Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shenanigans and Service

 The leprechauns were up to all kinds of shenanigans at Dryden this past week! Our students were determined to catch them in the act! 

They persistently collaborated on designing, testing and reconfiguring creative traps. 

These traps often resembled Rube Goldberg machines. 

In addition to focusing on the design thinking process, this gave students a meaningful context to apply their learning of different transfers of energy.

Students became aware of the importance of keeping an open mindset and thinking flexibly when encountering problems. 

 The 5th Grade Service Project is off to a great start!

 The fifth grade students voted to collect items to benefit the Buddy Foundation and Kay's Animal Shelter. With guidance from PTA volunteers and their teachers, the fifth grade students participate in every aspect of the schoolwide service project. 

They publicize the project with posters and announcements. They create collection containers and identify collection sites within the school. 

This year's collection will take place from April 3 - April 13. The fifth grade students will sort, count and keep track of everything that is donated. 

Speaking of donations, we are very grateful for the donation of Chicago Blackhawk baseball hats by hockey player Niklas Hjarlmarson. Dryden received these hats because of our school community's high level of participation in the Goodwill donation drive last year. 

 These hats were awarded to students through the Dryden Dolphin Drawing. Dryden staff provided over 66 prizes for the Dryden Dolphin Drawing, which brought in over $1900 to benefit the PTA scholarship and ABC/25 Foundation teacher grant funds. 

We are thankful for the wonderful involvement of the Dryden community in benefitting these great causes!

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