Wherever spring break took you, we hope it was a splashing good time! 

We are happy to see you back at Dryden!